John Smith, 85 of Cookeville, Tennessee passed from this life Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center with his loving family by his side.
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He was born Sunday, June 24, 1934 in Arjay, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Leonard and Millie Jane (Potter) Smith.
He was an active member of Engrafted Word Church of Cookeville, where he was lovingly referred to as Papa John. John retired December 1, 1989 from Fisher Body Fleetwood in Detroit where he enjoyed building Cadillacs with his favorite being the El Dorado.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years:
Reba Lois (King) Smith of Cookeville, TN
2 Daughters and Spouses:
Gail and Gary Evans of Silver Point, TN
Tracy and Larry Tessanne of Westland, MI
2 Sons and Spouse:
Ronald Smith of Swartz Creek, MI
Richard John Howard and Amy Collins of Winchester, IN
Grandpa to 8 Grandchildren:
Scott Daniel Smith, Jessica Fay, Andrew Tessanne, Rebecca Lynn Lybrink, Cathryn Hogan, Callie Tessanne, Amber Farchione, and Tyler John Farchione
Papa Sugar to 11 Great Grandchildren:
Joey, Layla Marie, Gage, Abigail, Aiden, Kiptyn, Ethan, Alexandria, Lilah, Maddox, and Evelyn
2 Sisters and Spouses:
Hazel and Paul Keller of Ohio
Shirl and Jeff Salata of South Carolina
A host of Nieces and Nephews
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by: 1 Daughter: Johanna Lynn Farchione, 5 Brothers: Boyd, Ed, Luke, Barry, and Leonard Jr. Smith, 1 Sister: Molly Bentley
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Engrafted Word Church of Cookeville Building Fund at 5 West Broad Street Cookeville, TN 38501.
Funeral services for John will be held Monday, July 29, 2019 beginning at 1:00 PM from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with Pastor Chris McMichael and Pastor Richard John Howard Collins officiating. Entombment will be in Crest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleums.
The family will receive friends at the funeral Home Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and again Monday, July 29, 2019 from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 1:00 pm.