Willie H. Smith (1931 - 2017)

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William H. Smith, 85, of Woodlawn, passed away at 5:56 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his residence.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, with the Rev. Jack Kurrelmeyer officiating and Mt. Vernon American Legion Post No. 141 conducting a flag presentation at the end of the service. Burial was in Evergreen Park Cemetery in Evergreen Park at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday. Memorials: or Masonic Home, c/o Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Ill. 62864. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hugheyfh.com.
Mr. Smith was born on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1931, in West Virginia, the son of Golden Garfield Sr. and Nellie (Coleman) Smith. He married Arlene Clark on March 28, 2004, at Mt. Catherine Church in Woodlawn.
Willie proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a longtime member of Mt. Catherine Christian Church, where he served as a deacon. Willie was a member of Shriners and American Legion. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, Past Grand Master of his lodge in South Park Chicago and was a Past Patron of Eastern Star in Chicago. Willie was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife; son, George Smith of Hartwell, Ga., and his fiancé Darlene Annette Alvanos of North Augusta, S.C.; grandson, Russ Hamilton of North Augusta, S.C.; stepdaughters, Martha Wiss Meseke and her husband Randy of Danvers, and Kay Tipton and her husband Jim of Woodlawn; sister, Phyllis Kapp of Winifred, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Joan E. Dryer; second wife, Mary Wiss; and brothers, Golden Garfield Smith Jr. and Melvin Eugene Smith.
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Published in The Leader-Union on Jan. 17, 2017
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