James "Les" Leslie Smith

April 23, 1930December 31, 2017

James Leslie “Les” Smith, of Jackson passed away New Years Eve of Natural Causes. He is survived by his wife of 6 years Elizabeth Rose Smith, 3 Sons, David (Lisa) Smith of Hopkinsville, KY, Roger (Donne) Smith of Jackson, TN, and Kelvin (Jetta) Smith of Howenwald, TN. Survivors also include Rose’s 3 daughters, their respective families, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Leslie’s first wife Edna passed away in 2001. Born 1930 in Gatesville, TX, Leslie served with Edna as a Southern Baptist Missionary for over 30 years mostly working in Indonesia but also in Malaysia and Guam. Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday January 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm at West Jackson Baptist Church with Bro. Ron Hale officiating. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held at the Church on Friday from 12:00 pm until the time of the service at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the IMB’s Lottie Moon Christmas offering through West Jackson Baptist Church.


  • Visitation Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 5, 2018

James "Les" Leslie Smith

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Peggy Ruble

January 26, 2018

Our deepest respect and appreciation for Leslie and Edna's serving as parents to our children when we were on a different island. We suffer their loss with your families.

Steve Snell

January 3, 2018

"Uncle" Leslie was a godly gracious parent to me while living at the hostel in Jakarta. I especially recall his even tempered demeanor and encouragement to me and other brothers / sisters. In one specific circumstance, he prayed over me during a time of physical and mental depression and then welcomed me into his own home simply to be with him and his family. His love was deep and wide and I basked in his reflection of God's love for me. I praise our Father above for his presence and guidance in my life.