James Edward Smith, Sr. was born May 1, 1927 in Anniston, AL the only child of James Edward Smith I and Myrtle Bush Smith.
James completed his primary education and graduated High School before enlisting in the United States Airforce. He served during the Korean War at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma until his honorable discharge.
James traveled a bit and finally settled down in Las Vegas, NV. He built a whole life for himself there. He worked as a security guard for various companies for over 30 years. It was there he fell in love and raised a family.
James liked going to the casino’s where he played Keno and won! He liked being outdoors, tending his garden and fruit trees; tinkering around the house. He loved spending time with family. James was a helpful, patient person. He was a wonderful grandfather and friend. He lived a simple life and his granddaughter bought him here the last year of his life.
James passed away peacefully on September 12, 2020. Waiting to welcome him to the other side was his beloved wife, Ruth and his parents.
Left to cherish James’ memory are his children, James Smith Jr and Jacinta Williams; bonus daughters, Theresa Knowles and Debra Knowles-Sanders; grandchildren, Leslie Swank, Jamie (Charles) Sinnah-Yovonie, Jodi Jewett, Nikkole Mwanyule and Marquisa Jackson along with extended family and friends.
Friday, October 2, 2020
Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 6th Ave. - Des Moines, Iowa 50313
CDC guidelines will be followed with masks required during the Memorial Service. Social distancing is encouraged.