John R. Smith, age 71 passed away Monday morning, March 29, 2021 at IU Health – Bloomington Hospital. He was a resident of Nashville.
John was born March 26, 1950 in Solsberry, to his parents, the late Joe F. and Fern E. (Cox) Smith. He was a 1968 graduate of Unionville High School. John was retired from Warford Silgas in Nashville where he worked as a Truck Driver for over 36 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Brown County Highway Department and Brown County Water. After retirement, John went back to work part-time Warford Silgas, because he missed socializing with his loyal customers and passing out treats to all the four-legged animals along his route.
John was a member of the Nashville Masonic Lodge #135 and a former member of the Morgantown Masonic Lodge #358. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, mushroom hunting and tinkering with automobiles. John loved his family and enjoyed spending time with spoiling his grandchildren.
John is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Patricia B. ‘Patty’ (Barrett) Smith, whom he married on July 7, 1979 in Solsberry. He is also survived by his children, William Joe Smith of Bloomington, Laura (Tim) Thompson of Scipio, Sandra (Willie) Pool of Brown County, Joey (Heather) Knapp of Alabama and Brian (Rachel) Hopkins of Greencastle; siblings, Sue Rushton of Unionville and Michael Smith of Martinsville; grandchildren, Tyler (Codie) Thompson and Patrick (Rebecka) Thompson all of North Vernon, William (Ashley) Pool of Nineveh, Rebekah (Zack Patton) Pool of Bean Blossom, Jason (Larissa) Thompson of Medora, Mary (Will Erick) Pool of Virginia, Kimberly Knapp of Germany and Brandon Hopkins of Florida; 14 great grandchildren; and family canine companion, Izzy.
John was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved dog, P.T.
In keeping with John’s wishes, he will be cremated and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Cremation services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of John to the Brown County Humane Society, PO Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Smith family at www.meredith-clark.com.