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Jessie Smith

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Jessie Smith

STERLING – Jessie Smith, 91, of Sterling, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014, at his home. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He also was owner and operator of Bargain Exterminators for 24 years.

Jessie was born July 13, 1922, in Moultrie, Ga., to Curtis and Frances (Holten) Smith. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Barbara Lula (Hereford) Smith on Nov. 2, 1942, in Rossville, Ga. She preceded him in death on July 18, 2010.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis (Robert) Simpkins of Sterling and Frances (Charley) Riney of Rockford; four sons, Phil Smith, Curtis J. (Joan Leblanc) Smith, and Ernest Eric Smith, all of Sterling, and Karl (Gwen) Cole of Chicago; 23 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

He also was preceded in death by one son, Dwain Hereford; one brother, James Smith; one grandchild, Rebecca Hereford; and one great-grandchild, Xavier Smith. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Cooper and the Rev. Roger Carlson co-officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling.

A memorial has been established. 

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