John "Jack" E. Smith Jr.

August 7, 1924 - July 30, 2017
Born in Galesville, MD
Resided in Galesville, MD
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John Edward Smith Jr.(Jack) passed away on July 30, 2017 at home surrounded by family.
He was born in Galesville on August 7, 1924 to J. Edward and Jessie Dubel Smith and attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy as a high school student where he graduated with honors in 1941. He took classes at Western Maryland College (Now McDaniel) until enlisting in the Navy during WW II. He served in the Aleutian Islands in Aviation Ordinance from 1943 until 1946 and then returned to Western Maryland College on the GI bill where he received a B.A. in math and physics. After teaching high school math and science in Baltimore County from 1950-1952, he worked for Thomas Lumber Company, which later became Smith Building Supply, as a sales manager and estimator. He owned and operated Smith Country Store, in Galesville from 1961 to 1967. Finally, he returned to the lumber and hardware business as manager of the newly named Smith Building Supply in Churchton, owned by his uncles from Smith Brothers Pile Driving Company. He ran a very successful business for more than 33 years before retiring and closing the business in 2001.
He married Marie Murphy from Baltimore in 1949 and they worked together as a team and celebrated 53 years of marriage until her death in 2002. He later remarried to Barbara Gibbons and shared 9 happy years of family outings and road trips until her death.
He was heavily involved with community service organizations receiving the Jaycees Young Man of the Year in 1958 and the Lions Club, Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1994. He was awarded the Sam Carr Outstanding Award from the South River Raritan Club and most recently received the Marjorie Murray Bridgman Award from the AA County Trust for Preservation. He received many other awards and volunteered for many organizations including, Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge, West River Improvement Association, Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Galesville Heritage Society.
He was known throughout south county for his wit, jokes, winks at the ladies, his gentlemanly ways and mostly for his abundant generosity and service to community.
He is preceded in his death by his first wife Marie, his sister Beverly, second wife Barbara, and son John E. Smith III. He is survived by his daughter Susie, son in law Don, daughter in law Connie, 3 grandsons, 2 great grandchildren, brother Michael Smith and good friend Bill Gibbons.
Visitation will be at Hardesty Funeral Home 905 Galesville Road Galesville, MD on Monday August 7, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. The funeral service will be at Christ Church 220 Owensville Rd, West River, MD 20778 on Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 11am. Interment will be at Quaker Burial grounds in Galesville.
Many thanks to the extraordinary services from Hospice of the Chesapeake.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Galesville Heritage Society PO Box 373 Galesville, MD 20765 or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy Pasadena, MD 21122.





Hardesty Funeral Home-Galesville
905 Galesville Road
Galesville, MD US 20765
Monday, August 7, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, August 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Christ Episcopal Church
220 Owensville Road
West River, MD US 20778
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
11:00 AM
Quaker Burying Grounds
Galesville Rd.
Galesville, MD United States 20765
Tuesday, August 8, 2017