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John Phillip Smith
and Donna Snell

John Phillip Smith
John Philip Smith b John Phillip Smith b 13 Aug 1924 Hindman, KY d Friday 8 Apr 2016 Jackson, KY; buried Jackson Cemetery, Jackson, KY; s/o Hilliard Hagan Smith and Leo Dicey Francis. John Phillip Smith m. 1946 to Barbara Ann Hogg. John Phillip Smith m. Donna Snell b 4 Oct 1929 Cleveland OH d 16 Jun 2008 Lexington, KY; d/o Chester A Snell and Edith Unknown. Children of John Phillip Smith and Donna Snell;

1. Hillard Hagan Hill Smith III

2. Leonard Len Smith

3. Lester Smith (deceased)


Donna Snell
and Paul Davison

Donna Snell b 4 Oct 1929 Cleveland OH d 16 Jun 2008 Lexington, KY; d/o Chester A Snell and Edith Unknown. Donna Snell m. (1) Paul Davison. Children of Paul Davison and Donna Snell;

1. Tom Davison

2. Deborah Sue Debbie Davison b 5 Jan 1952 PA d 30 Aug 2017; m. Phillip Sheffel. Children of Phillip Sheffel and Deborah Sue Debbie Davison; i. P. J. Sheffel; m. Mandi Unknown ii. Kristy Sheffel; m. Male Deep


Obituary of Deborah Sue Davison Sheffel

Deborah Sue Davison Sheffel
Deborah (Davison) Sheffel, age 65, of Jackson, KY passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.–She was born January 5, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA.–She was reared in Cleveland, OH, but moved to Jackson in 1969. She attended Lees College where she met her husband Phillip of 45 years. She was a former employee of Falcon Coal Company and First National Bank of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her mother and step father: Donna (Snell) Smith and J.Phil Smith.

She is survived by her husband: Phillip Sheffel of Jackson, KY. One daughter: Kristy Deep of Lexington, KY One son: P.J. (Mandi) Sheffel of Jackson, KY. Her father: Paul Davison of MS. Three brothers: Tom Davison of Jackson, KY Len Smith of Lexington, KY, Hill Smith of Jackson, KY Three beloved grandchildren. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sheffel Family Farm, 1803 Little Creek Road, in Little, KY. All friends and family are welcome to attend. Deaton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice.


Obituary of Dr. Donna Snell Smith

Dr. Donna S. Smith of Jackson, KY, wife of Mr. J. Phil Smith, passed away Monday, June 16, 2008 in Lexington, KY of a brief illness. She was born on October 4, 1929 in Cleveland, OH to the late Chester A. and Edith Snell.


Obituary of John Phillip Smith

J. Phil Smith, age 91, of Jackson, KY passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Jackson. He was born August 13, 1924 in Hindman, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents: Hillard Hagan and Leodicie (Francis) Smith. At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of Jackson. He was a US Army Veteran and retired President and CEO of The First National Bank of Jackson, KY. He was also preceded in death by his wife: Dr. Donna Snell Smith. Son: Lester Smith. Six sisters: Dale Turpin, Carol Codell, Andre Denman, Miriam Kincheloe, Sally Handyside and Lois Albin. One brother: Hillard Hagan Smith, II.

He is survived by one daughter: Debbie Sheffel of Jackson, KY. Three sons: Hillard Hagan Smith, III of Jackson, KY. Leonard Smith of Lexington, KY and Tom Davison of Jackson, KY. Four grandchildren: John Lester Smith, Barbara Rhea Allen, Kristy Deep and P.J. Sheffel. Eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church, 1022 College Avenue, Jackson, KY with Rev. Arthur Ashcraft and Rev. Bruce Hiner officiating. Interment in the Jackson Cemetery, Jackson, KY. Visitation will begin on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M. at Deaton Funeral Home, 15 Deaton Lane, Jackson, KY. Active pallbearers: Directors of First National Bank. Honorary Pallbearers: Officers, Employees, and Former Employees of First National Bank. Deaton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation Monday 8:00 am Noon at Deaton Funeral Home.

