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Dr. James C. Smith


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Dr. James C. Smith

Memphis, TN

Dr. James C. "J.C." Smith passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the age of 84.

Born in Albany, NY on September 28, 1932, he was orphaned at an early age and, with his brothers and sisters, placed in the care of the Albany Home for Children. At the age of 16, he went to live at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Pettingill and their four sons until he was drafted into the United States Air Force. After a distinguished 27-year career as an interceptor jet pilot, he retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Smith joined the Air National Guard and enrolled in the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis. Upon graduation in 1965, he began practice as a Pediatric Dentist and practiced successfully until his retirement in 2013.

When asked what he was most proud of in his life, Dr. Smith answered, "My family, my career in the Air Force, and my 52 years loving and serving the children and families of Memphis." Every one who had the privilege of knowing J.C. during his life, whether personally or professionally, can only say, "We knew a kind and gracious gentleman!"

J.C. is survived by his wife, Dina, his children, Dr. R. Kuhen Smith (Karen), Megan Bebout (Kevin), and Hilde Daley (Tim) and Dina's children, Barbara Hyde (Pitt), Jenny Achuthan (Ashoka), and Michael Rosser (Jane.) He deeply loved his and Dina's 13 grandchildren (Kuhen, Adair, Jasce, Greer, Bryn, Susannah, Claire, Alex, Will, Brooks, Elizabeth, Arman, and Nicholas.) The family is grateful beyond measure to all who loved and cared for J.C. in his last months, especially dear Tammy.

Visitation will be 12 Noon – 1 p.m. August 16, in Cheney Hall of Church of the Holy Communion. Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Church of the Holy Communion. Private Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Gifts may be made to the Trezevant Foundation, 177 N. Highland, Memphis TN 38111 or the recipient of your choice.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2017
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