Obituary: Samuel Jesus Smith
Samuel Jesus Smith found peace on October 21, 2021, surrounded by family at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sam was born November 17, 1945 in Winslow, Arizona to Virginia Barreras-Smith and Narciso Smith.
He had many medical issues throughout his life and was not expected to live past his teenage years – he faced those issues head on. The past five years became more difficult starting with a type of bone cancer (multiple myeloma) then more issues, mostly with pain. He put up a good fight, he never lost his faith.
”Sammy” or “Sam” as he was known by friends and family learned to repair just about anything, from cars, lawnmowers, bikes and sewing machines, among other things. Sam spent over 20 years as a Sears repair man and several years at Arizona Sew n’ Vac. Later in life, he was also a vocational instructor, teaching others how to repair. He loved collecting aliens – anything alien, as well as collecting classic car miniatures and memorabilia and Avon cars. He loved eagles and we always enjoyed when he and Pete Chavez would get together and play guitar.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Narcisso, siblings Lucy Ono, Joe Smith, Virginia, Henry Smith and Linda, his nephews and nieces Max Smith, Joey Smith, Herman Smith Jr, Alice “sister,” Henry Smith Jr “weddo,” Adrian, Pina, Joanne Beatrice, Danny, Debbie, Diana, Barbara, in- laws Bobby, Virginia, Linda, Joe, Fedolino, David Smith and many childhood friends
He is survived by his children Samuel P. Smith, Nicholas R. Smith, Sheila L. Smith- Johnston, Olivia N. Smith and Virginia “Gina” Sled, siblings Tilly, Vero and Bessie, many nieces and nephews grandchildren and great grandchildren Amanda, Nicole Ray, Micah and Jackson to name a few.
Rosary will held at St Joseph Church, 220 W. Second Street in Winslow, Arizona on Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m., a funeral service takes place at 10 a.m.