FORT SMITH, Ark. — Reverend James “Jim” Smith, 89, of Fort Smith, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Fort Smith. He was born on June 17, 1932, in Hartford to George E. and Mary E. (Mattox) Smith. He married Betty Jean (Coppage) Smith on June 24, 1959, in Owensboro. James was a pastor for many years at Barrenfork in Folson, Ind., Peoples Holiness Church in Henderson, Ky., Bethel Tabernacle Church in Vandalia, Ill., and Woodland Hills Pentecostal in Roland, Okla. He served as the Chaplain of the hospital in Vandalia and retired from Whirlpool after 39 years. James was a 32nd Degree Mason and Past Patron of the Eastern Star, a member of the American Welding Society
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; three sons, Karl, Nathanial and Phillip; two sisters, Geneva Sanders and Inez Farmer; and two brothers, Ronda and Roscoe Smith.
Funeral services are 12 p.m., Monday, June 7, at River of Life Church, with burial with honors at 2 p.m. in the U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith. The family will visit with friends from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
James is survived by his three sons, Randall “Penky” Smith and Edmond “Ed” Smith, both of Fort Smith, and Timothy “Tim” Smith and his wife Tracey, of Fort Gibson, Okla.; six grandchildren, Cody, Sierra Emery, Alexis, Shelbey and Katie Smith and Dallas Cox; and five great-grandchildren, Gage, Noah, Laney, Michael and Arielm; and adoptive grandparent to Kirby McAlister.
Pallbearers are Cody Smith, Dustin and Gage Emery, Dallas Cox, Tucker Sheets and Larry Bottoms.
Memorials may be made to River of Life Church, 6101 Kinkead Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903, or to the American Legion Post 20, P.O. Box 1401, Fort Gibson, OK 74434.
Online tributes may be made at www.ockerputmanfuneralhome.com.