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  1. Vera Grow Hick
    May 21, 2020 @ 11:24 am

    Mariah & Stanley and family – sorry for your loss but also know he is a peace and earned his wings! I am Jim & Nellie McCubbins granddaughter Vera Grow Hick from Iowa and send you all our sympathy. Remember all the good memories .

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    • Darren Hinshaw
      May 21, 2020 @ 5:45 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I played for the Grizzlies 94-95. Dean was so enjoyable to talk to. He was by far my favorite in the community.

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    • Donna Buchanan
      May 27, 2020 @ 12:21 am

      Maria, and family; I am sad to read of Dean’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. I was fortunate to have seen Dean and you at Imogene’s birthday. May God bless you , and bring peace to you and your families hearts, in this time of great loss. Donna

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  2. Amber Redburn
    May 21, 2020 @ 3:45 pm

    Mrs. Smith, Stan/Lesa, Kristi/Josh, and Family,
    I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of you upon the passing of Dean. All of you will be in my daily prayers/thoughts. During this difficult time may God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Amber Redburn

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  3. Terrie Honeycutt
    May 21, 2020 @ 5:10 pm

    Stan and family,
    The loss of one of our parents is tough, but the memories live on within us forever. Share those memories with family, friends, and those that you want to share your dad with. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Honeycutt Family
    Jeff & Terrie

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  4. Heather Milloway
    May 21, 2020 @ 6:02 pm

    Mirna, I am so sorry. I have the fondest memories of you and Dean. I will cherish them forever. I love you so much!

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  5. Bev Harmon
    May 21, 2020 @ 7:36 pm

    Maria, I’m so sorry. Dean was a great guy, a good husband and father. So glad I got to know know him so many many years ago. You are in my thoughts. Love you.

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  6. Patty nichols
    May 21, 2020 @ 7:55 pm

    Mariah and family. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Sending you lots of prayers ,Dean will be missed by all who knew him. Mike and Patty Nichols

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  7. Lana Brown
    May 21, 2020 @ 8:10 pm

    Sending hugs and prayers… Dean was a fine gentleman and friend who will be greatly.

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  8. Marvin & Adria Vestal
    May 21, 2020 @ 8:40 pm

    Maria, Stan, Lesa, and family: we are heartbroken about Dean’s passing. He was so good to us when we started as green young people in Summersville, MO. We loved joining him at basketball games and coaching activities. He was a true friend to Marvin and I and our girls. Maria, Stan, and Lesa, we will pray for comforting blessings for you. We know that Dean is walking tall in Heaven and is eating sugar cookies! The great memories that we have of all of you are so precious to us! You have all been a blessing to us! Thank you for your friendship and love. God bless all of you. Love, Marvin & Adria Vestal, Wendy & Julie

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  9. Tammy Cathey
    May 21, 2020 @ 9:05 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I will never forget going to church when kids were little & my daughter says mommy I can’t see a thing there is a giant in the way. Dean took it well with a laugh. Such a sweet genuine man.

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  10. Daleene Wade
    May 21, 2020 @ 9:31 pm

    Smith family, please accept our condolences for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Stan, the class of 1978 offers it’s sympathies to you and your family. May God bring comfort and peace to you at this difficult time. Daleene (Reynard) Wade and family. The class of 1978 Houston R1 School District.

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  11. Lyn Wightman
    May 22, 2020 @ 9:46 am

    So glad our paths crossed while living in Missouri. Dean was always part of our extended family. We loved him and will miss him. Our sincere sympathy for Muria and the rest of the family. We will be thinking of you and sending prayers. Love Lyn and Karl

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  12. Karen Hammond
    May 22, 2020 @ 11:07 am

    Maria, Stan, Lesa & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. Dean was such a great person and he will be missed immensely. I have such fond memories of Dean, and all of you, as I was growing up. I will never forget all the trips to the lake. We had such fun camping and boating throughout the summers. Dean could always bring a smile to everyone he met. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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  13. John and Marlys Beeler
    May 22, 2020 @ 11:09 am

    Maria, Stan, Lesa, Kristi and family we are so sorry and will treasure all the good memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  14. Joseph Thomas Collins
    May 22, 2020 @ 12:25 pm

    So sorry to hear of Deans passing he was a wonderful man, I really enjoyed his time on the radio with the Grizzlies he always knew what he was talking about I never got to talk to him enough he really knew a lot about sports, I always learned something when talking to him.

    Maria, Stan, and your family are in our prayers.

