Eschol Bryan Smith, Jr. of Rosiclare, IL died Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center. He was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Rosiclare, IL, a former minister, and United States Army Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Cannie Imogene Smith of Rosiclare, IL; sons, Johnny and Jimmy Summers both of Rosiclare, IL; brothers, Harold and Bill Smith; sisters, Jenny Leonberger, Betty Smith and Evelyn (Larry) Brueger; grandchildren, Ashley (Dennis) Dembeck; great-grandchildren, Aniyah and Anzley; and special friends, Laura and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eschol Bryan and Lillian Smith, Jr. and brothers, Charles “Red”, Herschel and Sammie Smith.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the First Apostolic Church in Rosiclare, IL. Interment was in Stone Church Cemetery. The family received visitors from 11 a.m. until service time Sunday at the church.
The Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571 provided military rites at the cemetery on Sunday.
Hardin County Funeral Service in Rosiclare, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Ode to Junior
Junior shared his life completely
Lived and laughed and loved his way
With a twinkle in his eyes
Wife Nean beside him every day.
All the years they spent together
Led them toward a better place
Nean and Junior with each other
Were endowed with godly grace.
They walked hand in hand together
He the leader, she the led
In a path toward their retirement
That was nearing just ahead.
Junior made his way most friendly
Nean was always by his side
Holding hands together, sharing
For she was his precious bride.
Wherever they were going
They smiled happy on their way
Being friendly was their passion
Even when the clouds were gray.
They could see the sun was shining
There was Good News just ahead
As they walked in faith together
He the leader, her the led.
Brother Junior made Nean happy
Sister Nean stayed close at hand
As they lived in days’ contentment
Looking for the Promised Land.
Junior tired, and worn, and ailing
Nean agreed to let him go
Knowing she would someday follow
Where no pain can ever go.
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