John Joseph Smith
September 12, 1952 -
April 23, 2018

Visitation

April 28, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Service 

April 28, 2018
3:00 PM

Interment

Obituary

With great sadness and great love, the family of Mr. John Joseph Smith, age 65, of Flintville, TN, will have a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Higgins Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be held Saturday from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.

Mr. Smith was born on September 12, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA to the incredible John R. and Phyllis Kramer Smith. His unwavering love and devotion he had for his family and friends will be cherished always. He was dedicated to making the impossible happen at Franke for 47 years and worked tirelessly to support his community. John impacted the lives of everyone around him and we are all honored to have been part of his life. He was a supporter of REACH Autism Awareness and a Trustee for Motlow State Community College. Mr. Smith passed away on April 23, 2018 knowing how loved he was.

Survivors include his wife, Debra McClellan Smith; children, David Michael (Lisa) Smith of Perkasie, PA, Amanda Marie Smith (William Cary Richard) of Tullahoma, TN, Michael John Smith (Ericka Clemmons) of Louisville, KY, Nicole Elizabeth (Wyatt) Shaw of Clarksville, TN, Amanda Nicole (William) Eslick of Fayetteville, TN, and Emmylou (Brent) Porter of Fayetteville, TN; grandchildren, Mia Smith, Allie Smith, Kyle Fisher, Naiya Quinlan, Cruz Caldwell, Raina Smith, Jasmine Buckles, Roman Shaw, David Eslick, Eli Eslick, Ben Porter, and Owen Porter; mother-in-law, Betty Clark “Mema” of Flintville, TN; siblings, Phyllis Anne Smith (Gerald) Logan of Philadelphia, PA, Mary Anne Baird of Davis, CA, Carol Burns of Warrington, PA, Roy C. (Marilyn) Smith of Warrington, PA, and Andrew J. (Cindy) Smith of Williamsburg, PA; brother and sisters-in–law, Michial (Paula) McClellan, Jim (Mary Ann) McClellan, John (Susanna) McClellan and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Donna Michele Smith Fisher, who is missed and loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to REACH of Lincoln County or your local Autism Awareness group or Motlow College Foundation at http://www.mscc.edu/advancement/donate_now.aspx.

Video Services

23 Comments

  1. Charlotte Brown

    Debra—I am so very sorry…I know that you were so happy with your John…and it breaks my heart for you! I didn’t know or I would have been there…again, I am so sorry. Godspeed…love and prayers, Charlotte

    Reply
  2. Hillard Parsons

    Deb so sorry for your loss. I know you all had some great memories. We will be thinking & praying for you and your family. I know John will be in a place of peace, rest, & comfort. Love Hillard & Courtney

    Reply
  3. Homer & Carol Thompson

    Dear Debra, We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing; you and John were such a great and loving couple. Words of comfort are difficult to find during this sad time, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure the memories of days gone by.

    Reply
  4. Vera Brooks, MSCC

    Debra, You and your family are in my prayers. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

    Reply
  5. Jan Schinkel Roberts

    Cousin Johnny,
    Your smiling face and the abundance of energy you displayed and shared with me and everyone else you touched, will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry, you left us so soon; I guess God had other plans for you. God and your Aunt Anna and Uncle Ray (Schinkel) will greet you in heaven with open arms. You are safely home.
    My deepest sympathy to your family.
    Love, Cousin Janice Schinkel Roberts

    Reply
  6. Bonnie Smith Lavoie

    My cousin Johnny as i called him – Spent many summers in Pa and NJ as kids swimming . playing and growing up – We haven’t seen each other in awhile but I will always remember him as my fun cousin- Rest in Peace Johnny

    Reply
  7. Carol Burns

    I was very blessed to have him as my brother and friend for many years. So many wonderful moments to treasure! ❤️

    Reply
  8. Amy Hall

    Dear Debra,
    I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. My heart aches for you. I’ve been praying for you – for comfort and strength and peace. God be with you.

    Reply
  9. Stacy Johnson

    Debra,
    I’m sorry to hear about John. It was a pleasure to have known. My heart and prayers go out to you my friend.

    Reply
  10. Tiffany Curry

    Debra and family,
    John was one of a kind. I thought the world of him and I have been blessed by having him as a boss and most importantly a dear friend! He will be greatly missed. Sending you love and prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

    Reply
  11. Ann Sparks King

    My heart is heavy for you all.i know your mom and you all are very broken hearted.Debbie I’m so sorry I still love you.

    Reply
  12. Brenda Sharp-Page

    Deb and Betty. I am so sorry to hear this. May you feel God’s love and comfort during this difficult time. Love y’all bunches

    Reply
  13. Gay Miller

    Deb I do not have the words to express my Sympathy for you and your FAMILY. May GOD be with you all Love YOU

    Reply
  14. Pam Steelman

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Love you, Pam Steelman

    Reply
  15. Adam Reeves

    Debra & Family ,
    I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to have gotten to work with John for many many years. He is my mentor , he believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be my best , He will continue to be my motivation as he has always been! There isn’t enough words to describe his impact on my life ! I wish all the comforts for you and your family!!!!!

    Reply
  16. Penny & Bob Fitzgerald

    Debra , and family . We are so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful loved one . John was a blessing to everyone who knew him . You all are in our thoughts and prayers . We love you

    Reply
  17. roger & lisa whitworth

    debra john will be miss out franke we though a lot of him and may god give you comfort and peace during this sad time. my prayers are with the family.

