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Obituary of Norman Smith
Norman C. Smith, 85, of Clinton, Missouri passed away peacefully early Friday morning, July 13, 2018 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.
Norman was born in Clinton, MO on July 31, 1932, the son of Claude Smith and Mildred (Groff) Smith. He was the youngest of three boys.
In his early years, Norman ran the local cattle circuit in Missouri and Arkansas as an auctioneer. Later in life he worked for the Peabody Coal Company. After leaving Peabody he became an order buyer for local cattlemen and soon after he started back grounding cattle for himself.
Norman had three true passions in life, cattle, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a special place in his heart for children, and was affectionately nicknamed "Crazy Norman" by one of those special girls. In 1985, after a 6 month hiatus, Norman showed up on Mother's Day with the love of his life, Vinnie Lankford.
Norman had a true way with people. He loved to visit, tell a joke or two, and even, in his words, "piss some people off". Norman was a man that will not soon be forgotten. He had a memorable personality, leaving a lasting impression on all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Harold and Calvin Smith. Surviving are his partner and caregiver of 33 years, Vinnie; son, Gregg and his wife Lisa, Clinton, MO; son, Brett and his wife Tyra, Denton, Texas; grandchildren, Preston and his wife Bridgette, Clinton, MO, Mackenzie, Kansas City, MO, and Breanna, Denton, TX; great-grandchildren, Tenley, Fallon and all of Vinnie's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters in law, Bonnie Smith and Georgia Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Pastor Margie Briggs will officiate. Interment will be in Englewood Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com.