John Matt Smith
GENEVA, John Matt Smith, 79, passed away in the care of Hospice of the Western Reserve on April 30, 2020.
He was born in Clio, Kentucky on June 8, 1940, the son of Rev. Will M. and Nannie J. Smith.
John served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963. On February 13, 1971, John married the love of his life – Sara Jane Hawk Smith. John and Sara were members of New Day Christian Church in Madison. He retired as a truck driver from Matlack Trucking. John was an avid coon hunter and a member of the Ashtabula County Coon Hunters Club. He was also a breeder and trainer of Redbone Coonhounds and co-owned Red Arrow Kennel. He enjoyed farming, playing cards and spending time with his family. John was always quick to lend a helping hand and he could fix anything.
He leaves loving memories to be cherished by his daughters: Judy Smartt of Geneva, Kathy (Joseph) Monreal of Perry, Belinda Lorenzo of Geneva and Teresa (Brian) Heavilin of Perry; as well as Georgina (Raymond) Lang and Cathy Ross whom he loved as if they were his own daughters; his grandchildren: Victoria (John) DeMore, Angela (Daniel) Husek, Melaney (Matt) Monreal-Starling, Joseph (Brian Loretz) Monreal, Kirra and Gavin Heavilin; and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Emma Elizabeth Moses, Billie Ellis, Aleen Dyer, and Alzena Sams.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, his sister Ruth Carr, and brothers James Smith and Isaac Smith.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Hospice of the Western Reserve for their loving care and compassion.
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A memorial service will be held to celebrate John’s life once the COVID-19 mass gathering restriction has been lifted.
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