|William LaVerne Smith, age 65, of Knoxville, Illinois, died at 5:10 P.M. on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Veterans Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born on October 25, 1944 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Wilbert and Ethel Irene George Smith. He married Carolyn Louise Landrith on July 24, 1966 in Knoxville, Illinois. She survives of Knoxville, Illinois.
Also surviving are two daughters, Peggy Ann Bainter of Galesburg, Illinois and Pamela Louise (John) Osborne of Monmouth, Illinois; five grandchildren, Stephanie Haneghan, Ashley Haneghan, John Haneghan Jr, Cody Bainter and Marcus Bainter; uncles, Gene (Jo) George of Live Oak Tree, Florida and Sam (Birdie) Powell of Knoxville, Illinois and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather: Edward Corum; grandparents: Grover and Della George; one daughter: Teresa Lynn Smith and Aunt and Uncle: Edna and Virgil Hodge.
He was raised and educated in Knoxville, Illinois graduating from Knoxville High School in 1962. He attended Business College in Nashville, Tennessee. He served in the United States Army from August 24, 1965 until August 8, 1967 during the Vietnam War. He received the Rifle Sharpshooter Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was an auto mechanic working at Strode Garage in Maquon, Illinois for 27 years and then Metz Ford in Farmington, Illinois for 12 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Knoxville First Christian Church where he served as deacon, a witness and example for Jesus Christ. He lived in Knoxville all his life and enjoyed dancing, genealogy, computer, fishing and playing cards with his friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 2:30 P.M. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois with Visitation beginning at 1:30 P.M. Rev. David Shreeves officiating. Military Rites conducted by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post # 285 of Galesburg, Illinois and flag presentation by the Patriot Guard. Burial in Westfall Cemetery in rural Victoria, Illinois on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. Memorials may be made to the Knoxville First Christian Church or the Family.
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