Vernon Leon Smith, 83, of Marble Hill and formerly of Advance, died Dec. 7, 2012, at Clara Deville Nursing Center in Fredericktown, Mo. He was born Nov. 16, 1929, at Jackson, Mo., the son of John William and Hattie Alberta Crader Smith.
Vernon had been a farmer , was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a member of the Whitewater Meth-odist Church.
Vernon and Dortha E. Riegert were united in marriage on July 3, 1948, at Piggott, Ark., and she survives.
Survivors also include his son, Martin L. Smith of Fredericktown; daughter, Kathryn Thal, also of Fredericktown; a brother, Kenneth C. Smith of Indepence, Ky.; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec.13, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. David Conley officiating. Burial will follow at Morgan Memorial Park in Advance. Morgan Fun-eral Home is in charge of all arrangements.