EAST PRAIRIE - Billy F. Smithson, 87, died at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22, 2007, at the East Prairie Nursing Center.
Born Jan. 21, 1920, in Mississippi County, to the late Joseph Luther and Audie Ann Clapp Smithson, he lived in Mississippi County all his life, where he and his wife owned and operated Smithson Tax Service and Motor Sales and Used Furniture. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Sikeston.
On Sept. 13, 1941, he married Ruth V. Gargus who preceded him in death on Nov. 25, 2000.
Four brothers and four sisters also preceded him in death.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Bill J. and Joan Smithson of Cupertino, Calif.; one sister, Allegra Lindberg of the state of Minnesota; and three grandchildren, Jeff Smithson of Hendersonville, N.C., Julie DiGiallorenzo of San Jose, Calif., and Nicole Smithson of Cupertino.
Visitation is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday with Steve Palmer officiating.
Entombment will follow in the East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery.