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DANVILLE - William Carter Smalley, 88, of Danville, passed away at 12:22 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born on Nov. 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Harry Mark and Ethel Carter Smalley.
He married Frances Mae Zorns on Dec. 6, 1952, in Danville. She preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2014. Survivors include two sons, Michael (Cathy) Smalley of Danville and William D. (Abby) Smalley of Danville; two daughters, Janet (Craig) Green of Danville and Luanne (Michael) Vice of Danville; her grandchildren, Valerie (Jeff) Stal, Ryan (Christina) Smalley, Jamie (Adam) Decker, Chad (Stephanie) Green, Corey (Amanda) Smalley, Amber Smalley, Adam Smalley, and Cole Smalley; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Max, Robert, and James Smalley; three sisters, Winnifred Scarlett, Frances Price, and Marie Collins; and a good friend, Harry Cockrell.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He owned and operated Smalley Painting & Sandblasting for many years. He was a Master Mason for 60 years and a member of the Olive Branch Lodge No 38 and Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the VFW. Bill was an outdoorsmen, he loved fishing, sailing, and hunting. He especially enjoyed his annual fishing trips with family and friends for numerous years.
Funeral service: 12 noon Monday, June 19, at Robison Chapel, in Catlin, with Pastor James Blue officiating, and Masonic Rites at 11:45 a.m. Burial at Sunset Cemetery in Danville. Visitation: 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, June 19, at Robison Chapel.
Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
Published on June 16, 2017
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