Ernest W. (Zeke) Smith

December 14, 1941 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 79)


Ernest W. (Zeke) Smith, 79, of Benton passed away at 12:00 Noon on Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Mr. Smith was born in Benton, IL on December 14, 1941, the son of William G. & Birdie (Roberts) Smith.
Mr. Smith was an excellent horse trainer, and worked road construction. He loved hunting, fishing & animals but the most important thing to him was his family.
He leaves behind:
1 Son: Carl Smith & wife Nancy of Caseyville
Loving Companion: Mary Jane Tasky of Benton 
Daughter: Crystal Balota of Benton
5 Grandchildren:
Miranda Frailey
Caylie Smith
Great-Granddaughter: Stella Frailey
Mary Jane's children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren
3 Brothers:
Jim Smith & wife Virginia
Gene Smith
Gary Smith
6 Sisters:
Judy & MIke Ward
Edna Fotheringhame
Nita Adams
Geneva Smith
Jeannette Tasky
Dorothy Cockrum
Several Nieces & Nephews to numerous to mention
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his mother & father Bill & Birdie Smith, Granddaughter-Carly Smith, brothers- Robert, Dale, John C., sisters-Eunice Conner, Mary Hobbie & Sharon Heinrich.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, November 5th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Don Colson officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.
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November 5, 2021

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
November 5, 2021

2:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Final Resting Place

Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812

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