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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
Sunday January 9th, 2022
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James Smith, Jr.

James Smith Jr. also known to many as” Smitty” was born August 13, 1939 to James Smith Sr. and Willie Lee Jackson in Yazoo, Mississippi. James was raised by his grandfather James Crawford, where he confessed in Christ at an early age.

James Jr. was educated in Yazoo County Schools District. During his school years he was a valuable member of the varsity high school football team. After high school he moved to Chicago, Illinois and enlisted in the United States Navy as an electrician. He retired from the military in 1981 after 20 years of service and made Norfolk, Virginia his home. After retirement, James was employed a civilian electrician contractor for the United States Navy.

James enjoyed fishing, working in his lawn and spending time with his family, especially his grandson Jayceon.

He departed this life at 6:22 am on December 30, 2021 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

James was preceded in death by his father James Smith Sr, his mother Willie Lee Jackson, two sisters Everlean “Ora Lee” Washington, and Inell Carter and brother David Lee.
James leaves to cherish his loving memories, three daughters Patricia Johnson (Perry) of Champaign, Illinois, Carolyn Bowdry (Clarence) of Hopewell, Virginia, and Jacqueline Roberts of Norfolk, Virginia, two sons Vincent Smith (Sherry) of Chicago, Illinois and Fredrick Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; five sisters Joyce Jones and Annie Perry of Chicago, Illinois, Dolean Jackson Decator, Ernestine Normore, and Gertrude Johnson all of Wichita, Kansas; three brothers King Ward Jr of Chicago, Illinois, Robert Jackson and Willie Jackson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin ; eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

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RIP Smitty. Had fun on the USS Sunbird(1971,72,73),playing bid whiss and the med cruise, Will,Haskins,Wilson,Hollins. Your shipmate, Reuben(bro mack)

Reuben Johnson Jul 10 2022 8:47 AM

Shipmate and friend ,RIP we had a lot of good times together in the Navy. Those memories will forever be in my heart. Boats.

Deacon Luther Williams, Macon Georgia Jul 4 2022 1:10 PM

Shipmate and friend ,RIP we had a lot of good times together in the Navy. Those memories will forever be in my heart. Boats.

Deacon Luther Williams, Macon Georgia Jul 4 2022 1:10 PM

Smitty Boo❣️ As we lovingly called him was a Good Man at heart to all who knew and loved him. We were his adopted family away from his family. We loved Smitty dearly❣️ He won a Very Special place in my mom's heart❤️ She felt for him like her own son and enjoyed the many letters he would write to her while at sea. Your loving memory will live in the Davis Family minds and hearts ❤️FOREVER❣️❣️😇 Rest In Peace... Smitty Boo, our dear friend🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️❤️

Pamela Davis Saunders Mar 5 2022 1:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Smith, Jr.

Patricia Johnson Jan 9 2022 6:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Smith, Jr.

Mekia Smith Jan 9 2022 5:05 PM

We move here in 2017, Mr. Smitty is the first person we met when we moved in. My son was 3mo old now he's 4 and going to school. I remember sitting down with Mr. Smitty in his garage for hours and one day he said " i remember when your son was in a baby carrier and now i see him running around the yard. I would sit with Mr. Smitty for hours just talking about living on the boat, living over seas and his time working with MSC. Mr. Smitty was a good to my family, my kids when the would see him would wave hi to him and run over to shake his hand. He will be missed very much.

Ramirez Family Jan 8 2022 12:11 AM

I miss the conversations we used to have about our times in the military. We shared experiences with our grandchildren and how we spoiled them. "Smitty" was a great neighbor and we remained friends for over 20 years. He will be sorely missed. I pray that God comfort his family during this time.

Percy and Pat Chambers Jan 3 2022 6:07 PM