John F. Smith

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January 6, 1934 - October 27, 2020
Born in Springfield, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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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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Guestbook Entries

  1. Dan and JoAnne Blincoe October 28, 2020 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Our sympathies to Sue and John’s family. Such a well respected man and servant of our Lord Jesus.

    Dan and JoAnne Blincoe

    • Diane (Hornback) Fisher October 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      candle 8Mr. Smith always had a smile on his face and a listening ear as my high school guidance counselor. He was instrumental in helping me locate the college I attended in Florida. His kindness was a testimony to his faith!

  2. George Kieffer October 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    John was a special friend from childhood to present. His influence for good and for Christ will long outlive him George Kieffer.

  3. Ann Keller Willingham October 28, 2020 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    John was a good friend and former classmate from Greenwood. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

  4. Dinah Rogers October 28, 2020 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    It was truly a pleasure knowing John. Our hearts are with you, Sue, and with your family as you say goodbye to your dear husband and dad. “Mr. Smith” was a positive influence on our sons Andrew and Tim at Living Word and Christian High, and always had a huge smile of encouragement for us as their parents. Love and prayers to you. Dinah and Terry Rogers

  5. Amy Blackwell October 29, 2020 at 1:03 am - Reply

    candle 2He was such a awesome man he helped me with any issues i had. R.I.P ..

  6. Boschert October 29, 2020 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Sue, Jamie and Holly and your family. While at SCHS John was such a kind and friendly and inspiring man. 🙏🏻
    Dan and Betty Boschert

  7. Dee Worley October 29, 2020 at 8:27 am - Reply

    candle 5I will always remember him for his kindness and love of Jesus. He made everyone that he met feel cared for. A very special man. My sympathy and prayers for the family who will miss him so until that great reunion day. Hugs and love,

  8. Greg Seneff Sr October 29, 2020 at 8:29 am - Reply

    He will be greatly missed. God bless Sue and all his loved ones with comfort and peace.

  9. Stephen Jacob October 29, 2020 at 8:39 am - Reply

    candle 7John was a good friend and mentor at SCHS. Our escapades during football and basketball games brings warm memories.

  10. Tim and Linda Holeman October 29, 2020 at 9:18 am - Reply

    John had a profound effect on our family. When we moved to St. Charles in 1989, John went out of his way to befriend us. He made our daughters’ transitions to school here much easier as he took a personal interest in both of them. He was the reason we joined Mid Rivers Baptist Chapel which helped change the course of our lives. I will never forget our early morning prayer times and basketball – just the two of us – at St. Charles High, as we prayed for each other and our families through some difficult times. I never would had made it in the church choir without John’s strong bass voice right next to me leading me. I always made sure I stood right next to him. I will always treasure our friendship and will miss him greatly.

  11. Lisa Picker October 29, 2020 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Our deepest condolences Sue to you and your sweet family. Earthly loss. Heaven’s gain.

    Mike and Lisa Picker

  12. Simon Hawkins October 29, 2020 at 10:20 am - Reply

    candle 8John was an amazing man, server, prayer warrior, friend and inspiration. He will be so miss. Prayers for Sue and the family from us all.

  13. william wehrle October 29, 2020 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I talked to John each Sunday morning at Church! I used to go to his Sunday School class as well, probably for 5 years.. I think he stopped going to that class when I did. Then we would see each other in the lobby of the Church before I went to Terry’s Sunday School [Bible study!] class. Nice Guy!!! So sorry.

  14. Dave and Nelda Hawkins October 29, 2020 at 11:44 am - Reply

    We are so thankful for the friendship we shared as our sons played baseball on the same teams. Then John and Sue blessed our family by taking Todd to Baylor for a campus visit. The rest is history, He loved it there, met Jill and after 32 years of marriage they have five sons all in their 20’s and are expecting their first granddaughter. Thank you Sue and John…our memories are forever.

  15. Brenda and Dean Egner October 29, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    What do you say about a man like John Smith? He was the epitome of a Christian man who lived his life well and truly loved his fellow man. We were honored to know him and serve the Lord with him at Mid Rivers Baptist Chapel. We don’t believe he ever met anyone who he didn’t love and show interest in. Our prayers are with the family in this difficult time. Heaven is just that much sweeter knowing he is there.

  16. Stephanie Mound October 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    John will be sorely missed. I barely knew him but he left an indelible mark on me. Seeing his humility before the Lord and love for Jesus has stayed with me and has encouraged me to press forward in Christ. To John’s family, I’m so sorry for your temporary separation. I’m sure you can find comfort in knowing what sort of man he is and knowing he will be waiting with open arms when you show up to the party fashionably late. Praying for comfort only Jesus can give. Thank you for sharing John with the WAJ community. He has left eternal footprints on our hearts.

