James “Jim” A. Smith, age 88, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Edgewood Manor of Wellston surrounded by his family and friends. He was born April 9, 1928 in Jackson to the late Ann (Bennett) Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Wilma J. (Lenhart) Smith, of Jackson; daughters, Betty Jean Albert, of Springfield, Ohio and Ruth (David) Burke, of Jackson; grandson, James Israel and granddaughter, Kim Israel, both of Springfield. Also surviving is a half-brother, Leonard Snyder, of Delaware, Ohio and his best friend, T.J. Moore, of Jackson.
Jim worked for the DT&I Railroad for 16 years and then he was self-employed as a roofer and general maintenance.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by brothers, Rollie and Gabriel Smith and a sister, Jane Gray.
A private graveside service was held at Fairmount Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Janie Karl. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillumfuneralhomes.com