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Born March 26, 1933, in Ozark County Vilas Smith, 73, Ava, died at 12:17 a.m. March 26, 2006, at his home in Ava.
He was born March 26, 1933, in Ozark County, the son of Sigel and Carrie Evelyn (Newton) Smith. On Oct. 27, 1956, he was married at Tecumseh to Wanda Blackburn, who survives.
He was a retired owner and meat broker for V and W Brokerage.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of Gainesville Church of Christ.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda, of the home; two daughters, Tracy Smith and Rhonda Flood, both of Independence; brothers and sisters, Mike Smith, Zanoni, Bonnie Luna, Gainesville, Blanch Sukow, Springfield, Norene Loftis, Hardenville, Nancy Kelley, Dora, Floyd Smith, Ava, Floy Tucker, Rockford, Ill., Dave Smith and Bernice Ziegler, Wichita, Kan., Rosell Howard, Belton, and Frank Smith, Independence; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joe and Obie Smith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Gainesville Church of Christ with Brad Smith and Halbert Smith officiating. Interment was in Smith Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.