Sir William H. "Bill" Smith, Jr.

Sir William H. Smith, Jr.Age 86, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed  away, February 25, 2012.  Born December 10, 1925, in Charlotte, Michigan to William H. and Bessie M (Webster) Smith.

He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the Golden Acorn Division 3rd Army under General George Patton.  Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and French Knight of the Legion of Honor (Croix de Guerre).  Bill was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 701, retired Postal employee, and a 14 year past President, and 17 years as Secretary Treasurer for the Postal Workers Union, and is now President Pro Tem.

Surviving are his daughters: Kathy (Leonard) Chiesa of Mason, and Nola (Don) Parkey of East Lansing; daughter-in-law, Shirley Smith of Longmont, Colorado; grandchildren: Melissa (Tim) Crandall of Mason, Jessica (Scott) Whitaker of Leslie, Heather (Brad) Mann of Dewitt, Jared Smith of Longmont, Colorado; and great-grandchildren: Kodi and Foster Crandall, Devin and Hayden Whitaker, Wesslee Smith, and Lyla Mann.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Kathleen “Katie” Smith; a son, Jon Smith; 3 brothers, 1 sister; and a granddaughter Carly Parkey.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with interment to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bath. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday one hour prior to service. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care.

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February 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

May God be your comfort at this time.

Sandy Hawkins
April 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

Dear Kathy,

I am so incredibly sorry that your father has left your side. As you
grieve, know that I am remembering you and honoring the memory of your father.

I will always remember his welcoming and sincerely gentle nature,
wit and charm. It had been on numerous occasions that I was
captivated by his recollections of what was undeniably such an honorable and proud past.

May God continue to strengthen you and yours, and lead you to a renewed appreciation for the gift of having the opportunities to be with loved ones as we journey through life.

Yours in sympathy,
Sandy Hawkins


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