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Tommie Gale "Tom" Smith

August 30, 1939 — September 25, 2022

Tommie Gale Smith was born on August 30, 1939, in Troy, Oklahoma to the late George Thomas Smith and Jesse (Sims) Smith-Legar. Tom departed this life on September 25, 2022, at the age of eighty-three.

Tom was a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a proud American. At the age of sixteen, Tom joined the United States Army National Guard, where he served for thirty-eight years before he retired with the rank of Captain. During this time, he also owned and operated Top Hat Chimney Sweep. After retiring from the National Guard in 1993, Tom worked for a government contractor training Army Soldiers, a job he was very proud to be able to do. He retired in 2021.

Tom was an active member of East Independence Church of Christ. He was a member of the Kansas City Ararat Shriners Temple, where he volunteered by transporting children to the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

On June 27th, 1987, Tom married Marilyn Jo “Jody” Neill. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His hobbies included traveling with his wife, golfing, hunting, and socializing. Tom was a kind, independent, strong (sometimes stubborn), and generous man. He enjoyed dancing, watching sports, sharing his opinions, and providing for his family. After he raised his own children, he had a second opportunity for parenthood and raised his granddaughter, Anna. Tom’s main concern was always taking care of his family. Tom excelled at problem solving; you could count on him for help finding a solution.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, George Thomas Smith and Albert and Jesse Legar, his brothers, Larry and David, his sister, Pamela, his two sons, Kevin and James, and his daughter, Danya. Tom is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jody, his five siblings: Linda (Jerry), Karen Sue (Gene), Shari (Craig), Jeff, and Russell; his three children: Paul (John), Brian (Johnna), his daughter in law, Theresa; his eight grandchildren: Brandi (James), Anna Jo, Justin, James Jr., Levi, Billy, Bradley, and Anthony; his two great-grandchildren: Logan and Sebastian, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Tom will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Hamilton Cemetery in Princeton, MO at a future date.

God’s Garden

God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
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