Farm Animals 19

Jacob W. Smallwood

December 31, 1996 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 24)


Jacob Smallwood, affectionately referred to as Jake, of Port Allen, Louisiana, formerly of Salem and St. James, Missouri was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 31, 1996, and passed away on November 1, 2021. He was 24 years of age.

Jacob is survived by his father: John Smallwood of St. James, Missouri; his mother Jeanie Hofer of Rolla, Missouri; step-mother: Nanci Biermann;  grandparents: Marilyn Smallwood Schwartze and Norbert Schwartze of St. James, Missouri; sister: Emily Smallwood of Nashville, Tennessee; half-brother: John Matthew Smallwood;  step-sister Kayla Burns; and his most special person, Dr. JJ Tune of Salem, Missouri. Jacob also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues, and many others who knew and loved him.

Jacob is preceded in death by his grandfathers: Charles T. Smallwood, Herbert H. Hofer, and by his grandmother: Violet (Hofer) Whelan.

Jacob graduated from high school in Salem, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2019.  He credits his elementary school teacher, Ms. Michelle Karr, for teaching him all the basics and Mizzou’s Ag-School faculty for their encouragement (although he refused to succumb to Dr. Spain’s theory that dairy cattle were the superior breed).  Jacob worked for Louis Dreyfus Corporation (LDC) in Cahokia, IL, and Port Allen, LA where he was promoted to project engineer.  He had a special appreciation for the sacrifices made by farmers and was wholly committed to agriculture.  LDC provided him the perfect opportunity to apply his education in a field he loved.  He was blessed with bosses, mentors, and colleagues who were experienced, and showed patience and kindness to a young man eager to learn.  He treasured the relationships he developed with his work family.

Jacob was deeply passionate about politics, country music, the farm, his work, family, friends, and Herbie, his beloved dog.   Most folks would agree that you never had to guess what he was thinking.

Jacob was accused of having a 16-year-old face coupled with a 46-year-old voice that could be heard across the room.  He had an infectious smile, a contagious laugh, and a witty sense of humor as evidenced by the laughter which emanated from everywhere he went.  

Visitation will be on November 8, 2021, from 4:00-8:00 pm.

The Funeral will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James on November 9, 2021, at 10:00 am. Pallbearers will be Cody Bell, Landon McDonald, Mitchell Conway, Brady Strader, Christian Steelman, John Matthew Smallwood, Tyler Yates, and Chris Jones. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim McCarthy, Ross McEllhiney, Ralph LeBlanc, Mark Nemechek, John Seib, Randy Moreland, Mike Tucker, JJ Tune, Kris Klemp, Dave Conger, and Jackson Keene. Interment will be at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem, MO.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Jake Smallwood Memorial Fund, which will provide scholarship funds to a student(s) from Jacob’s hometown pursuing a degree from the University of Missouri, his alma mater.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James.

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November 8, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home
200 South Meramec
Saint James, MO 65559

Funeral Mass
November 9, 2021

10:00 AM
Immaculation Conception Catholic Church
318 East Scioto Street
St James, MO 65559

November 9, 2021

Cedar Grove Cemetery
400 North Iron Street
Salem, MO 65560


Jacob Smallwood Scholarship Fund
200 South Meramec Street, Saint James MO 65559
Tel: 1-573-265-3278

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