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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tim Smith

tim_smith.jpg Timothy J. Smith
SPRINGFIELD - Timothy J. Smith, 53, of Springfield, died Sunday June 14, 2009, at his residence.
He was born in Herrin, IL, January 17, 1956, the son of Clarence and Annabelle Frisinger Smith.
Tim graduated from Springfield Southeast High School and attended Illinois College in Jacksonville. He was a member of the Phi Alpha Literary Society and served as their chaplain. He was an avid sports fan.
Tim worked as a service manager for Sylvania Lighting Co., and then as an inside salesman and warehouseman for Illinois Plumbing. He was a Christian.
Surviving are his mother, Ann Williams, his father, Clarence Smith, two brothers, Gregory and David Smith and a sister, Gail Smith, all of Springfield, as well as two daughters, Holly and Shannon, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday June 18, 2009, in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The procession will meet at the main gate on Monument Ave at 1:20 p.m. Rev. Gay Frisinger will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West.
Please visit the online obituary at www.mem.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Tim and I went to high school together. Except for maybe having a few classes together here and there, our paths rarely crossed until last semester of our senior year. We were both in a class called expository writing. Unlike all the other classes which were jam-packed and sometimes overflowing, this class only had a handful or two of students. And because it was so small, I suppose, it was the only class I took where the students got to put the desks in a circle.

I don't know if putting desks in a circle is a good way of teaching or learning. I do know it's a good way for the students to work together and to get to know each other, especially when they otherwise wouldn't.

Tim and I were in the same circle that semester for that class. I can tell you that Tim was kind and wholesome and funny and quick and very smart. Tim knew what was going on. He had a complete understanding of what was needed to get the job done, and he brought the rest of us (or, at least me) along with him. And, I believe, because of Tim, our circle did very well in that class. I don't think we ever saw each other again after graduation. (Except maybe at the 20th reunion. I can't remember.)

To Tim's kids and family, I'm so sorry to hear Tim is gone. [Link.]

Posted by Marie at June 30, 2009 8:07 PM


Sorry to hear about Tim. Sounds like a nice guy. 53 is way too young.


Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at June 30, 2009 10:12 PM

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