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James Smith

April 8, 1972 - September 12, 2016

Burial Date: September 16, 2016

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney

Cemetery Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Church Tryst Falls Baptist Church

  • Visitation will be 6-8pm, Thursday, Sept 15, 2016, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney.
  • Funeral service at 11am, Friday, Sept 16, 2016, at Tryst Falls Baptist Church, Kearney, MO.
  • Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

James Shannon Smith, son of James W. & Linda I. Smith, of Kearney, Missouri, died September 12, 2016, following a brief illness. Jamie was born April 8, 1972, in North Kansas City. Jamie attended Kearney High School, graduating with the class of 1991. He pursued a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, graduating in May 1997. He married Angie Murdock on August 17, 1996 in Warrensburg, MO at the chapel on campus. On December 5, 2001, Jamie & Angie welcomed James Cameron Smith to their family. Jamie went on to complete graduate work, receiving a Master’s of Education in Administration from William Woods University in May 2009. Jamie was a member of Tryst Falls Baptist Church since childhood, and had attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty for the last thirteen years.

Jamie had just started his 20th year of teaching on August 16, 2016. He taught eighth grade Social Studies at Cameron Veterans Middle School for the last 11 years; he also taught at Lathrop Middle School and Sweet Springs R-7 Schools. Throughout his teaching career, Jamie coached football, wrestling, and track at the middle school and high school levels, as well as serving as an academic team sponsor.

Jamie was both a Boy Scout & Scouter with Troop 397 in Kearney. He attained the highest rank in Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout, on June 24, 1990. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, Troop 397 Committee Member, and Golden Eagle district commissioner. Jamie worked on the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation from 1993-2001 at the pool, as program director, and Lakefront director, and had been to camp every year since 1983. Jamie was a proud member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, starting as a Brave in 1987, advancing through the ranks and elevations to become a Keeper of the Wampum in 2000. His tribal name was Far Roaming Nighthawk. Jamie was also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Tamegonit Lodge 147.

He is survived by his wife, Angie, and his son, Cameron, of the home, his parents, Jim and Linda Smith, of Kearney, his sister, Elizabeth (Tim) Mael of Excelsior Springs, and nephew & nieces, Sean, Shelby, Columbia, Missouri, and Sydney Mael, Excelsior Springs, his mother-in-law, Diane Murdock, of Marceline, his sister-in-law, Jennifer Murdock Scarantino (Louie) of San Antonio, Texas, his aunt Myra Griffith, of Dawn, his aunt, Kay (Grady) Davis, of Texas, and his aunt, Lorna (Rick) Lash of California, as well as many cousins and close friends who will miss him immensely. He was preceded in death by both sets of his grandparents, and his father-in-law, Charlie Murdock.

Pallbearers will be Bill Allyn, Jason Ballew, John Failer, Monte McBride, Mike Trump, and Dave Whitener.

For those who knew Jamie best, you know that he loved God, his family, & his friends with all of his heart, as well as Scouting, all things historical, guns, hunting, biking, and the outdoors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a fund established at Kearney Trust Company, in care of Angela Smith, for Cameron’s future educational expenses.

The family wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to all who cared for Jamie. We also send out a special thanks to the medical staff at Liberty Hospital Emergency Department, and the medical staff at University of Kansas Medical Center- NEICU. We have been blessed with all the thoughts, prayers, food, and offers to help us. Jamie will be deeply missed by all.

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