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John Edward Smith Jr. / February 01, 2018

John Edward (Jack) Smith Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Clarksville after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Chase City, the son of John Edward Smith and Nancy Dodd Smith, graduated from Bluestone High School, attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated from the University of Richmond. He spent his entire professional career in the rural electrification program, starting as a loan analyst with the Rural Electrification Administration in Washington, DC. He became an operations field representative in North Carolina and then returned to Washington and joined the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as a management consultant. He briefly owned his own consulting firm, Smith and Associates, and later served as assistant manager of Chugach Electric Cooperative in Anchorage, Alaska.

He returned to Richmond in 1984 and continued to do management consulting with the NRECA before moving to Clarksville in 2001. During his years in Northern Virginia Jack was active in the Braddock Road Youth Club where he coached and refereed girls’ soccer. He was a lifetime Redskins fan, Hokie fan and an avid golfer. He was always an ardent supporter of his hometown of Chase City, where he was a past board member of MacCallum More Museum and Gardens and the Mecklenburg Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Reynolds Smith, sons, John Edward Smith III of Jackson Wy., Charles Reynolds Smith and wife, Katherine of Richmond, granddaughters, Anne Gregory Smith, Nora Hollins Smith, and Paige Reynolds Smith, all of Richmond; brother, Anderson Dodd Smith and wife, Glenna of Atlanta GA; sister, Nancy Smith Owens and husband Ralph of Hedgesville W.Va.; five nieces and several great nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Judith Gregory Smith.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 27 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MacCallum More Gardens, 603 Hudgins Street Chase City, VA 23924, or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 338 East 4th Street Chase City, VA 23924.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Wood Funeral Service, is serving the family.

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