Mr. Smith was married to Kaye Kelly on Friday, June 22, 1956 in Monett, Mo. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Pierce City, Decatur Lodge #400 in Pierce City and Abou Ben Adham Shrine Temple in Springfield, Mo.
J.D. graduated from Cassville High School and received an undergraduate degree at SMS in Springfield. He went on to receive his master's degree from the University of Arkansas. J.D. was a well-known superintendent in several southwest Missouri schools. He served in Pierce City, Southwest R-5, Exeter, Marionville and after retiring, again served as superintendent at Pierce City.
Surviving are the following: his wife, Kaye, of the home; his daughter: Melissa Smith, of Pierce City, Mo.; and one sister: Ruby Marbut, of Springdale, Ark.
The family will receive friends at the Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City, Mo. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 from 7 to 8 p.m. Services will be at the Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City, Mo. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 beginning at 11 a.m. with Rev. Darren Helms and Rev. Bob Hubbard officiating. Burial will follow at Sparks Cemetery near Butterfield, Mo.
Memorials may be made to The donors choice in memory of J.D. Smith.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lakinfuneralhome.com.