JACKSON J. Phil Smith. As described in Proverbs 24:5, "A wise man is strong, yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength," J. Phil Smith, a man whose knowledge in many fields grew throughout his storied lifetime, was a pillar of strength in his state and community and was a beloved member of his family, church and wide circle of friends. Mr. Smith, age 91, widower of Dr. Donna Snell Smith, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at his home after a short illness. He was the son of the late Hilliard Hagan and Leodicie Smith. He was the tenth child and nine predeceased him. He was born in Hindman, Kentucky, attended Hindman Settlement School and graduated from Hindman High School. He attended the University of Kentucky and, after two years in the army, he graduated from Morehead State University.

Immediately following his graduation, he came to Jackson in 1948 at the age of 23 and became the CEO of The First National Bank of Jackson and soon assumed the presidency at the bank, positions he held until he semi-retired on August 13, 2004. In his semi-retirement, he remained Chairman of the Board until his death. He was a member of the Kentucky Bankers Association's Fifty-Year Club and was also a 60 year member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Hindman in Hindman, Kentucky.

During their marriage, Donna and Phil enjoyed traveling extensively overseas with England as their favorite as both were of English dissent. Mr. Smith is survived by one daughter, Debbie (Philip) Sheffel; three sons, Hilliard H. Smith, III, Leonard W. Smith and Tom (Stephanie) Davison of Jackson. His son Lester H. Smith, preceded him in death, while serving as Executive Vice President of The First National Bank. He is also survived by two grandsons, John Lester (Marilyn) Smith and P. J. (Amanda) Sheffel of Jackson; two granddaughters, Barbara Rhea (Corey) Allen of Nicholasville and Dr. Kristy Sheffel Deep of Lexington, eight great grandchildren and two very loyal and faithful friends, Greg and Beth Lemons.

Ever mindful of the great value of, and critical need for, literacy and continuing education among the people of his native Eastern Kentucky, Mr. Smith tirelessly gave of himself to develop and support opportunities for learning, serving unpaid as a teacher of senior English and American History at Jackson City School during a shortage of teachers, and as president of Lees Junior College, also at no salary, while maintaining his business, civic and church responsibilities. Throughout these times he lived out the words of Titus 2:7: "Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity." Mr. Smith's devotion to learning extended to all schools in Breathitt County and was further demonstrated by his longtime memberships on the Boards of Education of Jackson City Schools (where he also served as board chairman) and Riverside Christian Training School.

He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Jackson City School Board of Education three times. He also served as a member of the Advisory Committee, Breathitt County Board of Education. One of the first recipients of the ten Outstanding Alumnus Awards presented by Morehead State University, Mr. Smith was also a member of the MSU President's Club and Hall of Fame, and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2001.

He was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Morehead State University Foundation. He was also a life member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. A member of the Board of Trustees of Lees College for more than 50 years, including terms as chairman and vice-chairman, Mr. Smith was also president of the newly formed Board of Trustees of Lees College, Inc., following the union of Lees with the University of Kentucky and Hazard Community & Technical College in the late 1990's.

He was a longtime member of the Van Meter Fellows, providing outstanding philanthropic support to Lees College, and was president of Citizens for Lees, a unique group he initiated to garner community and statewide support for the college. His many years of dedicated service to Lees College throughout its growth as a private junior college and following its union with the community college system, prompted the naming of the campus's historic Administration Building in his honor in 2002. He was also a member of the Lees College Hall of Honor and Distinction. Following the college's union with UK and HCTC, Mr. Smith continued as a stalwart supporter of and proponent for higher education, for which he was presented the Hazard Community & Technical College Distinguished Service Award.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hazard Community & Technical College Foundation and was the recipient of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's "Benefactor of the Year" award. He was also a Fellow of the University of Kentucky. A member for 65 plus years of the First United Methodist Church of Jackson, Mr. Smith was a former Sunday School teacher and Lay Leader there, as well as a former United Methodist Church Associate District Lay Leader. He served as a member and chairman of the Jackson First United Methodist Church's Administrative Board, as well as the Board of Directors of the Kentucky United Methodist Foundation.

