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.