Sgt. Jeffrey David Smithson, 49, St. Augustine, died unexpectedly on Dec. 11, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla., during training exercises. He was born in Sikeston, Mo., and had resided in St. Augustine since 1988, moving here from San Jose, Calif. He began his military career with U.S. Marine Corps
1982 and served until being honorably discharged in 1985. He then joined the Army
National Guard, in which he was currently serving. Jeff loved serving his country and family.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Anastasia Baptist Church with Chaplain Jeffery Peppers and CSM Jeffrey Topping, officiating.
A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Celeste Ann Smithson, St. Augustine; daughter, Madeline Ruth Smithson, St. Augustine; sons, Christian David Smithson, Jeremy James Smithson, both of Jacksonville, Colin Thomas Smithson, St. Augustine; parents, Bill and Joan Smithson, Cupertino, Calif.; sisters, Julia DiGialorenzo, San Jose, Calif., Nicole Smithson, Cupertino, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Riley and Lily Smithson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Smithson.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.