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Hollis Dain “Doc” Smith, 77 years, passed from this life on Feb. 25, 2013 at home with his family by his side.
Hollis Dain was born July 8, 1935 in Vanzant, Mo., to Ramey and Loeta (Estes) Smith.
Dain was a resident of the Ava community since 1990 moving from West Plains, Mo., where Dain and Dorothy Ann had lived since 1961. He was a retired veterinarian.
On June 3, 1956 Dain and Dorothy Ann Duffer were united in marriage in Ava, Mo., and to this union two sons were born.
Dain and Dorothy Ann owned and operated Animal Clinic of West Plains and also the Sho-Me Feeder Pig Markets in Ava and Thayer, Mo. He was a 1953 graduate of Ava High School and received his bachelor of science in agriculture and doctor of veterinary medicine in 1960 from University of Missouri, Columbia.
He was a Christian and a current member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Ava and former member of the First Baptist Church in West Plains.
Dain had been an active member of the West Plains and Ava Lions Clubs and Gideons International. He was also a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
He had served on the State of Missouri Clean Air Commission, the Advisory Committee of Agriculture under Governor Kit Bond, and the Douglas County Soil and Water Commission. He was one of the original Board of Directors of Missouri Southern Bank in West Plains, the General Manager of the National Feeder Pig Show from 1970 to 1980, and president of the National Feeder Pig Marketing Association. Dain had also served in other capacities related to agriculture.
Dain enjoyed his farm and working the cattle. He also had enjoyed fishing and floating the Ozark rivers.
Dain was preceded in death by his parents, Ramey and Loeta Smith.
Dain is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Smith, Ava, Mo.; two sons and their spouses, David Dain and Cathy Smith, Ava, Mo., and Daniel Keith and Turmelovea Smith, Baton Rouge, La.; four grandchildren, Jessica LeAnn Bennett, Joshua Dain Smith and Danielle Elizabeth Smith, all of Springfield, Mo., and Lain Smith, Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, Paul Smith, Silver Springs, Md.; two nephews, Ray and Paul Smith and their families.
Funeral services for Dain will be Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. in the First Southern Baptist Church, Ava, Mo., with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Officiating will be Randy Hylton and Pastor Tom Maples. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.