James R. Smith of Greenville (74)


James R. Smith, age 74, of Greenville, passed away at 10:29 am Thursday, January 11, 2024, at his residence. 

James was born August 30, 1949, in Greenville to the late Edgar Lincoln & Velma Lucille (Hess) Smith Sr. James was also preceded in death by his siblings, Joanna Ashton, Ellis Charles “Smokey” Smith, Della May Thomas, Edgar Lincoln Smith Jr. and Lucille Fisher.

James is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna J. (Lavey) Smith, whom he married September 2, 1967; children, James R. & Cheryl Smith Jr. of Gettysburg and Michelle & Gerald Miller of Greenville; grandchildren, Garrett & Abby Smith and Emma Miller; great-grandson, Cooper James Smith; nephew, DeWitt & Bonnie Ashton of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James retired from Hobart Brothers in Troy. He enjoyed fishing, bottle collecting with his son and his four-legged companions, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, with Pastor Thomas Hulsman officiating. Burial will follow in Stelvideo Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.zecharbailey.com for the Smith family.