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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Obituary: Melvin A. Smith

  • Melvin A. Smith, 85, of Columbia, MO slipped quietly and peacefully from this world on July 12, 2014 (into the world of souls).
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  • Melvin A. Smith, 85, of Columbia, MO slipped quietly and peacefully from this world on July 12, 2014 (into the world of souls).
     Services are planned for a later date.
     Mel was born September 24, 1928 in Iona, MO to Ora Lucile Alcorn Smith and Ebenezer W. Smith, who preceded him in death.  He attended Ionia School and Cole Camp High School graduating in 1946.  During the 1940’s and 1950’s Mel lived in the Ionia and Windsor, MO area where he was in the chicken farming business.  In 1947, he married Alice Josephine Borchers with whom he had two daughters, Denise Alice Smith Tracy and Dixie Lee Smith which survive.  In 1960 he moved to Texas living first in the Dallas area and then in Houston.  In the 1970’s he lived in Kansas City, MO and Oklahoma City, where on September 21, 1974 he married Sharon Faye Kindle and she survives. They had one son, Melvin Clark Smith, who also survives.  In 1975 he and Sharon moved to Brookfield, MO where they lived for 21 years. During this time, he was a member of the Brookfield Kiwanis Club serving as President and District 2 Lt. Governor in 1991.  He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Brookfield.  In 1996, he and Sharon moved to Columbia where they resided at his time of death.  He was an independent business man for over 60 years.  Mel was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Columbia.
     Other survivors include a son-in-law, B. J. Tracy; two grandchildren, Tricia Denise Tracy Harley and husband, Craig of Atlanta, GA and Nariah Benjamin Tracy and wife, Teri of Ashville, NC; five great-grandchildren, Caroline Dixie Harley, Peyton States Harley, Braden Turner Harley all of Atlanta, GA, Molly Loraine Tracy, Nariah Benjamin both of Ashville, NC as well as five nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by a baby brother, his oldest brother, Ray E. Smith and a half sister, Bernice Smith Williams.    
      Memorial contributions are suggested to Community United Methodist Church in Memory of Melvin Smith, 3301 W. Broadway,  Columbia, MO 65203.
      Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.

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