Obituary: Derald L. Smith, 70, of Hannibal

Derald Smith
Posted: Nov. 30, 2019 7:01 pm

Derald L. Smith, 70, of Hannibal, passed away at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

There will be no services at this time.

Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Derald was born Jan. 9, 1949, in Hannibal, Missouri to LaRoy Smith and  Veda Sellars Smith.

He was married to Lois Lightle on May 11, 1974, in Hannibal. She survives.

Survivors include one son, Russell Smith (Christine) of Center, Mo.; two daughters, Brenda Parker (Ahmed) of Hannibal and Karla Smith of Hannibal; one brother, Ronnie Smith of Hannibal; three sisters, Maxine Woolfolk of Palmyra, Mo., Zelma Ellis of Auxvasse, Mo., and Veda McLeod (Bobby) of Hannibal; seven grandchildren, Emma, Hannah, Raya, Kalin, Kira, Gage and Gavin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Derald was preceded in death by his parents.

Derald served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Professionally he was a retired welder for Bleigh Construction. Prior to that he worked at Atlantic Steel. Currently Derald was working at Port Industries in Palmyra, Mo.

Derald enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially deer, rabbit and squirrel. St. Louis Cardinals baseball and NFL football were some of his favorites. A talented baker and cook, Derald made the best basil chicken and homemade pies. Derald also enjoyed gardening, hiking and simply being outdoors. Most of all he cherished the moments he shared with friends and family. 

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