Michael T. Smith

COAL CITY—Michael T. Smith, 57, of Coal City, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home.
Born Dec. 4, 1960 in Joliet, Michael Thomas was a son of Sharleen (nee Perona) Smith and James Smith. He was raised in Coal City and graduated with the Coal City High School class of 1979. Following graduation, Mike initially worked for the family business, Jim Smith Chevy-Olds in Coal City before going on to graduate from the police academy. He was employed with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office before relocating to Port St. Lucie, where he was hired with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department. Mike later returned to Grundy County, where at first he joined the Coal City Police Department and later became established with the Braidwood Police Department. In 2000 Sergeant Mike Smith had to retire following an accident while in the line of duty.
Mike was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City and the Braidwood Police Pension Board. He had a lifelong love of cars and was a huge NASCAR fan, especially that of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr. Mike’s grandchildren were second to none, and he cherished spending time with each of them.
Survivors include his mother, Sharleen, of Coal City; daughter, Kortyne Oster, of Coal City; three grandchildren: Noah Michael, Natalie Kaye and Norah Marie; one brother, Jeff (Sylvia) Smith, of Bacliff, TX; three nieces: Desirae (Trevor) Lester, of Kennesaw, GA; Darcie (Ben) Chabot, of Woodstock, GA and Desiree Patterson, of Canton, GA; two great-nieces: Paisley Grace Lester and Wren Renee Chabot and numerous cousins.
Visitation and video tribute will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway, one block north of Illinois Route 113, in Coal City. Funeral services will then follow Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in Assumption Catholic Church, 215 S. Kankakee St. in Coal City, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Robert Noesen presiding.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services, and inurnment will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Mike will be laid to rest with his father.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Mike’s memory to his family for their distribution to local charities of their choosing.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Mike’s memorial page online by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.
Funeral services and cremation arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City.