William B. “Bill” Smith

July 21, 1940 ‒ December 31, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: William B. “Bill” Smith, 77, of Bellville passed away Sunday December 31, 2017.

Bill was born July 21, 1940 in Paintsville, Kentucky to James E. and Daphne A. (Mahan) Smith.

He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School then joined the Air National Guard and went to Lackland Air Force Base for training.

On May 6, 1959 Bill married Mary Louise Mays of Bellville.

While still in high school Bill worked for Brooks Clothing Store, then Jay’s Pawn Shop and Value City Loan. He was a manager at Isley’s Dairy Store and then at Lawson’s Dairy in Mansfield.  In 1985 he bought Farley-Peeples Insurance Agency in Mansfield, which he owned and operated until 2002.

He was a founding member of Clear Fork Alliance Church where he served as church treasurer for over 20 years.  Bill was also a past zoning board member for the Village of Bellville and a 32 degree Mason for over 50 years.  Bill was the past-president of Penn-Ohio Model A Club and a member of the local Shelman Chapter. He was also a past member of Grange Insurance Agent Advisory Board.  He enjoyed watching countless baseball and softball games.   Recently Bill enjoyed meeting new friends online from as far away as Australia and Norway by selling Model A parts on ebay.

Bill had many dear friends from Clear Fork Alliance Church who visited him regularly, including special pastor Mike Stine, Jon Bieri, Terry Frazier and Barry Neumann.  Other special friends include close friend Larry Myers and breakfast buddy Kenny Barr.

He is survived by his wife Mary, three children Cynthia (Darrin) Remaley, John (Kate) Smith and Bill (Missy) Smith; grandchildren Brandon (Koren) Oswalt, Sarha (Joe) Griesbach, Adam (Bethany Braun) Smith, Emily (Ryan) Leedy, Kyrstin (Chad) Kentosh, Ali (Kevin) Polles, Olivia (Jackson Weinzatl) Smith, and Jacob Smith; great grandchildren Ava and Anya Griesbach, Paisley and Nolah Kentosh, Boston Smith, Tyler Brown, Aspen and Hunter Oswalt and Ezra Polles; a sister Cheryl Freel; many nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law Twila Setser, Joan (Larry) Miller and Sondra Mays.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step mother Hazel Smith; special uncle George “Buddy” Mahan; mother and father-in-law John and Hilda Mays; three brothers-in-law John Setser, John  “Tommy “ Mays and Russell Freel; and a special nephew Ryan Setser.

Friends may call Thursday January 4, 2018 from 4-7pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376 will perform services at 7pm.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 am in Clear Fork Alliance Church, 1008 State Route 97, Bellville, Ohio 44813.  The Rev. Dr. Michael Stine will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department or Clear Fork Alliance Church may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the Smith family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Smith Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Bill from the days my brother Jeff and John and the rest of the gang ran around while growing up.

    He will truly be missed.

    Debbie Weikle

  • We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Steve and Jill Schlosser

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.❤️I will miss seeing Bill at the grocery store.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. May God comfort you and wrap his arms around you as your family mourns. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Larry and Vicki Rose says you will missed. A wonderful man. Your family is in our prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing . You are in our prayers Kayla and Ed Clawson

  • To Mary and all your family you have my deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brandon I know how very much he meant to you as a mentor in so many respects. He sounded like a very special man and much more than “Grandpa”

    larry hood

  • Bill was my treasurer at Clear Fork Alliance Church when I pastored there in 1980-1982. Such fond memories of Bill and his dear wife Mary! (Thanks Mary for the recipe for “Poor Mans’s Steak”–we have made it many, many times!) Bill was a wonderful, gracious man with an infectious smile. God bless you, Mary, and the family gathered there. We haven’t seen the last of him, for we will meet again over on the other shore! Blessings and much love, Pastor Tom and Arliss Allen

  • Until we meet again Bill, R.I.P. So many memories , our peach picking adventure , & our last wonderful visit. Prayers , hugs , & strength , Dear God, we pray, for Mary & her wonderful family. Love You Bill.

  • Sincere sympathies to the family. We had several interesting Model A adventures in years past, motoring together with Shelman Chapter of Penn-Ohio Model A Ford Club. Bill’s smile and sense of humor will remain a warm memory. God Bless you all!

  • Bill & Missy,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your father.


    Aunt Gloria