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John H. Smith

March 27, 1930 August 25, 2019
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John H. Smith, Jr., 89, passed away peacefully early in the morning on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at home in Aurora, Colorado. He was born March 27, 1930 in Selma, Alabama, to John H. Smith, Sr and Willie Mae (Harrison) Smith. He was a 1948 graduate of R.B. Hudson High School (formerly Knox Academy) and a 1953 graduate of Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute). On May 17, 1953, John was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and married Mildred Hall at Tuskegee Institute. John retired as a Colonel from the USAF in November 1978.

While serving in the USAF, John received his B.S. in Business Administration Degree from the University of Alaska in 1959, an M.B.A. from West Texas State University in 1970 and another Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972.

After retiring from the USAF, John was employed by Mountain Bell/U S WEST Communications (currently CenturyLink) beginning in 1978 and retired in 1992 where he held positions in Records Management, Procurement Auditing and Government and Education Sales. During his military and Telecommunications careers he taught a variety of classes at various institutions at the college level including University of Philippines, Metropolitan State University, University of Colorado at Denver and Community College of Denver.

John was also active in the communities in which he lived. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1970 and served on the Human Resources Committee and also as President and Travel Tour Director for the “Modern Matures” Committee. He served as Chairman of the Board of Northeast Denver Housing Center, Basileus and Keeper of Finance for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with over 60 years as a member and a member of the Tuskegee Airman, Inc., Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter where he served a Chapter President for over ten (10 years and as Chapter Treasurer for about seven (7) years.

John is survived by his loving wife, Mildred; his children, Cassandra Denise (Michael G.) Williams, Regina Persephony Smith, Michael Jonathan (Gina) Smith and Kenneth Bernard Smith; grandchildren, Matthew Alan Smith, Marcus Aaron (Carly E.) Smith and Jessica Ashley Smith; great grandchild Aubrey Belle Smith; sisters, Juanita (Leroy) Phillips, Marvarene (Thomas-deceased) Parker, Alma Jean Brazier, Dorothy Smith and several nieces, nephews and grands.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family is asking for Donations which can be sent to Calvary Baptist Church of Denver, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, Colorado 80224 or made online at

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4:00 PM 9/3/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/3/2019 8:00:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

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Denver, CO 80205

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2101 N. Marion Street Denver 80205 CO
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Calvary Baptist Church

6500 E. Girard Ave
Denver, CO 80224

Calvary Baptist Church
6500 E. Girard Ave Denver 80224 CO
United States

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Ft. Logan National Cemetery Final Resting Place

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd Denver 80235 CO
United States

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