James Clay Smith

September 18, 1926May 5, 2013

Funeral for James Clay Smith, 86, of Decatur will be Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wtih Bishop Roger Brown officiating and Roselawn Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Smith, who died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Huntsville Hospital, was born September 18, 1926, in Decatur to Joseph Smith and Ammie Welch Smith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the U.S. Navy and Civil Service (NASA). Mr. Smith was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a role model for us all. We will forever remember him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores Smith; one daughter, Patricia Vincent; four brothers and four sisters; and one granddaughter, Amy Hull.

Survivors include two sons, Ron Smith (Debby) and Darrell Smith (Dianna), both of Decatur; two sisters, Eleanor Lockley and Audrey Hood, both of Birmingham; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Stan & Eileen Moon

May 9, 2013

We were saddened to learn about the passing of Clay. We wish we could have been there for the funeral. We have may fond memories of Clay and his family. Your family have been in our thoughts and prayers. He must have had a very good reunion with those who have passed before him. He certainly will be missed.

Joh & Joyce Lowman

May 9, 2013

Sister lowman and I will surely miss Clay. We consider himas one of our dear frtinds. Oue prayers go out to the family.

Bruce Gant

May 8, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Clay Smith. I have many fond memories of him and his family when they lived in Titusville, Florida. Please accept my condolances and heartfull prayers for all the family. I still have vivid memories of Clay pitching a softball and rallying the team to another victory. Those were the good days. May God bless each of you in this time of need.

John Ash

May 8, 2013

Clay was a friend.....I will miss him!
My prayers are with all who loved him.

Melissa Stewart

May 8, 2013

I know this weekend was unexpectedly hard for your family. May his soul be at peace as well as your minds. Many prayers go out to your family as well as Mr. Smith. Sincerely, Melissa, NICU

Kristen Chandler

May 7, 2013

There is so much that I could say about Grandpa Smith. I will always remember the times that he took us out to Sleepy Hollow to scare us when we were children. I do that now with my own children! Grandpa, you will be greatly missed & I will never forget everything you have taught me!