Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ SAMUEL J. SMITH
Samuel Jesse SMITH was born at Barnard, Missouri on August 17, 1896, to John William and Olive Jane COLE SMITH, and
passed away May 21, 1990 at Blockton, Iowa.
He was married January 20, 1918 to Bertha JENNINGS at Maryville, Missouri.
To this union three children were born: Maxine KEAN of West Des Moines, Iowa, Gayle HILT of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and
Paul J. SMITH of Blockton. Bertha passed away June 22, 1987.
Samuel lived in the Blockton area since 1912 and
graduated from Blockton High School in 1915 with the first class to graduate in the new brick building. After
graduation he attended Highland park College in Des Moines, Iowa.
He returned to the Blockton area in 1917
and began farming southeast of Blockton.
He retired from farming and moved into Blockton in 1975.
On January 14,
1988, he married Flora JENNINGS HARRISON of Albany, Missouri.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Flora;
his three children; one sister, Mabel FINK of Creston, Iowa; two granchildren, Marcia ALLEN of Red Oak, Iowa and
Kenneth J. SMITH of Blockton; and five great-grandchildren.
He also leaves six stepchildren: Myrlene BROWN of
Albany, Missouri, Dean SHOWEN of Stanberry, Missouri, Audra CRAVEN of Liberty, Missouri, Gordon SHOWEN of Running Springs,
California, Leeta ICKES of Independence, Missouri, and Paul SHOWEN of Lenexa, Kansas; 17 step-grandchildren and
Sam accepted Christ as his Saviour at an early age and has been faithful in church
attendence throughout his life.
Funeral services were held May 24, 1990, from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home
in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Pastor Ralph PIERCE and Pastor Scott MARCUM. Music was provided by the Dean SHOWEN
Casketbearers were Dan NALLY, Earl DRAKE, Scott MILLER, Bill FARRENS, Richard MELVEN and Eldon Stroberg.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012
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