James G. Smith, Jr.

May 1, 1939August 25, 2019
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LEXINGTON – James Garrison Smith, Jr., age 80, died in his home in Lexington on August 25, 2019. Mr. Smith was born and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Frank L. Ashley High School in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Education degree from Clemson University. He served honorably in the US Navy and served as an Education Administrator throughout his career, serving the South Carolina Department of Education for 33 years. He is survived by his daughter, Shannon Smith of Lexington; his son, James Garrison Smith, III, of Lexington, and his grandchildren, Zachary Smith, Claire Smith, and Olivia Smith. He is also survived by his brother, Martin Lyle Smith (Margaret), and his sister, E. Meredith Smith (Donna). He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Louise Price Smith, and his parents, James Garrison Smith, Sr. and Evelyn Martin Smith. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. The service will be Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Lexington Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Round Hill Baptist Church in Lexington,


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019


James G. Smith, Jr.

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Nancy Schaeffer

September 3, 2019

Dear Shannon and Family,

We are so very sorry to learn of the passing of your dear father. I know your family has been down a long and difficult road. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your father is free from all worries and pain.

May the good memories you shared with him help you through this difficult time, and may each day be easier than the one before for all of you.

With Sincerity,
-Nancy (and Jay) Schaeffer

Julie Smith-Koon

August 31, 2019

Jim was a big man with an even bigger heart! I remember his sense of humor and his dry wit! He will be missed by all!

Frank White

August 28, 2019

I was sorry to learn about Jim's death. I have good memories of working with him and Shannon at the Department of Education. He was already at the agency when I joined the staff there, and we worked on the same floor; his office was just down the hall from mine. I remember his being always cheerful. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
Frank White

Meredith Smith

August 27, 2019

I will miss your sense of humor, Jimmy.
Love you, Bro.