James C. Smith, 81, of Williamsville, MO, passed away November 10, 2020, at his residence. He was born in rural Poplar Bluff, MO, July 11, 1939 to the parents Belvie J. and Levada (Deason) Smith.
James was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather. He was united in marriage to Bonnie L. Wilson, on November 15, 1958, and to this union three children were born. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of First Baptist Church of Williamsville. James proudly served four years, active duty, in the United States Air Force. He then worked sixteen years as a civilian at Whiteman Air Force Base as a Water Waste Treatment Technician. He sang and played the base in the “Shades of Country” band. He raised up another generation – the men he worked with, he enjoyed making people smile and enjoyed helping people anyway he could. He left his fingerprints on many people. He left a great legacy and will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty-two years; daughter: Brenda Brondel Smith; granddaughter: Autumn Brondel Smith.
James is survived by his children: Bob Smith and wife Brandi of Poplar Bluff, Jamie Smith and wife Christy of Williamsville; grandchildren: Matthew Smith and wife Kasie, Nicole Burdin and husband Brad, Sarah Willard and husband Nick, Madilyn Smith and fiancé Collin Nolting, Brady and wife Allison, Dylan Abrams, Jordan Logan, Josie Logan; great-grandchildren: Landon , Carson, and Makynlee Burdin, Sawyer and Jensen Willard, Tuff Garret, Nashlyn Nolting; brothers: Jack Smith and wife Ruby of Williamsville, Jerry Smith and wife Debbie of Poplar Bluff, half-brother: Curt Smith; half-sister: Geraldine Talley of High Ridge.
A graveside service was held at 11:00 am, Friday, November 13, 2020, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Williamsville. Pastor Stan Gray ministered to the family. Brady Smith, Collin Nolting, Clifford Smith, Brian Smith, Brad Burdin, and Nick Willard served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
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