James Smith

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James G.D. Smith, 87, of Belleville, born March 8, 1931, in Gallipolis, OH, died Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mr. Smith was a retired auditor for Western Union.  He was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He was a Past-President of the Oakland Neighborhood Association.  Jim was a longtime member of the Fairview Heights Church of God as well as a lay minister at Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL.  Mr. Smith enjoyed working with stained glass and was an avid coin and stamp collector. He dedicated his life to the Lord and his family whom he dearly loved.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Gallias and Galena, nee Barnett, Smith; and a brother Quentin Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean, nee Forney, Smith of Belleville, Illinois;
a daughter, Pamela (James) Fetters, of Belleville, IL;
a son, Michael Smith, of Richmond, VA;
seven grandchildren, Rachael (Kellen) Latchem of Waterloo, IL, Jessica (Michael) Crudale of Smithton, IL, James (Julie) Fetters of Smithton, IL, Kenneth Fetters, Joseph Fetters, and Matthew and Michelle Smith both of Chicago, IL;
seven great-grandchildren, Brendan, Kruz, Jett, Liv, Chloe, James and Jake;
a sister, Jean Saunders of Gallipolis, OH;
and a nephew, Dale Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.rennerfh.com.

Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


3 Comments on James Smith

Major George L Black said : Guest Report Sep 14, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Our deepest condolence to the entire family. Mr. Smith was such a breath of fresh air and a light to our community. He always had words of wisdom and was full of integrity. He will be missed as a neighbor and friend.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chad Wischmeyer and family said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2018 at 6:22 PM

He was a great father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Growing up across the street I saw him regularly and he would always say hi. Loved hearing his stories. May the Lord provide you with extra peace at this time.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Charity Doverspike said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2018 at 11:07 PM

Rachael, May the Lord bless you and your family with healing hearts and and the warmest memories. All our love, Charity and family

  • Belleville
  • IL

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