Funeral services for Jimmy “Jim” Smith, age 84, of Greenville will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018 at Boone-Smith Funeral Home, 1580 South Colorado, Greenville. He died at his home on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Burial will follow in the County Line Cemetery in Glen Allan.
Jim’s family is joyful to know he is now at peace in the arms of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior and his loving parents, Robert Barksdale and Lettie Sara Smith, brothers and sisters, Annie Cummins, Everett (Son) Smith, Mary (Louise) Smith, Gladys Williamson, John (Sam) Smith, Alex Nylon (Tootsie) Smith, Sr., and a grandson, Scottie Smith and great granddaughter, Kylee Lick.
Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mildred (Choyce) Bradham Smith; his 5 children, Jimmy L. Smith, Jr (Karen), Nancy Stevens (Kenny), Sheila Wren (Clarence), Patricia Smith-Woodruff (Rodney), and Donna Minchew (Micheal).
Jim was “Grand Paw” to all his grandchildren who include, Jimmy Smith, III, Tommy Smith, Frankie Smith, Pastor, Jae Smith, Misty Spencer, Racheal Davidson, Kenny Stevens, Cain Stevens, Lil Buddy Wren, Chris Wren, Lonnie Wren, Donnie Wren, Bridget Anderson, Tommy Weeks, Jr., Melissa Gill, Amanda Potter, Lil Mike Minchew & Jennifer Jacks, and a whopping 41 precious Great & Great Great-Grandchildren.
After marrying Choyce just days after her 18th birthday, they lived in her home town of Glen Allan, MS. Soon after, they set up their homestead in Greenville, the heart of the MS Delta. Jim started working for the City Of Greenville, and years later started his construction business, J.L. Smith Construction Company. He attended Church of God on VFW Road, where Choyce was a long time devoted member.
Jim loved hunting for wildlife and was a member and President of Morgan Hill Hunting Club, in which He and his friends, Virgil Jarnigan, Charles Blaylock and others started 35+ years earlier. Jim’s favorite hobby was fishing the MS River and smaller Oxbow Lakes from Benoit to Vicksburg, putting out hoop nets, trout-lines, jug fishing, etc. He sold a lot of his catch to the local fish markets.
A visitation will be held one hour before services Friday at the funeral home.