Roy Eldon Smith, 81, formerly of Nevada, passed away on January 6, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO following a lengthy illness. Eldon was born December 22, 1941 in Nevada to Harry M. and Cleo D. (Shirley) Smith. He married Karren Ruth Mitts on June 9, 1965 in Nevada and she survives of the home in Joplin.
Eldon was raised in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1959. He served in the Missouri Army National Guard for 21 years retiring as Sgt. First Class. Eldon also worked at the Nevada Habilitation Center for 14 years, then drove a school bus for the Nevada R-5 School District for 21 years until his retirement. Eldon loved camping and boating with his family, and also had a love of cars. His pride and joy was his 2003 Anniversary Model Corvette, but his greatest joy came from his children and grandchildren.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Karen of 57 years, are his two daughters, Jami Hendren (Mark), Joplin, and Melinda Headrick, Springfield, MO; nine grandchildren, Britney Smith, Jace Headrick, Brynna Headrick, Brielle Headrick, Kate Black, Maddie Hendren, Sam Hendren, Abbey Calton, Emma Hendren; a great-grandson, his namesake, Oliver Eldon Smith; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Irma Sue Ashley.
The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. A graveside committal service with Military Honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Newton Burial Park in Nevada with Pastor Bill Platt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Joplin Humane Society or to the Wounded Warriors Project in care of Ferry Funeral Home.