---- — James J. Smith, 69, Kokomo, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Kokomo, to James Henry and Faye Irene Smith. On Sept. 12, 1969, he married Paula N. Smith. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He retired from General Motors as a forklift driver after 33½ years of service. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family and took pride transporting children to hospital with the Shriner’s Club. James was member of the Kokomo Shrine Club and the Grotto Club. He was a member of the VFW, and belonged to Masonic Temple, Howard Lodge #93, where he was past master in 2007. He enjoyed helping others, watching the military channel and like clocks.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Smith, Kokomo; brother, Gary (Brenda) Smith, Kokomo; sister, Pat Gove, Bullhead City, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Dee (Bill) Daisy, Kokomo; brother-in-law, Myron Bruce, Center Point; several nieces and nephews; and his pets, “Lady” and “Buddy,” which were like his kids.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven Sherwood officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.