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Pixley Funeral Home

322 West University Drive, Rochester, MI

OBITUARY

James Addison Smalley

April 26, 1930October 4, 2019
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James “Jim” Addison Smalley, age 89, of Rochester Hills, passed away Friday October 4th, 2019. Jim was born in Mt. Auburn, Iowa on April 26, 1930. He graduated from high school in the class of 1948 and enlisted in the Army. James is a US Army veteran of the Korean War, where he earned several medals of honor including the bronze star. He retired honorably after 30 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. He married Lillie Ledbetter on August 5, 1955 in Virginia. Jim and Lillie raised their family in Rochester where they were principals of Smalley Realty for many years. Jim served as past president of the Rochester Board of Realtors, Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary club. He was a member of the Elk’s and Mason’s clubs, and a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He and Lillie were also past-Grand Marshals of the Rochester Christmas Parade. Jim was also involved with many other boards and organizations. Jim is survived by his son Edwin (Elizabeth) Smalley of Golden Colorado; grandchildren Addison, Emily, and Sarah Smalley; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Florence (Wilson) Smalley; beloved wife Lillie in 2018, brother Robert Smalley; and half-brother Dod Smalley. Jim’s family will welcome all to a visitation on Friday, October 11th from 3:00-7:00 pm at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester, and from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 12th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, located at 620 Romeo Rd in downtown Rochester. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s honor to the University of Michigan. Envelopes will be available at Pixley Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Lillie (Ledbetter) Smalley, Wife (deceased)
  • Edwin (Elizabeth) Smalley, Son
  • Addison, Emily, and Sarah Smalley, Grandchildren
  • Edwin and Florence (Wilson) Smalley, Parents (deceased)
  • Robert Smalley, Brother (deceased)
  • Dod Smalley, Half-Brother (deceased)
  • Many Nieces and Nephews, Unspecified

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Instate Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Julianne Kautz

October 14, 2019

I worked for Jim and Lillie in the early 1980s after school as their “girl Friday”, typing appraisals, manning the phone, going up the rickety old steps to the attic to find an old file, running to the Irish pub next door to get Jim a bowl of soup...it was the best first job I could have ever had. Jim was a softie! Lillie had a tough exterior when it came to business, but always took time to introduce me to the “movers and shakers” in town...”he/she might be a career contact someday...let me introduce you”...and I had a soft spot for both of them. When I gave notice I needs to quit to go to college at OU, Lillie refused to accept my notice, and hired another girl (my Mom) to fill in on days I had classes. Jim and Lillie taught me what a work ethic and pride in your work was all about, how important presentation is, what community service does for the soul, and no matter what, family comes first. I am saddened to learn that they both have passed away. My condolences to the love of their life (their son, Ed), and everyone whose lives were touched by this couple in this community.

Ed Smalley

October 10, 2019

Ed Smalley

October 10, 2019

Ed Smalley

October 10, 2019

James Coker

October 8, 2019

James Coker

October 8, 2019

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