J.D. Smart passed away February 21, 2018

J.D. Smart, 95, of Jacksonport departed this life Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He was born October 10, 1922 to Edward Emmett and Cora (Prater) Smart in Jacksonport. Mr. Smart was a member of Jacksonport Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, and was the Sunday School Superintendent. He was a man who put God and his family first. He served in the National Youth Association (NYA). Baseball was his passion and in his early years he played baseball with his son, and later spent countless hours watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play ball at the ball park. He was an avid Cardinal fan his entire life, and enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson; Keith Epperson, one great grandson; Quinn Epperson, one brother, and three sisters.

His survivors are his wife of seventy six years; Ruby Durham Smart of the home, two sons; William Smart, Sr. and wife Pat of Strawberry, and J.W. Smart and wife Glenna of Tuckerman, three daughters; Cora Lou Epperson of Tuckerman, Billie Barber and husband Donald of Union, Kentucky, and Betty Gardner and husband Dale of Newport, one brother in law; Frank Durham of Newport, one sister in law; Betty Pearce of Newport, ten grandchildren; Tammy, Nannette, Becky, Julie, Jeremy, Jason, Jordan, Alan, David, and William, Jr. twenty two great grandchildren, and eleven great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers (pictured)
Jeremy Walker, Jordan Walker, David Barber, Rob Smart, Jason Walker, Alan Barber, William Smart, Jr., and Charlie Epperson.
Honorary Pallbearers were Frank Durham, David Churchman, Jimmy Cooper, Dale Gardner, Raymond Davis, and Jimmy Darling.

Funeral service were held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial was at Coffeyville Cemetery.

Visitation was held 5:30-8:00 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018.