John Swazie Smith

January 26, 1948March 28, 2013

John Smith was born on January 26, 1948 in Wake County, North Carolina and passed away on March 28, 2013 in Merced, California at the age of 65.

John served in the United States Air Force and retired after serving his country for 22 years.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing pool.

He was preceded in death by his birth father, Offie Thomas Todd; stepfather who was a big part of his life and considered as his main father, Lawrence Hoover Wright; and siblings, Thomas Lewis Lyon and Atha Todd.

John leaves behind his wife, Frances Smith; mother, Emma Smith Wright; son, Michael Swazie Smith (Jennifer); daughters, Elishia and Monika Smith; grandsons, Deshun Clay and Bryant Michael Smith; and siblings, Teresa Ann Wright, Doris Michelle Wright Thomas (Willie), Lydon Baines Wright, Thomasene Todd, Teresa Wooten (Thomas), Joseph Todd, Michael Todd, Aldonio Brown, Jesse Wayne Todd (Bertha) and Bernice O’Neal (Tommie).

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 3:00pm-7:00pm at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA with services to be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:00am. Interment will follow services at 1:30pm at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Rd, Gustine, CA.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013

John Swazie Smith

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Ann Carthern

April 25, 2013

John,may your rest be in peace.Pray up for the family. Classmate 1966.
Ann Ellis Carthern RN. Upper Marlboro, MD.

Sidney Morgan

April 19, 2013

To the Family of John Swazie Smith. Grief can be hard,but our special memories help us cope. Remebering you and your loved one today and always. Sidney Morgan,class of 1966. James E,Shepard High School.

Nancy High

April 10, 2013

Francis & Mrs Doris Wright Sorry to hear about you son and Husband. God will there when you need him to be Just keep the faith and things will be ok.
Nancy High and the rest of the family

Carolyn Heath-Glover

April 10, 2013

Sorry for your loss. God will see you through.

Caroline and Joe Avila

April 10, 2013

God bless you Francis, I am praying for you. I'll see you tomorrow.

Judi Stevenson

April 9, 2013

My heart goes out to you Frances.. May the angels surround you with their wings and comfort you..

Adrienne Smith

April 9, 2013

Mr. Smith was one special kind of man, he will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers to Francis and the entire family

April 9, 2013

Frances, I am so sorry to hear about John. What a sweet and kind man. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Mike and Rose Kelly

Brenda & Pauline Todd

April 9, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

April 9, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.