John Earl Smothers

Published 8:22 am Thursday, June 8, 2017

John Earl Smothers


John Earl Smothers, 67, of Stanford passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Born June 14, 1949, he was the son of Gladys Lister Smothers of Shepherdsville and the late Earl Matthew Smothers.

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He was a retired police officer with Shepherdsville City Police where he worked for 25 years and was currently working as a Boyle County Deputy Sheriff. John was a people person that never met a stranger. He enjoyed fishing, attending auctions and traveling. He also played the drums in several bands. He was a member of Hedgeville Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Marilyn J. Ellis; son, Matthew (Amanda) Smothers of Shepherdsville; two daughters, Kim (Sonny) Arnold and Karen Bivens, both of Shepherdsville; brother, Mike (Sue) Smothers of Shepherdsville; eight grandchildren; an uncle, nieces and nephews and a special great-niece, Katie Armstrong.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home with burial in Hustonville Cemetery. Pallbearers are Hershel Reed, Joey Ellis, Todd Ellis, J.T. Thomas, Derek Robbins and Don Smothers. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Friday.

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