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John William Smith, age 56, of Duluth GA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 7th at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family.
John was born in Lebanon, IN on March 22, 1964. He graduated from Lebanon Senior High School in 1982. He often spoke of his great memories of playing trumpet in the high school band. After he graduated high school, he moved to Florida where he lived for many years and made lifelong friendships. He worked for 20+ years in the wire and cable industry, beginning his career at Anixter in Tampa, FL.
John was a devoted SCI-FI fan and Trekkie, who dedicated his Saturday evenings to watching Svengoolie and his other favorite classic Sci-Fi shows. He was a Big Foot enthusiast and our own personal meteorologist. He loved animals, especially his cat Sunny and dogs Gareth, Remy, and Copper & all his aquatic animals. He greatly missed his beloved Corgi Baxter and Shih Tzu Chakotay, both of whom have crossed the rainbow bridge.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Carroll. He is survived by his loving wife, Anita Smith; children, Nicole, Jacob, Ivy, and Nicholas Burse of Duluth; father, Calvin Smith (Vicki) of Kentucky; two brothers, Doug (Valorie) and Steve (Christine) both of Kentucky; sister, Sheri Basey (Mike) of Indiana; stepfather, Robert Carroll of Indiana; mother-in-law, Phyllis Brown of Duluth; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will gather for a celebration of life on Saturday, March 20th from 1-3 at the Pinckneyville Community Center in Berkeley Lake, GA. Please dress casually and feel free to wear your favorite Sci-Fi/funny T-shirt. COVID guidelines will be in place. Masks will be required.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to assist with the cost of John’s cremation, memorial service and other expenses for the family in the coming months. https://gofund.me/d1f6a8b5.
The family of John W. Smith is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 3570 Buford Hwy #202, Duluth, GA 30096 (678) 584-0914 www.GeorgiaCremation.com
Chris Szeszko says
Please accept Angela and my sincere condolences!
I’m truly saddened and shocked by John’s passing. I’ve know John since our anixter Tampa days in the mid 80’s. John was always upbeat despite the all pain he had.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity call John close friend with whom we could share our struggles and happy moments with our families. I will miss our frequent get togethers at the Waffle House.
John, truly loved his family and was looking forward to one day living in the Georgia coastal area. His sense of humor and positive outlook will be missed.
Rest in peace my friend, till we meet again.
John Breen says
I was so sad to hear of the passing of John Smith. We met while I worked at Anixter in Tampa, Florida where John was an inside sales specialist. I remember him to be a lot of fun to be around. He certainly loved technology and looks like that passion continued in many directions of his life. We were a close team at Anixter and John was a part of that team. Today I mourn the loss of a team member whom helped make a difference during his time on earth. My wife and I extend condolences and will provide support via the GoFundMe efforts.
John and Cathy Breen
Brittany Cannella says
I’m heartbroken for John’s family ❤
He was a good man to step up and step in to the role of “Dad” all those years ago.
Rest in peace, John.
Steve D'Ercole says
I’m so sorry to hear the news about John’s passing.
He always had a smile on his face every day in the office.
My heart goes out to Anita and all of John’s family!