Gary “Whitey” G. Smith, 66 of Cherokee, Kan. passed away Monday, October 15, 2012  at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan.  He was born May 25, 1946 in La Crosse, Wis., the son of Waldo E. and Lottie (Kopp) Smith.  Gary worked for Freddy Van Inc. in Pittsburg as a truck driver.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cherokee.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Joyce Roberts.

He is survived by son, Curtis Smith of Denver, Colo; daughters, Madelyn Smith of Joplin, Mo., and Nola Smith of Cherokee; grandchildren, Marley Black, Ace, Roxy and Layla Long; brothers, Michael and Alan Smith; sisters, Loretta Smith, Marlene Burr all of Topeka, Kan. and Marilyn Krawczyk of Fla.  

A Memorial Visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee Monday, October 22, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to the Gary Smith Memorial Fund.  Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Midland Cremation Society, 1515 West 10th St. Suite B Joplin, MO 64801. Condolences may be left at www.midlandcremation.com  Arrangements are under the direction of Midland Cremation Society in Joplin.