James Lowell Smailes

August 13, 1921March 1, 2019

James Lowell Smailes, age 97, of Coshocton, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 13, 1921, in New Moscow, to the late James and Alfretta (Kimble) Smailes.

After high school, Lowell attended two years at the Meredith Business College. He then joined the United States Army, serving from 1943 to 1945. On November 25, 1948, he married Betty (Hutchison) Smailes who passed away in 1984. Then in 1985, he married Lela (Patterson) Smailes who survives. He was a farmer his whole life and loved everything about farming. He also worked at Pope Gosser and Shaw Barton before retiring after 27 years.

Lowell was an incredibly kind, generous, loving person. He was a very hard worker, a good Christian and he loved his family. He was a member of the New Moscow United Methodist Church; enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, hunting arrowheads, and working on his family farm.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Lela; three children Waunita (Max) Stoecker of Coshocton, Denny (Cheryl) Smailes of Coshocton, and Cassie (Michael) Siegrist of Dresden; six grandchildren, Philip Stoecker, Josh (Sara) Smailes, Brian (Ashley) Smailes, Jennifer (John Gray) Siegrist, Jimmy (Rose) Siegrist, and Mark (Meghan) Siegrist; 10 great-grandchildren, Saylor, Kade, Kole, Kinsley, Brenna, Evelyn, William, Katherine, Olivia, and Brendan; half-brother, Bill (Betty) Smailes of Chosocton; two sister-in-laws, Joy and Dorabelle Smailes and many nieces and nephews, who he truly loved.

Along with his parents and first wife, Betty, Lowell is preceded in death by his three brothers, Lorain, Francis and Dwight Smailes.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11:00 am with Pastor Jeff Calkins officiating. Burial will follow at Coshocton County Memory Gardens with the Coshocton County Veterans Council conducting military honors.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Lowell’s name to Community Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019

James Lowell Smailes

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Patricia Holmes

March 18, 2019

Lela I am sorry to hear of Lowell's death, I was out of town at the time but I want you to know how sorry I am . He was an amazing man.

Melinda Art

March 4, 2019

Our deepest heart felt sympathy to Lela and Lowell's family. Heaven gained a remarkable man. We well truly miss him and his smile. Our love - Charlie, Linda and Mendy Art

Thomas Smailes

March 4, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you Lela and family.
I must have met Lowell sometime in my youth, but I don't remember for sure. I have have heard his name mentioned from my grandfather Fred Smailes and my cousin Bob Smailes. Both have also passed. May God comfort you all at this time.

Cindy Parks

March 4, 2019

Dear Lela, I remember when you two first got together. I can still see his face light up every time he saw you. His love showed through his eyes and he adored you. Keep those moments close to your heart and one day you will meet again , this time for forever. Love and Prayers and heart felt sympathy. Cindy.

Cheryl Bryant

March 4, 2019

Lela, so sorry to hear of your loss. Lowell always had a smile for you, always made me remember to smile. we have enjoyed having you both for neighbors. Mike & Cheryl Bryant

Ron and Debbie Brown

March 3, 2019

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Becky & Buck Stockum

March 3, 2019

Lela, We were very sorry to hear about Lowell. Such a very nice guy. Big hugs, sweetie!!

Ashley Smailes

March 3, 2019

Lowell was one of the sweetest men I was ever lucky enough to know. Every time I would see him I would say “hey handsome” and give him a big hug. He was always smiling and had a happy disposition. We will all miss you Lowell but I’m sure you’re driving a tractor somewhere alongside Jesus. Rest In Peace.
Love you and prayers sent Grandma Lela. ❤️ Love, Ashley, Brian, Kinsley, & Brenna

Jennifer Siegrist

March 3, 2019

Back in August of 2010, I'd come to visit and rang up Grandpa and Lela (his wife after my grandma passed). I was in Newark on the road driving home and she said to come on over to New Moscow Church to see them. So, we got there and there was a surprise 90th birthday party for grandpa taking place. It was beautiful weather and we had a picnic at the church grounds, chatted to some people, and hung out a bit before then it turning to early evening and we went out on a hay ride from the church with a tractor puling a wagon with a lot of straw bales. It was really fun going up and down the road on this tractor hay-ride with Grandpa and Lela and the other people we were chatting to, the tractor driving fast sometimes and popping the steam from its pipe. It was a fun evening and one of the better memories I have of him.

Jennifer Siegrist

March 3, 2019

Grandpa at the wedding reception at Raven's Glenn with was a good day. He danced with Lela. We all had a wonderful day.