Jennifer L. (Newman) Smoot, age 76 of Louisville, passed away at Norton Brownsboro Hospital on Friday, January 27, 2023. Daughter of the late Everett Gayle and Zenah Doris (Bryant) Newman, she was a member of Westport Road Baptist Church. A native of Henry County, she graduated from Henry County High School in 1964 and then obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown College and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University. A retired teacher, Jennifer taught for over two decades at Tully Elementary School in Jeffersontown. After years in the classroom, she taught at risk 1st graders as a reading recovery teacher and mentored aspiring teachers. 


Survived by:

Husband:                    G. Tom Smoot of Louisville


Daughters:                   Heather S. Bower of Idaho Springs, Colorado

                                    Holly A. Farris (Jon) of LaGrange


Grand-Daughter:         Skylar Brook Bower of Idaho Springs, Colorado


Sister:                          Elisa (Newman) New (Brad) of Pleasureville


Brother-in-law:            Russell Smoot of Louisville


Niece:                          Samantha (New) Pierce (Kenny)

                                    Macie Shea New (Candace)

                                    Rachel K. Smoot (David Brown)


Great-Niece:                Tori Pierce


Visitation: 10 AM until the time of service at Westport Road Baptist Church, 9705 Westport Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40241.


Funeral Service: 1 PM on Friday, February 3, 2023, at Westport Road Baptist Church, 9705 Westport Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40241. Reverend Chip Pendleton, Officiating.


Memorial contributions:

Ronald McDonald House, 550 South First Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202 OR the Norton Healthcare Foundation, in care of the Institute for Health Equity, Department 86148, Post Office Box 950184, Louisville, Kentucky 40295. Online at

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