Jerry Dean Smith, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007. Funeral service will be held 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Advantage Chapel, at 6606 Independence Ave., with burial in White Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday at the Advantage Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to the family.
Jerry was employed by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as a banquet and catering server for 9 years. He was a member of NEAA, recently celebrating his tenth year of sobriety. He was dedicated to helping anyone who needed his help, just as he was doing at the time of his death. He loved people and animals. The news paper said he was "a good samaritan." That he was! Always there to listen, lend a hand and be a friend. Jerry will be missed by many but never forgotten. The Lord has called on his helping hands and heart. What an asset he will be. We can all only hope that we impact and touch as many lives as he did. The family would like to thank everyone for all the support and shared stories we have received.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Jerome Smith; grandparents, Ann and Joe White; grandfather, Lowell (Dean) Reynolds; and uncles, Ernie Reynolds and James Smith.
Jerry is survived by his children Candace and James Smith and their mother, Cindy (Bruce) Wagers; mother Sharon (Fred) Carroll; grandmother, Joyce Reynolds; siblings, Lea Ann (Vince) Benedetto, Danny (Donna) Smith and Bryan Carroll; nephews and nieces, Vincent and Felicia Benedetto, Amber, Levi, Chance Smith; aunt, Melody Reynolds, uncle Roger Reynolds, cousin Matthew Reynolds; aunt Shirley (Walter) Ball and aunt Jerretta (Jerry) Naylor; his dog Gracie and cats Ursula and Chainsaw, his AA family, and numerous other cousins, family, and friends.