Edward Smith

Obituary of Edward Smith

Edward C. “Smitty” Smith, 91, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Prairie Village Healthcare in Jacksonville.  He was born January 28, 1926, in Jacksonville, the son of Thomas Edward and Addie Lee Witham Smith.  He married Hester Darlene Stage on June 21, 1976, in Literberry, and she preceded him in death.

            Smitty is survived by his niece Kim (Keith) Lawson of Jacksonville, great-nieces Rachelle Downs of Bluffs, Celeste (Jeff) Pankey of Springfield, Brittany Downs of Normal, and great-nephews Brandon Downs, Brian Downs, both of Jacksonville; along with several other nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Downs and Ruth Ann Hyatt, one brother, Bishop Wendell Smith, and one half-brother, Harold Smith.    

 Smitty was a taxi driver with Friendly Cab in Jacksonville for many years.  He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

            A private graveside service will be held at East Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.