John Tig Smith, 79, of Mattoon, IL, formerly of Humboldt, IL passed away at 2:22 AM on Friday, October 6, 2023 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Private services will be held at a later date. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
John was born on February 10, 1944 in Gary, IN. He was the son of Eldo Bryan and Beulah (Demis) Smith. He married Carol Ann Jones on February 20, 1966 in Mattoon, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Smith of Mattoon, IL, three sons, Jon Smith and his wife Stacy of Humboldt, IL, Doug Smith and his wife Jodi of Villa Grove, IL and Andy Smith and his wife Katrina of Mattoon, IL, six grandchildren, Alec Smtih and his wife Macy of Mattoon, IL, Lauryn Smith of Humboldt, IL, Regan Smith of Villa Grove, IL, Blake Smith of Villa Grove, IL, Ryker Smith of Mattoon, IL and Keely Smith of Mattoon, IL, and his first great grandchild due in January.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gerald Smith and Bryan Smith, one sister, Barb Carnahan and an infant grandson, Kalel Smith.
Having served as an Army veteran during the Vietnam War, John displayed great courage and dedication to his country. His military service was a testament to his bravery and sense of duty.
Throughout his career, John was employed at General Electric in Mattoon for nearly four decades. His commitment and passion for his work were evident in everything he did. Following his retirement, John continued to contribute his expertise and friendly nature by joining the Chesterville Antique Mall/Paul and Judy's team.
Outside of work and military service, John had several hobbies and interests which brought him much happiness. As an avid car enthusiast and his passion for drag racing since childhood, he found pleasure in Hot Rods and attending drag races as often as he could. Attending car shows, the Friday night cruise nights, and spending time with his special friends, Dave and Darlene McFarland were among his favorite pastimes.
John was known for his immense love for animals, particularly his pet dogs Maggie Mae and Bella. He showered them with affection and considered them as part of his family. Their presence brought him immense joy and comfort throughout the years.
In addition to his passion for cars, John had a love for guns and working on automobiles. He possessed a remarkable skill set which he eagerly shared with those around him. However, above all else, spending time with his grandchildren brought him exceptional delight. He took great pride in following their sports endeavors and extracurricular activities.
John's involvement in various organizations highlighted his desire to actively contribute to the community. He was a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) as well as a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter.