William Smith

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William E. Smith, 74, a longtime Rush County resident, passed away November 20, 2017 in Rushville. He was born September 21, 1943 in Batesville to Ervin D. & Dorothy Belle (Hammons) Smith. Bill spent his early life in Rush County and then his family moved to Shelbyville, KY where he was a 1962 graduate of Shelby County High School. He went to Eastern Kentucky University and then studied Electronics in Evansville, IN.
He married Nancy Clemmons on July 17, 1965 and they returned to Rush County in 1974.
Bill was a grain merchandiser, farmer & entrepreneur in Agri-business. He owned & operated Rush County Grain/Morristown Grain and Lotus Grain and also owned/operated his own short-line railroad. He served on the board & as consultant to the ECDC in Rush County. Bill always had a real zest for life, for his family and for his many business ventures. He enjoyed flying his Ultra-Lite he had built and he also enjoyed riding motorcycles. He was a longtime member & past deacon and trustee of the Rushville First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Rushville, his daughters, Shannon (Nathan) Schmidt of Holland, MI and Leslie Stock of Napa, CA, a son, Chris (Caroline) Smith of Rush County, sisters, Donna Jean Runner of Sealy, TX, Judy Vandenburg of Sellersburg, IN and Sally (Don) Heffke of Laughlin, NV and grandchildren, Allie, Kristen, Jenna & Olivia Smith and Konrad Schmidt.
Services were held at 2 PM Saturday, November 25, 2017 in the Rushville First Baptist Church. Friends visited from 2-6 PM on Friday, November 24 at the church. Graveside service was at 3 PM Monday, November 27, 2017 in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, KY. Visitation was after 1 PM on Monday at Shannon Funeral Service at 1124 W. Main St., Shelbyville, KY. 40065. Rev. Dr. Dave Richardson will preside.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International or the Rushville First Baptist Church.
Moster Mortuary, Rushville, entrusted with arrangements.
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Shannon Funeral Service - Shelbyville
1124 Main St.
Shelbyville, KY 40065
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Published in The Sentinel-News from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2017
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