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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.