James Lewis Smith, 88, passed away on Sept. 2, 2018 in Orange Park, Fla., after a short illness. He had resided for the past three years in Blackshear after being a longtime resident of St. Marys.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1930, in Waycross, the son of John Henry Smith and Amanda Young Smith. He retired from the U.S. Army, having served in Korea, Germany and Vietnam. He also retired from the U.S. National Park Service, working on Cumberland Island. He enjoyed fishing and was known for his benevolent spirit in helping others.
J.L. was predeceased by his wife, Jeanita; his daughter, Nancy Johns; and son, John J. Smith.
He is survived by his son, Jim Smith; grandsons, Robert Smith and Adam McGrath; great-granddaughter, Madison Smith; and his sister, Doris Lastinger.
A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date with interment at the Raulerson Cemetery in Pierce County.
Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys is in charge of the arrangements.