This is my Story; this is my Song…Now, I’m Praising my Savior,
All the Day Long!
John Henry Smith, Jr. “June Bug” as he was affectionately known was born in Augusta, Georgia, February 1961. He was the son of the late John Henry Smith, Sr. and Minnie Lee Dukes.
His early childhood began in Georgia and later his family moved to The Eastern Shore of Maryland where he received his education in the Queen Anne’s County Public School System, graduating from Queen Anne’s County High School, in nineteen hundred and seventy-nine.
After graduation, John made his life’s debut. He was a trend setter, introducing the latest styles of clothing and the hype hair styles all over the Eastern Shore and Baltimore City. John took fashion cues from no one. He created his own unique fashion statements, dressing to impress.
John started his beautician career making house calls in his local town, then working at Madeline’s House of Beauty in Easton, Maryland. In the early nineties with hard work and skill “June Bug” opened his first salon (Salon 2000) on Green mount, Avenue, in Baltimore City. His clients would come from near and far to set in his salon chair to get their hair slayed, to get a laugh, and their ears or neck burned by John. Sometimes John would work 14-18 hours in his shop working to provide for himself and his family. Above and beyond his career, John’s greatest love was his family and friends.
John loved socializing and being in his presence, laughter and love was guaranteed. He was hilarious, with his slick mouth and funny sayings. “June Bug” truly has a heart of gold and a fun-loving spirit. John “June Bug” Smith loved a good life.
His pass time included; visiting family and friends, sitting in front of Lexington Market sight-seeing and visiting thrift shops to see what he can add to his beautiful home collection.
With the passing of time life began to create new challenges for John, as his health started to decline. Holding the hand of his beloved cousin Angelique, and the on-duty nurse “June Bug” took his last breath on Tuesday, May 16th at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by his father; John Henry Smith, Sr. his beloved mother; Minnie Lee Dukes-Jones, and his Aunt Alfred Collier.
He leaves to cherish many fond memories, Two sisters, Diane Hinton, of Augusta, GA and LaShawn Pete of Salisbury, MD. Two brothers, Charles Smith, Sr. (Ruby) of Darby, PA and Curtis of Laurel, DE. Six nephews; Andre Brock, Michael Noon, Carroll Gibson, Nicholas Hinton, Charles Smith, Jr. and Curtis Smith, Jr. One Aunt, Mary Carter (Lewis) of Queenstown, Maryland, One Uncle, Donald Hughes (Barbara) of Queenstown, Maryland. A mother like figure; Portia Hammond, Five God children; Wayneisha Miles, Satira Ryans, Tyrico Carroll, Tyesha Carroll and Tiara Carroll. Two special cousins; Adrienne Anderson- Hill and Angelique Anderson and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends.
John is now sleeping in the bosom of the Lord. Awaiting for Jesus to crack the sky so that he may rise up. Singing…. When I see Jesus, Amen! Smiling because he knows that he made things right with the Lord and he will see all of his loved ones that have gone on before him especially his Beloved mother Mrs. Minnie, whom he loved dearly and talked about all the time. Amen!