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James Melroe Smith

James Melroe Smith completed this earthly journey on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Virginia Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center.

James was born December 25, 1932, to the late Charlie Allen and Gratheon V. Bell-Smith. He was reared in Back Bay Station (Princess Anne County), now known as Virginia Beach. He was educated at Princess Anne County Training School, graduating in the class of 1951.

Being reared in a Christian Home, James accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at a young age and joined Little Piney Grove Baptist Church, where he was an active member until his health began to fail.  He served faithfully with the Trustee Ministry, the Sunday School Ministry, the Men’s Ministry and with the Pastoral Care Ministry.  James was known for his bass voice, and he used it in the Senior Choir, Unity Choir, Mass Choir, LPG Gospel Choir, and Male Choir. 

James was employed with the Civil Service for thirty-four years and twenty-six years with the City of Virginia Beach.

James was an avid boater and motorcyclist.  He enjoyed playing dominoes, checkers, and horseshoes. He treasured his family and valued the time they spent together.  Because of his fabulous memory and love of family, he was one of the family historians, always being able to recall the past through names and events.  He had a warm smile, and a fun-loving outgoing personality. 

In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by his wife, Lucille Caffee-Smith and his son James M. Smith, Jr.

James leaves to cherish his precious memories, two daughters, Rose Cuffee (Clinton) and Renae Jensson; one son, Marshall Todd Smith (Anna); daughter-in-law, Connie Simms-Smith; ten grandchildren, Nick, Erin, Jazmine, Carmen, Hannah, Marshall, David, Christian, Christopher, and Ashley; two brothers, Reverend Samuel O. Baker, Sr., and Jesse Allen Smith (Cynthia); one aunt, Darlene Bell; and a host of loving nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends.  We miss him now; our hearts are sore.  As time goes by, we’ll miss him more.  His loving smile and gentle face, no one on earth can fill his place.  

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To The Smith Family - Rose, Renea, and Todd - Our condolences to you all in the loss of your father! We are definitely praying for you during this time, and would like for you all to know that we're thinking of you! Receive the Lord's comfort during this time! Charles Reid, Jr. - Harker Heights, Texas

Pastor Charles F. Reid, Jr. Jul 7 2022 11:33 PM

To Rose Cuffee, your Mount Zion A.M.E. Church Family is praying for you and your family during this time of loss in your life.

Rev. Vanessa A. Copeland Jul 2 2022 6:38 AM

Rose/Renae/Todd - The family have our prayers, deep sympathy and sincere condolences on the passing of James. James has always been one of my older and positive cousin. He has been an influence on my choices in life. Due to previous commitments, deeply sorrowful that we could not attend the services. We are losing our "look-up to" generations of family leaders/examples that now, it's our generation that must fill that void. Hopefully, we can fill it like James. I do believe that his passing would generate a family reunion among the family members. However, you have out contact information and if there is anything that we, (Geri/myself), could do - do not hesitate!!! Again, we are both deeply sorrow for the family loss and we are upholding your family in our prayers.
Love - Geri/Calvin(Champ)

calvin/geri bell Jul 1 2022 11:07 PM

Rose,Renae and Todd you have our Prayers and Sympathy on the passing of your dad. If there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to call. Much love, John and Katherine Munden

john munden Jul 1 2022 3:51 PM

To Smith Family, Rosie. Todd and Renae our sincere condolences, prayers and big hugs to all of you. We will miss Mr. James so much. Very endearing man, father and friend.., those soft ball games and picnic were some of my most memorable and treasured memories. Thank you Sir! Rest in peace Sir. Peace and blessings.

Mr. and Mrs. Tony A. Winn Jun 30 2022 9:07 PM

To the Smith family so sorry to hear about cousin James. We are here if you need us. Praying for the family.

Taylor Family, from Yorktown Jun 29 2022 9:54 PM

Our prayers and condolences to the SMITH Family. May God continue to strength you.
Mary Bright and family.

Joann Lewis Jun 29 2022 8:59 PM

To Rose, Renee ,Todd and the family my prayers are with you as you go through the passing your loved one.

Georgia Mitchell & family. Jun 29 2022 4:19 PM

I am so sorry for your loss! Holding your family tight in my prayers. What a wonderful man, who lived a wonderful life. All my love!

Kaitlin Dennis Jun 29 2022 9:58 AM

I am sorry to hear about your dad. Sending my heartfelt prayer and condolences to the Smith family. Praying you sense His nearness giving strength to you and your family. May the shelter of His wings be your refuge through this time of grieving. God bless all of you!

Diamante "Dede" Langford Jun 29 2022 7:18 AM

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