John Henry Smith (98) of Newton

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Published on November 1 2013 8:37 pm

John Henry Smith, 98, of Newton, Illinois died at 8 a.m. Friday, November 1, 2013 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, November 4 at 3 p.m. at the Falmouth Christian Chapel in Falmouth with John Blackmore officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Chapel  Cemetery with full military rites by the Jasper County American Legion Post #20. Memorials may be made to the Jasper County American Legion Post #20 Christmas Fund. Arrangements are under the care of Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

John was born August 20, 1915 in Ingraham, the son of Otto and Clara (Nix) Smith. He married Mittie May Brothers February 1946 in Charleston. As a member of the United States Army, John served with distinction during World War II. His military career included time as a prisoner of war and the receipt of multiple military awards. John lived life to its fullest enjoying each day and grasping each opportunity he was given. Over the years he worked as a trucker, in the oilfields and as a farmer. He was known by many as the owner of S&S Auto. John enjoyed singing, playing guitars and loved animals. He lolved his family and welcomed everyone into his home. Everyone that met him has a "John Story" to share. John was a member of the VFW, Jasper County American Legion Post #20, Newton Masonic Lodge #216, a Shriner and a member of the Falmouth Christian Chapel.

He is survived by great-grandchildren, Robyn Brown, Doris Feltham, Tim Blackmore, John Blackmore and Lynda  Vaughn; many great-great-grandchildrem and six great-great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Terry Brothers, Vickie Fuson, Bonnie Sparks, Linda Lingafelter, Kenny Smith, Paulette Ebling, Chrissy Smith Park, Judy Burnell, Mike Smith, Jeanne Wagner and Brad Smith and long-time caregivers, Marvin and Delores Blackmore.