OBITUARY

James E. Smith

September 12, 1928September 8, 2020
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James E. Smith, 91, of Charlotte (formerly of Statesville) passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. A native of West Plains, MO, Mr. Smith was born to the late Oscar W. Smith and Celestia Owen Smith on September 12, 1928. He retired from the US Navy after 23 years of service including World War II and the Korean War. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Smith sold furniture and insurance in Statesville for the next 20 years. He was a charter member and church leader of Northview Church of Christ in Statesville. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Martha Harris Smith; by two sisters, Ella Mae Smith and Betty Ruth Smith. Mr. Smith was beloved at his church and people sought him out for his advice. He was kind, patient, never judgmental and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Smith is survived by four children, Cathy S. Thompson (David) of Charlotte, Gary S. Smith (Kim) of Auburn, Calif., Mark A. Smith (June) of Statesville, Pamela S. Henderson (Tony) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, Amanda Hiers, Andy Smith, Bryan Smith, Emily Fuller, Dustin Thompson, Josh Henderson, Ashley Alonzo, Jessica Henderson, Drew Thompson, Luke Smith, Shelby Smith, Sophie Smith; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Ishmael Smith (Angie) of Dexter, MO; two sisters, Pat Hessling (Ronnie) of Dexter, MO and Loretta Wickenhauser of Santa Claus, IN. A celebration of life will be held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12 at Northview Church of Christ in Statesville with Minister Les Bonnett officiating. The family requests that all guests please wear a mask out of respect for the family. In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to Northview Church of Christ, 2615 Amity Hill Rd., Statesville, NC 28677 or to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Ave., Charlotte, NC 28226, www.hpccr.org. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.wilsonfuneralservices.com.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Holly Morrison

September 10, 2020

Jim and Martha were quite literally my surrogate grandparents growing up in the Northview family. Granny Smith taught me cooking and we spent a lot of time just being together and enjoying life. Grandpa Jim was always that steady calming influence who knew how to make me laugh and had the best hugs. I learned so much about my faith from him. I used to get so tickled when as an adult he would introduce me to someone as his “honorary granddaughter who grew up to be a Baptist but we still love her. “. I’m so glad to know he is with Granny but this world just got a little darker with his beautiful light now shining in Heaven instead of here. I will always love you Grandpa Jim . ❤️

Belinda Jacobs

September 9, 2020

Jim and Martha became like second parents to me after they moved to Statesville, they and my parents were very close. I know Martha and Jim are so happy to be togther and my Dad is enjoying his good friends with the Lord

Gerald & Kay Boan

September 9, 2020

We have loved Jim and Martha for many years.We have also been blessed to know and love their children and their families. We will always remember all the good times and love we shared through the years. We send our love and sympathy to all the family. We pray for your comfort and peace. Jim was just a unique special man. We are so glad we knew him and got to be recipients of his Godly wisdom ! Love, Gerald & Kay Boan

Kathy Kennedy

September 9, 2020

To each of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We loved Jim and Martha more than words can say. They were such examples of Godly servants. Jim was a leader in every way. His compassion for the church and every soul he came in contact with was such a blessing They treated us like family in every visit. I don’t know if a banana pudding will ever mean the same.😊 They will forever be in our hearts. Oh how we love and miss them.
Leroy-Kathy Kennedy

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