James Lee Smith, 69, of Boonville, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 13, 2009, at his residence.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Davis Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. with Bro. Rodney Haggett officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at Builderback Cemetery near Lebanon. Memorials are suggested to American Brain Tumor Association in care of Davis Funeral Chapel, 1397 Ashley Road, Boonville, MO 65233. Friends may register online at davisfuneralchapelboonville.com.
He was born Jan. 18, 1940, in Lebanon, the son of James Arthur Smith and Ruby Marie Phillips Smith. He was married to Karen Lee Smith. He loved to serve his country and community, as he was in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1961 and he was Scoutmaster of Troop 45 of Marshall for many years. He loved nature, especially watching birds in his back yard. He was a 25-year member of the Carpenters Union. Most of all, he enjoyed his friends at Riverside Diner in Boonville, where he had breakfast and lunch daily with the same group of friends.
He is survived by his mother, Ruby Marie Smith of Hannibal; one son, James R. Smith and his wife, Stacey, of Marshall; two brothers, Don Smith of Boonville and Ron Smith of Marshall; two sisters, Gracie Riley of Pilot Grove and Virginia Salsman of Hannibal; three grandchildren, Tyler, Malorie and Ryan Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father and one daughter, Alissa Smith Lehman.
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