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William J. “Bill” Smith

June 21, 1938 — November 16, 2021

William J. “Bill” Smith, 84 of Taylorville, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Bill was born on June 21, 1938 in Edinburg, the son of Joseph and Ruth Smith. He married Natalie Orlandini in 1959 in Taylorville.

Bill graduated from Taylorville High School and Millikin University. Bill served in the Illinois Air National Guard. He worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 35 years. After retiring, he was the owner and operator of the Credit Bureau of Christian and Montgomery Counties for 18 years.

Bill was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church where he served as a lector and eucharistic minister for several years. He served on the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Christian County Mental Health Association Board, Taylorville Country Club Board, and the Christian County Y.M.C.A Board.

Bill was an avid reader and especially enjoyed learning about the Civil War and World War II. Bill always enjoyed giving back to his community.

He is survived by his wife: Natalie Smith of Taylorville; children: Fr. Nick Smith of St. Louis and Kristin (Eddie) Downs of Michigan; grandson: Dominic Downs (fiancÈ Kaitlyn) of Michigan; sister-in-law: Donna Castelli of Taylorville and brother-in-law: Nick Orlandini of New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill will be cremated and a Funeral Mass will be held at 1p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Taylorville with Fr. Nick Smith officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Bill, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at


  1. Joan Lawrence on November 18, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    My sympathy to Natalie and family. Joan

  2. Carol Orlandini on November 19, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    It is with my deepest sympathy to Nat, Nick and Kris on your beloved husband and father. It saddens me that we are unable to travel to be with you. Let God be with you at this time of sorrow and the memories hold you in his grace.
    Peace be with you.
    All our love
    Nick and Carol

  3. Denise Richey on November 20, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss… prayers for you!

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