CRAB ORCHARD -- Loy Ray Smith, 89, formerly of Crab Orchard, passed away at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Plymouth, Mich., with family by his side.
Loy Ray was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Williamson County to Lacy and Lucille (Roper) Smith. On Feb. 3, 1946, he married Juanita Ozment in Crab Orchard Methodist Church. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include his loving wife, Juanita; daughter and husband, Charlotte and Larry Worthen of Livonia, Mich.; grandchil-dren, Cheri Worthen and Scott and Renee (Brozak) Worthen; siblings, Flo Dudley of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lacy and Lucille; and siblings, Adolph Smith and Noel Smith.
Mr. Smith retired from a career in education with Crab Orchard and Marion school systems. He served as a teacher, principal and basketball coach.
He enjoyed playing his guitar. He traveled and performed with the Glorylanders Quartet for many years.
Mr. Smith was a ham radio operator and enjoyed talking with radio friends daily. He was a 50-year Mason and a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.
He was a World War II veteran and life member of the VFW. He served on the USS Fallon Navy ship as a pharmacy mate First Class in the Pacific during World War II.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Jerry Schell officiating. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Marion. Military rites will be presented by members of Marion VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and National Guard Flag Detail Unit. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church or Pleasant Grove United Methodist Cemetery.
Loy Ray was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family. He will be missed by many people.
To view this obituary and sign the register book, visit www.hughesfuneralhome.com
Published by The Southern Illinoisan from Mar. 28 to Apr. 2, 2013.