John Michael Smith Jr.

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John Michael Smith Jr., 86, of Wilkes-Barre, went home to the Lord on Saturday afternoon, May 12, 2018. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late John Michael Sr. and Mary Walton Smith.

Jack attended James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict and worked in the local dress factories.

He was a very loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and touched the lives of all who knew him. He was the best handyman there was, also spending his free time painting for local people and even The Lion on the Brewery in Wilkes-Barre.

His true passion was as a musician, in which he had performed at a variety of establishments with numerous musical stars such as Marvin Rainwater, Tex Ritter and Lefty Frizzell, to name a few. He performed regularly on the Purvin Dairy Show on WBRE in the 1960s. In addition, he had won various music awards from the NEPA Country & Western Bluegrass Association, including, but not limited to, Best Duet, Best Male Singer and Best Performer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, the former Barbara Glycenfer; sons, John Smith and his wife, Dee, Smithville; and David Smith and his wife, Carron, Miners Mills; daughters, Karen Luce, Mary Thiemann and Barbra Cole, all of Wilkes-Barre; Cindi Stoodley and her husband, Chris, Shickshinny; and Joyce Lalla, Plains Twp.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Michael Smith, Miners Mills.

Thank you to all the family and friends for their thoughts and prayers, and to the doctors and hospice who helped him.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Twp.

In honor of Jack, memorial donations may be made to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Main Street
Plains, PA 18705
(570) 823-1358
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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 15, 2018
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