Billy R. Smith, 56, Frontenac, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home of a long illness.
He was born March 10, 1958, in Pittsburg, the son of Finis Billy Ray and Frankie Delores Perona Smith. He had been a lifelong resident of the Pittsburg and Frontenac area. He was a graduate of Frontenac High School and attended vocational technical school for two years.
He married Rose Ann Albers on July 6, 1984, in Frontenac and she survives at the home in Frontenac.
Billy was the owner and operator of Albers Marine in Arma and also worked for USD 249 in Frontenac for several years.
Membership was held in the Frontenac United Methodist Church, the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg where he also served as president of the Mirza Shrine Arab Patrol, Pittsburg Masonic Lodge and the Rollin Nostalgia Car Club.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Ann Smith; two sons, Billy Ray Smith, Jr., Kansas City, Kan. and Glenn Harrison, Arma; one daughter, Michela Fry and her husband Brandon, Olathe; his mother, Frankie Stotler, Frontenac; two sisters, Rose Mary Weber and husband Joe, Franklin, and Terri Merando, Pittsburg; mother-in-law Kathern Albers, Frontenac; brother-in-law Carl Albers, Colorado; nieces and nephews Jimmy Weber, Derek Merando, Francesca Fleming, Sharde’ Albers and Taylor Albers. He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Friskel Funeral Home, 230 E. McKay, Frontenac, with the Rev. Daryl Gaddy officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Friskel Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the Mirza Shrine or Hospice Compassus in care of the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be left at friskelfuneralhome.com.