Roger Allen Smart, 74, of Herrick, Illinois, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 10:05 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008, in his home. Roger was born September 24, 1933, in rural Herrick, Illinois, the son of Allen and Bertha Hinton Smart. He married Carol L. Hayes October 4, 1952, in Herrick Baptist Church by Carols Grandfather, L.M. Hayes.
Roger was a veterans of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War, from 1953 through 1955. He was a lifelong farmer and retired dairy farmer.
He was very active in his community, serving on numerous board and organizations. He was a member of the Eastern Illinois Livestock Association, American Legion Sarver-Guthrie Post 839 of Herrick and Celebration Community Church. He served as president of Myers Cemetery, Herrick Community Center Committee, and Herrick and Cowden-Herrick School Boards. Roger could be found auctioning at local auctions and area benefits. He was a real estate salesman for many years and was also the announce at the Herrick 4th of July Parade.
Roger was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He always put God and his family above all of his needs.
Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Carol; two daughters, Debbie and her husband Leroy Albright of Herrick, and Judy Stith of St. Louis, Mo.; three granddaughters, Shanta and her husband Steve Will of Effingham, Kendra and her husband Jerad Lorton of Ramsey, and Camilla and her husband Weston Wilhour of Beecher City; six great-grandchildren, Dylan, Elizabeth and Allison Will, Abigail and Andrew Lorton, and Jaide Wilhour; one sister, Louise and her husband Bob Hess of Okmulgee, Okla.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at the Celebration Community Church in Pana, Ill., on South Route 51, with the Rev. Terry Walters officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Herrick Community Building. Burial was in Myers Cemetery in Herrick. The family was assisted by Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home in Herrick. Memorials may be made to Lincolnland Home Care and Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, the Building Fund of Celebration Community Church or donors choice.