Paul "Butch" Edward Smith, Jr.

Thursday, January 22nd, 1953 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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Paul "Butch" Edward Smith, Jr. of Mineral Point, Missouri was born on January 22, 1953, a son to the late Paul Edward Smith and the late Alice (Martin) Griggs. Paul passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020 having reached sixty-seven years of age.

Paul was preceded in death by his father, Paul E. Smith; mother, Alice Griggs; paternal and maternal grandparents; and his step-father, Raymond Griggs; brother Donnie Griggs and sister Katherine Jolliph.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Yutana Smith née Draper; three children: Judson (Matt) Smith-Sparks, Crystal (James) Cantrell and Brittany Stottler; step-mother, Leona Smith; three brothers: Raymond Dale Griggs, David Smith and Danny Smith; one grandson, Theodore Stottler; mother-in-law, Twila Jarvis; in-laws: Kelly (Jimmy) Farris, Buck (Chastity) Draper and Tim (Ashley) Jarvis; longtime friend, Joy Yarbrough; and many dear nieces, nephews and extended family.

All funeral arrangements have been cared for by DeClue Funeral Home.
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Posted at 10:34pm
Butch, we have been married for 25 years! And we had our ups and downs but we made it through it . The last 12 years we departed our ways and still remain married. We both love to fish and camp have fun . .But then 2 years ago we tried to work things out but it didn’t work out. Due to the way you had different people in and out I honestly couldn’t live like that . I’m gonna miss you and it’s getting harder and not easy at all ! You left me too soon and left everyone to soon, you are up there with your dad and my dad planning for deer season. That’s what you liked to do was to hunt and fish . We went fishing more than once and had a good time . R.I.P Butch loved you more than you thought . You would call me around 5 am in the morning just to see how I’m doing like always I would be getting ready for work! Love you til we meet again! Watch over me and others ! Just doesn’t seem real that you are gone ! I cry every night and day !! LOVE You with all my heart

Judson Smith

Posted at 08:57pm
I'm sorry you missed out when I went to school for the first time,
And you didn't have me tell you that you were all mine.
I'm sorry you weren't there to take me fishing,
And you weren't there to tell me I have to stand tall.
Sorry you weren't the one I saw when I came home that day
Or the one I'd run to when I had a bad day.
I'm sorry you didn't hear me write these; you'd have been so proud,
And you weren't there to lift me up on a cloud.
Sorry you weren't there to tell me there's nothing to fear,
But then again you should have been here.
I'm sorry you weren't the one to teach me to ride a bike,
Or the one who took me on my first ride.
I'm sorry you weren't there the day I graduated from basic training.
Or the day I graduated with my second master’s degree.
I’m sorry you weren’t there the day I retired from the military or when I said, “I do”.
I’m sorry you weren’t the one who gave me words of wisdom when strength is what I lacked.
I'm sorry you weren't the one to hold me when I cried
Or tell me I did great when I really tried.
I'm sorry you were never there to teach me how to be a man
Or there at night to simply have a chat when I needed someone to talk to.
I'm sorry me as a son is what you never had.
You will always be my father, but you will never be my dad.

Rest in Peace

Judson Smith
(Your Son)


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