John Locke Smith Jr., 80 years of age, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away on April 5, 2017 In Phoenix, AZ. He was 2nd born out of 6 children. John was born to John Locke Smith Sr. & Myrtice Allen Smith on March 2nd, 1937. He grew up in Tallahassee with his 2 sisters and 2 brothers. He loved to play practical jokes on siblings and friends. John began working at 12 years of age, roofing with his Daddy.
He married Joanne C. Sundberg July 22, 1966, in Long Beach, CA. He entered the military at the age of 17, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the US Navy until he retired after 22 years. He worked as a long-haul truck driver with North American Van Lines for 34 years.
John enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on his Ford pickup, reading books, solving crossword puzzles, and spending time with the grandchildren, and teaching them to fish. John was known for his generous nature (especially to his family); he never turned down help to another in need, if he could help it. He also had a crazy sense of humor, taking delight in shocking his friends and family with something unexpected, or a great punchline to a joke.
John is preceded in death by his mother, his father, his sister Marjorie, and his brother Claude.
John is survived by his wife Joanne, daughter Cami E. Ereth, son-in-law Mark S. Ereth, son Daniel Q. Smith and daughter-in-law Hope Smith, his sister Birdie May (Smith) Thompson), brother Calvin Smith, sister Jacquie (Smith) Sink, grand-daughters Arianne E. Kilgore and Marjorie E. Ereth-Ruiz and grandson-in-law Juan C. Ruiz, grandsons John Locke Ereth and Joel N. Ereth, , and great-grand-daughters Keira L. Kilgore-Ginnetti, and Alice E. Ruiz, grandson-in-law Brian and great-grandchildren Tanya, Bryant, Silas & Jeremiah.
Funeral Services will be held 1:00pm, Friday, April 28, 2017, at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, with Pastor Steve Gilbertson, of Church at the Chip, officiating.
Family will gather at Mark & Cami’s home immediately following services, 9422 N 70th Ave, Peoria, 85345
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Hospice of the Valley, for guidance and aid during this most difficult time.