Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Jack Smith: 1920 – 2009

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Jack Smith, 88, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 7:25 a. m. on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.  He had been in failing health for some time and had entered the hospice home 13 days ago.

Mr. Smith was born in Ocone County, South Carolina on  October 5, 1920, a son of James Curtis and Mattilda (Burdett) Smith.  He spent his formative years in Spartanburg, South Carolina and as a young man served with the U. S. Army during World War II.

On October 12, 1943 he was married in Spartanburg to Mary D. Glander, and was employed as a quality control engineer at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 40 years, retiring from there in 1985.  He spent most of his adult life in this area, and following his retirement lived in San Antonio, Texas for a period.

He had previously attended the Good News Baptist Church in Churubusco and while living in San Antonio, attended the Liberty Baptist Church.  He was a member of the Skyline Community Church in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Smith preceded him in death on April 23, 2003.

The surviving relatives include a daughter Pamela (Kerry Bollinger) Targgart of Fort Wayne; two sons Dr. Steven A. (Lorraine) Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Douglas B. (Deborah) Smith of San Antonio, Texas; a brother Herbert Smith of Spartanburg, South Carolina; three sisters Louise Tipton of Dalton, Georgia, Colleen Bagwell of Chesnee, South Carolina, and Lillian Carter of Boiling Springs, South Carolina; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by a son Kevin Michael Smith in 1965.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Greg Patten of Skyline Community Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday from 2 to 6 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne.

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