James W. Smith Sr.

U. S. Army Veteran

James W. Smith Sr., Oblong, Illinois77, Oblong, Illinois

Visitation: Friday Nov. 19 From 4 – 7 P.M. And Saturday From 1:00 P.M. Till Time Of Service

Funeral: 3:00 P.M. Saturday Nov. 20, 2010, Pulliam Funeral Home – Oblong, IL, Rev. Leonard Waller

Burial: Berlin Cemetery With Full Military Rite Conducted By Oblong American Legion Post #219

Expressions Of Sympathy May Take The Form Of Contributions To: National Arthritis Foundation, American Cancer Society Or Wounded Warrior With Envelopes At Or Mailed To Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449

James W. Smith Sr., 77, Oblong, Illinois, passed away Tuesday November 16, 2010 at Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, IL. Jim was born November 8, 1933 and was the son of Rev. Zay “Boosie” Smith and Velma E. (Hardin) Smith. On April 19, 1952, he married Effie M. Duckworth, who preceded him in death on May 12, 2003. He then married Amelia (Mickey) on September 27, 2005. She survives.

Jim retired from the United States Army in 1975 after serving for 22 years. Jim served in the Viet Nam Conflict. He then went to work for Pillsbury as a Logistic Manager retiring in 1991. Jim was also involved with the R.O.T.C. Program at Purdue University for many years. While living in Tennessee, Jim served as a Corporate Events Planner at Indian Hills and Champions Run golf courses. He was a member of the Berlin Congregation Christian Church rural Oblong and Oblong Wesleyan Church. Jim enjoyed golfing, hunting, bass fishing with the Pro Bass Fishing Association and most of all, enjoying his friends.

Jim is survived by his wife Amelia; five sons and three daughters-in-laws – Steve Smith, James & Linda Smith, Larry & Pam Hubbard, Wiley Smith and Vonnie & Kathy Smith; five daughters and two son-in-law – Angie & Jerry Pounds, Debbra Jackson, Gayle & Anthony Robinson, Penny Booth and Linda Clemmons; 30 grandchildren Nichols Smith, David & Lynn Westrom, Taylor Bullington, David Pounds, Michael Pounds, Richard Pounds, Lora Wider, Joel Jackson, Johnathan Jackson, Billy Singpracha, Altena Smith, William Smith, Hillary Smith, Hollianne Smith, Haley Smith, Emily Smith, Andrew Smith, Eric Smith, Amy Earls, Mandy Smith, John Hubbard, Josh Hubbard, Lauren & Brent Adock, Tiffany & Tom Talmage, Lara Boothe, Lance Robinson, Leanna Robinson, Krystal Robinson, Joseph Clemmons and Dustin Clemmons; 24 great-grandchildren – Brandon Wilder, Shannon Wilder, Vanessa Wilder, Maggie Jackson, Ryan Jackson, Daniel Jackson, Zay Jackson, Savannah Jackson, Little Bill Alyssa, Anastacia Singpracha,

Katie, Josh, Ryan, Gabrella and Laila Earls, Austin Earls, Matthew Earls, Madison Pounds, Abigail Pounds, Desiz Durci, Dylan Westrum, Andrew Shook, Colton Trammel, Austin Shook, Jasmine Robinson, and Nathaniel Robinson; three brothers and two sisters-in-laws – Thomas L. Smith, L. Eugene & Mary Smith and Clarence R. & Jennie Smith; one sister and brother-in-law – Sandra Sue & Steve Garner and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents; first wife; one son – Richard Allen Smith; one great-granddaughter; a brother – Michael D. Smith; a sister – Joan Hartleroad and a sister-in-law – Henrietta Smith.

Burial will be in the Berlin Cemetery, rural Oblong, Illinois.

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