Billy Joe Smith

It is with a heavy heart from the family to announce that Billy Joe Smith, age 54 of Independence, MO passed away April 4th, 2021. He was a Son, Nephew, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather and Father as well as a friend to many. He loved deeply, caring for his nieces and nephews as if they were his own children. He had his own sense of humor, full of witty comments and sometimes comments that should not have been said out loud. He could always make people laugh. We’re told he even had the nurses laughing up to his last conscious minutes here on earth.

He loved fishing, hunting, racing, and wrestling, but mostly because that involved him being with family and friends. It did not matter if you were blood family or brought into the family, child or adult, he loved and treated all equally. You were always “all in” with him even if he was giving you shi**! He always loved you for you.

To know Bill was to know love, and the impact that Bill made on people spread far wider than I think He even knew possible. There truly was only one Bill and we will always remember to laugh when we feel like crying and make jokes when it’s completely inappropriate.

He is survived by his mother Caroline Smith, his father Ronald Smith Sr., his Aunt Betty Smith.  His brother Butch Smith and sister & brother-in-law Ronda & Ron Johnson. Also survived by his pride and joy; his nieces and nephews: Jason Smith, Josh Smith, Haley Johnson, Nick & Noah Johnson, Melissa Ebert, Ron Johnson Jr., Karlyn Hellard, Vanessa Johnson. And Great nieces and nephews: Savannah & Kiptyn Smith, Malory, Lindsey, Sabrina, Blake, Jasmine, Lance, Josh, Tiffany, Kaleb, Dustin, Austin, Selena. Great Great nieces & nephew: Jaidyn, Attison, Bryson, Cohen, Eastyn, Lex, Ezra, Storm, Sayir, Nethanial, Sandra, Alliayah, Gracie, Isabella and his “newest buddy”/great nephew, Beau Jameson Gibson. And his son Charlie Smith and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday May 7th, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm, Lakewood Oaks Country Club, 651 NE Saint Andrews Circle, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064  Open House setting, please feel free to come after work or later in the evening for a visit with the family and celebrate Bill.  Casual dress/Bill style is perfectly welcome!

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in Bill’s memory we have chosen a foundation researching for the cure of Juvenile Diabetes.  Since Bill is so fond of kids and suffered from diabetes himself; the family felt that he would want to help children. Any amount is appreciated. JDRF Memorial Link  For more information about the organization you may visit


  1. Cynthia Coulter on April 7, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I’m so sorry for your lose . He was a wonderful person an cousin . He’s up there with mom an they can go garage saling an have coffee with all my love .

  2. Daniel Hernandez on April 7, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    After reading about Bill, I saw exactly what you were saying. Only meeting him once, I can say that was special, not knowing what was to come. I feel grateful for the short time that we talked and bullshited just a little. Would of liked to know you more Bill.

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