Charles Fred Smith Jr.

CENTRALIA — Charles Fred Smith Jr., 89, of Centralia and formerly of Irvington passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s in Centralia.

He was born on May 1, 1931, in Paducah, KY, the son of Charles Fred Smith Sr. & Lottie (Hedley) Smith.

He married Lois Evelyn (Summers) on Feb. 3, 1951.

Mr. Smith was a Veteran and retired from the railroad.

He is survived by his: wife: Lois Smith of Centralia, three children: Dennis Smith and wife Marya of South Carolina and formerly of Benton, Denise Brink & husband John of Hoyleton, Darin Smith of Centralia; six grandchildren: Cody Smith, Peyton Smith, Amy Baker, Reggie Smith, Hali Gamblin and Katelyn Smith; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 11 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Rod Joplin officiating. Burial with Military Rites by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts and National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Brady Cemetery in Akin.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m.. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

We are limited to 25 people in our building at a time. We ask everyone attending to be considerate of others and practice social distancing and masks are recommended.

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