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  15. Dana Wilson
    May 22, 2020 @ 1:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. So many great memories of Dean.

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  16. Denny Hunt
    May 22, 2020 @ 1:59 pm

    Saying goodbye to “The President” won’t be easy.
    Dean was beloved by all and he left kindness and laughter wherever he went. And as Adria mentioned, maybe a few sugar cookie crumbs as well.
    I’ve never heard a negative word said about Dean and he must have known a million people.
    Dean was one-of-a-kind and we were all blessed to know him and call him friend.
    With loving memories,
    Denny, Patty, Sam and Alex Hunt

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  17. Dr. Donald & Susan Womack
    May 22, 2020 @ 4:12 pm

    Maria, Stan and family, We are so blessed to be part of your family. We love each of you. We always had such great times together in Branson or whenever having just a visit. Dean will be greatly missed by all of us. Continued thoughts and prayers. Don and Susan

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  18. Stanley Taylor
    May 22, 2020 @ 4:38 pm

    MarIa and family

    DEAN was a great man and will be missed but we know he is in a better place and not suffering any more , I know it is hard to let loved one go but when we know where their are makes it easier to let them go we will miss him as you will stay strong and continue to look to the for help and direction

    Stanley taylor

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  19. Bruce Dyck
    May 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

    Sweet Maria, I am so sad as I hear about the passing of my buddy, Deano. You allowed Deano and I to travel and watch many ball games together. We grew close together despite our age difference. He was a special friend and a special guy and family just like you. May you feel God’s presence during this time. We know Dean is having one heck of a time right with His Savior and friends that has gone before him. Mary and I send our condolences and will be praying for you. Love you , Bruce

    Stan, Sorry buddy for your loss. Your dad was one special person to me and will be sorely missed. Keep taking good care of mom and keep sharing your memories of your dad with her as time goes by. our condolences and prayers to you as well. Love, Bruce

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  20. Stacey Johnson
    May 22, 2020 @ 7:50 pm

    All of us at The Fish Shack have been missing Dean for a while as we had gotten use to seeing him almost everyday. He will be missed by all who knew him. A true gentleman if there ever was one and a fine upstanding person. If West Plains ever has a Mount Rushmore Dean Smith would surely be on it. Thank you for making me a better person.

    Stacey Johnson

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  21. Bonnie Mitchell
    May 22, 2020 @ 8:20 pm

    I was so sorry to hear about Dean. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

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  22. Dianna Weaver
    May 22, 2020 @ 11:34 pm

    Sending prayers and condolence to Mr. Smith’s family. We met him back in 1983 when he was the director of Texas County Family Services. He was a kind hearted man who helped our family so much. I ran into him at NHC and reminded him we had met before and what it had meant to our family. It was a blessed encounter in 1983 and we will never forget him and the blessing that came from that meeting. He will be remembered as a very good man who helped many. God bless his family with precious memories now until they meet again.

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  23. Loretta Pounds Edwards
    May 23, 2020 @ 10:12 am

    Mariah, Stan and family, so very sad to hear of Dean’s passing. He was such a good guy. He made working at DFS more fun than it would have been otherwise. He looked after his workers and really cared if things were going well for us.

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  24. Heide Niffen
    May 24, 2020 @ 2:23 pm

    Dear Maria, Stan, and Lesa,

    I want to give you my deepest condolences, on the passing of Dean.
    May God will give you all the comfort, as I know only he can.
    Please know I will be thinking about you and the family.
    With all my love, Heide

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  25. Keith & Nita Weaver
    May 25, 2020 @ 1:12 pm

    Maria and Stan, as sad as it is to lose a loving husband and father we can rejoice in the fact that Dean is now at Home, and we will all be reunited with him and our Savior in the Kingdom soon…

    “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” ( 1 Thessalonians 4:14)

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  26. Vivian Brake
    May 25, 2020 @ 4:34 pm

    Maria,
    I was so sad to learn that my “Hero” had passed. He was such an inspiration as I would see him on Sundays, struggling to walk, but he still had a smile on his face.

    However, I am rejoicing with you that Dean is now in the presence of our Lord that he loved so much.

    Dale and I have been asking God to be with you and bless you with His promises to never leave you, to comfort you and give you strength.

    Love, Vivian Brake

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  27. Melissa (Vaughn) Lowe
    June 3, 2020 @ 11:43 pm

    I was so sadden to hear of Deans passing, you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. He was a great man and will be missed.

    Melissa (Vaughn) Lowe
    (Lorin Vaugn’s daughter)

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