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George W. Smith was born August 31, 1933 in Springfield Missouri to Elton O. and Mary Elizabeth Smith. He was the youngest of three boys. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1951. He attended Drury College in Springfield and entered into the US Army in 1953 serving as an ordinance intelligence specialist.
After his discharge from the Army he entered the business world. A few of his business affiliations over the years included:
MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL CONSULTANT
V/P COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP OF KC
PRESIDENT OF CONTINENTAL MORTGAGE CO. INC.
DOCTOR’S MANAGEMENT SERVICE, INC.
MEDICAL FINANCIAL SERVICE, INC.
HAR-LEE SALES, INC.
Next to Curtis McClinton was the first member of the Black Economic Union of Kansas City (Formerly The Negro Industrial and Economic Union).
Former President of the Missouri Consumer Credit Association
One of the founders and one time Vice-Chairman of East Attucks Community Housing, Inc. (Sycamore Groves Apartments)
George was a life member of Optimist International and served in several leadership roles including :
PRESIDENT OF RAYTOWN BREAKFAST OPTIMIST CLUB
PRESIDENT OF WESTPORT/HYDEPARK OPTIMIST CLUB
2 TIME LT. GOV. OF MISSOURI DIST. OF OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL
5 TIME CHAIRMAN OF VARIOUS STATE COMMITTEES
George was also a lifelong Republican and he served as a committeeman for the brooking Township and was one of the founders of the Eastern Jackson County Republican Club. In the early 80’s he served as an Alderman in Raytown and chaired several of the boards committees’.
George was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Raytown and the Order of St. Luke. He was very active in the church serving as a lector, vestry member, treasurer, and multiple times as the Stewardship chairman. He also served on the Diocesan council of the Diocese of West Missouri and served the Diocese as Stewardship chairman.
George’s passion in later life was traveling. He was proud of the fact that they had visited all the states of the United States and their capitols and most of the provinces of Canada. They had visited 5 of the seven continents and traveled around the world.
He is survived by his wife Julia Smith of 54 years, three children (Rebecca Jaramillo (Phoenix, AZ), Rachel Garcia (Prescott, AZ) and Daniel Smith (Lee’s Summit, MO)), 5 Grandchildren and 5 Great grandchildren, and a brother (Rev. Elton O. Smith (Washington, D.C.).
Services will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Raytown at 10:30AM June 19th, 2013.