Byron Smith, 87, of Edwards, Mo., passed away Monday, May 20, 2013.

Byron Smith, 87, of Edwards, Mo., passed away Monday, May 20, 2013.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens in Independence.

Byron was born July 22, 1925, to Floyd C. and Miree (Hufferd) Smith; one of seven children. He was born and raised in Independence where, in his adult life, he worked for the City of Independence as a Mechanic until 1977. Byron was first married to Opal (Shultz) Smith and together they raised two girls. In 1982, they retired to Warsaw, Mo., where they both enjoyed traveling, gardening, and fishing. After Opal’s passing in 1992, he married Betty Flowers in 1994 and they spent the last 19 years traveling, attending Cross Timbers Baptist Church, spoiling their combined grandchildren, and supporting the family cattle farm. Byron also enjoyed wood carving, and gifting his carvings to those he loved.

He is survived by wife, Betty Flowers Smith of Warsaw, Mo.; daughters, Ruth Walby and husband, Ron, of Blue Springs, Mo., and Janet Smith of Crestview, Fla.; stepchildren, Larry Flowers and wife, Sharyn, Mike Flowers and wife, Veda, and Debra Flowers Henderson and husband, Mike; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Marjorie Drown, Edrie Lou Nickerson, Miree Ellen Smith and Kathleen Small. Byron was preceded in death by his beloved Opal; brothers, Eugene and Robert Smith; and grandson, Scott Walby.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Cross Timbers Baptist Church, Cross Timbers, Mo.; or to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.


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