William Leland Smith, 84, of Divernon, died at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born July 19, 1927 in Linden, IN to John and Betty Harper Smith. He married Anna Mae Houchens on August 10, 1946 and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Patty Miller (Companion: Bill Briggs) of Hallsville, MO and Melinda Presswood (Companion Dan Hinman) of Macomb; three sons, Darrell (Joann) Smith of Loami, Dave (Gina) Smith of Gillespie and Rick Smith (Companion: Peggy Dowson) of Divernon; eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one half-brother, Aubrey (Pat) Smith of Kenney; one half sister, Sharon Mendoza of Girard and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
William was of the Baptist Faith. He was an avid wood and metal worker. He was a self-employed welder and heavy equipment operator.
The family will be hosting a Memorial Dinner at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 100 West Kenney Street, Divernon (formerly the Divernon Corner Café).
Memorial contributions may be made to the Divernon Medical Squad.