WOODLAWN ó Mr. James R. Smith, age 77, of Woodlawn, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Mr. Smith was born June 24, 1935, in Hamburg, Arkansas, the son of the late James W. and Myrtis Boykin Smith.
Mr. Smith was reared and educated in Hamburg, where he attended the Hamburg schools.
He served in the U. S. Air Force four years and upon returning from the service, he began working at the Mad Butcher in the Produce Department and later, he began working at the Department of Community Correction for seventeen years, retiring in 1998.
He was a former member and deacon of Pine Crest Missionary Baptist Church and a current member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping and was a member of the Good Sams Club of Southeast Arkansas and the Why Rough It Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maletha Harolene Duncan Smith, whom he married July 21, 1955, in Greenville, Miss. and a sister, Mrs. Marie Coulter.
Mr. Smith is survived by two sons, James Edward Smith of Anniston, Ala. Harold Smith of Diboll, Texas; two daughters, Debra Lynn Mosley of Woodlawn and Sandra Espinoza of Harlingen, Texas; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend Bobby Smith officiating. Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. in Cedarcrest Cemetery in DeWitt
The family will receive friends from 6-8 at Robinsonís Sunday evening
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association, 909 West 2nd Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203. Online register:www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.