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JACK HOBART SMOUSE

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JACK HOBART SMOUSE Jack Hobart Smouse (92) formerly of Smouses Mill Road, Cumberland, Maryland; Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, Florida; Killdeer Lane, Grantsville, Maryland and Port St. Lucie, Florida died December 3, 2013. Born March 19, 1921 in Cumberland, Maryland, he was the son of the late Albert Smouse and Mary (Davis) Smouse. Jack was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, Bedford Road, Cumberland, Maryland, the American Legion, the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, and several educational associations. Jack graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1940, from Western Kentucky University, Pennsylvania State University and continued studies at the University of Miami, University of Florida, Florida State University, and Purdue University. He taught high school, vocational, junior college and university levels in Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana and Florida. After his discharge from the United States Navy he came to Jensen Beach Florida in 1945. Jack spent 17 years in the classroom and 20 years in administration, retiring in 1979 from the Martin County Florida School System as assistant superintendent. Community activities involved much of his life: the American Red Cross, in water safety; the Elks lodge in youth activities; and the American Legion in youth and patriotic programs. He was a director of the Union Grove Campground Association. Jack was the last direct descendant of the Smouse family that settled in the Cumberland area in 1791. He gave his birthplace home, buildings and land to Allegany College of Maryland, and to Allegany County a 20-acre bottomland for public use. He moved to Grantsville, Maryland to be near his wife at the Goodwill Mennonite Home. Dorothy (Weaver) Smouse died there on January 6, 2002. He is survived by his second wife, Miriam (Bielau) Smouse of Port St. Lucie, Robert B. Loos of Florida, Cynthia A. Loos (Brian Shanley) of South Carolina, Thomas P. Loos (Nancy) of Virginia, C. William Loos (Betty) of New Jersey, and Elizabeth R. Loos (Frank Rohwer) of North Dakota, plus eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving are two nephews, Anthony Makowski (Elise) of Pennsylvania and Steve Makowski (Clare) of Delaware. A memorial service will be held at Harbor Place, 3700 SE Jennings Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida on Sunday December 8 at 3PM. Internment will be in the Smouse plot in Zion Memorial Cemetery, Bedford Road, Cumberland, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Treasure Coast Hospice (5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981) (225 N. Michigan Ave, FL. 17, Chicago, IL, 60691) Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Published in the TC Palm on Dec. 6, 2013
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