John E. "Johnny" Smith

Born in Nashville, TN on April 1, 1954

Departed on October 22, 2016 and resided in Madison, TN

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John E. “Johnny” Smith, age 62, of Madison, TN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Preceded in death by his father, Donavon Clay Smith and grandson, Macklin Finney.

Johnny is survived by his mother, Joyce McCrary, step-mother, Helen Smith, daughters; Carri (James) Finney and Heather (Brandon) Kelley, sister, Donna (Joe) McCrary, grandchildren; Peyton Finney, Jasper Finney, Jackson Finney, Donavon Presley and Hannah Presley, nephew; Chris (Jo) McCrary, great-nephew; Ben McCrary, and many other extended family and friends.

Johnny was born on April 1, 1954 in Nashville, TN to Donavon Clay Smith and Joyce E. Moore. He worked in maintenance for the State of Tennessee for 20 years. He played football in high school and was a Tennessee Titans fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, cooking, especially BBQ, and playing practical jokes on people. He was known as “paw paw” to his grandchildren, who he enjoyed spending much of his time with. Johnny was a loving son, very proud and outspoken man who loved his family and grandchildren.

A Life Celebration for Johnny will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00PM at Hendersonville Funeral Home, officiated by Mr. Robert Fennell. Visitation will be held on Turesday, October 25th from 2:00PM-8:00PM and on Wednesday from 12:00PM-2:00PM. Interment to be held at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be James Finney, Jimmy Moore, Jr., Jamie Moore, Randy Moore, Jerry Moore, Chris McCrary and Peyton Finney. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jasper Finney, Jackson Finney and Donavon Presley.

5 Comments to John E. "Johnny" Smith

  1. Nina Sullivan
    October 26, 2016 9:39 am

    One of my fun memories of Johnny when he was a little kid. I was babysitting for him and someone in our house had a Halloween mask. Very quickly Johnny made it clear that he did NOT like the mask. I thought at the time it was such fun to reach for the mask and watch Johnny run and hide under a bed. He didn’t scream and cry, just stayed under that bed until the mask disappeared. Bless his heart, he was so cute and he was quick to forgive me. Rest in peace Johnny. I love you. Aunt Nina

  2. jasper finney
    June 22, 2017 11:23 am

    coolest person ever and the person i love him so much

  3. Jackson f
    October 16, 2017 7:57 pm

    My paw paw was a very nice person but every body makes mistakes he did to I make mistakes all the time one of the things that he was good at was being funny i remember one time when me and my mom walked in to the nursing home he said dang Carri did you fart I Laughed so much and he would take me to feed the ducks and one time I spent the night at my grandma’s house he came in the room I was in with a gorilla mask on and scared me so much than I started to laugh he was all was nice to everyone

  4. Joyce McCrary
    June 17, 2018 7:00 pm

    I miss you Johnny

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