John David Smith, 83, longtime resident of Barren County, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. A native of Barren County, he was the son of the late Benjamin Ray and Grace Word Smith. A lifelong fisherman and sportsman, John David spent the majority of his working years as a building contractor. He served with the U. S. Navy at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. He was a member of Temple Hill Baptist Church and the Allen Lodge No. 24 F. & A. M.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Nell Smith who resides in Northpoint Nursing Home in Lexington; two daughters, Betty Gunnels of Nicholasville and Peggy Williams and husband, Neal, of White House, Tenn.; one step-daughter, Sandra Wilson and husband, Doug, of Lexington; grandchildren, Chuck and Kim Gunnels of Lawrenceburg, Melissa and John Stephanski of Bowling Green, Angela and John Black of Nicholasville, and Tiffany Williams of Bowling Green; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Kayla Gunnels, Morgan, Jacob and Jordan Black, Chandler, Cadan and Bradan Stephanski; three sisters, Marie Jenkins of Indianapolis, Ind., Mary Ann, and husband , B.S., Bunch and Joyce and husband, Junior, Coulter all of Glasgow; two brothers, Robert and wife, Etta Mae, Smith of Indianapolis, Lennie and wife, Dicie, Smith of Minier, Ill.,; three sisters-in-law, Betty Jo Smith of Indianapolis, Idelle Poynter of Glasgow and Dorene Thomas of Louisville; two brothers-in-law, J. T. and wife, Nan, Light and D. L. and wife, Janette, Light all of Glasgow; several nieces and nephews.