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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Wayne B. Smith

  • Services for Wayne Buford Smith will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana Mo.
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  • Services for Wayne Buford Smith will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana Mo.
    Friends and family will gather for visitation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River at Riverview Cemetery.
    Born April 13, 1918, in Arkansas and raised near Union, Miss., he was one of five children born to Felton and Gussie Lipsey Smith.
    He married Chattie Sue Darby on May 6, 1938, and they enjoyed a long and happy marriage until his death.
    They were blessed with two children, Eleanor “Sue” Sitton and Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Smith.
    The Smith family moved from Tennessee in 1955 to Louisiana, Mo., to set up and run a saw mill just south of Louisiana along the river. In later years, he started Wayne B. Smith Inc. and opened a quarry and river port.
    The business continues to serve the community today under the direction of son, Jerry.
    Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents and siblings with the exception of his dear sister, EdMarie Agnew of Memphis, Tenn. Also preceding him in death was daughter-in-law, Karen Carr Smith.
    Surviving are his wife, Chattie, of 74 years; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and John Sitton of Louisiana and Jerry and Gail Smith of Louisiana. Five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren called him PaPa Wayne. Cindy Sitton Blaylock and husband, Gregg, of Louisiana; Sherry Miederhoff and friend, Kenny Moses, of Jefferson City; Chris Sitton of Pittsfield Ill.; Matthew Wayne Smith and wife, Jennifer, of Louisiana, and Mark Smith of Louisiana, along with their children: Brad Stoops, wife, Jessica, and his children, Raelynn and Jonathan; J.T. Miederhoff, Emily Sitton, Aiden Smith, Alexa Smith, Matthew Gerald Smith and Chattie Valentina Smith.
    The family has suggested memorials be sent to the Pike Nutrition Center, Buffalo Township United Fund, and Pike County Memorial Hospital Foundation, in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, Missouri 63353.
    Few knew of the generosity by Mr. Smith for his family, employees and the community. Most recognized him by his serious persona, but those who knew him well enjoyed his dry, witty sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.

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