William J. "Willie" Smith

BARDSTOWN - Smith, William J. "Willie," 74, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 at St. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville.

He was born August 24, 1939 in Bardstown. He was the president of Smith Brothers Distributing in Bardstown, a distributer of Anheuser-Busch Beer.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patsy Forsee Smith of Bardstown; five daughters, Helen (Mike) Filiatreau of Cox's Creek, KY, Rebekah "Becky" Smith of Mooresville, KY, Rachel (Ken) Briney of Bloomfield, KY, Challon Smith and Suzanne (Michael) Spalding both of Bardstown; 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, CO., and Pat (Cecilia) Smith of Bardstown; two sisters, Mary (Bob) Wilson of Buckner, KY and Genny (Dave) Horlander of Bardstown; host of nieces and nephew and great-nieces and great-nephews; thought of as one of his own daughters, Jane Eigelbach.

His funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Rev. Bill Hammer will be officiating and Rev. Joe Batcheldor will con-celebrate. Visitation will be 2 - 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. - 12:15 pm Tuesday at Barlow Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may go to the Crusade for Children, Barktown Rescue or Nelson County Humane Society.

Funeral Home

Barlow Funeral Home
2675 E. John Rowan Blvd. Bardstown, KY 40004
502-348-2844

Published in The Courier-Journal on May 25, 2014