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Daniel Smith, Jr., beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 15, 2020 at his home in Aurora, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents. Daniel was born in Panama City, Florida to Daniel Smith, Sr. and Lee Anner Smith on December 31st, 1936, the first of three children. The family moved to North Carolina when Daniel was eight years old. He attended and graduated from William Mason Cooper High School in Clayton, North Carolina. Upon graduating, he attended basic training in Lennington, Missouri and served in both South Korea and Washington, DC. After an honorary discharge from the Army, he began a lengthy career in manufacturing with such companies as ALCOA, Perkin Elmer and Philips from whence he retired. He received numerous awards for his excellent performance throughout his career. Daniel and Frances (nee Dyer) were wed on June 20th, 1964, first living in Markham, IL before resettling in Aurora, IL in 2006, where they remained until Daniel's death. The couple enjoyed traveling and hosting holiday dinners with family, and on June 20th, 2014 were given a surprise, 50th anniversary party which was attended by scores of family and friends. Daniel is survived by his wife, Frances; his daughter, Linda Macklin; and his grandchildren, Wanda Ybarra, Michael Macklin, Dion Macklin and Valerie Ross. He is also survived by his brother, James (Lucille) Smith and sister, Mary Collis. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th, 10 am -1 pm at James Funeral Home, 204 Hill Ave. in Aurora, IL. 60505. Burial will follow at the graveside after the service at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL 60162.

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November 24, 2020
You are absent in body yet present in the Lord. I will miss your visits to New Orleans and Houston. We had such fun times driving to Mississippi to visit other family members and participating in their much anticipated family events. You and Frances clocked more miles on the highway visiting than an “eighteen wheeler truck driver”. (smile). You will be sadly missed but never forgotten for your kind and kindred spirit. Your family’s arms were stretched out to meet...YOU will never be alone. Love your niece from Houston (New Orleans). Patricia
Patricia Joseph
November 22, 2020
Uncle James and Aunt Lucille, we were sorry to hear about the passing your brother and brother-in-law. May God’s grace and peace comfort you all during this time. Dan Jr. is gone from you, but you all have the fond memories over the years together. Keeping you all in prayer!

Dana & Karen Lassiter
Wake Forest, NC
Dana Lassiter
November 22, 2020
Daniel Smith, Jr. was one of God’s very best! His kindness and generosity extended to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Daniel loved all of our family members, and his love was contagious. Throughout most of his life Daniel was our “go-to” auto mechanic. He kept all of our cars in top shape. What a wonderful blessing Dan was to our family. We are so grateful that Uncle Dan worked hard all his life, and loved so much harder. Sincere Condolences to Aunt Frances and the Smith family.
Azalee Turner
November 21, 2020
Farewell to our Hero, our Big Brother, who set standards for us to seek. He will be missed by the two of us beyond words,
and loved beyond measures.
So we say goodbye now, we shall look forward to seeing you again on the other side.
James & Mary
James C. Smith
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