Lebanon Reporter


July 9, 2014

James Smith

James Smith, 79, of Thorntown, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at his residence.He was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Thomson, Ga., the son of the now late Charlie and Nelly Mae (Dupree) Smith. After the sudden and unfortunate passing of Jim’s parents, he became an orphan at the age of 15. He was too old to enter the orphanage, so he made a living until he entered the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he moved to Mooresville and operated a gas station in Camby.He married Patricia Louise Aldridge on Oct. 5, 1957, in Monticello. Mrs. Smith died Nov. 5, 2010.Jim moved to Thorntown in 1967, where he had since resided. He was an owner-operator with Schneider Trucking of Green Bay, Wis., and retired in 1996. He received many awards for outstanding accomplishments as a professional truck driver, including becoming a member of the “Two Million Mile Club.”He enjoyed his family and friends and shared many enjoyable times with them. Jim loved his grandchildren and was fond of his dogs. During retirement years, he enjoyed the morning coffee club at the Lost Frontier in Thorntown. He spent enjoyable times restoring classic automobiles and traveling. He and Pat enjoyed the Lake Holiday “Hide-A-Way” home and often took his 5th wheel to Texas. He always loved Indiana Basketball and enjoyed watching the Indiana Pacers play. In his later years he loved mowing and working outdoors on his properties.Survivors include his son, Kevin L. Smith of Thorntown; two granddaughters, Keely C. (companion, Sean Lewis) Smith of Bloomington and Alexis M. (fiancé, Derek White) Smith of Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Hurlow and Ella Hurlow, both of Bloomington; two brothers, Luther Smith of Indianapolis and Alvin “Red” (Rosie) Smith of Thorntown; two sisters, Esther (Jesse) Yarbrough of Mooresville and Barbara (Roy) Knox of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by a stepson, Gregg Toll; and brothers, Melton Smith, Gene Smith and Charlie Smith; half brothers, Oliver Kitchens and Marion Kitchens; and two half sisters, Lilly Kitchens and Frances Kitchens.Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Myers Chapel of Memories, with Pastor Mike Aldridge officiating. Interment will follow military rites at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Thorntown.Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.

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