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Rev. Fr. James Theodore Smith

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Reverend Father James Theodore Smith

COLUMBUS: Reverend Father James Theodore Smith died on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

The son of Clarence O. Smith and Clara O. Burkhart, he was born May 25, 1934 in Zanesville, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Columbus), studied theology at Mount Saint Mary of the West (Norwood, Ohio), and earned an A.B. in Social Studies at The Ohio State University. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood at Saint Joseph Cathedral on May 29, 1965 by Bishop John J. Carberry. During his years of service to the Diocese, Father Smith served as Associate Pastor at St. Philip the Apostle Church (Columbus), as well as an instructor at Bishop Hartley High School in 1965; Saint Vincent de Paul Church (Mount Vernon) from 1969-71; St. Christopher Church (Columbus), and taught religion at Bishop Ready High School in 1971. He was named Administrator pro tem of St. Christopher Church in 1972 and appointed Pastor in 1973. He was appointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church (Columbus) in 1983, and Pastor of St. Matthias Church (Columbus) in 1991. Father Smith was elected to the Senate of Priests serving from 1988 to 1991.

Father Smith is preceded in death his parents; brothers, Edward, Harold and Charles Smith; sister, Dorothy Allbrittain; and brothers, Clarence, Jr., Ralph, and Lloyd Smith.

He is survived by sisters, Mary Elizabeth Summers, and JoAnn Hohman; along with several nieces and nephews.

Father Smith's body will be received at Saint Matthias Church (1582 Ferris Road, Columbus) on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.; visitation will continue at the church until 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will take place at Saint Matthias Church on Wednesday, January 9, 10:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing just prior to the Mass. The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell will be the principal celebrant; the Most Reverend James A. Griffin, Reverend Mark S. Summers (nephew of Fr. Smith, who will also serve as homilist), and priests of the Diocese will concelebrate. Burial will follow in the priests section at St. Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the St. Matthias Church Charity Fund. Arrangements by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST.

Published in the Times Recorder on Jan. 7, 2013
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