James W. Smith Sr., 71
James W. Smith Sr., 71, Frankfort, died at 2:51 a.m. April 21, 2013, at home.
Born June 26, 1941, in Frankfort to the late William A. and Esther Ruth (Bragg) Smith.
He married Darlene S. Galey on June 12, 1965, in Frankfort and she survives.
Mr. Smith attended Frankfort High School and was a lifelong Frankfort resident. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
, he served from 1959 to 1962 state side. Mr. Smith worked at Chrysler in Kokomo, retiring after 31 years and then worked 16 years for Renzenberger Transportation/Railroad, retiring on March 25, 2013.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. He was also a member Frankfort Fraternal Order of Eagles where he was a Golden Eagle. An original member of the NuBeats Band and Country Rock, Inc, music was his life. Along with his wife, Mr. Smith fostered 17 children.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Smith, of Frankfort; one son, James W. (Angie) Smith II, of Frankfort; one daughter, Crystal 'Crissy' Dawn (John) Smith Collins, of Frankfort; one brother, Ralph E. (Sharon) Smith, of Lafayette; sister, Joyce M. Shrock, of Frankfort; six grandchildren, James J. Smith, Steven R. Smith and Alexis J. Collins, Austin Donoho, Meikayla Miller and Stevie Miller; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will Tuesday, April 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Veterans Honors section of Green Lawn Memorial Park.
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