    Reply
  18. Teri Pitts

    Debra,
    No words can express how truly sorry I am for your loss. My heart is breaking for you and your family at this sad and difficult time. Praying God will grant peace and understanding.
    Love and Blessings,
    Teri Marty Pitts and Family

    Reply
  19. Margie Hazelbaker

    Debra…
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Margie Hazelbaker

    Reply
  20. Dena and Jimmy Kincaid

    Debra,
    So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Prayers of comfort for you during this most difficult time.

    Reply
  21. Debbie Logan

    Deb, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will miss John so…I’m praying God’s grace, peace and comfort for you during this most difficult time. Love you, sweet friend! Hugs, Debbie Logan

    Reply
  22. Kim Halcomb Cowart

    Debra, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God provide peace and may all your memories help comfort you during this sad time.

    Reply
  23. Joe and Anne Luther

    Debra
    Sorry to learn of the death of your husband. It was good to visit with you at the hospital. My wife and I will add you to our prayer list.
    Joe Luther

    Reply

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Memories

23 Comments

  1. Charlotte Brown

    Debra—I am so very sorry…I know that you were so happy with your John…and it breaks my heart for you! I didn’t know or I would have been there…again, I am so sorry. Godspeed…love and prayers, Charlotte

    Reply
  2. Hillard Parsons

    Deb so sorry for your loss. I know you all had some great memories. We will be thinking & praying for you and your family. I know John will be in a place of peace, rest, & comfort. Love Hillard & Courtney

    Reply
  3. Homer & Carol Thompson

    Dear Debra, We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing; you and John were such a great and loving couple. Words of comfort are difficult to find during this sad time, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure the memories of days gone by.

    Reply
  4. Vera Brooks, MSCC

    Debra, You and your family are in my prayers. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

    Reply
  5. Jan Schinkel Roberts

    Cousin Johnny,
    Your smiling face and the abundance of energy you displayed and shared with me and everyone else you touched, will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry, you left us so soon; I guess God had other plans for you. God and your Aunt Anna and Uncle Ray (Schinkel) will greet you in heaven with open arms. You are safely home.
    My deepest sympathy to your family.
    Love, Cousin Janice Schinkel Roberts

    Reply
  6. Bonnie Smith Lavoie

    My cousin Johnny as i called him – Spent many summers in Pa and NJ as kids swimming . playing and growing up – We haven’t seen each other in awhile but I will always remember him as my fun cousin- Rest in Peace Johnny

    Reply
  7. Carol Burns

    I was very blessed to have him as my brother and friend for many years. So many wonderful moments to treasure! ❤️

    Reply
  8. Amy Hall

    Dear Debra,
    I was so sad to hear of John’s passing. My heart aches for you. I’ve been praying for you – for comfort and strength and peace. God be with you.

    Reply
  9. Stacy Johnson

    Debra,
    I’m sorry to hear about John. It was a pleasure to have known. My heart and prayers go out to you my friend.

    Reply
  10. Tiffany Curry

    Debra and family,
    John was one of a kind. I thought the world of him and I have been blessed by having him as a boss and most importantly a dear friend! He will be greatly missed. Sending you love and prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

    Reply
  11. Ann Sparks King

    My heart is heavy for you all.i know your mom and you all are very broken hearted.Debbie I’m so sorry I still love you.

    Reply
  12. Brenda Sharp-Page

    Deb and Betty. I am so sorry to hear this. May you feel God’s love and comfort during this difficult time. Love y’all bunches

    Reply
  13. Gay Miller

    Deb I do not have the words to express my Sympathy for you and your FAMILY. May GOD be with you all Love YOU

    Reply
  14. Pam Steelman

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Love you, Pam Steelman

    Reply
  15. Adam Reeves

    Debra & Family ,
    I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to have gotten to work with John for many many years. He is my mentor , he believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be my best , He will continue to be my motivation as he has always been! There isn’t enough words to describe his impact on my life ! I wish all the comforts for you and your family!!!!!

    Reply
  16. Penny & Bob Fitzgerald

    Debra , and family . We are so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful loved one . John was a blessing to everyone who knew him . You all are in our thoughts and prayers . We love you

    Reply
  17. roger & lisa whitworth

    debra john will be miss out franke we though a lot of him and may god give you comfort and peace during this sad time. my prayers are with the family.

    Reply
  18. Teri Pitts

    Debra,
    No words can express how truly sorry I am for your loss. My heart is breaking for you and your family at this sad and difficult time. Praying God will grant peace and understanding.
    Love and Blessings,
    Teri Marty Pitts and Family

    Reply
  19. Margie Hazelbaker

    Debra…
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Margie Hazelbaker

    Reply
  20. Dena and Jimmy Kincaid

    Debra,
    So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Prayers of comfort for you during this most difficult time.

    Reply
  21. Debbie Logan

    Deb, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will miss John so…I’m praying God’s grace, peace and comfort for you during this most difficult time. Love you, sweet friend! Hugs, Debbie Logan

    Reply
  22. Kim Halcomb Cowart

    Debra, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God provide peace and may all your memories help comfort you during this sad time.

    Reply
  23. Joe and Anne Luther

    Debra
    Sorry to learn of the death of your husband. It was good to visit with you at the hospital. My wife and I will add you to our prayer list.
    Joe Luther

    Reply

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