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James D. Smith Jr.


1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
James D. Smith Jr. Obituary
Smith, James D.Jr.
88, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones. James was born in Adair, OK on December 10, 1927 to James and Verla Smith. After graduating from Coolidge High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces where he was a Finance Clerk Typist. After his military service he became a self-employed plumber in the City of Coolidge. He later worked at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, AZ as a Plumbing Foreman. In 1969, James and his family moved to Mesa, AZ where he became employed with The City of Mesa as a Building Inspector until he retired in 1992. James was an avid reader who enjoyed a plethora of subjects. He enjoyed solving the most complex of crossword puzzles each night after dinner. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and hosting his annual Pig BBQ's. He was skilled with working with his hands and building many different items over the years including rockets, children's sailboats and an amazing puppet theater. James loved telling jokes and playing practical jokes even more. He loved life and was always the life of the party! James impacted the lives of so many over the years and will be greatly missed by all. His legacy will continue through the lives of his loved ones. James was preceded in death by his Father James Smith, his Mother Verla Smith, his wife Mary Smith and his Grandson Paul Smith. He is survived by his four children: Nina Everal, Brenda Dani (Matt), Patricia Davis (Larry) and son Scott Smith. Eight Grandchildren: Lisa Weston, Stacy Carr, Christopher Davis, Liz Smith, Lorin Clikenbeard, Angela Dani, Tyler Davis, Jennifer Zimmerman and 15 Great-Grandchildren. A Celebration of his Life will be held at Southeast Valley Bible Church 710 E Williams Field Rd; Gilbert AZ on Monday, May 30th at 10:00 am.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 26, 2016
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