John Macon Smith, a.k.a., Johnny, Daddy, PaPaw, or Poppa John as called by the many who knew and loved him, passed on 15 August, 2021 at 71 years of age. A devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather, John was best known for his steady and constant demeanor, always willing to help people. After 11 years in the US Army and several jobs as a mechanic, John transformed his father-in-law?s business, Barnard E.M.C. Inc. into a specialized natural gas hot tap and stop-off company, highly respected in the southeast. This career allowed him to do his favorite thing: working with his hands. Friends and family could always find him tinkering with something: cars, trucks, shrimp boat, construction equipment, restoring antiques, or making repairs around the house. There wasn?t much John couldn?t fix or make better, be it an old wooden cabinet, messed up appliance, or a child?s broken toy. In addition to tinkering and antiques, he enjoyed auctions, ?junking?, listening to Blues, and traveling to see many parts of the world. John left this world surrounded by the family he provided so much love and support to in this life. He is survived by his wife and favorite traveling and junking partner of 45 years, Paulla (Barnard) Smith of Knoxville, TN; their children James ?Jim? (Jessica) Smith of White Pine, TN and Erica (Paul) Gunnison of Fort Bliss, TX; four grandchildren Michael, Elizabeth, Tucker, and Everly Rei; his sister Jenny Highfill of Summerfield, NC; his brothers L.C. ?Sonny? (Grace) Smith and Charles ?C.W.? (Beth) Smith; special junking friend, and special traveling buddies. John was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Verna Smith and sister Valistia Fields of Level Cross, NC. The family will have a private celebration of life, there will be a gathering of friends on August 28, 2021 at Farrar Funeral Home, White Pine between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm and requests donations to Thompson Cancer Survival Center of Knoxville, TN or Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN in lieu of flowers. Farrar Funeral Home in White Pine is in charge of the arrangements
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