December 5, 1930 ~ April 9, 2019

Born in: Manchester, KY
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

John A. Smith, 88, of Indianapolis, passed away on April 9, 2019.  He was born on December 5, 1930 in Manchester, KY to the late Marcum and Ida Smith.  John graduated from Manchester High School.  He married the love of his life, Anna Chadwell on July 20, 1951 in KY.  They later moved to Indianapolis for his job at a fork lift operator for RCA.  After getting laid off, John decided to become a police officer, where he worked for the Indianapolis Police Department for 24 years, retiring in 1984.

He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above; and 2 grandchildren, Jayson Allen Campton and Britney Nicole Smith.

John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anna Smith; children, Gail Williams, Joan Y. Campton, Terry A. Smith, Eddie L. Smith, David M. Smith, and John W. Smith; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with 2 on the way.

Services will be at 12pm on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 N. Shadeland Avenue, with visitation starting at 11am until the start of the service.  Entombment to follow at Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.


Visitation: April 15, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Funeral Service: April 15, 2019 12:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. You will be missed dearly.
    Thank you Dad for a wonderful life.
    Some of thing you did, I didn’t agree with. I love you I will never forget you.

  2. I may not be married to you son anymore, but it is still hard to know that you have passed on.
    May you rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

  3. John.A Smith you were the last Uncle i had left on Dad and Moms side you served as a polise officer Dad served during world war 11. Your generation was truly the greatest generation i hadn’t saw you in awhile but i often thought of you .I know there are alot of Loved ones rejoicing in Heaven . Until we see each other again on the other side.R.I.P Sincerly your nephew Bobby

  4. For many of our fellows, with such losses as Sarge’s, there is a pleasure to be had by being able to remember someone not presently closely involved with us. It has been since or possibly before 1984 I had a chance to cross paths with him.

    Being in Detectives and interacting with the jail personnel regularly over my 13 years in that assignment, I came to know many of the jail staffers. I have fond memories of Sgts. Averitte Corley and John Smith during my Day and Middle shift duty hours. For more than just the family, where they both were in many lives there now is a bigger void as they have stepped away from their presence in this earthly life.

    For John A. Smith, I offer the following prayer in his behalf: Eternal rest, grant unto John A. Smith, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    The Æ Group remains thankful for the contributions and many years John A. Smith shared during his tenure of service with the Indianapolis Police Department, as a honorable police officer, from 1961 – 1984, which benefited those who served with and after him.

    ~ At Such Times Of Death We Are Forced To Remember That People Are Only Guests In Life’s Stories ~

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