James V. Smith Sr.

December 11, 1932May 2, 2011

James Vernon Smith, Sr., 78, went to be with the Lord on May 2, 2011 st the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland. A 10 AM visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Madison, followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery immediately after the service.

Vernon was an Honor’s Graduate from Mississippi College and a graduate of the University of Virginia Consumer Banking School in Charlottesville, VA. His banking career began with Deposit Guaranty National Bank, later with American Bank, The Bank of Vicksburg and BancorpSouth. He retired a Senior Loan Officer and Board Secretary for the Mississippi Business Finance Corp.

Vernon also proudly served in the U. S. Army and Army National Guard. He was proud of his service to his country. In retirement Vernon loved playing golf, gardening, but mostly spending time with his family and church family.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Mal Ennis Smith and Lavelle Littlejohn Smith, and a brother Wayne. He is survived by his loving wife Alice.

He is also survived by son James (Jimmy) V. Smith, Jr. of Hattiesburg, and daughter Kristi Karol Smith of Madison. Grandson James (Trey) V. Smith, III, his wife Amy and granddaughters Maddie and Bella of Weslaco, TX, Grandson Hampton “Kyle” Smith of Madison. He is also survived by a sister, Mable Claire Woodward of Louisville, MS , a brother Dr. Eddie M. Smith of Decatur, MS and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. If you knew him, you loved him.

Memorials may be made to the Organ or Building Fund at First Baptist Church Madison, MS, 2100 Main St. Madison, MS 39110. Online guestbook


  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 5, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 4, 2011

James V. Smith Sr.

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May 5, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ronnie and Martha Russell

The Staff of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home-Parkway Memorial Cemetery

May 5, 2011

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

May 5, 2011

Alice, Jimmy, and Kristi, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find comfort in the great memories you have of Vernon's life so fully lived!
God Bless all of you.
L.D. and Mary King

Helen Casaver

May 5, 2011

I am thinking of you and praying for your family.

Sarah / Jim Pilgrim

May 5, 2011

Our deepest sympathy and our prayers for you and your family.
Sarah and Jim Pilgrim

May 4, 2011

Alice, We are praying for you during this time. Charles and Charlene Renfrow

Kathy Rogers

May 4, 2011

Kristi, Mrs. Smith, and Jimmy: My heart aches for you all today. You all have been and will continue to be in my prayers.

Sharon Wright

May 4, 2011

Alice, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Sharon Wright

May 4, 2011

Alice;Words are inadequate to express my sympathy for you. Vernon was so special, and I know he will be greatly missed. You and the family are and will remain in my prayers. Jo-Ann Lawrence

May 4, 2011

Dear Alice,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Vernon. May the peace of God be with you and may the difficult days ahead be filled with the good memories of the many days you shared together.
Beth (White) Runnels
Atlanta, GA