Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

Wilbert Clyde “W.C. Bill” Smith, 85, of Chillicothe died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born March 19, 1926, in Vermont, Ill., to Loren W. and Mary (Carnes) Smith, he married Clara N. King on July 1, 1948, in Hapeville, Ga. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Diane Meints, Marsha (Butch) Thompson and Sharon (Bill) Herron, all of Chillicothe; one son, Dale (Marilyn) Smith of Lacon; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three brothers, James R. (Ruth) Smith of Peoria, Orville Smith of Gainesville, Fla., and Sam (Ella Mae) Smith of Bushnell; and one sister, Arlene (Ray) Willis of Baker, Mont.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dr. Ronald L. Smith; one granddaughter; two brothers, Locie Smith and George Smith; and three sisters, Mildred Still, Betty Morrill and Mary Robertson.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a signalman on the USS Hamul from 1944 to 1946. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 4999 of Chillicothe and American Legion Post 9 of Chillicothe. He was a life-member of the Peoria Casting Club.

He was a meat cutter for 28 years in Peoria. He was the owner/founder of Four Seasons Home Improvement in Chillicothe. He was fondly known for many years as the “SnoCone Man” in Chillicothe.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe.

Funeral services were Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1028 W. Cloverdale Road, Chillicothe. The Rev. Curtis Cochran officiated. Visitation was Sunday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home with additional visitation prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial was in Chillicothe City Cemetery, with military rites conducted.

Memorials may be made to his church or Rescue 33. Online condolences may be made to the family at