John Frederick Smith passed away October 27, 2020, at home in St. Charles, MO. He was 86.
Dr. Smith was born in Springfield, MO, and graduated from Greenwood High School. After serving in the US Army for two years, he graduated from Baylor University and then earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri. Dr. Smith was a pastor, a counselor, and an educator. He spent 26 years as Director of Guidance at St. Charles High School, where he also sponsored the state’s largest Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.
After retiring from St. Charles High, he was the administrator of Living Word Christian School District and the principal of Christian High School. During his tenure, the school district enrollment grew from 230 to 700, and the high school enrollment grew from 50 to 321. He was instrumental in acquiring the land for Christian High School and in building that building.
Dr. Smith served as member, secretary, and president of the St. Charles School District Board of Education. For three years, he was also president of the board of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA).
He was a strong believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and was well known for talking with people he met about his faith and the importance of knowing Jesus. He attended Ridgecrest Baptist Church, and for 25 years led the gospel singing group One Accord. With his wife Sue, in 2000 Dr. Smith founded Write About Jesus, an organization dedicated to equipping and inspiring Christian songwriters.
He was preceded in death by his parents John H. and Mary Alice Smith, and his son John Frederick (Rick) Smith II. He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Jamie Lucas and her husband Kendall; his daughter Holly Zabka Ward and her husband Bryan; his daughter-in-law Cindy Smith; his grandchildren Lauren and Mark Apel, Alexandra and Garrett Radford, Jacob, Houston, and Violet Zabka, Hudson Smith, and Ayana Ward. He was also greatly loved by many nieces and nephews and by countless students and friends he had encouraged during his life.
A memorial service will be held for Dr. Smith at a later date.
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