|Birth: ||Aug. 25, 1904|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1996|
Husband of Verbie J. Williams (1902-1990)
He is survived by two sons: Robert of St Joseph MI; and Larry E., Paxton; and one daughter, Patricia Ann Taft, Chatham.
He was principal of Moore Township High School in Farmer City, Il. for many years
Social Security Death Index
Name: Lawrence E. Smith
Last Residence: 61842 Farmer City, Dewitt, Illinois, United States of America
Born: 25 Aug 1904
Died: 16 Aug 1996
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951)
FARMER CITY - The Funeral Of Lawrence Ervin Smith, 91, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Farmer City, with the Rev. James R. Poe officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. He died at 6:40 p.m. Friday (Aug. 16, 1996) at the Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the Lawrence E. Smith Scholarship Fund at United Methodist Church in Farmer City or to Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City.
He is survived by two sons, Robert Royce Smith, St. Joseph, Mich., and Larry Ervin Smith, Paxton; one daughter, Patricia Ann Taft, Bowie, Md.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Smith was born Aug. 25, 1904, in Edwardsport, Ind., the son of William Thomas and Myrtle Nancy Powers Smith. He married Verbie Jane Williams in 1924 in Terre Haute, Ind. She died Sept. 17, 1990.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
Mr. Smith graduated from Edwardsport Indiana High School in 1924. He graduated from Indiana State, Terre Haute, in 1927 with a bachelor's degree, and received a master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1936.
Mr. Smith and his family came to Farmer City in August 1928. His position called for him to teach science at Moore Township High School, reclassify the library, act as assistant in basketball and football, and revitalize baseball. Also, in his spare time he was class adviser, assistant principal, and he sometimes sold or took tickets. He continued the teaching program until 1948 when he became principal. He continued teaching two classes and did some coaching until 1959, retiring after 31 years.
He was associated with O.B. Pace Real Estate for several years, and later he went on his own as a broker.
In 1967, he moved to Olney to be associated with his son-in-law, Dr. A.C. Taft, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, in his office, salebarn and farm.
In August 1968, he and Mrs. Smith returned to Farmer City, making his fourth retirement. During the years in Olney, they spent part of the winter at Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
If asked what he like most of all his jobs, he said, "I loved classroom teaching."
He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
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Verbie Jane Williams Smith (1902 - 1990)
Maple Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 18, 2009
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