John M. Smith



John Matthew “Captain John” Smith, age 76. Sunrise June 24, 1939 in Rural Retreat, VA and Sunset August 14, 2015 at OSU Hospital East. John was a graduate of Scott Memorial in Wytheville, VA, a veteran of the U.S. Army during Vietnam, a member of St. James Baptist Church where he served with the Usher and Choir Ministries, and retired from the Columbus City Schools. He was preceded in death by his parents Annie Esther and Henry Garland Smith Sr., and siblings Virginia Hall, Henry Smith Jr., James Smith Sr., Willie Mae Heller, Jean Smith, Charlene Ward, Alvin Clark Smith and Rudolph Smith. Left to cherish his memory, sons Nathan A. (Lolita) Smith, Michael Smith and Daryl (Sherri) Smith, daughter Angelia Smith Robbins, sisters Terry (Burley) Price and Brenda Hash, 18 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren, special friends Margaret Helwig, Ann Copas, Jerome Hamlin, Mike Langston, Brandi James and Vanessa and Frank Drew, special niece Elaine (Wesley) Davis and a host of other family and friends. Visitation 6:00pm and Funeral 7:00pm Thursday August 20, 2015 at St. James Baptist 1311 E. Hudson .

Condolence Messages

  1. Most amazing man, grandfather, and friend anyone could have!!! Fly high papaw we love you. To the rest of my family stay strong!

  2. cindy Smith & family

    Nathan Chris Tony Frog Margaret & family iam sorry for your loss! May God comfort you all in this time of need. John was a great guy & will be all are in our prayers. Love you all!

  3. Family, take comfort in knowing that God will never bring us to a river that he will not help us to cross. Hold on to all of your memories and the love that Papa John has shared with you throughout the years and when you just reflect back on the memories, just look towards heaven and see his smile. He knew how to lift you up when you were feeling down. And now it is time to put his talents to use in our Fathers Kingdom. Be strong and continue to love each other.

  4. Because We Care….

    Because we care, our warmest thoughts go out to you today with more concern and sympathy than we could ever say…

    Because we care, we’re saddened by the grief you’re feeling now, and want so much to comfort you and ease your heart somehow…

    We’re hoping that the love of family will help to see you through, and that time will bring you brighter days–because we care.

    With love and sincere sympathy,
    The Foster Family, Emory, VA

  5. Willie and Lillian Thompson

    May the peace of God be with each of you as you go through this time of sorrow.
    Tee and Rawdy, know that Gmama and Grandaddy loves you!

  6. Bishop George Samuel Boysaw

    I give my heartfelt condolences to the family.Bishop G.S Boysaw Jr.

  7. Elder James. Boysaw

    I give my condolences to the family and all my prayers. ( Jimmy)

  8. I extend my utmost condolences to the family of John Smith, he will be missed. What a wonderful and great man. He would always leave you with a smile.

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