Tayvon Derek Smith, age 30, formerly of Joplin, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Bowling Green, MO.
Tayvon was born on October 16, 1991 in Joplin to Sherry (Hughes) Smith and the late Tyretha Smith Jr. He grew up and attended school in Joplin. During his school years, Tayvon enjoyed playing sports and being with friends. He was a gifted sketch artist and in later years used his talents to express his love and friendship for others. Tayvon was also an avid card player and was always up for a challenge from friends and family. During his time at the Northeast Correctional Center, he worked hard and completed over 15 certifications and classes for rehabilitative services. On March 17, 2022 he was united in marriage to Lauren Elizabeth Crane, in Bowling Green. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Sherry (Hughes) Smith; grandmother, Judy Payne; siblings, Tyler Smith, Colby Hughes, Tyretha Smith III, Calvin Spratt, Johneisha Huggins, J’essence Huggins, and Princinia Thomas; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
These are the times that hurt the most, When days seem to long
Thinking about all the times, We may have done you wrong
And how we wish, We could take it all back
But life, It doesn’t work like that
We have to live by the words we say
And by all the choices we make, It’s all written in stone
Nothing you can do can change it, We just have to keep going on
No matter how much it hurts, We must stay strong
Distract ourselves from painful memories, If it’s meant to be
It has to be done
We lost a brother friend and son, But your memory lives on
We will miss you, Watch over us and keep us safe
Help us make it through each day, You may be gone
But we will never forget you, May the lord bless, protect, and
Give you all the love we never, Got a chance to give you
Fly high Tayvon, Until we meet again
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Parker Mortuary in Joplin with private family burial to take place at a later date. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Friday, beginning at 11:00 AM until service time at Parker Mortuary.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.