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James M. Smith (02-12-2015)
Funeral services celebrating
the life of James
Morrece Smith, 91, were
held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
February 7, 2015, at Canaan
Baptist Church, Spearsville.
Visitation was held
prior to the time of service
at the church. Conducting
the service was Bro. Tommy
Mellinger, Bro. Charles
Ainsworth, and Bro. James
Miller. Interment followed
in the Canaan Baptist
Mr. Smith passed away
peacefully on February 4,
2015. He was born in Union
County, Arkansas to Ernest and Sue Ogden Smith and
grew up in the Pleasant Grove community. He was known
as “Pete” to his family and friends and “Junior” at the
chemical plant in El Dorado, where he worked for 42 years.
Hunting and fi shing were two of Mr. Smith’s favorite
pastimes throughout his life. He also loved all sports, both
as a player and as a spectator. One of his greatest joys was
coaching Little League baseball at the El Dorado Boys’
Club when Cecil Kellum and Mr. Waddell were there. He
moved his family from El Dorado to Spearsville, even
though it meant a longer commute to his job, to give his
children a chance to play the sport not offered at their
previous school. Traveling across the United States was
another source of enjoyment, with the Great Smokey
Mountain National Park being a favorite destination.
He was a member of Canaan Baptist Church and was a
diligent daily Bible reader.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by: His parents, Ernest
and Sue Ogden Smith; a sister, Geneva Smith; a brother,
Nile Smith and wife Oleta; and brother-in-law, Jessie Lee
He is survived by: His wife of 70 years, Meada Post
Smith of Spearsville; a daughter, Kaye Risinger of West Monroe; three sons – James F. Smith and wife Susan of
Spearsville, Bro. Connie M. Smith and wife Linda of Dubach
and Terry Kent Smith of Spearsville; a sister, Claudia
Norris of El Dorado; as well as fi ve grandchildren; 14 great
grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Serving as pallbearers were Todd Risinger, Scott Risinger,
Jamie Risinger, John Risinger, Mickey Post, and
Memorials may be made to Canaan Baptist Church
or Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery fund, 502 Canaan
Church Rd., Spearsville, La. 71277.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Mr. Smith’s
caregivers – Nicole, Michelle, Margaret; Louise Denton
with Council on Aging, the staffs of United Home Health,
Comfort Care Hospice and Arbor Lake Nursing Home.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.