Death of James Russell Evans “Jim” Smith

James Russell Evans Smith
August 18, 1932 – January 23, 2016

James Russell Evans Smith passed on January 23rd, 2016, at the age of 83. He was born August 18th, 1932 in Browns Chapel, West Virginia to the late Elza Ray and Ora Delila Smith.

Jim was a U.S. Army veteran who courageously fought in the Korean War.He was a Tool and Die Maker at Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio and a Supervisor at Morgantown Machine & Hydraulics, Inc. He finished his career as owner and operator of J&M Machine with his wife Mary.

Jim was a Past Master of Aurora Lodge No. 43 A.F. & A.M., Newburg, WV, a Rural Arch Mason and a member of DeMolay Commandery No. 11 Knights Templar. He was also a member of Newburg Chapter 143 Order of The Eastern Star as well as a member of Community United Methodist Church. Jim was an avid/accomplished golfer and musician.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Mary, eight adoring children, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Annie. His children include Mike (and Diane) Richardson, JP (and Mercy) Smith, Pat (and Teresa) Richardson, Jeff (and Judy) Richardson, Eric (and Lena) Smith, Shiela (and Ricky) Fernandez, Bryan (and Ami) Smith and Lisa (and Dan) Quesenberry. Jim is also survived by his sister, Emmadee Shreve.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Beatrice, Evelyn, Florence and Frances and two brothers Mancel and Willie. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Judith A. Smith.

Friends will be received at the Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 4pm until 8pm and again on Friday from 12pm until time of services at 1pm with Pastor Brad Bennett and Pastor Ron Ford officiating.

Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by Aurora Lodge No. 43 at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations in Jim’s memory to Hospice Care Corporation, 3363 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505 or to his home church, Community United Methodist, 1966 Grafton Road, Morgantown, WV 26505.