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Obituary for Gary Smith
Gary F. Smith, 52, of Peoria, IL was promoted to glory on January 14, 2015 in Peoria, IL. He was born June 27, 1962 in Peoria, IL to Carlyle and Jackaqulian Pickard Smith. He married Sarah M. Hodges. He is survived by his wife; sisters, Deeann (Greg) Zessin of Pekin, IL, Laura Ford of Peoria, IL, Sara Ford of Peoria, IL; brothers, Don Ford of Portland, OR, Rollie Ford of East Peoria, IL; daughter, Kari Opper of Richland, MO; step-daughters, Dixie (Greg) Cook of Eastaboga, AL, Stacy (Joseph) Henderson of Newnan, GA, Martha (Patrick) Henderson of Newnan, GA, Amanda Coleman of Newnan, GA, Karrie (Michael) Hannah of Newnan, GA; sixteen grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Khrisstorpher L. C. Smith in 2009. Gary served in the U.S. Army. He worked for D Entertainment and owned his own gutter business. He received his GED while in the Army. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Peoria. He enjoyed attending the Salvation Army Church for which he was a Soldier and attended Men’s Club there also. He also enjoyed communicating with many, many friends on Facebook all of which he loved. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Salvation Army Peoria Citadel Church and Community Center 2903 W. Nebraska Ave., Peoria, IL 61604 at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church or the Salvation Army Veteran’s Outreach Center 416 N.E. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61603 in his name.