James Carey Smith

October 17, 1948November 3, 2019

James (Jimmie) Carey Smith was born in Llano, Texas on October 17, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents; Edwin and Juanita Smith, and brother Kenny. Jimmie attended Llano schools, graduating with the class of 1967. In high school, he participated in track and field, football, basketball, baseball and was on several academic teams. Jimmie was always proud of his hill country roots.

After leaving Llano, Jimmie attended the University of Texas and later earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas Tech University. He went on to further his education and graduated from the University of Houston at Clear Lake with an MBA. Jimmie was also proud of his CPA certification.

Jimmie was an avid supporter of IMA (the Institute of Management Accountants), serving in his chapter council and holding global leadership positions. He became an advocate for students and visited many college classrooms advocating for continuing education. At IMA’s Annual Conference in 2017 Jimmie received the Distinguished Member Award for his dedication and service to the organization.

Jimmie’s career in accounting took his family to Houston, Lexington, Kentucky and Dallas. He retired from Oxy Chem as Senior Director of Finance and has since been enjoying retirement after a career spanning forty-three years.

Jimmie leaves behind Sue, his wife of forty- nine years. Other family members include daughter Alyssa, son and daughter in law Jeremy and Nicki, son and daughter in law Craig and Diana, sister Priscilla and grandchildren Christian, Kaleigh, Braylon, Allison, and Logan.

Jimmie would want to be remembered as a loving Christian, husband, father, brother, Papa and friend.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 9, 2019


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Stephanie Carpenter

November 11, 2019

I know Jimmie from IMA. He was a wonderful mentor to a lot of people. Sometimes even if it was just watching how he did something you had not done before. He loved helping the students and making the local student event bigger and better. He made everyone feel welcome and he knew everyone. He put a lot of effort into the IMA and I'm sure he did that with everything else he did. He will be missed a lot. My deepest condolences to his family.

Wore Giotta

November 11, 2019

I attended Jimmie's Memorial Service this past Saturday along with his family, fellow church members and IMA friends. It was touching and inspirational. I had the pleasure of working with Jimmie and was always impressed by his kindness and dedication. He made the world a better place and will be terribly missed. May he rest in peace.

Frank Keathley

November 8, 2019

Jimmie was my little brother in Sigma Pi fraternity at The University of Texas. We shared the same birthday Oct. 17. We had many good times and grew up together in college. I will always be grateful for the memories we shared. You will be missed, my brother!

Dan Merkel

November 8, 2019

I attended Llano Elementary, Junior High and High School with Jimmie. We have kept in touch for many years by meeting for lunch at least twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. That lunch was about to happen this month when I was shocked to hear about his passing.

We missed seeing Jimmie at the October reunion as Linda and I were in California. I planned on catching up on that with him over the November lunch....

Already missing Jimmie and wishing we had just one more lunch (followed by many others). Jimmie was a very good man.

His friend forever.
Dan "Danny" Merkel.

Dave McCormick

November 7, 2019

Jimmie is one of the wonderful people I came to know through the IMA. I looked forward to meeting him at board meetings and conferences. Jimmie was truly a servant-leader. Thank you so much to family for the time you shared Jimmie with us. I am confident he is being received very positively.

Harry Zike

November 7, 2019

As one travels through life, one gathers many acquaintances, but few friends. It was an honor that Jimmie allowed me to call him a friend. His leadership abilities influenced many of us in the IMA community in ways that we may not yet know but will eventually realize. My condolences to Jimmie's family; be assured that his legacy and influence remains with many of us…… Rest in peace my friend.

Larry White

November 7, 2019

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Jimmie. He was a huge inspiration and positive example to hundreds (and maybe more) IMA volunteers and accounting students. His contributions were highly valued throughout the organization. I can't imagine what his loss means to his family and close friends. I am thankful to have known and worked with Jimmie in his many IMA roles. Thank you for sharing him.

Larry R White, Former Global Chair IMA 2004/5

John Brausch

November 6, 2019

Jimmie was a caring man and a dear friend. I knew Jimmie over 25 years through the Institute of Management Accountants. He cared deeply for his profession and for the association he loved. He played an important role in IMA's growth and development. Jimmie was a mentor, a counselor, and a wonderful man. It is said that a man's obituary is written by his life. Jimmie's obituary was written over many years of exemplary living. We will miss him greatly.

Paul Myers

November 5, 2019

Jimmie was a good friend. He was always kind and you could even hear the smile in his greeting on the phone. He was a gentleman, scholar and mentor and he will be greatly missed by the IMA family. It was a true pleasure working with him. My condolences to and prayers for the family.

Doras Johnson

November 5, 2019

So sorry for the passing of Jimmie he was a friend I grew up with and spent many days playing here at my house and his home. Our parents were close friends . My condolence to all family members.God give you the strength in the coming days.
Doras Johnson