jack norman smitherman

Former Indiana Representative and businessman Jack Norman Smitherman, 66, died this morning, Jan 21, 1995.  Ill for 10 months, he died at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in Mooresville, where he resided for seven months.

The son of Walter Jehu and Frances White Smitherman, both deceased, he was born July 7, 1928, in Mooresville.  He married Gina Grove, who survives.

Mr Smitherman attended Purdue Universtity and belonged to Alpha Gamma Rho.  He served five terms as an Indiana State Representative (1964-74) and was chairman of the Legislative Apportionment Committee, Financial Institution Committee, County and Township Committee and House Roads Committee.  He was a charter member of the National Society of State Legislators, a member of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle, Indianapolis Press Club and the Columbia Club.  He was a Sagamore of the Wabash and Honorary speaker of the House.

He was owner of the former Smitherman & Sons Hatcheries and president of the former Countryaire Manor Nursing Home, both in Mooresville.  Appointed by Gov Otis Bowen as Secretary to the Indiana Highway Commission in 1974, he retired from state service in 1990.

A member of the Mooresville Friends Meeting, he was president of the Mooresville Lions Club from 1961 to 1962.

Other survivors include a son, Thomas J Smitherman of Washington D.C.; two stepsons, Kevin C Block of Greenwood and Travis  J Johnson of Frankfort; three daughters, Sara Jane Fox of Potomac, Md., Emily S Reel of Lexington, Va, and Rebecca S Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Susan L Keaton of Carmel; a sister, Shirley Ann Pauley of Mooresville; seven grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

A brother, Bruce R Smitherman, and a sister, Sarile Smitherman, preceded him in death.

His service will be at 10am, Tuesday at Mooresville Friends Meeting in Mooresville.  The Rev Dan Smetzer will officiate.  Burial will be in White Lick Cemetery in Mooresville.

Friends may call from 3 to 9 pm Monday at Carlisle & Son Funeral Chapel in Mooresville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, 21021 Ventura Blvd, Suite 321, Woodland Hills, Calif 91364.