John W. Smith
John W. Smith, a long time resident of Tifton, Georgia, died Sunday, August 18 at Select Specialty Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
John was born August 11, 1941. He was a retired principal of J.T. Reddick School and the Vice Chairman of the Tift County Board of Education. He will lie-in-state Thursday, August 22, 2019 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Allen Temple AME Church, 1908 South Park Ave and Friday, August 23, 2019 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Visitation will be Friday, August 23, 2019 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Allen Temple AME Church.
A funeral will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Tift County High Performing Arts Center in Tifton. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. He will lie-in-state prior to the funeral from 9 a.m.-noon at the Tift County High Performing Arts Center.
Flowers will be received at Allen Temple on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, August 23, 2019 from 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
You may share your memories at litmanfuneralservice.com. Final Arrangements Entrusted to Litman Funeral Service, Douglas, GA 912-384-1822.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SparkIT Computer Camp in memory of John and Jackie Smith
9902 Ashford Green Way Douglasville, GA 30135
Published on August 23, 2019

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Monica R. Kimber
Sep 04, 2019
I am so sorry that I wasn't able to attend the funeral. But, I will never forget the life lessons that you imparted as principal when I attended J.T. Reddick Middle School. I'm sure my late grandmother, Katheryn C. Kimber, who was a librarian at Reddick, and worked with you for many years, welcomed you with open arms, as you entered the gates of heaven. My prayers and condolences are with Kim, Courtney, your family, and former colleagues and students. Continue to rest in peace, until I see you again.
Mike Cannon
Aug 25, 2019
I spent many Saturdays playing golf matches with and against Smitty at Turner golf course in Albany. Wonderful, upbeat person. Great putter. I will miss you my friend!
Mike Cannon
Aug 25, 2019
I spent many Saturday’s playing golf matches against Smitty at Turner golf course in Albany. Wonderful person to be around and a great putter. Gonna miss you Smitty!
Travis Battle
Aug 24, 2019
Kim and Courtney, My sincerest condolences and prayers to thr both of you and your family. May God provide comfort and strength.
Robert Yancy
Aug 23, 2019
As an educator, John Smith was a great positive influence on the lives of numerous young people. As a civic leader, he contributed to the development of our Southside community. Leader, friend, father, husband. He will be missed.
Abigail Howard
Aug 23, 2019
My condolences to the family. Mr. Smith will be truly missed
Pat (tinsley) Garrison
Aug 23, 2019
I remember Mr. Smith from my days of teaching in Tift County (1969-95)
He always had something kind to say and was a gentleman.
Prayers for his family and friends. He will be missed, greatly.
Tracey Welc Kennedy
Aug 23, 2019
Mr. Smith was my principal at JT Reddick and I have many fond memories of him. It always amazed me how he knew every students name and would always speak to you. I saw him about 10 years ago and I was shocked when he saw me and said well hello Mrs. Welch! It had been at least 20 years since he had been my principal. He was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed.
Donald and Blandie Martin
Aug 23, 2019
We send our sympathy and love to the family.
Pastor Pamela McKinnis and Mary K. Johnson
Aug 23, 2019
Our condolences to the family and our prayers are with all of you.
RIP Mr. John Smith