James Smith Jr. was born on July 25, 1930 to James W. Smith and Lula (Creech) Smith in Sturgis, Michigan. He married his sweetheart, Beverly Rawson, on September 28, 1952. In 1969, with their four children, they moved from LaGrange, Indiana to the Lake of the Ozarks area.
He established Smith Boys Service in Osage Beach in 1971. The business served the community for thirty years. Initially they provided mobile home heat and air services, later they expanded to RV sales and service. Jim was a volunteer fireman for the Osage Beach fire department for twelve years. The Smith family has the distinction of being the only family to have the honor of three generations to serve in the Osage Beach Fire Department. During retirement Jim mastered the scroll saw. He created many wonderful wood pieces, some of which are spread around the world.
After 88 years in this world Jim Smith changed his residence from Brumley, Missouri to Heaven on March 21, 2019.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly Smith; three sons: Rick Smith, Tom Smith, Terry Smith; one daughter: Suzi Ulkus; Eleven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
His friends and family will miss him and his sense of humor.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Brumley Baptist Church, A855, Highway C. Brumley, Missouri 65017. The family will welcome friends for visitation from 10:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.