Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
James W. Smith, 73, died of lung cancer at 9:48 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home in Line Lexington, Pa., with his loving family by his side.
Jim was born in Maplewood in 1941 to the late Carl Frederick and Edna Baker Smith. He was preceded in death by one sister, Rose Mary Hass.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Miller Smith, who he married in Las Vegas in 2005; his children, James W. Smith of Munford, Tenn., Bambi Anderson (Larry) of Brighton, Tenn., Mark Smith (Trina) of Munford, Tenn., and Christopher Spenhoff (Kelly) of San Diego; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Fred Smith and one sister, Carol Icenogle both of Sidney.
Jim was a farm boy and a member of 4-H and the Maplewood Grange. He was a member of the Sidney All Boys Marching Band that traveled to the Cherry Blossom Festival in 1955 and earned a National Championship.
He graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1959, joined the U.S. Navy and traveled the world as an air traffic controller, except for two years in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, as a captain of brown water Swift Boat in the Yangtze River. He retired after over 30 years of service attaining the rank of master chief.
His hobbies consisted of watching and admiring horses, Clydesdale horses in particular, especially the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. He lived in San Diego where he visited the Western Hamlet and was privileged to exercise some of their horses. Also, he was a big fan of the Cowtown Rodeo near Woodstown, N.J., since 2005.
His favorite music group was the Statler Brothers following as many of their concerts as possible and collecting all their music. He and his wife also enjoyed camping in their trailer at various campgrounds along the East coast.
He was a member of the Maplewood United Methodist Church, Maplewood.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney. In keeping with James’ wishes, following the visitation, his body will be cremated.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago 60601.
Condolences may be made at www.cromesfh.com.