William J. "Willie" Smith, 74, of Bardstown, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at St. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville. He was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Bardstown. He was the President of Smith Brothers Distributing in Bardstown. A distributer of Anheuser-Busch Beer, a prominent business man, a 1957 graduate of St. Joe Prep, a graduate of St. Catharine Jr. College and attended Western Kentucky University. He served in the National Guard, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ducks Unlimited, NRA, Nelson County Beef Cattleman Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, KY Malt Beverage Council Board Member, KMBC Benefits Trust Board Member, KMBA PAC Board Member, KMBA Past President, National Beer Wholesalers Association Longtime Member, KY Beer Wholesalers Association Past President and Malt Beverage Education Corporation Board Member, an avid collector, loved being with his grandchildren, gardening, feeding birds, and going to the farm.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, B.L. "Butcher Bill" and Sylvia Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Patsy Forsee Smith, of Bardstown; five daughters, Helen (Mike) Filiatreau, of Cox's Creek, Rebekah "Becky" Smith, of Mooresville, Rachel (Ken) Briney, of Bloomfield, Challon Smith, Suzanne (Michael) Spalding, both of Bardstown; a son, Jay (Angela) Smith, of Bardstown; 11 grandchildren; five brothers, Rapier (Violet) Smith, Bert (Joyce) Smith, and Frankie (Lucy) Smith, all of Bardstown, Tommy Smith, of Aurora, Colo., and Pat (Cecilia) Smith, of Bardstown; two sisters, Mary (Bob) Wilson, of Buckner, and Genny (Dave) Horlander, of Bardstown; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and Jane Eigelbach, whom was thought of as one of his own daughters.
The funeral was 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Hammer officiated and the Rev. Joe Batcheldor con-celebrated.
Memorial contributions may go to the Crusade for Children, Barktown Rescue or Nelson County Humane Society.
Barlow Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Barlow Funeral Home
2675 E. John Rowan Blvd. Bardstown, KY 40004
Published in The Kentucky Standard on May 28, 2014