William B. "Bill" Smallie, 84, of Granite City, Ill., born March 23, 1930, in Granite City, Ill., passed away at 10:42 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation, Granite City, Ill.
Mr. Smallie retired in May
1991 from Consolidated Freightways in St. Louis, Mo., with 21 years of service as a truck driver and dock worker. He had previously worked at Updike Service Station and also worked at General Steel Industries. He proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. He attended Granite City First Assembly of God Church and enjoyed his days of traveling, tending to his yard and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bland and Etta, nee Graham, Smallie; and a great-granddaughter, Bella Cate Smallie.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 60 years, Vineta, nee Mercer, Smallie, whom he married Jan. 22, 1954, in Madison, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Elaine Smallie of Granite City, Ill.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Scott and Debbie Smallie of Granite City, Ill., Joshua Smallie (Lauren Courtway) of Memphis, Tenn., and Timothy and Meagan Smallie of Granite City, Ill.; six great-grandchildren, Carter Hall, Bennett, Brady, Cate, Reece and Maddox Smallie; two sisters, Loretta Klebusch of Brentwood, Mo., and Gloria Davis of Granite City, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Faye Mercer of Granite City, Ill., Esther Mercer of Granite City, Ill., and Shirley Mercer of Girard, Ill.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glen and Etta Rae Mercer of Edwardsville, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; cousins; and other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Granite City First Assembly of God Church. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: In celebration of his life, friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, with the Rev. Rich Smallie and Rev. Byron Wampler officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City,
Irwin Chapel Pc
3960 Maryville Rd Granite City, IL 62040
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 10, 2014