James Doyle Smith, son of the late
Avery G. and Delia Ellen (Polston) Smith, went home to be with
his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at
the Somerset Regional Hospital having attained the age of 91
years. James was born on May 24, 1925, the eldest of four
children. His two brothers, Johnny Wayne and Phillip
Eugene along with his sister, Marcella, preceded him in death.
James was decorated and honorably
discharged veteran of World War II. He proudly served his
country in the 101st
and the 82nd
Army airborne divisions in the European theater of France and
Germany as a Paratrooper.
Upon his return from Europe, he met
and married Marjorie Ilene (Lindsey) Smith in Indianapolis,
Indiana. She preceded him in death on January 4, 1969.
To this union were born two children; Karen Lee of Somerset,
Kentucky and James Eugene of Indianapolis, Indiana who survive
along with their spouses, Ronald D. New and Mary Sue (Barker)
Smith. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Bryan New,
Columbia, Kentucky, Steven New, Somerset, Kentucky, Allison
(Joshua) Fletcher, San Jose, Costa Rica, Melinda (Martin) Neilan
of Nashville, Tennessee, Suzanne (Phillip)Howell, Swayze,
Indiana and eight great-granchildren; Grace, Abigail and Simeon
Fletcher, Noah and Emily Howell, Jacob, Savannah and Samuel
James was also blessed with his
“adopted family” of Geneva (Baker) Vaught and her two daughters,
Nancy (Orwin) Kuhnapfel, Donna Vaught and (Sam Brinson).
Geneva has sadly passed, along with her grandson, Jordan
Kuhnapfel. One grandson survives, Justin & (Leanze) Kuhnapfel of
Lexington, Kentucky, James loved and cherished his families and
treasured his time with them.
James accepted Jesus Christ as his
Lord and Savior and was baptized in August, 1957. He was a
faithful member of the Indianapolis Baptist temple and served a
trustee until relocating his family to Pulaski County, Kentucky.
He became a member of White Oak Baptist Church in Nancy,
Kentucky. He most recently attended Denham Street Baptist Church
until poor health prevented his attendance.
Upon retirement from the Crane
Plumbing Plant of Ferguson, Kentucky, in 1990, James volunteered
his time with the American Legion Post #38 with their Honor
Guard. He proudly served them and his community for
Visitation for James will be held on
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service
and celebration of life service to follow at 1:00 p.m. in the
chapel of the Southern Oaks funeral Home with Bro. David Muse
and Rev. Jim Smith officiating. Interment will be in the
White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky.
A special “Thank you” is extended to
the staff, nurses, and workers at the Somerset Nursing and Rehab
Center for the tireless and dedicated services given to our
father, grandfather and great-grandfather during his stay with
them. They truly went above and beyond the extra mile.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be made to the Gideon’s Memorial Bible Fund.
Southern Oaks Funeral home is
entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. James Smith.