Retired Captain Eric Michael Smoot, age 53, of Hillsboro, Missouri, passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Mercy South. He was born July 08, 1966, in St. Louis. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Hillsboro Fire Protection District in 1981. He was hired in 1991 as a full-time firefighter. He served the citizens of the Hillsboro Fire Protection District with honor and heroism. He was a friend to all in the community and a mentor to other firefighters. He retired after 33 years of dedicated service in 2014. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, firefighters, and the Hillsboro Community.
He is survived by:
Son-Nicholas L. Smoot, of Hillsboro, Missouri
Sister-Tracy (Darrell) Stiles, of Hillsboro, Missouri
Sister-Dolores (Philip) Robbins, of Coin, Iowa
Former wife-Betty Smoot, of Hillsboro, Missouri
Son-Zachary G. Parker, of Davisburg, Michigan
Also survived by:
A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Preceded in death by:
Mother-Marcella Smoot (nee Sawicki)
Visitation-Friday, December 27, 2019, from 3 to 7 pm at the Hillsboro Community Civic Center 10349 Business 21 Hillsboro, Missouri, 63050.
Firefighter walk-through at 6 pm Hillsboro Community Civic Center
Funeral Service- 7 pm at the Hillsboro Community Civic Center. Fire Chaplain Gary W. Boyer officiating.
Memorial to-Backstoppers would be appreciated by the family. https://backstoppers.org/donate/