Mr. J. Scott Smith, age 63, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 25, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.
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Scott was born March 3, 1957 in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Jack E. and Jeannette A. (Glover) Smith. His mother later married Tom D. “Soupie” Smith who raised Scott from an early age and he considered Soupie his father.
Scott was married on May 18, 1984 in Montgomery City, Mo. to Sandra K. Womack who survives at the home.
A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Scott was a 1975 graduate of Jefferson City High School. After graduation, Scott attended the University of Missouri where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and later transferred to Lincoln University to continue his studies in agriculture.
Scott possessed a strong work ethic and from an early age, helped his parents at their family business, Dix Nursery. After his schooling, Scott began working full time at the nursery and actively managed with his parents and brother, Kent, until they closed the business in 2012. Throughout those years, Scott and his family served and educated numerous businesses and individuals with their landscaping needs and cherished the lifelong relationships he made with their clients. After Dix Nursery closed, Scott began his own business, Scott Smith Landscaping and Lawn Care that he was currently operating.
A man of faith, Scott was a long-time member of Calvary Assembly of God.
Scott enjoyed staying busy with work, family and being outdoors. He cherished the many memories he made with his family and friends fishing and hunting for doves and pheasants. He was a member of the United Sportsman Club and enjoyed shooting guns at their range. His family took yearly trips to Daytona Beach, Florida and enjoyed deep-sea fishing off the coast. Throughout his life, his immediate and extended family loved spending time together at their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. They would all look forward to those times fishing, boating, engaging in watersports, setting off fireworks and just being around each other on the dock. He was an avid sports fan and supported several teams; the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Mizzou Basketball Team, and also the Crimson Tide was near and dear to his heart.
Scott had a very good sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He was a hard worker and enjoyed sharing the knowledge about life he had with others, especially his kids and their friends. Scott will be remembered for his contagious laugh, large smile, bright blue eyes and having a servant’s heart.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 36 years, Sandy; two children, Sally J. Kauffman of St. Louis, Mo and J. Scott “Scotty” Smith of Jefferson City, Mo; two brothers, A. Ross Smith of Columbia, Mo. and M. Kent Smith (wife Denise) of Jefferson City, Mo; half-sister, Kelly J. Smith Shelton (husband Jim) of Va.; one uncle, Charlie Smith (wife Alice) of Kirkwood, Mo; one aunt, Fran Glover of Jefferson City, Mo; four grandchildren, Ashtyn Kauffman, Lily Kauffman, Jayden Smith, and Addyson Walkenbach; and several nieces and nephews.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents and an uncle, Jim Glover.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation with protective masks being required by anyone in attendance.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Jeff Higbie officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
A webcast of Scott’s service will be available at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Calvary Assembly of God, 704 Rock Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109 or to Scott Smith’s Medical Expense Fund to help offset some of his recent medical expenses by going to www.gofund.me/ead6b4d8.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.