John Reginald Smith, 71, of Hoges Chapel, Pembroke, departed this life Thursday morning, February 19, 2015 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke. Born in Hoges Store on February 1, 1944 he was a son of the late Morrell John David Smith and Lillian Gertrude Williams Smith. “John R” was a retired miner from National Gypsum Co. at Goldbond, was a veteran of the U S Navy, and a member of Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church in Hoges Chapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Bob Smith and Donnie Ray Smith, a special uncle, John Calvin Smith and a host of other beloved relatives.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 45 years Malinda Jane Holdren Smith; his son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Crystal Smith of Hoges Chapel; his daughter and son-in-law Tonja Smith-Doyle and Steven Doyle of Blacksburg; his grandchildren Caleb Smith, Alexander and Lillian Doyle; his brother-in-law Fred Holdren and his wife Della of Roanoke; his niece and her husband Malinda and John Beamer of Hillsville; and his special dog and buddy, Sam.
Memorial services will be conducted Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4 until 6 pm before the services. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church, 162 Lebanon Road, Pembroke, VA 24136. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.