Creston, Union County, Iowa
May 26, 1985
CECIL J. SMITH DIES - Diagonal
Cecil J. SMITH, 75, of Diagonal, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning, May 26, 1985. He was a retired farmer.
He had lived all but five years in Ringgold County.
Mr. SMITH was born Aug. 9, 1909, at Downs, Kansas, the son of John and Blanche (HAMMOND) SMITH. On Sept. 10, 1936,
he married Vesta KELLER in Mount Ayr.
He is survived by his wife, Vesta; five sons, Cecil, Jerry and Gary SMITH, all of Diagonal, Richard of Winter Haven,
Calif., and John SMITH of Bellington, Wash.; five daughters, Betty WATTS, Irene COVERDELL, Barbara STRANGE and Roxie
FLETCHER, all of Diagonal, and Phyllis CREEGEN of Rockford, Ill.; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two
sisters, Mary LYDDON of Clearfield and Violet REFSLAND of Knights Landing, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sons Dee and Lee, and one grandson, Kenny CARSON.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the United Church of Diagonal with the Rev.
Tricia KOENING officiating. Burial was at Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery with the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in charge
A memorial has been established to the family.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010
Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
CECIL J. SMITH
Cecil J. SMITH, 75, of Diagonal, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning, May 26, 1985.
Mr. SMITH was born to
John and Blanche (nee HAMMOND) SMITH. On Sept. 10, 1936, he was married to Vesta KELLER in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
was a retired farmer. He moved to Ringgold County at an early age and spent all but five years here.
his wife, Vesta; five sons, Cecil, Jerry and Gary SMITH, all of Diagonal, Richard of Winterhaven, Calif. and
John of Bellington, Wash.; five daughters, Betty WATTS, Irene (Mrs. Jim) COVERDELL, Barbara (Mrs. Bob) STRANGE and
Roxie (Mrs. Charles) FLETCHALL, all of Diagonal, and Phyllis (Mrs. Dale) CREGEEN of Rockford, Ill. There are also
24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary LYDDON of Clearfield and Violet REPLAND of Knightslanding,
He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sons and one grandson, Kenny CARSON; also four sisters and four
His funeral was held at the United Church of Diagonal, Diagonal, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 28, 1985. Rev.
Tricia DYKERS-KOENIg officiated. Musica was by Mrs. Claire NEWTON, Mrs. Richard TAYLOR and Mrs. Jack TAYLOR. Casketbearers
were Scott YOUNG, R. A. BEYMER, A. J. KESSLER, Robert SCHAEFER and Paul VANDERPLUYM. Burial was in the Knowlton
Cemetery. Wilson-Watson were in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012
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