Ernest Smith

Ernest Smith, 88, Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away May 19, 2023.

Ernest was born June 3, 1934, to Theodore and Anna Smith in Plattsburg, MO. He graduated from Bartlett High School in St. Joseph, MO. Ernest served on the Board at the Good Samaritan Center, several local committees and plenty of public service projects. Ernest worked for the Missouri Power and Light company for almost 30 years. Anyone knowing him knew his passion for FAMILY, Friends, Golf (4 hole-in-one’s), KC Royals, KC Chiefs and Mizzou!

He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Virginia Smith. He is survived by his son, Anthony Smith; daughter-in- law, Jenni Smith; daughter, Sheila Bunyan; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Shayla Hooks, Shaun Bunyan, Daniel Smith, Cedrick Bunyan, McKenna Henry and Kennedy Henry. He had 10 great grandchildren; one brother, Aaron Smith; three sisters, Lauretta Majors, Kathy Rodriquez and Gerald Jackson; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins! Ernest loved life and loved Excelsior Springs!

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday May 26, 2023 at Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs, MO. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior, burial following at Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, MO.

In lieu of flowers family are suggesting memorial contributions to the Good Samaritan Center, Excelsior Springs, MO. Ernie always suggested to donate to the Good Samaritan in lieu of his birthday present yearly. We know he’s smiling down knowing we are asking for donations as a memorial contribution.

Our Sincere Condolences

Anthony and family.
Sending comforting thoughts to everyone in the family. May your memories of Earnie bring a smile to your heart. I know I smile anytime I think of Earnie. He was always such a pleasant and friendly gentleman any time I saw him around town. I have known Earnie since Anthony and my brother were friends in school. I gave Anthony many a ride home after basketball practices during high school years when I was picking my brother up after practice.
Cindy (Snider) Dean

Thoughts and prayers for the Smith Family during this difficult time. Many memories of seeing Ernie in the Missouri Power and Light company vehicles when I was growing up an seeing him at Basketball games for Anthony. May your fond memories of Ernie bring you joy today and in the future.
David Snider

Condolences to Ernie’s family.
Ernie will always be an Excelsior Springs icon…
If you grew up in Excelsior and you played baseball on Piburn field you probably knew Ernie. Being from a family of 5 kids we spend lots of night and weekends there. Ernie would be the smiling guy behind the face mask and chest guard. He always made the game a little more fun to watch.
Scott and I lost a very dear friend.
Rest in peace Ernie
Scott and Candi Falconer

My father, Roy Cheek, worked with Ernie for many years at Missouri Power & Light. Dad thought very highly of him. I’m sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man and I know his family will miss him terribly.
Barbara Lanning

Anthony and Shelia, sympathy and prayers for you lost of cousin Ernie. He has always been a big part of my life growing up. Kind, soft spoken and always family first. Remembering the family reunion, spending the weekend in Excelsior Springs as a teenager, him and Chuck walking the golf course in Columbia and how he was always so loving and gentle with grandmother making sure she was well taken care of. And could ever forget that smile and laughter.
Remember Paul reminds us, “ For we know that if this earthly house of this tabernacle be dissolved we have a building, a house not made by hands.”
Love you all and will cherish all our memories!
Rev. Caroles, Charliss (Pinky) Taylor and Family

To Anthony and family,
Sending condolences and prayers on the loss of your father.  Ernie was my mother’s cousin who brought kindness and caring to my mother and me.  Ernie took the time to bring Grandmother Robinson to visit my mother in KC which I have always remembered as the character of a man who cared for his family.  I hope your memories of your father will gird you  and your family through this difficult time.
May God Bless you,
Sheri Peach

I have known Ernie since he worked at the old ES Hospital. Both he and Virginia were great people who were very proud of their two children. My thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.
Barb Buehrer

Dear Cousins (Anthony, Sheila and family.)
I’m so sorry for your loss, it’s regrettable that I couldn’t attend the services. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire family.
Sincerest love
Reginald and Lisa Jackson