Jacob “Jake” Smallwood


    Jacob “Jake” Smallwood 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 at the age of  24 years.


    Jacob graduated from high school in Salem, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2019.  He credits his elementary school teacher, 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).  
    He worked for Louis Dreyfus Corporation (LDC) in Cahokia, Illinoi and Port Allen, Louisiana, 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 deeply passionate about politics, country music, the farm, his work, family, friends, and Herbie, his beloved dog.  
    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.
    He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles T. Smallwood and Herbert H. Hofer; and grandmother, Violet (Hofer) Whelan.
    He is survived by his father, John Smallwood of St. James, Missouri; 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; his most special person, Dr. JJ Tune of Salem, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021 at the Jone Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
    Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James, Missouri.
    Pallbearers were Cody Bell, Landon McDonald, Mitchell Conway, Brady Strader, Christian Steelman, John Matthew Smallwood, Tyler Yates and Chris Jones. Honorary Pallbearers were Jim McCarthy, Ross McEllhiney, Ralph LeBlanc, Mark Nemechek, John Seib, Randy Moreland, Mike Tucker, JJ Tune, Kris Klemp, Dave Conger and Jackson Keene.
    Interment was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.