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Robert S. "Bob" Smith, 95, of McLeansboro, died 7:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born Feb. 15, 1920, the son of Robert L. and Ethel Ava Varney Smith. He married Martha Rhe Johson; she preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons, Charles David (wife Gaye) Smith of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Phillip Ray (wife Karen) Smith of Old Lyme, Conn.; five grandchildren, Scott Andrew Smith, Erik Adam Smith, Kelly Alexandra Smith, Elizabeth Davis Corthell and Thomas Smith; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister. He retired as the manager of a wholesale grocery company in McLeansboro. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and attended First United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Rev. Jim Peak will officiate. Those attending the service are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Gholson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  January 6, 2016
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