Clyde Edward Smotherman

    Clyde Edward Smotherman of Union, Missouri was born on December 21, 1933 in Birch Tree, Missouri to Clarence and Ethel Smotherman and passed away on July 17, 2022 at the age of 88 years.

    He graduated from Birch Tree High School in 1951, where he played baseball and basketball.
    Clyde married his wife of 68 years, Mildred (Elliott) Smotherman on January 17, 1954 in Birch Tree, Missouri.
    Clyde was scouted out by the St Louis Cardinals after high school so he came and tried out for the team. While he was waiting to hear from them, he applied for jobs in the area. The Cardinals offered him $1200 to come play for them but Ralston Purina offered him $1400 so since $200 was a lot of money back then, he took the job.
    Then he went and worked several years at National Rejectors. He later took a job with Clyde’s Lumber Company in Murphy, Missouri and no, he did not own the company which many thought he did.
    In 1981, he started his own construction company working with his partner, Bob Eschrich.
    Clyde helped create the family business, Ozark Mountain Technologies, Inc in 1993 which began in St Clair, Missouri and later moved to Cuba, Missouri. As CEO, he was an active part of the business.
    He loved to be outside on his lawn mower and tractor.
    Clyde loved fishing which included owning river property and a lake house over the years.
When not spending weekends at his vacation properties with family/friends, he was able to take a few fishing trips to Canada. He also took his family on several memorable vacations to include a Cruise to Alaska, Cruise to Hawaii, trip to Disney and a Cruise to Europe.
    Clyde attended several Cardinal games over the years but his most memorable was being present at the 2011 World Series winning game.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ethel Smotherman; and four siblings, Clara Williams, Dorothy Martin, Velma Weaver and Raymond Smotherman.
    He is survived by his wife, Mildred; three children, Gregory Smotherman Sr. (Anita) of Cuba, Missouri, Karen Pickett (John) of Union, Missouri and Connie Higginbotham (Oscar) of Catawissa, Missouri; eight grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren.; other relatives and friends.
    A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.  
    Arrangements under the direction of the Chapel Hill Mortuary.