OBITUARY

James H. Smith

January 7, 1944April 22, 2019
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James H. Smith, age 75 of Arlington, TX passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019 with his wife by his side. Jim was born on January 7, 1944 to Walter and Margaret Smith. He was raised in the oil fields and loved bring a Texan. He graduated with a BS degree in Physics from Furman University in SC. Jim proudly served his country in the Army and felt it was an honor to serve. His Vietnam experiences and awarded Purple Heart shaped his future, enabling him to continue to serve at the Veteran’s Administration, retiring after 35 years. In 1980, he married his current wife, Lynn. Jim loved photography, woodworking, the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, country music and volunteering with his fellow veterans. He celebrated 23 years as a friend of Bill W.

Jim is survived by his wife Lynn, his daughter DeAnna Smith Moorhouse and husband John Moorhouse, grand children Codi, John and Anna Grace Moorhouse, Elaine Carson Smith, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and fur baby, Wheeler. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and fellow veterans and fur babies.

A celebration of Jim's life will be at 10:00am on Monday, May 6 at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home. Inurnment and military honors will follow at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund, the Wounded Warrior Project, or a charity of choice or deed of kindness to others.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, May 6, 2019

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Pamela Daniels

April 27, 2019

I remember traveling to Palestine where Uncle Walter, Aunt Margaret and James Harvey lived in a rock house. I know I got upset when I heard that my cousin was drafted? and going to Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart. I was always so very proud of him. Our family reunion was so much fun in Temple at Debbie & Louis place. Yes, most of us cousins went by 2 names, always called them by both. James Harvey came to Tyler back sometime in the late '90's with his job at Veterans Affairs and we were able to visit over dinner, I went and stayed with JH and Lynn back in '98, when I drove up and got out, I had to ask him if he was my cousin, he always had a good laugh about that. I also have a video of our Uncle JD's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery and there's James Harvey giving him a salute.
I loved him as only cousins can and our family has another chink in the foundation. My deepest condolences to Lynn and Deanna.

Debbie Smith-Washington

April 25, 2019

So sad to hear of James Harvey's passing. For years I knew him as a tall, skinny, cute boy that mostly ignored me. Of course, I was 6 or 7 and he was 15 or 16. Decades later, at our one and only Smith Family Reunion, I was so happy to get to know him and Lynn. JH had his dad's sense of humor and Lynn is just as sweet as his mom was! We had a few more visits but its been too long.
I kept up some on Facebook where he loved posting pictures of his granddaughter. I was always so impressed by his military service and his continued service through the VA. His friends spoke so highly of him and he obviously had a lot of friends!
Love you JH and I'll see you on the other side one day! Say "hey" to all those waiting for you there and tell them they are not forgotten!

Martha Harris Poplin

April 25, 2019

I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I remember time spent with Uncle Walter, Aunt Margaret and “James Harvey” (The cousins all had two names; I was Martha Faye)
Jim was a good man, soldier and family man and will be missed.

Jess Marke

April 25, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. It’s been a very long time since I saw him, but all my memories are of fun times. Thank you for your service to this country sir. Rest In Peace.

Deanna Marie Smith Moorhouse

April 24, 2019

My father taught me to see every person as an individual worth knowing. He taught me what strength and sacrifice look like. He taught me the art of generosity. He taught me how to make a perfect sandwich. My daughter, Anna Grace, last saw her Papa Jim when she was 2 years old. She doesn’t really remember him, but she loved him just the same. She prayed the sweetest prayer when we received news of his death. In her precious little 9 year old voice, she asked God to please welcome her Papa Jim into heaven.

Dad, you will live on in me and in her, but also in the hearts of all whose lives you touched. Miss you. Love you. Say Hi to GMM & GD.

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