Curtis E. Smith, 56, of Benton passed away Sunday night, June 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Benton, IL on June 2, 1962, the son of James & Virginia (Fowler) Smith.
He married Linda (Erwin) on May 25, 1985 in Benton.
Curtis was a Correctional Officer at Big Muddy Correctional Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf and spending time with his grandson.
Curtis's true passion was coaching basketball and he loved teaching the game, but more than that he loved his players. He was inducted into the Rend Lake College Hall of Fame in 2004, and still holds numerous basketball records. He was named the SIJHSAA Coach of the year in 2015.
Mr. Smith is survived by his:
Wife: Linda Smith of Benton
Amber Smith & fiance Nic Robey of Destin, FL
Kelsey Drew & husband Jason of Benton
Parents: James & Virginia Smith of Benton
Nephew: Cory Smith & wife Haley of Benton and their children: Bentley & Blakely
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his 2 Brothers: James L. Smith & Ricky E. Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 29th at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whitttington. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Immanuel Baptist Church.
In lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to the Curtis Smith Memorial Basketball Scholarship Fund at the Rend Lake College Foundation or you may donate online at www.rlc.edu/foundation/give-now
Curtis Smith Memorial Basketball Scholarship Fund
468 North Ken Gray Parkway, Ina IL 62846
Checks may be made to Rend Lake College Foundation