John William Smith
October 11, 1939  -  September 22, 2018

John William Smith

John William Smith, 78 of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018. A graveside service is scheduled for 10 o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

John was born on October 11, 1939 in Dalhart, TX to William S. "Red" Smith and Mary Ellen "Babe" Switzer Smith. He had most of his schooling at Middlewater, TX and graduated from Dalhart High School in 1956 at the age of 16. At the age of 10 years old, he assisted in the capture of an outlaw at Middlewater, TX and was made an honorary law officer for life. He moved to Dumas, TX in 1960's and worked for Carbon Black plant; helped build American Beef Packing House; and retired from there many years later. John loved sports, especially golf and football. He also enjoyed hunting.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, parents and a brother, Zeno Smith.

John is survived by his daughter; Tracy Edwards and husband Stephen of Burleson, TX; granddaughter: Kristen Ewers and husband Aaron of Orange, TX; great grandchildren: Zoe, Zeno and Ace of Orange, TX; brother: George Smith and wife Mary Ann of Alliance, NE; sister: Bertha Gustin of Graham, TX and nieces, nephews and cousins. Step son Bob Christian and wife Teresa of Channing, TX and their families.

A special thanks to Bob and Teresa for all the care that they gave John while we were so far away.


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  1. Donnie Shaw
    Liberal, KS

    John will truly be missed. He set the bar high but had faith in all his people. An outstanding example to all.

  2. Glenna Whitley
    Dumas, TX

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please call me before you leave town. 930-3403. Love you! Glenna

  3. Lowe Family
    , TX

    In this difficult time may you find a measure of comfort from the love and support of family and friends and from the loving words from our Heavenly Father found at 1 Peter 5:6,7.
    The Lowe Family

  4. J. Frank & Melody Davis
    Channing, TX

    Bless family & friends

  5. Sharon Switzer Barrow
    Dalhart, TX

    John is my cousin. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends, but I know hes happy with Uncle Red and Aunt Babe and the rest of his family. Enjoy Love you John

  6. Rose Dean
    Dumas, TX

    We are very sorry for your loss. John was a kind and generous man. I worked with him many years.
    Allen and Rose Dean

  7. Doyle Childers
    Konawa, OK

    John was a good man and good brother in law. We shared many good times and laughs. He is home with his wife now resting in peace


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