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Billy Joe Smith, 64 years' old
December 25, 1952- December 30, 2016
Bill passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016 with his loved ones surrounding him.
Born to Billy Joe & Denise (Zaccanti) Smith on December 25, 1952 in Riverside, California. He traveled all around the United States while a young boy never staying in one area for very long. Bill graduated from Rubidoux High School, Riverside, CA in 1971 and married his high school sweetheart, Sherri Bonnet in 1972. They had a daughter, Amber on July 10, 1975. After moving to Reno, NV he worked in construction and in his spare time trained his prized pointer dogs. After his divorce from Sherri, he moved to Grenada, CA where he met and wed Ellen Freeman in 1983 and welcomed his son, Willard Smith on October 20, 1984. Many years and a divorce later he decided to make a big move to Spokane, WA in 1991 where he was lucky to find his soul mate, Maria Wiltse in 1993. After a quick whirl wind romance they married on July 16, 1994 where 2 more kids, Chris & Chaunte, were welcomed into Bill's heart.
Bill was a hardworking man who excelled in his construction career with PCI. He retired in 2010 from his position of Safety Engineer after his 25+ years of service with PCI. Bill and Maria bought a motorhome and started their retired life on the road. Visiting extended family and exploring new places was the only rule. They traveled up and down the west coast several times, went to Virginia/DC area, cruised the Bahamas just to name a few of their many, many fabulous stops. The last couple of years had kept them at home in their beloved lakefront cabin in Elk, WA. Bill enjoyed watching the lake wildlife and cursing anyone who happened on his fishing honey hole. Visits from his kids, grandkids, family and friends kept his spirits up and his mind sharp.
Bill enjoyed watching Fox News, cooking, reading, traveling, hunting, fishing, being a De Anza buckaroo, western dancing, helping anyone in need, remodeling homes, and last, but not least his family. He cherished his time with his wife, kids, grandchildren and family.
Bill is survived by his angel of a wife, Maria, children, Amber Cerfoglio (Kyle) of Sparks, NV, Willard Smith (Dawn) of Yreka, CA, Chris Wiltse of Spokane, WA, Chaunte Nevers (Pete) of Spokane, WA, grandchildren Audrey & Alec Cerfoglio, Dillon Katras, Hanna Wiltse, Sadie Horine, Jesse Dees and Aybie Nevers, mother Denise Chadwick of San Lorenzo, CA, brothers Terry Smith (Norma) of Spokane, WA, Randall Nelums of Elk, WA, Matt Chadwick (Laura) of Livermore, CA, Lance Chadwick of San Lorenzo, CA and many loved Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Brother & Sister in Laws. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Billy Joe Smith and step father, Charles Chadwick.
Bill lived a full and adventurous life. He will be missed by many, but he will always be in our hearts and memories.
A celebration of his life will be on Thursday, January 5, 2017 1pm at Hennessey Funeral Home at 1315 N. Pines Road, Spokane, WA.