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Samuel Smith

2/1/1960 - 11/27/2019

PEKIN ~ Samuel “Sam” Alfred Smith, 59, of Pekin, passed away at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at his home.

Born February 1, 1960 in Pekin to Albert “Pete” and Rosie Juanita (Kinsel) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alice Singleton and Diane McGee and one brother, James Smith.

Surviving are two daughters, Sonja Williams of East Peoria and Rachel Ruple of Pekin; four grandchildren, Samira, Benjamin, Heaven, Lillyan Williams; two sisters, Nancy Kaufman of Pekin and Christine (Jerry) Davis of Mattoon and two brothers, John (Becky) Smith and Mike Smith, both of Pekin.

Sam had worked in the sawmill at Pekin Hardwood for 13 years and later was an over the road truck driver for many years.

A jokester, Sam enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

His memorial visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be at a later date at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the donor’s choice.

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