LA GRANGE - The patriarch of the Smith family, Mr. James Morgan Smith (known as Buddy, Jim, or James) 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, February 24, 2013. James was born May 8, 1924, the son of James Henry "Jim" Smith and Elizabeth Ginn Smith. The family relocated in Greene County when he was two years old following the death of his father and he resided on that same land until his death. A master welder and pipefitter, James worked at the shipyard in Virginia for a period of time prior to helping build the DuPont plant in Kinston and eventually accepted employment within the plant. James had many fond memories of his experiences at DuPont and loved sharing his stories with family, friends and other DuPont retirees. He shared his skill and knowledge of welding with others by teaching welding classes at Lenoir Community College in Kinston. Following his formal retirement, James continued his lifelong joy of farming, raising cattle and operating his tractors until his health declined. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 28, at the Smith Family Cemetery, located at the Smith farm and homeplace. The Reverend Debora Stilley, his sister-in-law, will officiate. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his first wife, Maryleen Hill Smith; sisters Edna Smith and Mildred Smith; and a daughter, Sherry Lynn Smith. His surviving family includes his wife, Sandra Ferrell Smith; sons Donald Morgan Smith and wife Linda, and James Jeffrey Smith and wife, Carol, all of La Grange, and Richard Lee Smith of Great Falls, S.C.; a daughter, Margaret Rose Smith and husband Charles Jenkins, of Mountville, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Donna Amon of Goldsboro, Heather Smith and Lisa Smith of La Grange, Mary Margaret Schmidt and Robert Matthew Schmidt of New York, Paige Smith of Clemson, S.C., Brantley Smith of Lancaster, S.C., and Creighton Smith and Emery Smith of Great Falls, S.C.; a step-grandson, Thomas Woodard and wife Christina, of Goldsboro; three great-grandchildren, James Morgan Tisdale and wife Perla, of Eureka, Elizabeth Amon and John Michael Amon, both of Snow Hill; two step great-grandchildren, Summer Woodard and Holly Woodard, both of Goldsboro; and one special nephew, Derald Morgan Smith and wife June, of Goldsboro. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill and other times at the residence. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Community Hospice of Kinston who provided assistance and care to James during his lengthy illness and also to the staff of Silver Care, especially Kay Baker. Online condolences may be made at www.taylor-tyson.com. Arrangements are by Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service, Snow Hill. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2013