David J. Smith, 79, of Newark, MO and Quincy, IL, died Monday, December 2, 2013 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Mr. Smith was born in Quincy to William Price and Helen Marie Schild Smith on April 14, 1934, the youngest of four children.
On December 27, 1952, David married Constance Elizabeth Mae Justus in Grace Methodist Church, by the late Rev. James K. White. She preceded him in death on Oct. 9, 2012.
David graduated from Quincy High Schools Alumni Association. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, David Rankin in St. Louis, John Wood Community College, and Quincy University.
After graduating from Distributive Education at QHS, he spent 25 years in retail middle management with the Scott-Burr Corporation, S.S. Kresge Co. (K-Mart), F.W. Woolworth and Shoppers Fair. After David retired in 1998, he worked two Christmas shopping seasons as an exit greeter for Wal-Mart in Quincy. In 1970, he was employed by the State of Illinois and was hired by the City of Quincy in 1979. David managed the Street Cleaning Department for 13 years, operated the Two Rivers program, and ran the mosquito abatement program, for which the City of Quincy won outstanding recognition throughout Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.
In 1996, Mayor Charles W. Scholz appointed David interim airport manager at Quincy Municipal Airport, now Quincy Regional Airport. Under his leadership, he upgraded Baldwin Field operation in preparation for the new airport manager. He worked with contractors and the FAA on runway overlays, a new sewage lagoon system, a new power house and moved from AWOS to ASOS. Formerly a member of the Quincy Jaycees, he managed the Miss Quincy Pageant and started the Jaycees’ Christmas Shopping Tour for under-privileged children David was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan for more than 60 years and followed the career of Tiger Woods with great admiration.
In 1981, David was appointed Republican Precinct Committeeman Ward 1, Precinct 7, and elected to the office eight times, served as captain of the 1st Ward for 12 years. Smith was a member of the Adams County Republican Central Committee for 18 years. For many years, Smith was a member of Toastmasters International and twice earned the highest award given by Toastmasters International: Distinguished Toastmaster. He was elected governor of District 8 in 1989. As Distinguished Toastmaster, he twice judged the World Championship of Public Speaking in Washington, D.C., and Palm Desert, Calif. In 1990 he was honored with the CAN DO award by Alfa Toastmasters of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo. Mr. Smith was a member of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, serving both as a director and an officer. David was a member of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and served as Goodwill Ambassador for 12 years, and was elected to the Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 1999. He was one of four founding directors of Quincy Dogwood Inc.
After he retired, David and Connie made Newark their home. David served as a director on the Board of Directors of the Newark Rural Fire Protection Inc. He was elected to the Newark Board of Trustees in April 1999 and appointed town clerk. Mr. Smith was re-elected to four two-year terms and appointed chairman of the board (mayor) in April 2002. After being elected to the Newark Town Board, David spearheaded a five-year project to build a sewage system for Newark. It was completed in 2005: Newark’s first waste water program at the cost of some $900,000. Smith served four years on the Knox County Health Department and served on term as Knox County Health Department Board Chairman. Mr. Smith, along with his wife, Connie, was elected to five two-year terms as Republican Committeeman for Fabius Township, which includes Newark and the Heartland community. David was proud to be a Republican. He was a good friend with State of Illinois governors James Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan.
David was raised in the Methodist faith and later was a member of the Church of God, working in their mission field for two years. In recent years, he worshipped in the Christian faith at The Crossing in Quincy, the Heartland Community Church and Christian Church in Newark, when his health permitted.
Mr. Smith is survived by four sons, David J. (Patty) Smith of Palmyra, Mo., William D. (Joyce) Smith of Carthage, Steven A. (Diana) Smith of Canton, Mo., and Robert T. Smith of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a daughter, Kathleen Helen (Paul) Woodworth of Quincy; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three nephews; four nieces; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn (Max) Lewis of Colorado Springs, Colo.
In addition to his wife, David was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Alan Smith; two sisters, Lois Ann Smith and Mary Irvin; and two nephews.