Memorial remembers two-year old nobody could forget

Photo collage of Malachi Smith

When two-year-old Malachi Smith died in June after a flash flood engulfed his father's car, his parents decided to turn the tragic situation into a positive one.

His parents never imagined that they would be in the situation that they are now.

But out of Malachi's death, they want to help make the world a better place.

Malachi's father, Tony Smith hopes to continue the work they're doing now.

"This is a great event for this little guy that was everything to a lot of people. If we don't make enough to do what we want to here, we will be doing more. The ongoing asking for contributions and everything will continue until there is just no more," Smith said.

This benefit raises money to build a playground in their hometown of Versailles, as well as establish a scholarship fund for under-privileged children.

Malachi's mom Tara Holterfield remembers her son's adventurous attitude.

"Oh my, he was daring. He didn't mind those big slides at the park at all, ever since he was little bitty, he'd go down them by himself, and he loved the park. I love kids, and I just wanted to do something to help other kids, so a playground came to mind," Holterfield said.

Throughout the night, guests could bid on auction items, win raffle prizes, as well as hear from bands like Nova VI.

It's all to remember a special person who made everyone's day he touched better.

"I just thank everyone so much. I can't even begin to express how wonderful people are, and how grateful...from the bottom of my heart, I'm so thankful," Holterfield said.

Smith recalls his son's infectious personality.

"A very, very old work, very seldom used, describes him almost perfectly, and that's charisma. The little boy had more charisma at two years and ten months than most people have their entire life. Everybody that met him, talked to him, everybody that he touched, will never forget him," Smith said.

If you'd like to help support the efforts of the Malachi Smith Memorial Fund, you can send donations to the Farmers State Bank in Mt. Sterling, Illinois.