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Clara Smith

August 25, 1929 — July 24, 2015

Clara N. (King) Smith 85, of Chillicothe passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, July 24, 2015 at her daughter Diane's home where she had lived since the death of her husband. Clara lost her battle with cancer after many years.

She was born August 25, 1929 the daughter of James J. and Lucy (Odem) King in Langston, AL. She married the love of her life, W.C. Bill Smith on July 1, 1948 in Hapeville, GA, after knowing him for only three months. They were married for 63 years prior to his death in 2012.

Surviving are three daughters, Diane Meints, Marsha (Butch) Thompson and Sharon (Bill) Herron of Chillicothe, one son, Dale (Marilyn) Smith of Lacon, 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren living in the states of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Utah. Also surviving is her brother, James E. (Kitty) King of Mansfield, GA, sister Julie (Bobby) Timms of Monroe, GA and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and stepmother Margie (Chambers) King, son Dr. Ronald L. Smith, granddaughter Lisa D. Herron, sister Eula Estelle King and brother J. Jerry King.

For many years Clara was a homemaker and was employed at the Princess Peggy and General Metals in Chillicothe, Princeville Canning Factory, Peoria Plastics and Nelson Sprinklers in Peoria. She worked alongside her husband as co-owner of Four Seasons Home Improvement in Chillicothe for many years. She was a kind and gentle soul who loved God, her family and friends, always putting them first in her life.

Clara was a proud member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe. She enjoyed caring for her flower gardens as well as going on annual fishing trips to Wisconsin with her husband. Clara treasured the special lifelong relationship she maintained with her loving brother James. She was most happy spending time with and caring for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00am, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1028 W. Cloverdale Road, Chillicothe. Pastor Curtis Cochran will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery. Clara requested that any memorials in her memory be made to her church. Arrangement entrusted to Weber-Hurd Funeral Home, 1107 N. Fourth St., Chillicothe. Clara's online memorial website may be viewed at


JUL 29. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Calvary Baptist Church
1028 West Cloverdale Road
Chillicothe, IL 61523

Funeral Ceremony

JUL 29. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Calvary Baptist Church
1028 West Cloverdale Road
Chillicothe, IL 61523

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