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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: www.frankandbright.com
Marie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Love, Hugs & Prayers
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.
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 .
Such a sweet kind man always said hello at church he will be missed prayers to the family
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.
Sorry for your loss.
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
Sorry for lose of Leo we will miss him I worked with him
We wish our condolences to the family
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
Marie, I’m sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in your sorrow.
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
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
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.
Sorry for your loss, He was the BEST BUS DRIVER I ever had!