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Ameir Smith

Jefferson City, MO

October 23, 1976 - February 11, 2024

Ameir Smith Obituary

Ameir Melvin Smith, age 47, of Jefferson City, MO passed away peacefully on February 11, 2024. Ameir was born on October 23, 1976, to Melvin Smith and Barbara Thomas Smith. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1995 and worked faithfully for the State of Missouri for 10 years.  At the age of 13, Ameir began cutting hair after watching and learning from his father. He then became a licensed barber in 2004, honing his craft for over 20 years.  


Ameir was inspired to follow God and music by his grandmother, Ruth Woodard Thomas. As a dedicated member of The Latter House Kingdom Ministries, Ameir’s soulful voice resonated not only at the Missouri State Capitol, but also at various national venues. Known for his uplifting words, he spread inspiration within the community and churches. During his fruitful music career he recorded and released an album and several singles. This earned him numerous accolades, including Best Contemporary Christian/Gospel at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on November 17, 2012. Ameir also connected with Mr. Stevie Wonder and The International Colors of Love Choir for a memorable duet on December 17, 2011, in downtown LA.


Ameir’s faith also led him to his greatest job in life. He and Latisha Byndum shared 4 children together. He was admired by his nephews and the bond he held with his brothers was unbreakable. Ameir also shared a close connection with his cousins, whom he referred to as brothers and sisters. Beyond his musical pursuits Ameir cherished basketball and football, and in his leisure, he found joy in fishing and BBQ cookouts with family and friends. Ameir touched the lives and hearts of everyone who knew him, and his presence will truly be missed.


Ameir is survived by his father, Melvin Smith and his mother, Barbara Thomas Smith, both of Jefferson City, stepmother Debra Brooks of Jefferson City, his brothers, Yashim D. Smith and Edward Bailey II of Jefferson City; his children, Arsim Byndum and Amad Byndum of Columbia, Joy Smith of Fort Worth, TX and Ameir Smith Jr. of Columbia and his former wife of over 20 years and the mother of his children, Latisha Byndum of Columbia; his granddaughter Praise Smith of Fort Worth, TX; uncles, William (Karen) Smith, Howard Smith and Glenn Smith; niece, Raven Brooks; nephews Yashim M. Smith and Tyrik Smith of Columbia and Ezzard Von Charles Bailey of Jefferson City.


Ameir was preceded in death by his grandparents, E’Thelbert Smith and Dorothy (Reynolds) Smith; Jack Lee Thomas Sr. and Ruth Woodard Thomas; uncles, Clarence Smith and Jack Lee Thomas Jr.; aunts, Betty M. Littlejohn and Olivia A. Smith; sister, Toni Brooks, nephew Nasir Smith and grandson A’driel Sahib Smith.


Ameir leaves a legacy as a humble family man, devoted to God, community, and mentorship. His impact as a teacher and leader amongst leaders echoes through the heart of his loved ones. One of his cherished scriptures was Isaiah 22:22.


Friends will be received from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors.


Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.



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