Jackie Lee Smith
November 22, 1935 – August 1, 2019
Jackie L. Smith, Sr., 83 of Terre Haute passed away at Union Hospital August 1, 2019. He was born November 22, 1935 in Terre Haute to Robert Smith and Mabel (Campbell) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Marge Butland, James Smith, Billy Smith, Robert Smith, Mary Coombs, Larry Smith, Dorothy Chapelle and Richard Smith. Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Charlotte (Thomas) Smith; 4 sons Jackie Smith, Jr (Tammy), Campbell Hill, IL, Bob Smith (Lori), Brazil, IN, Tom Smith (Cathy), Rosedale, IN and Steve Smith (Dawn), Murray, KY; his grandchildren Brandon Smith (Katie), Bryce Smith (Jamie), Brittany Emrick (Caleb), Walker Smith, Carson Smith, Jackie Smith, III (Katie), Jesse Smith (Sierra), Ainsley Smith and Brooklyn Smith; great-grandchildren Charlotte, Oscar, Benjamin, Jackie lV, Ady and Joseph.
Jack married Charlotte Thomas on July 17, 1955. He was a devoted husband and father to his children. An avid sports enthusiast he was a teacher of the game and life. He always said that you may never be the best at what you do, but try your best to be your best! He was an outstanding athlete and a proud member of the Gerstmeyer Black Cats from 1951-1954 where he and his teammates played in 2 State High School Basketball Finals, finishing 2nd in 1953 and losing to Milan H.S. in 1954. Jack was also an outstanding baseball player as well.
Jack was a volunteer coach at the 16th and Chase Little League where many players benefited from his knowledge and teaching of the game. He also coached for 46 years at the T.H. Boys Club where he received numerous awards for his service. If you look at the number of boys whose lives were enriched by his coaching it is truly amazing.
He worked at Visqueen Corp., Anaconda Aluminum and for the Vigo County School Corporation. A true handyman, he could fix anything and many times did it just to help someone for a simple thank you. Visitation will be Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services to follow at 4:00 PM in the funeral home with Rev. Steve Moore officiating. Jack will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at: www.roselawnfuneralhome.net
- Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, August 4, 2019
Jackie Lee Smith
August 4, 2019
RIP to one of the giants of Terre Haute sports as a player, a volunteer coach and a dad. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlotte and the boys and their families.
August 2, 2019
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Smith family during this difficult time. As we all know, Jack was one of GOD’s finest creations and will be missed by all. Thank you Jack for your commitment to the youth of the Wabash Valley.