He also chaired the Boards of Directors of both Dessie Scott Children's Home and Methodist Mountain Missions of Kentucky. Influenced by the admonition in Philippians 2:3, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself," Mr. Smith set about early in his career to do all he could to improve and promote his community, including the obtaining of a grant that would fund the Jackson Cut Off Project, which has greatly reduced flooding by the North Fork of the Kentucky River in the area. He also chaired the committee decades ago that planned and staffed the University of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Project at Quicksand, Kentucky, obtaining over two million dollars in funding to hire and utilize agricultural experts for the area.

He was a charter member of the Breathitt County Advisory Council, chairman of the Jackson Breathitt County Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Breathitt County Industrial Foundation which developed and brought industry (including Prestolite Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Eltra Corporation) to the Jackson area. Mr. Smith was instrumental in obtaining funds for the completion of the Kentucky National Guard Armory in Jackson and was a former member of the Executive Boards of the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Grass Council and Lonesome Pine Council, respectively.

He served as Treasurer of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, as a member of the Breathitt County Historical Society, as a two term member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, and as a member of the President's Regional Advisory Committee for Small Business Administration. He was also president of the Jackson Cemetery, Inc., and a life member of the Kentucky Historical Society.

Active on a committee formed to establish need and produce a financial base for improved health care in his multi county region, Mr. Smith played a critical role in establishing Kentucky River Medical Center, a state-of-the-art hospital whose board he served as vice-chairman and chairman. In addition, he chaired the Jackson-Breathitt County Airport Board which oversaw planning and solicitation for the construction of the Julian Carroll Airport and the placement of the National Weather Service facilities there.

A life member of Breathitt Lodge No. 649 and recipient of a 50 year pin, Mr. Smith was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of Eastern Star. He also was a member of the American Legion, the Civil War Roundtable, the Newcomer Society in North America, and a Sustaining Member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. A life member of the Jackson Kiwanis Club, he was their first "Kiwanian of the Year" and was recognized as their "Outstanding President" during the club's 50th anniversary celebration and as their Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award recipient when the organization celebrated its 75th anniversary.

He was named Breathitt County's Outstanding Citizen three times and was feted as the county's "Man of the 20th Century" for his outstanding service to the area's people and major improvements he supported and initiated. A charter member of the Lafayette Club of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Smith was also a member of the Lexington Club. Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital cited him as Outstanding Community Honoree in commemoration of National Philanthropy Day, 2002.

He was also honored by the East Kentucky Leadership Conference with their Individual Award in April, 2003. Listed three times in "Who's Who in the State of Kentucky" and twice in "Who's Who for the South and Southwest of the United States," Mr. Smith was also listed in "Who's Who in Business and Finance" and "Who's Who in the World" as well as being a life member of The National Registry of Who's Who.

A former member of the Jackson City Council and former mayor of Jackson, Mr. Smith's sharp wit, versatility on many business levels, and his ability to skillfully relate to diverse groups were a direct reflection of his deep abiding faith and the words of I Colossians 4:6 "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."

A member of the Breathitt County Youth Foundation Committee, he was the recipient of the Jackson Lions Club's Outstanding Service Award and of numerous certificates of appreciation from the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, and the Oleika Shrine Temple. His community service also included chairing the Breathitt County Senior Citizens' Board of Directors.

Mr. Smith's belief in the message of Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid...do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" and the personal responsibility he felt in being of service to his fellow man were evident in the way he lived his life and conducted his business. A good and faithful servant, he was also a brilliant strategist and leader. "Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings..." (Proverbs 22:29).

Visitation will be held from 2 9pm on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Deaton Funeral Home, Jackson. The funeral will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1pm at the First United Methodist Church, Jackson, with Rev. Arthur Ashcraft and Rev. Bruce Hiner. Interment will follow at the Jackson Cemetery, Jackson, KY Active pallbearers will be the Board of Directors of The First National Bank. Honorary pallbearers will be the officers, employees and former employees of The First National Bank. Published in Lexington Herald Leader on Apr. 10, 2016



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