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William "Tim" Smith

February 6, 1957 — February 21, 2022

William Timothy Smith, 65, of East Peoria, passed away on February 21, 2022 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He passed from a long battle with cancer. He was born February 6, 1957, to Roy Edwin and Ella Bernice Smith in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Tim graduated from Richwoods High School, class of 1975. He enjoyed learning and attended the University of Central Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, Graduating Class of 1999 with Cum Laude Honors. He later worked as a school bus driver for East Peoria Elementary School District # 86. Tim enjoyed traveling across the world including Europe, Australia and Hawaii. While visiting Hawaii he decided to stay and worked as a caterer for several years. Tim loved to play his guitar and listen to Jazz.

Tim is survived by five brothers, Ralph (Lavern) of Nashville, IL, Patrick of Peoria, IL, Paul (Arlene) of Washington, IL, James (Kathy) of Apopka, Florida, and Daniel of Sycamore, IL, two sisters, Elaine (Larrie) Elser of Sheridan, Montana, and Susan Patten of East Peoria, IL, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, John, and Stephen, and one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Smith.

He was a selfless man of generosity and strength, and was an end-of-life primary caregiver, first for his father, then for his mother, and then for his older brother, John. He assisted greatly in the care of his niece, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age. He was an altruistic and magnanimous man of faith, who walked the path of Christ daily.

He was well loved by his family and friends, had a wonderful, emotive spirit, and was academically gifted. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to know him, and love him.

A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2022. He will be laid to rest in a family plot, in Williams Cemetery, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois at a later date. Cumerford-Clary Funeral Home is assisting the family with the Cremation Rites.

Memorial Contributions in Tim’s honor may be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home of Peoria. Online tributes and condolences may be made at

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