Charles Lloyd Smith, Sr., 70 of Cuba, Missouri and formerly of Monroe City, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23.
He was born May 29, 1945 in Hannibal the son of Cecil D. and Martha Yates Smith. Charlie was raised of the Baptist faith. He was a graduate of Monroe City High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the Army and served his country in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
After returning home Charlie may be best remembered for his enthusiasm for the military and leading Christmas, Fourth of July and Veterans Day parades in Monroe City and surrounding communities with his colorfully decorated car. He worked many years for Garner Funeral Home and Chapel in Monroe City. He also worked as “Night Watchman” for Indian Creek Mariana and several other businesses from time to time. You could often find Charlie at one of the coffee shops or restaurants in and around Monroe City. He is survived by one son Charles Smith, Jr. and wife Karen; His grandchildren Sean, Skyler, Olivia, Brittany and step-granddaughter Stephanie all of Sullivan, Missouri; One sister Marceille Swank, Valdosta, Georgia; Two nephews Mark and Michael Swank and great nephews Zachary Swank and McCrae Swank.
He was preceded in death by his Parents.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the St. Jude Cemetery in Monroe City.
The Rev. Steve Goughnour will officiate, there will be military rites given by the Monroe City VFW Post 4240.
Garner Funeral Home and Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.