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BJ Smith
(03-18-1937 - 09-08-2020)

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BJ Smith, 83, of Elgin, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

He was born March 18th 1937, in Durant, MS. the son of Ruffus and Vivian Moses Smith, and raised in Sallis, MS.

On August 30, 1968, BJ married Karon J. Ross Smith. To this union two sons were born, Michael and Derrick Smith. The family made their home in Elgin, IL, where BJ enjoyed attending church service at St. James A.M.E., and taking photo’s at various events.

BJ worked as an Auto Body Repair Denting and Painting Technician, and was also skilled in auto repair. This was his calling in life and he enjoyed any opportunity to assist in this field until his time of death. In addition to his love for cars, he was an avid Horse Racing fan, he loved to bet on the horses and had a passion for cooking. BJ loved, and he was loved by many. You could find him on any given day sitting on the bench at Butera sharing joy and laughter with everyone that he came in contact with.

BJ is survived by his, wife Karon, 4 sons, Gregory (Evangeline) Moorman of South Elgin, James Mabry of Elgin, Michael Smith of Chicago, and Derrick Smith, of Rockford, 1 daughter, Julie Mabry of Elgin. 1 brother, Nate, 1 sister, Pearl, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his, parents, 1 brother, Jordan, 1 sister Idea, and 1 son, Wilbert Mabry.

Memorial Home Going Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM in the Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2:00 PM until the time of services. Please be advised that a face covering will be required to enter the facility. For those unable to attend you can join the services on Facebook at Laird Family Funeral Services at 2:00 PM on Saturday. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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