|Willis B. Smith, 87, of Berwick died at 5:28 pm Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the Care Center of Abingdon.
He was born on October 10, 1922 in Doniphan, Missouri to James Boyd and Lovie Louise (Briggs) Smith. He married N. Wenonah Johnson on April 1, 1945 in Galesburg.
Willis is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Wenonah; two daughters, Norma Smith of Abingdon and Sonja (and Bud) Dunbar of Berwick; two sons, Dave (and Julie) Smith of RR Berwick and Rev. Tom (and Chris) Smith of Berwick; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Millie Denson, Martha Borgman, Margaret Miller and Marie Duckworth all of the state of Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
He had lived in the Abingdon and Berwick areas most of his adult life. He worked for the Kendrick Saw Mill in Abingdon. He later worked as a caster at the Abingdon Pottery for 25 years and later owned and operated the Village Coffee Shop and Country Store in Berwick for 9 years. He was a member of the Berwick Baptist Church.
He served in the Army as a Platoon Sergeant during the Battles and Campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and the Rhineland. He received the following decorations, the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, (2) Overseas Service Bars, Purple Heart Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 4 Bronze Battle Stars. He was a member of the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381 in Abingdon.
His hobbies included woodworking crafts, fishing, raccoon hunting, and doing carpenter work. He had built homes in the area.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Mrs. Eleanor Landon will officiate. Burial will be in the Berwick Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #381. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Berwick Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.