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Leo Smith

Mar 30th, 1928 - May 3rd, 2021

Funeral Ceremony: 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment: Bunker Cemetery, Rinard

Visitation: 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home


   Leo Melvin Smith, age 93, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Monday afternoon, May 3, 2021, at the Burge House in Flora.

   He was born March 30, 1928, in Wayne County, Illinois, the son of Virgil C. and Bessie Lee Smith.  He was united in marriage to Edna Brown, and she preceded him in death in 1954.  He later married Elizabeth R. Uebinger on May 4, 1956, in Bible Grove and she preceded him in death March 12, 2008.

   Leo drove a school bus for Flora Unit 35 School District for 33 years and the kids loved him very much.  He was a lifetime farmer and enjoyed growing things and planting a garden each year.  He also worked as an oilfield pumper.  Leo performed mowing and maintenance work for Keith Township.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Flora.

   He is survived by a daughter: Marie Browning of Rinard; stepchildren: Sue (Bing) Lowe, Dave (Nancy) Briscoe, and Richard (Goldie) Cunningham; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; a stepson: Jim (Donna) Uebinger; a sister: Grace Mix; a brother: Ralph Smith; and several infant siblings.

   A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Bunker Cemetery, Rinard.  Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders or Clay County Hospice and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit: 


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May 4th

Marie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Love, Hugs & Prayers

Mike & Tammye Burge

May 4th

Thank you for sharing Leo with us at The Burge House. Our hearts are forever touched to get to share part of his life with us. We will miss his smile and sharing memories with us.

Ruth Trowbridge

May 4th

Marie, so sorry for your loss. My dad really respected and liked your dad. I'm praying that the Lord will give you peace and comfort during this time of grief .

Danielle williams

May 5th

Such a sweet kind man always said hello at church he will be missed prayers to the family

Mike and Sharon Gray

May 6th

Sorry for your loss. Leo was a wonderful man. He was my bus driver many years ago and you couldn't ask for a better one. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.

Robin Corry

May 5th

Sorry for your loss.

Alberta Bridges

May 5th

Had the joy oF taking if Leo he always talked about farming and his daughter and always thanked us for everything he always told sorry for being such a pain gonna miss him

Steve and Gayla Karns

May 5th

Sorry for lose of Leo we will miss him I worked with him

Willie and Dana Johnson

May 6th

We wish our condolences to the family

Mark lagle

May 6th

So sorry to hear about Leo passing. I always enjoyed taking care of him. He was a joy to me. Always loved our talks we had. I learned alot of his past and his stories he told me. I so enjoyed those times with him. He was a very wonderful person. God bless you Leo. And your family. And your wonderful daughter

Linda Martin

May 6th

Marie, I’m sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

Frank Cunningham

May 6th

Sorry to hear about Leo ...He was a longtime friend of the family and an important part of the community..Sincerest condolences to the family

Verla Wise Reed

May 6th

Marie, Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Leo always had a great big smile and was so good with us kids on his bus. I have great memories of him and of you. Take care. Love and prayers, Verla

Steve and Hayle Gray

May 6th

Our condolences to the family. We sure miss him and his stories, he was a good man and neighbor. Prayers to the family in these difficult time.

Caralyn Riley (Fry)

May 18th

Sorry for your loss, He was the BEST BUS DRIVER I ever had!



Tony gray
Joshua Ferguson
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
casey and debra eastin
Stormie Britton
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Brenda Rinehart
Walt & Doloris Brewer
Bruce & Nannette Richards
vickie hill
Jim and Linda Grove
Kevin & Tina Lewton
Lou & Beth Sulsberger
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Don and Ruth Ann Lusk
Ruth Trowbridge
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Don Jane and Darren Delaney
Ken and Tammy Haven
June Payne
Mike and Sharon Gray
Dorothy Uebinger
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Larry Frost
John Spitzner and Mary Hutchens
Norman Philli[ps
Jean Guerrettaz
Larry and Sue Kramer
Diane Becker
Rita Noblet Cook
Mike Sweeney
Jim Fry
Diana Smith
Debra ( Greenwood ) Thoele
David Bryden
Clara Booth
Mike & Kathy Kitley
Billye Young
Ron and Mary Anne Ayers
Bob and Marlene Smith
Maria "Button" Pemberton
All 70's Reunion
Doug Briscoe
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Kathy M Anthenat
Mike and Sharon Gray
Mark lagle
Lisa Simpson
Bud and Linda Martin
Barb Bright
Class of 1970
Judy Griffith
Dennis and Vickie Eugea
Verla Wise Reed
Steve and Hayle Gray
Gary and Pam Sessions
Jerry and Ann Hearring
Sheldon & June Smith
Mark Dunnigan
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Cheri Laughlin Wildbur
Steve & Diana Sessions


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