MARION — Bracy D. Smith, 99, passed away peacefully at 5:57 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Parkway Manor of Marion.
He was born Tuesday, March 25, 1919, in Carterville, the son of Clifford G. and Minnie (Bracy) Smith.
Bracy attended school in Marion and was a graduate of Marion High School Class of 1936. He continued his education by attending the University of Illinois in Champaign, where he received his bachelor's degree in accounting. In 1983, he was honored by being elected Alumnus of the Month by the College of Commerce and Business Administration.
He answered the call of this nation by enlisting into the U.S. Navy during the time of World War II and faithfully served until he was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.
Bracy was first united in marriage to Lisbeth Gross on Saturday, Oct. 7, 1939, in Crown Point, Indiana, and together they shared over 47 years of marriage until her death in March of 1987. He later was united in marriage to Elisabeth H. “Babe” (Feurer) Armstrong on Saturday, June 20, 1987, in Marion and together they shared over 21 years of marriage until her death on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. He later was united in marriage to Rita A. (Schloemer) McMullen on Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Marion and together they have shared more than seven years of marriage.
Bracy’s working career was with the U.S. Steel Corporation, working in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and New York for 42 years, advancing with the company to the level of comptroller and senior vice president at the time of his retirement.
For many years he was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. After his marriage to Rita in 2011, he converted, joined and faithfully attended St. Joseph Catholic Church of Marion.
During his lifetime, Bracy enjoyed golfing and once had the opportunity to golf with Arnold Palmer. He also enjoyed bowling and bowled in a league up to the age of 97. He loved taking cruises and had traveled to many places all over the world.
He loved to get together with his family and many friends. The many memories created will now be cherished by those he leaves behind.
He is survived by his wife, Rita McMullen Smith of Marion; niece, Judy Conejo and her husband, David, of Gallup, New Mexico; three nephews, Pat Fosse and his wife, Jane, of Jackson, Missouri, Mike Fosse of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and Greg Smith and his wife, Pam, of Paducah, Kentucky; stepdaughter-in-law, Sharon Armstrong of Carbondale; two stepdaughters, Erin Kern and her husband, Mark, of Belleville, and Kelly McMullen and her husband, Fred, Lerner, of Chicago; three stepsons, Norman “Mick” McMullen and his wife, Sue, of Frankfort, Kerry McMullen and his wife, Lori, of Pickerington, Ohio, and Scott McMullen and his wife, Julie, of LaGrange Park; and a host of other family, extended family, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; son, Kenneth Smith; daughter, Leslie Dee Smith; stepson, William Anthony “Tony” Armstrong; sister, Mary Fosse; two brothers, Donald E. Smith and Clifford Smith; and nephew, Bruce Fosse.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion.
A time of visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the funeral home.
Following the time of visitation the memorial service will be at 10 a.m. with Father Brian Barker officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by members of Heyde-Pillow VFW Post 1301 and members of the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and/or The Light House Shelter of Marion.
Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.
To leave an online condolence of memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com or call the funeral home at 618-993-2131.