James Harles Smith

October 4, 1927March 27, 2018

James Harles Smith, age 90 passed away on Tuesday March 27, 2018. James was born October 4, 1927 in Leesville, Louisiana. James had a full life – as a young man, he earned the award of an Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America. He worked hard and played hard. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed spending time on Lake Conroe and taking his family camping, boating, and waterskiing. He loved gardening and grew lots of vegetables every year and just loved spending time with his family. He was very active until Alzheimer’s disease took his ability to do the things he loved. However, Alzheimer’s disease was not able to take his charm, sense of humor and bold spirit. He was a strong man who never gave up. James served his country as Navy service 1946 – 1948 and also served in Korea 1951 – 1953. He obtained a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern State University in Louisiana 1951. He married Arline Helen November 23rd 1971 and worked with Montgomery County Sherriff’s department with Sheriff Gene Reeves in the 1970's. James was a member of Conroe Lodge 748 where he was a 60-year Mason and was a past Patron of Conroe Chapter 710 OES where he served as secretary for 20 years. He finaly retired after working for the US Postal Service in Louisiana and Texas for over 30 years. After retirement, he built a house at his farm in Centerville. James is survived by his wife Arline Helen, daughters Rebecca Kennedy and husband Kevin, Loretta Fanning and husband Jeff, Teressa Voltz and husband Morris, and Jennifer Hooper; his grandchildren Amy Dick and husband Michael, Sarah Kennedy, Jessica Voltz, Chelsea Hill and husband Kory, Jacob Voltz and fiancé Hailee Mann, and Jade and Lia Hooper and great grandchildren Kennedy and Kent Dick. We would like to extend a special thank you to VeraCare Hospice staff for their excellent care of James over the last few months. A memorial service for James will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E. White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304. In lieu of flowers, please give to Shriner’s Hospital Houston. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family by signing the guest book.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 31, 2018

James Harles Smith

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Denise Phillips

March 29, 2018

I remember all the Easter celebrations with all the family for many years, watching all the kids growing up right under the wonderful loving supervision of a great family man.... He will be missed. Prayers and love flowing to the entire family.