Hear Ye, Hear Ye,
On Tuesday, the 81st day of the year, the 12th Tuesday of the year on March 22, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio, a baby girl blessed Hazel and N.A. Smith. Her adorning mother officially named her Jackie Lynn; however her doting father would affectionately call her “Peaches” (you know nicknames are remembered) eternally. Growing up, Peaches was very quiet, so quiet to the point that her brothers and sisters often looked for her in the house to make sure she was there. She would often be found reading or examining a book. Peaches was quirky that way.
Jackie started her educational journey in the Sapulpa Public School systems. Starting at Booker T. Washington Elementary School and ending with graduation in the Class of 1973 from Sapulpa High School. She and her classmates often believed that the Class of 1973, was the smartest and most civilized class concerning events going on during those times. (I’m just saying)
Jackie had a desire to be a teacher. She attended Oklahoma University and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Langston University Tulsa. After receiving her degree, Jackie’s first teaching position was with Oklahoma City Public Schools. She taught at Moon Middle School. She later acquired a position with her Alma mater, Sapulpa High School where she would remain until her health started to decline.
The Chosen One
Having a concentrated heart, Jackie was chosen by God to use her talents to teach and reach others on a Spiritual and Religious level, regardless of abilities or disabilities. Jackie has always been a committed follower and servant of Jesus Christ. Her belief in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Sprirt has been her constant strength. God elevated her to teach on a Local, State and National stage. She attended the National Baptist Congress solo for many years, always wanting to acquire more knowledge and understanding of the Bible. She had love for community and church. She was active in many ministries in the church. She talked the talk and walked the walk. She was a devoted leader or participated in Sunday School, The Women’s Missionary, Deaconess, Vacation Bible School, Sapulpa Public Schools, Canaan District, Booker T. Washington Alumni and a choir director. Jackie was a Calvary Baptist Church lifer.
God chose Peaches to give life to her son, Nathan Terroll Smith in February 1980, His grandfather who was great at giving nicknames, gave him a nickname, so he became “Rocky”. This mother and son duo was a team and they were inseparable. Rocky blessed Peaches with a handsome grandson, Kaiden DeAndre, who was the apple of her eye.
He that finds a Wife
Finds a good thing. On March 13, 2003, Peaches married Frank Johnson. Upon Frank’s perusing, persuading and falling in love, together in the public eye, they became one. This marriage was blessed by God. Peaches and Frank shared many hobbies and activities as one. Their togetherness was exemplary of true love.
Jackie was a lot of things but she was not a hugger, you could get a fist bump. Peaches enjoyed coaching basketball and keeping score for baseball and softball. She didn’t have to use her words, she communicated with her eyes and not her lips. She loved her family, her community and her church.
The Final Chapter
On Saturday, March 26, 2022 the 85th day of the year, Jackie Lynn Smith – Johnson read the last page, close her earthly ” Book Of Life” upon hearing God’s sweet voice saying, Peaches, it’s time to return home. Being an obedient servant she submitted to his command.
Waiting for Jackie at Heaven’s gate to greet her is her parents, N.A. and Hazel Smith; sisters, Jeanie Taylor (Kitty) and Virginia (Sugar) Smith; brother, Wayne (Buster) Smith and nephews, Elmer (Tuffy) and Christopher (Chip) Taylor.
She leaves to remember her life is her loving husband, Frank Johnson; an awesome sister, Harriet “Tutu” Smith; a devoted son, Nathan “Rocky” and an adoring grandson Kaiden. And many more extended family members and friends.
Visitation for Mrs. Johnson will be held on Friday, April 8, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home, 2103 E. 3rd St., Tulsa, OK 74104.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2:00 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 412 N. 7th St., Sapulpa, OK.