Obituary: John Schmit

HAMLET, N.C. — John Frederick Schmit passed away on April 3, 2015.

He was born on September 18, 1927.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Peter Schmit and mother, Alice Farmer Schmit and his late first wife, Emma Ollie Schmit.

John Schmit

John Schmit

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Virginia “Jenny” English Paul Schmit of the home and eight step daughters: Sherry and husband Joe Rushing of Gibson, Angela Kay Paul of Ghio, Lisa Paul and husband Glenn of Hamlet, Joanne and husband Lacy Shepherd of Rockingham, Donna and husband Rick Powell of Michigan, Sandy and husband Gary Brown of Missouri, Joyce Bain of New Jersey, Carol Iverson of Ohio.

Although he was a step father in name, he was a real dad to each and was always there if he was needed.

He is , also, survived by 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

John joined the Navy when he graduated from high school at the age of 17 served in the Navy for 22 years in service as a naval engineer. After his retirement from the Navy, he joined Massy Ferguson as an instructor and taught engineer classes all over the United States for the next 11 years. He then retired at the age of 52 and moved to Hamlet.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, served as Adjutant and on the board and in many other capacities such as selling tickets to benefit the ball teams and cooking for the many dinners and breakfasts that were done in order to help the disabled veterans. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

He attended the 2nd Baptist Church and the 1st Pentecostal Holiness Church of Hamlet with Rev. Al McCormick.

All memorials are to be made to the 1st Pentecostal Holiness Church of Hamlet.

John had two hobbies: Trains were his number one hobby; he set up an HO scale railroad in one of the bedrooms and spent many hours there. His next hobby was traveling; covering the United States then going to Europe three times, China for 21 days, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt and Israel, Canada, Alaska, South America two times, the Panama Canal, the Bahamas two times, Thailand and Singapore, and many cruises.

John has left many friends from the churches, his blessed family and a very special friend for over 25 years, his doctor but close friend, Dr. Fred McQueen of Hamlet and Barbara Gayle Williams.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 at Watson King Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Michael Carpenter and Rev. Chris Martin. Speaking will be Willard Page of the American Legion. Burial will follow at Richmond Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.

Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet is serving the Schmit family. Online condolences may be made at

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The Pee Dee Post
Monday, April 6, 2015

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