  17. Sheila Lakanen October 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    candle 7So sorry for your loss. John was well loved. He was an amazing man and it was a pleasure to know him when we were at Mid Rivers together. He was definitely a man of God and now heaven is rejoicing at his coming home. He will be missed.

  18. Courtney Redd SCHS Class of 95 October 29, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    My condolences to Mr. Smith’s family. He touched many lives, and was a great counselor. Rest In Peace, Sir.

  19. Dan Rich October 29, 2020 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    John and I met in Kindergarten, in 1939, and became immediate, life-long best friends. His parents, John and Mary were almost my own second parents through those early years. I shall miss him sorely after 81 years of friendship. He cannot be replaced for me.

  20. Dave Brauhn October 29, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    candle 6Inspiring life ! Inspiring last days of life! Inspiring me to do more with mine. Thank you, John, for showing us how to walk with Jesus through life and then, still hand in hand, into death.
    Dave Brauhn

  21. Tricia Bartig October 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    candle 6Sue, you and John always make people feel like family. I loved how Johns eyes would light up when he sees people making them feel
    So special. I’ll always treasure his devotions with nuggets of wisdom he would always cry through. The wisdom, encouragement, and support, and always smiling. That doesn’t even scratch the surface of the influencer he was in grand levels. Prayers to you and the family. Celebrating a great life with you.

  22. Cindy Wynn October 29, 2020 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    candle 3My condolences to John’s family. I was a fellow counselor with John at St. Charles High School and it was a pleasure collaborating with him. He cared about the students and made a difference at the school. Blessings to his family.

  23. Casie Gambrel October 29, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    candle 6Dr Smith was my high school guidance counselor at SCHS. I remember him fondly. He was an extraordinary educator and a wonderful human. Wishing all of his family love and light during this difficult time.

  24. Anne Gillette Woods October 29, 2020 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    My sympathy to the family. I always enjoyed talking to Mr Smith about anything. On many occasions I would run into him at the grocery store and our conversation would pick up where we left off the previous time. Thanks for being such an inspiration and role model.

  25. Regina Walden October 29, 2020 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I never met Dr Smith but you have my sympathy for your loss. I also celebrate his life and home going with you.

  26. Denise Follis October 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    candle 8You will be missed. RIP

    • Joy Culbertson October 30, 2020 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Sue and family You know that you have my heart and my prayers I, too, loved John and am so glad that you two could make such a life and multiple ministries together. Great will be that reward. I love you dearly ❤️

  27. Mike and Michelle Hoffmann October 30, 2020 at 9:46 am - Reply

    candle 7Our sympathies are with you. Mr. Smith was a gentle spirit with such a soft voice. May he rest in God’s glory!

  28. Sandy Chronister October 30, 2020 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    My prayers are with you. Even though he’s in Father God’s loving arms I know you’ll miss him with all your heart. I will ask God to comfort you and help you to feel his presence. With all my love, Sandy (Atwill) Chronister

  29. Tom Leimkuehler November 1, 2020 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Mr. Smith was my high school guidance counselor (SCHS Class of 1990). I always admired and respected him for the man he was, especially for his faith. An amazing man of God.

  30. Kathy Wallace November 1, 2020 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    When words fail, there is God. Sending love and prayers .
    With deepest sympathy,
    Kathy Wallace

  31. Amy Pryor (Bernard) November 1, 2020 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Mr. Smith was such a kind man. He used to be so supportive of me and always had amazing words of encouragement and praise for my singing and writing. It was an honor to have him as a high school guidance counselor and also a friend as an adult. I know he will be fulfilled in the presence of his savior and Lord.

  32. Kay Brittain November 2, 2020 at 11:09 am - Reply

    We first met John when when he was our pastor at Lakeland Baptist Church in Sunrise Beach MO. We remember when Ricky came into their life and what a blessing he was for John. We kept in touch over the years and I am so sorry for your loss. I have many of his recordings dating back to the 60’s and 70’s in MO when he was part of a singing group. He had a great talent for music and touched many lives. We are in Florida for the winter but when we return I would be glad to give his family all my recordings of his that I have.

  33. Jamie Lucas December 16, 2020 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I love you Dad. I will miss you until I hug you again in heaven. You were a wonderful father and I am so very grateful God brought you into my life.

  34. Marlene Dickinson January 21, 2021 at 7:31 am - Reply

    candle 8Sue, I am just now learning this. So very sorry. An already tough season now life-altering for you and your family. May you have peace amidst your grief.

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