Bernard Christopher “Bernie” Smith, II

Bernard Christopher “Bernie” Smith, II

Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Apr 2013 (aged 64)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 120683091 · View Source
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Bernard Christopher Smith II, 64, of Chicago, formerly of Kewanee, was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in Kewanee, the son of SFC Bernard C. Smith, Sr. and Flora Mae McIntyre.

Bernard attended high school in Key West, Florida, and graduated from high school at Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany. He graduated from Black Hawk East College in 1970, with an AA degree in history, sociology and psychology. He also attended Bradley University in Peoria, and received a BA degree in speech and philosophy from North Central College in Naperville.

He was a teacher and coach at Darien Junior High School, Darien, Illinois, and an assistant football coach at North Central College from 1973-74. He directed pre-school and summer school in Joliet in 1975, and was an assistant elementary school principal in Joliet. He was assistant director of the Illinois Farmers Union in Galesburg from September 1978 to April 1979.

Smith, an educational specialist, was the first black officer on the Kewanee Police Force. At the Freedom Fund Event hosted in Kewanee in May 1979, he urged black young persons to show determination and keep their educational and career goals always in mind.

He most recently was self-employed as a carpenter/handyman. He greatly enjoyed nature, camping, fishing and biking.

He is survived by two sons, Bernard C. Smith III and Brian (Michelle) Smith; four granddaughters; four sisters, Reba Lynn McIntyre, Elizabeth J. (Donald) Brown, Janice L. (Terrance) Embry and Marilyn Ruth (Michael) Mullen and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bernadine C. Davis; and two brothers, LaDonn N. McIntyre and Dwight L. McIntyre.

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  • Created by: Allen Monasmith
  • Added: 22 Nov 2013
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