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John Dowell-Smith, age 52, of Joplin, Mo., passed away June 21, 2017 after a long illness.
John was born January 16, 1965, to Bette (Pierson) Dowell Smith and Cecil R. Dowell, in Joplin. He was a lifelong resident. John was a professional auto body/paint man and certified auto inspector. He owned his own shop, John's Auto Body, at the age of 18, he continued his profession until his illness became too bad.
John is survived by his siblings, Bobby Dowell, of Florida, Ronnie Dowell, and his wife, Samone, of Carl Junction, Steve Dowell and his wife, Ramona, of Carl Junction, Tim Dowell and his wife, Lisa, of Utah, William Smith, of Joplin; three sisters, Tammy Osborn and her husband, Leroy, of Wyandotte, Kandi Anderson, Donnie, of Carthage, and Piper Ficken and her husband, Mike, of Cabool. He is also survived by his adopted parent, Don Smith, and a host of nieces and nephews, there are three especially close nieces and nephews, Katie Smith, Austin Smith, and Angel Benge. John was preceded in death by his parents and a beloved niec,e Meaghann.
All who knew John will remember his funny, and sometimes stupid, sense of humor, like when he would tell a young family member "Call me an orange." "Are you an orange?" "No!" Some of his last words were "Johnny Bondo says May the 4th be with you!"
John's family will be hosting a potluck memorial dinner on Friday, June 30th, at McClelland Park at 2 p.m. Friends and family please bring a covered dish and memories. John's Uncle Jerry Williams officiating.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on June 27, 2017
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