Lawrence Smith, age 75, of Basehor, Kan., passed away on Thursday May 9, 2013, at his home.
Lawrence Smith, age 75, of Basehor, Kan., passed away on Thursday May 9, 2013, at his home. A Memorial Visitation will be Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home; 214 Oak Street; Bonner Springs, KS 66012. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas City Hospice House or the Ronald McDonald House, both in care of the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home.
Lawrence was born on December 29, 1937, the only child to Arch and Ava (Perkey) Smith in Harrison, Ark. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Central Missouri State University and his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Kansas. He found his calling, becoming a teacher and later, principal at Piper Unified School District #203, where he stayed for 38 years until he retired.
Lawrence married his high school sweetheart, Fredia Ree Landrum, on December 21,1957, in Jasper, Ark. Lawrence and Fredia were partners in the Farm Market on Highway 7 and Polfer Road.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Fredia Ree Smith, of the home, three children, Chris Smith and wife Janet, of Kansas City, Mo., Phil Smith and wife Margaret, of Basehor, Kan., LaRee Christiansen and husband Mike, of Fontana, Kan., 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren including Madison Smith, with whom he shared an especially close relationship.
Arrangements: Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. AldenHarrington.com