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Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Park

3802 Watermelon Road, Northport, AL

OBITUARY

James Bobby Smelley

July 11, 1937March 3, 2020

James Bobby Smelley, age 82, of Northport, Ala., passed away March 3, 2020, in Northport, Ala. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Joyce Snyder officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday March 5, 2020, at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elisabeth Smelley; parents, J.B. and Erline Smelley; and grandsons, Eric and Scott Sanford.

Survivors include his daughters, Diane Skelton and Debra Sanford (Bob); son, Alan Smelley (Becky); stepdaughter, Susan Pumphrey and family; stepsons, Sam Nelson and family, and Kenny Nelson and family; sisters, Betty Clark (Dewayne), Patsy Turner (Ted) and Sandra Burroughs (Jerry); four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was a retired home builder in Northport, and a caretaker of many. He loved taking care of his church (Union Chapel UMC), loved to fish, and cut grass; and most of all loved Molly, his dog. Pallbearers will be Brylan Skelton, Coty Sanford, Trent Smelley, Tyler Smelley, James Butler and Matt Kynard.

Honorary pallbearers are Union Chapel United Methodist Church and Eagles’ Wings Church.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his wife, Elisabeth Smelley; parents, J.B. and Erline Smelley; and grandsons, Eric and Scott Sanford.


    Survivors include his daughters, Diane Skelton and Debra Sanford (Bob); son, Alan Smelley (Becky); stepdaughter, Susan Pumphrey and family; stepsons, Sam Nelson and family, and Kenny Nelson and family; sisters, Betty Clark (Dewayne), Patsy Turner (Ted) and Sandra Burroughs (Jerry); four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Will Receive Friends Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, March 6, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Jeff Bunn

March 5, 2020

Bobby and Liz always treated me like family, always coaching and sharing (including pointing out bad behavior). He had a profound and positive influence on my life, helping me to become the man I am today. Coaching softball, sweating beside him pouring concrete for the church basement, cutting the grass and swinging a claw hammer on one house or another and making homemade ice cream. So many wonderful memories, I can’t imagine a world without him in it. He will be forever loved and missed.

David Thompson

March 4, 2020

Bobby and Elizabeth were faithful members of Union Chapel. Bobby could be a little gruff at times but had a good heart and was always supportive of me. I know he will be missed

Misty Kumar

March 4, 2020

Remembering Bobby at Union Chapel when I started going. He coached the softball team with Elisabeth pitching and he was always concerned about her being out there. I will always remember the genuine, caring person he was. May God give peace to all through their memories.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY