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Roy E. Smith

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*EAST PEORIA *- Roy E. Smith, 87, of East Peoria died at 11:50 p.m. 
Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1921, to Verna (Merritt) and Robert Smith in Mount 
Vernon, Ill. He married Ella Bernice Easley on Oct. 24, 1942, in St. 
Louis, Mo., and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last 
year. She survives.

Also surviving are seven sons, Ralph (Lavern) of Nashville, Ill., 
Patrick (Mary Ann) of Peoria, John of East Peoria, Paul (Arlene) of 
Chillicothe, James (Kathy) of Orlando, Fla., Timothy of East Peoria and 
Daniel (Kim) of Rockford; two daughters, Elaine Elser (Larrie) of 
Sheridan, Mont., and Susan Patten of East Peoria; one brother, Ralph; 
and one sister, Roberta.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Stephen; and five 
brothers, Dime, Floyd, Sidney, Claude and Dick.

He had 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was employed for 43 years by Illinois Bell Telephone Company, from 
1939 to 1982, when he retired. He started as a lineman and worked his 
way up through many technical positions to Toll Wire Chief. He was 
well-respected by his colleagues as a troubleshooter of almost legendary 
renown. He was project supervisor for many high-profile cutovers and 
projects. He was chief steward of IBEW as a craftsman in Mount Vernon 
and was a fair and generous supervisor and manager, gaining the respect 
of union employees and upper management alike.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America for more than 30 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morton since his return 
to Illinois from Florida in 2005. He was a church deacon for many years, 
and was a faithful and dedicated churchgoer and servant of God his 
entire life.

He loved to play bridge and golf, and belonged to several bridge clubs.

He never met a stranger and would engage any person he met in conversation.

He could fix anything that broke, and there was no subject that he did 
not fully understand, or speak intelligently about.

He was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be missed 
terribly by those closest to him.

He was an honest and honorable man of conviction, and his passing will 
sadden the hearts of those whose lives he touched. We shall not see his 
like again in this life.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2009, at the 
First Baptist Church of Morton. There will be additional funeral 
services in Mount Vernon, Ill. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 15, 
2009, at the Hughey Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be at 
Hughey Funeral Home on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., with the 
Rev. Wendell Garrison officiating. Interment will be in Williams 
Cemetery in Jefferson County, Ill. Arrangements have been entrusted to 
the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call (618) 242-3348 or 
visit for further information and to 
send condolences.

Source: Journal Star of Peoria, Ill
Date: April 11, 2009
Submitted by: Susan Armstrong

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