BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - James Thurston Smith went to be with his Lord on July 1, 2013.
Mr. Smith was born on Sept. 15, 1924. Mr. Smith served in the Army in World War II. He was a prisoner of war in Germany and was also the recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Smith retired from Holley Carburetor after 34 years of employment, holding the positions of setup and tool and die maker. He was also a full-time farmer the majority of his life. Mr. Smith was a Sunday school teacher and a Sunday school superintendent at Mt. Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Plum Springs.
James T. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lillie Belcher Smith; four brothers, Earl Smith, Lester Ray Smith, J.C. Smith and Roy Smith Jr. One brother, Charles Smith, survives. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Laura Adeline Simmons Smith.
Mr. Smith was the father of four children, Janet Smith Orange (Larry) of Shelbyville, Karen Smith Hayes (Gerald) of Alvaton, Diana Smith Miller (Bill) of New Albany, Ind., and Frankie D. Smith of Russellville. Mr. Smith also has 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, with funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday, all at the J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel. Internment will be at Mt. Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Plum Springs.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern Ky.
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