Anthony Guinn (Tony Rat) Smith, 67, of Danville, transitioned from this life at 2:12 p.m. Saturday, June 3. He was born July 14, 1949 the son of the late Nathaniel and Marguerita Smith.
He leaves behind five brothers, Herbert Smith of Dallas, Texas, Theodore Smith and Shawn Smith of Danville, Ivan Smith of Indianapolis, and Jared Michael Smith of Lincoln, Ill.; and eight sisters, Gloria McCadney of Shreveport, La., Lolita Ellis of Indianapolis, Stephanie Duncan of Lilborn, Ga., Alesia Smith, Anthea (Daniel) Hughes, and Carmalita Williams of Danville, Shawnette Valery of Champaign, Amelia (Philip) Narain of Snellville, Ga. Although Tony never had any biological children of his own, he had three special children: daughter, Mona Tinsley of Indianapolis; son, Casey Emmerson of Humbolt, Tenn.; and granddaughter, Tocarra Brooks of Las Vegas.
He also leaves behind a special family, Randi Jones, Mark and Matthew, of Tilton and a host of nieces, nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and a special brother, Larry Jones.
Tony served in the United States Army, in active duty during the Vietnam War, and received numerous medals for bravery and valor, one of which was the Purple Heart, which symbolized compassionate love, duty and honor. This medal is awarded to United States military veterans when wounded or injured serving their country. A symbol of sacrifice.
For a short time he worked for the City Planning Commission Department, Children and Family Services, mentoring children, the Veterans Administration in Veteran Services.
At a late age, Tony decided to return to school at DACC to complete his education, and through drive and determination he successfully completed his associates degree with honors and moved on to attend Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. There Tony also excelled with honors, graduating at the top of his class, Summa Cum Laude for the highest level of academic excellence required by the university. He completed his masters and bachelors degree in Psychology. Although, Tony did not pursue a professional career in Psychology, he was always there to help those who were in need of comfort, the best advice he could give as well as just a listening ear.
Although Tony was not a driver, he rode his bicycle all over Danville, visiting family and friends. His hobbies were family, reading, cooking, hunting and fishing. He touched the lives of everyone he met.
A Memorial Service will commence at 12 noon Tuesday, June 13, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 North Bowman Ave., Danville. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 East Williams Street, Danville, in charge of arrangements.
Published on June 9, 2017