Terry Smith

Born: Tue., Sep. 12, 1939
Died: Wed., Sep. 30, 2020

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 03, 2020
Location: Crescent Heights Cemetery

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Fred Terry Smith, age 81, of rural Pittsfield, IL, formerly of Pleasant Hill, IL went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born September 12, 1939 in Pleasant Hill, IL to Harold and Lenora (Pellikaan) Smith. Terry married Meribeth Thomas and she preceded in death in 2001. He married Beth Bradshaw Long in 2004 and she survives.

Terry graduated from Pleasant Hill High School and spent two years in the United States Army serving his country. When he returned to Pike County, he became an instrument mechanic at Hercules/Dyno and later sold Shelter Insurance for many years. Terry was a member of Lion’s Club and First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill where he was very supportive of his church and gave a lot of time and hard work. He served as a trustee, and was a good and faithful servant who never questioned his faith. Terry enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing and in retirement he and Beth enjoyed wintering in Texas. Terry loved to watch sports and often travelled to Mattoon to see his grandchildren play sports and watch their activities. He enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren, he was a devout husband, father and grandfather.

Terry is survived by his loving wife, Beth; sons, Greg (Rachel) Smith of Mattoon, IL and James T. (Jolene) Smith of Pittsfield, IL; stepchildren, Crystal (Jim) Bigelow of Jacksonville, IL, Sherri (Dorman) Deeder of Bluffs, IL and Gary (Sunny) Long of Newport News, VA; grandchildren, Jerica Smith, Jarret Smith, Braden Smith, Brock Smith, Averie Smith, Bobby Long and Mary Long; great grandchildren, Braylen Deeder and Taylor Deeder. He is also survived by siblings, Gene (Virginia) Smith, Larry (Doris) Smith, Verna Puterbaugh, Dixie Foiles, Joyce (Jim) Lawson and Rita (Bobby) Manetta along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Meribeth Thomas Smith; brothers, Nick Smith and Gary Smith; and sisters, Kay Rombach and Donna Vee Biggs.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, IL. Memorials are suggested to be made to First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Terry's memory to the following organization:

First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill

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   Posted Fri October 02, 2020
To Beth, Crystal, Sherri & Gary & Family: I am so sorry for your loss. There are many memories we passed around at Hardee's & Quincy Raceways with the Walbrings that I'll never forget. I would like to share these verses from Ecclesiastes 3, 1-8 (NIV): "A Time for Everything"
3. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2. a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3. a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4. a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5. a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6. a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7. a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8. a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

May God give you the strength to all of you family as you tread these waters.
I'm praying for you, Beth!!
Steve (Weaver) Haskins

Jerry &Judy Green
   Posted Fri October 02, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss,you are in our thoughts &prayers.

Cheri Myers
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
Gene and I were so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. When we were newlyweds and living across the street from Terry in Pleasant Hill he was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We were so blessed to get to know him and his family. He will be missed.

Kevin and Diana Dyer
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
Our prayers for comfort in this time of loss. Terry was a great guy and will be missed by all that knew him.

John and Becky Freesmeyer
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
Beth, Greg, Jamie and families-our sincerest condolences to all of you in the loss of your husband and dad. Terry was truly a Godly man and Christian example to anyone who knew him. Great neighbor and friend to us. Praying for all of you during this difficult season of your lives!!
John and Becky Freesmeyer

L. G. Smith (gene)
   Posted Sun October 04, 2020
I first met Terry while was General Foreman of Maintenance at the American Cyanamid Plant Palmyra, Mo. when we hired Terry while their plant was in turmoil S/D or strike situation. Terry proved to be a highly qualified E/I (electrical/instrumentation) mechanic with others skills as well for us and was an extremely friendly man to work with. I already knew his brother Gene, by helping him with a boat trailer repair prior to meeting Terry and both have been friends of my brother (Terry) as well for a long time now and i always enjoyed meeting & conversing with them at the basket ball games between Pleasant Hill & West Pike. -----If i remember right Terry used to broadcast with Harry Wagy also----Terry was a fine gentleman and surely will be missed by many, but i can guarantee he has left many many great memories for his family and friends to reflect upon. R.I.P. my friend as i also have very fond memories of you.

Lynn & /Shelba Mitchell
   Posted Wed October 07, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. Our condolences to the entire Smith family. What a wonderful example Terry was to all who knew him!

Scott Smith
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Greg and Jamie, I am so sorry to learn of your dad's death. Both of your parents were very good to me as a young new teacher in Pleasant Hill. My sincere condolences to both of you.
Scott Smith

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