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John Edward Smith, born on Feb. 22, 1954, in Columbus, Miss., departed from us on Thursday, March 25, 2010.
John left behind his wife Bobbie Smith, of Alamogordo; six sons, Jamar Smith, of Sacramento, Calif., John (Jr.) Smith, James Smith, Jason Smith, Joseph Smith and J'on (Sean) Smith, all of Hooper, Calif.; two daughters, Jasmine Smith of Hooper, and Shayla Smith, of Lexington, Ky.; one stepson, Robert Andrews, of Alamogordo; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Howard Smith, of Columbus, Dennis Smith, of Chesapeake, Va., and Kenneth Smith, of San Jose, Calif.; sister Joanne Smith, of Columbus; and multiple nieces, nephews and many friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice and John Arthur Smith; his grandparents, George and Hazel Stovall; sister Faye Smith, and daughters Lisa Smith and Sarah Smith.
John was raised in St. Louis, Mo., by his maternal grandparents. John served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1974.
John was a bit of an entrepreneur, establishing and running several different businesses in his life. He met his wife, Bobbie, on July 18, 2002, and they married on July 18, 2004. John moved to New Mexico in 2006 when his brother made a permanent change of station to Holloman Air Force Base.
He met Jesse Bertrand in 2007 and they became business partners, establishing the Arts and Entertainment Festival of Alamogordo. John had a desire to create a forum where local artists could showcase their talents.
John was well known at 1-800flowers.com, where he worked for more than two years. He was also a member of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce.
John was a very spiritual and caring man who would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Leroy Copeland officiating.
The family will greet friends from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home before the service. A reception will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Otero County, 201 Dale Scott Ave., after the service.
The Smith family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2010
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