Doyle Keith Smith, a resident of Willow Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021, while at Willow Care Nursing Home. He was born November 1, 1951, to Keith Harold and Norma Maude (Dennis) Smith in Minneapolis, MN and was 69 years of age.
Doyle grew up in Minneapolis and attended Kindergarten through 9th grades before moving to Willow Springs. He attended high school here and graduated from WSHS Class of 1969. Doyle worked for James Motor Company on a half-day work program during his Senior year of high school. He did auto body repair, etc. and ran the wrecker service until 1981. He then went to work for MoDot and remained there until his retirement on May 2, 2007. Doyle attended Calvary Baptist Church in West Plains where he was saved and baptized December 22, 1996. He later attended First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs with his mother. Doyle was married to Lois Dalton on February 14, 1970, in Willow Springs, and to this union 2 sons were born: Keith Harold Smith and Randy Paul Smith. He was later married to Dana Sheets on March 10, 1990, in West Plains and they had a son: Jake Dakota Smith. Doyle taught himself the art of woodworking and loved doing it in his spare time. He also loved to fish; however, he was passionate about riding his beloved Harley. He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew and loved him.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents: Keith and Norma Smith; his grandparents: Alva and Erma Dennis; his sister, Cherry Lynn; and uncles Rhyse Dennis and Leroy Dennis.
He is survived by his sons: Keith Harold Smith and his wife, Rexanna, Randy Paul Smith and his wife, Jeanie and Jake Dakota Smith and his friend, Ashley; his grandsons: Doyle James Smith and Trenton Cole Smith; his step-grandchildren: Brad Vanneda, Justin Casillas, Chelsey Simmons, Dakota Simmons, Dylan Simmons, and Tanner Jackson. Further survivors include great-grandchildren: Heavenly, Hollison, Kiera, Jacob, and Emery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and they may be left at the funeral home.
A family night/visitation for Doyle will be held Friday, June 4 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Willow Funeral Home, LLC. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Williamson officiating. Internment will follow at the Willow Springs City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC. Online condolences may be left at

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