SHERMAN - Jonathan Fred Smith, 48, of Sherman entered into his eternal home on Wednesday morning, Sept. 18, 2014. He died of a heart attack following a long struggle with diabetes. Jonathan was born Jan. 14, 1965, and lived in Sherman all his life, except for a few years when he lived in the Dallas area and in Colorado. Jonathan grew up at First Baptist Church, where he was a member, but after returning from Colorado attended Merriman Hills Baptist Church where his brother-in-law is pastor.|
He attended Crutchfield and Piner schools, and graduated from Sherman High School in 1984, after taking a year off for a life and death battle with cancer. He was a member of the Texas State Guard, and worked at Winn's, Chick-fil-A, Subway and Kinkos. While working at Chick-fil-A, he received the "Second Mile" award and scholarship from that corporation.
Jonathan was preceded in death by his father, Joe Elton Smith; and his grandparents, Joe and Mary Smith and Fred and Lillian Dea.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Joe (Ann) Smith, Sherman; sisters, Mrs. Mike (Glenda) Perry, and Lillian Smith of Sherman, and Mrs. Perry (Stephanie) Switzer, of The Colony; brother, Daniel Smith of Austin; nieces, Jacqueline Reader of Dallas, Alyssa Switzer of The Colony, Virginia, Victoria and Angela Perry of Sherman; and nephews, Will Perry of Fort Worth and Andrew Perry of Sherman; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Will and Andrew Perry, Dan, Billy, Johnny, and Jerry Smith, Perry Switzer and Mark Bryant will serve as pallbearers.
Family visitation will be held 6 -7 p.m. Friday at Dannel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Merriman Hills Baptist Church with pastor Mike Perry officiating. Burial will be at West Hill Cemetery immediately following service.
All arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. Online condolences may be registered at www.dannelfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Sept. 20, 2013