Jeanne Burton Smith

Published 4:42 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mrs. Jeanne Burton Smith, 79, of Johnson City, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Smith was born in Wilson County, Tenn., and was a daughter of the late Willie Bob Burton and Eleanor Winter Bradshaw.
Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University and was Systems Analyst on the NASA Project Mercury. She also worked at Genesco (Garmin) in Nashville designing the systems for rent & lease around the world.
She was listed in the National Episcopal Lay Leadership Directory and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She was the recipient of a Bicentennial Salute to Prominent Women of Wilson County, Tenn. In the Episcopal Church she was commissioned as a Lay Reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, Lay Chaplain, Healing Minister, and Chaplain to Veterans Administration Hospital by Episcopal Church Bishop Tharp, where she served as PTSD Program Chaplain.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Ralph Wood Smith Jr., Johnson City, and a sister, Mrs. Judith Walter (Robert), Franklin, Tenn.
A Memorial Eucharist for Mrs. Smith will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Elizabethton with the Rt. Rev. George D. Young III, the Rev. Margaret Zeller and the Rev. Harry Shaefer officiating. A reception will follow the service. Interment services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends are requested to meet at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Active pallbearers will be Ed Jordan, William Fryar, James Butler, Kenneth Johnson, Adam White and Elijah Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Lyon, Donna Lyon, Joe Moore, Peggy Moore, David Bettis, Ben Hall, Teressa M. Smith, Beth Johnson and Mary Alice Fryar. Condolences may be sent to the Smith family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, (423) 753-3821.

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