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James B. SMITH Sr.

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James B. SMITH Sr. Obituary
RICHMOND - Bo Smith left the ones he loved behind on Wednesday morning, August 22, 2012.
Bo was born to Edna and William Daniel Smith on February 4, 1925 in Florence, South Carolina. He was the youngest of their six children, which included his brother, Bill, and sisters Frances, Mable, Bea, and Virginia, or "Tunk." Bo served during European operations in WWII, and was a 55-year Mason.
Bo and Barbara Smith married in 1952, and together raised their three sons, Boo, Earl and Leigh in a warm, love-filled home close to the banks of the James River in Newport News, Virginia. It was a place filled with music, neighbors, noise and the blur of children. Bo was proud of the home he provided for his family.
From childhood, Bo was enchanted with music. He became an accomplished drummer and vocalist – twice filling in with the Gene Krupa Orchestra when the fabled drummer and bandleader was unable to perform. Bo's combos played throughout South Carolina, and the Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach especially resonated with the swing music Bo and his band-mates blasted. Tidewater, Virginia was also treated to Bo's music through, among others, the Jap Curry and Jett Rollo Orchestras.
Remembering Bo with gladness are his wife, Barbara, his sons and their wives Julie (Boo), and Liz (Earl), and his grand-daughters Hannah Bo and Mason Elizabeth. Nieces, nephews and their parents in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Woods Hole, Mass. fondly recall how the world was lighter when "Bobo" was near. A celebration of Bo will be held at 3 PM Wednesday, September 5, in the chapel at the Masonic Home of Virginia, 500 Masonic Lane, Henrico, VA 23223.
In honor of Bo Smith, make someone laugh. Hear something in a song you never heard before. And if you wish, please make a gift to the Masonic Home of Virginia. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2012
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