Jon Lamont Smith

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Jon “Smooth” Lamont Smith was born on June 27, 1962, in the city of Huntington, W.Va. Jon was born to the late John Cotton and Brenda Lee Smith.

Jon was passionate about basketball, he played throughout his childhood and went on to college to play basketball. He graduated from Huntington High School in the class of 1980, the year he was named basketball player of the year. Following high school, Smooth went on to play basketball at WV State College and then later transferred to University of Pikeville, Kentucky. Later Jon would then move to Columbus, Ohio where he worked for T. Marzetti for 28 years.

Jon remained connected to basketball throughout his life by playing on summer leagues and coaching the Franklinton Titans AAU youth basketball team and OYSP (Ohio Youth Sports Preparatory) basketball team. On August 18, 2022, Jon lost his battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

Jon was called home to heaven to join his father, John Cotton and mother Brenda Smith-Ervin, Grandmother Lillian Smith, Brother Ronald “Dolla” Smith, Sister Debbie “Disco Deb” Smith Gibson-White and grandson Jae’son Hill who preceded him in death.

Jon leaves to cherish his memories, girlfriend Seretta McBroom. His children Charlie (Kasey) Pankey of Indian Land, SC and Brandon “Beast” (Champagne) Hill of Columbus, Oh, surrogate children Trevelyn and Chassdie and Rokeem Jordan. Siblings, Charles “Randy” Smith of Richmond, Va. Stacy (George) Crisp of Huntington, WV. And Lillian “Michelle” (Ken) Logwood of Reynoldsburg, Oh. Grandchildren Keymaura, Aydin, Ryleigh and Brycen Pankey of Indian Land, SC. Breia and Brandon Hill of Huntington, WV, Jae’onna and Jae’Mya Hill of Columbus, Ohio.

Jon had many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives, special friends and his AAU basketball team members that will cherish his memories and remember all the fond times that were enjoyed with “Smooth”.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, August 27, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

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Condolence Messages

  1. Pastor Roy Terry

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pastor Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church her in Columbus. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Jonnie was one if my best friends growing up in Huntington, West Virginia

  2. Wishing you Peace, Love, Joy and Comfort in a time like this. You have my condolences. Be Blessed Family.

  3. Roscoe Burgess Jr (Bro)

    Will miss you Cousin (AKA Al Capone). Love you and will see you again.

  4. My heartfelt sympathy to the Smith family. You all are like family to us. May god bless you during this difficult time.

  5. We are sending prayers and condolences to the Smith family. May God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
    Darlene Cain
    Michael Cain
    Inez Holland

  6. Sending my deepest condolences to the Smith family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Johnnie was a good guy and will be missed!
    Lisa Moten and Starr

  7. Annette Anta Mabru

    Grew up with Jon in Huntington, WV.

    It’s just something about growing up in HTS,WVA we come from some good stock. Prayers goes up endless blessings

  8. I don’t no where to start, so I will leave you all with this heartfelt thought.
    Being a FAMILY means, you are part of something very wonderful and special. It means you will love and be loved, for the rest of your life. No matter what, and forevermore.

    God Bless You All.

  9. Dorothy Williams

    My sincere condolences to the family of John Smith. My prayers of strength to all at this time. Johnny was a wonderful person with a smile that would light up a room. The doors of heaven are open and waiting. RIP Johnny

  10. My heart is heavy and sad I am losing another family member my second best lovable cousin Johnny I know you’re going to be up there with Uncle Johnny my mom my grandmother my great-grandmother my aunt my uncle and my great aunt Miss Mama Gigi I’m quite sure you remember them all give them all a big hug and a squeeze for me I love you Johnny and I’m going to miss you very much.

  11. May God bring comfort at this time to the family. From the Walker and Knaff family Rest In Peace Jon!

  12. Lance Leon Burgess Jr (Butch)

    Love you cuz

  13. Deepest Condolences to family and loved one rest in paradise J smooth

  14. Darrell Zack Qualls

    My heart is heavy with the loss of Jon., Ronny and Debbie. So much of my young life evoked around the Smith family. I’ve always considered you all family. I wish I was able to travel but I recently to the meniscus in my knee and not able to. My prayers for Randy, Stacy and Michelle are heartfelt as I’ve experienced the loss of a sibling.

  15. R.I.P. Smooth, Sincere Condolences to the Smith Family ❤️‍

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