John A. Smith was born on May 5, 1957, in Lee County, a son of the late Lawrence and Adell Solomon Smith.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, John was called home to rest from his labor.

Mr. Smith received his education in the public school system of Lee County. He loved his family and embraced every moment with them. John had a humorous personality and always made the people around him laugh. John was a dedicated wrestling fan and loved to dance.

He leaves to cherish his memory: three brothers, Lawrence Smith of Sumter, Robert Smith of Landover, Maryland, and Joe (Janice) Smith of Monroe, North Carolina; four sisters, Naomi Toney of Mayesville, Bessie Commander of Sumter, Daisy Mae (Willie B.) Wells of Fort Pierce, Florida, and Jessie Mae (William) Nedd of Washington, D.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Smith will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at Mt. Pleasant AME Church, 1800 Vista Lane, Lynchburg, SC 29080 with the Rev. Abraham Temoney Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home, 407 Highland Ave., Sumter, SC 29150.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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