Funeral service will be conducted Saturday afternoon for John W.
Smith, patriarch of LynnTownship and life long resident of one Lynn township farm north of Smith school, who
died at Thursday (29
Oct 1953) in
BoehneHospital near Evansville. He would have been 90 years old
on the coming New Year's Day.
The body is at the Short - Niehaus
Funeral Home in Mt.Vernon and will remain there through the
funeral service to be conducted at Saturday in the Short-Niehaus chapel. Burial will be in Bellefontaine
Mr. Smith was a pioneer Posey county stock, the son of Elijah N.
Smith and Marty Ann Patterson Smith, and he embodied in his sterling character
the pioneer virtues of solid honesty and integrity which figured so prominently
in the settling and development of this community.
His grandfather, Allen Smith, in 1850 donated the acres of ground
on which Smith school is located and the early educational institution that has
survived down through the years was named for the donor.
The late deceased was born on the farm on which he spent his
entire life. His birthplace was a short distance north of his late
His health failed in recent years and had deteriorated appreciably
since April. He had been hospitalized for the last 10 weeks.
Surviving are a son, Raymond B. Smith, and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Mentzer, both of Lynn township nine grandchildren and 11
great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Ella Galladay,
Reseda, Calif. The deceased's wife who died in 1951 was before her marriage
Mr. Smith was a long-time member of Arctic lodge, F. & A. M. New Harmony, and of OliveMethodistChurch.