James W. Smith Sr., 71, Frankfort, died at 2:51 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at home.
He was born June 26, 1941, in Frankfort, to William A. and Esther Ruth (Bragg) Smith. He married Darlene S. Galey on June 12, 1965, in Frankfort, and she survives.
Mr. Smith attended Frankfort High School and was a lifelong Frankfort resident. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1959 to 1962 stateside. Mr. Smith worked at Chrysler in Kokomo, retiring after 31 years and then worked 16 years for Renzenberger Transportation/Railroad, retiring March 25. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. He was also a member Frankfort Fraternal Order of Eagles where he was a Golden Eagle. An original member of the Nu Beats Band and Country Rock, Inc, music was his life. Along with his wife, Mr. Smith fostered 17 children.
Surviving are wife, Darlene Smith of Frankfort; son, James W. (Angie) Smith II, Frankfort; daughter, Crystal “Crissy” Dawn (John) Smith Collins, Frankfort; brother, Ralph E. (Sharon) Smith, Lafayette; sister, Joyce M. Shrock, Frankfort; six grandchildren, James J. Smith, Steven R. Smith, Alexis J. Collins, Austin Donoho, Meikayla Miller and Stevie Miller; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Veterans Honors section of Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be left online at goodwinfuneralhome.com.
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