Born 10 March 1921
Died 23 January 1945
Son of Quinnie (Trent) Lawson and Stepson of Rufus Lawson.
Husband of Jewell Vaughn Smith and father of Verla and Grant Dwayne Smith
28th Infantry Division, Company I
The Kingsport Times, 26 May 1948
Dale Street Vet´s funeral scheduled. Funeral services for PFC John R. Smith, 953 Dale Street, will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the home with the Rev. Alfred Greene and the Rev. Dillard Greene in charge. Burial will be in McKinney´s Chapel near Rogersville, where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion. PFC Smith was killed in action at the age of 23 on January 23, 1945, in France. He was employed at HOW, living in Kingsport about a year. He was born in Hancock County and was a member of New Hope Church there. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Jewell Vaughn Smith; two children, Verla and Grant Dwayne Smith; his mother, Mrs. Quinnie Lawson of Hawkins County; a sister, Mrs. Rosavie Drinnon; and the following half-brothers and half-sisters, Delmar Lawson, Miss Anna Lee Wolfe of Mooresburg and Miss Trula Lawson of Hawkins County.