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800 W. Jackson Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-526-6384
Fax: 931-520-1858
John Smith

John Smith

Sunday, June 24th, 1934 - Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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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.

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.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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    Pastor Chris McMichael
    Pastor Richard John Howard Collins
  • Interment

    Crest Lawn Cemetery
    800 W. Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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Crystal Nowlan-de Ron

Posted at 08:49am
John, Thank you for your kindness to me. You were a compassionate soul and will be missed. I hope to see you again in heaven. ~Crystal~

Rob & Amy Tessanne & Family

Posted at 10:01pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Athylene Huskins

Posted at 02:25am
I have so many precious memories of family gatherings throughout the years and John was always there to help make the gatherings memorable. He would try to be first in line at moms for the food. We all loved moms cooking. There was always lots great food, singing, and laughter as our families got together. You say hello to mom and pop, and I will see you again when we have that family reunion in the sky.

Tammy Vinson Bilbrey

Posted at 07:49pm
How do you say goodbye to such a good man? You don’t! you say I will see you again. Keep the light on. Love you always

With much love, Reggie & Kat, Lee & Athylene

Posted at 02:26pm
Reba and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers . We have so many precious memories of our families being together throughout the years.
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