KINSTON - James Lloyd Smith Jr., 71, of 1411 Squire Place passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. James was preceded in death by his parents, James L. Sr. and Martha Langston Smith. His many services to country, county and state started with four honorable years in the U.S. Air Force. He served the City of Kinston for two decades as a firefighter, Handle #301, rising to Assistant Chief. He then went on to work for Lenoir County as the first Emergency Management Directory/County Fire Marshall for 14 years where his skills and professionalism promoted North Carolina State to recruit him as Eastern Branch Manager of Emergency Management Services which encompassed 33 counties. After this illustrious career he went on to share his vast knowledge with a multitude of cities, counties, and states teaching emergency service and firefighting. The viewing will be Thursday, July 5, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. Services will be held Friday, July 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. with viewing starting at 10 a.m. Both will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3010 Carey Road, Kinston, NC. Interment will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park. The family will received friends other times at the home. Survivors include his beloved wife of 47 years, Gwendolyn White Smith; sons Christopher James Smith and Clifford W. Smith (wife Teri); daughters Lavaron Howell (husband Ricky) and Jamie James (husband Sean); seven grandchildren, Ashley, Chris Jr., Regan, Justin, Ethan, Hailey, and Teagan; and great-grandson Mark Jr.; sisters Judy Moore (husband Roger) and Sallie Hill (husband Kermit). In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Kinston First Ward Missionary Fund in care of Bishop Casey Oliver, 2496 English Squire Drive, Kinston NC 28504 or to your local Fire Departments in memory of James. Garner Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from July 2 to July 6, 2012