OBITUARY: Jonathan ‘Red’ Patrick Smith Sr.


Jonathan “Red” Patrick Smith, age 48, of Gallatin, Tennessee, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a semi accident.

He was born on October 9th, 1975 in Dayton, OH to Linda Lee McCallister Smith and the late Garland Nicolas Smith.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of over 27 years, Debra Sue Smith; children Brianna Nichole Smith, Charles Owens, Jr.; grandchild, Karma T. Smith; sister, Michele Smith; nieces and nephew, Alyssa Lee Smith, Chase Allen Phillips, Lisa Fisher. He was also blessed with many extended family members and friends, including the Black and Decker team.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan “J.J.” Patrick Smith, Jr.; and his grandmother, Adah Bell McCallister.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jonathan’s name to Apald at, or to the Ohio Innocence Project at


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