Bernard Smith II


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Posted Online: April 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
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Bernard Christopher Smith II, 64, of Chicago, formerly of Kewanee, was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in Kewanee, the son of Sgt. 1st Class Bernard C. Sr. and Flora Mae McIntyre Smith.
Bernard graduated from Black Hawk East College in 1970, with a degree in history, sociology and psychology. He also attended Bradley University in Peoria and held a bachelor's degree in speech and philosophy from North Central College in Naperville. He had attended high school in Key West, Fla., and graduated from high school at Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany.
He had been a teacher and coach at Darien Junior High School, Darien, Ill.; assistant football coach at North Central College from 1973-74; directed preschool and summer school in Joliet in 1975; and was an assistant elementary school principal in Joliet. He was assistant director of the Illinois Farmers Union in Galesburg from September 1978-April 1979. Smith, an educational specialist, was the first black officer on the Kewanee Police Force. At the Freedom Fund Event hosted in Kewanee in May 1979, he urged black young persons to show determination and keep their educational and career goals always in mind. (These are excerpts of articles from May 17, 1979 Kewanee Star Courier on the NAACP Freedom Fund Event.)
He most recently was self-employed as a carpenter/handyman. He greatly enjoyed nature, camping, fishing and biking.
He is survived by two sons, Bernard C. Smith III and Brian (Michelle) Smith; four granddaughters; four sisters, Reba Lynn McIntyre, Elizabeth J. (Donald) Brown, Janice L. (Terrance) Embry and Marilyn Ruth (Michael) Mullen and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bernadine C. Davis; and two brothers, LaDonn N. McIntyre and Dwight L. McIntyre.
We thank everyone for all their prayers. There will be a private committal. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at ruxfuneralhome.com.














 



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