James W. Smith Sr.

April 21, 2013

James W. Smith Sr. 71, of Frankfort, IN, died at 2:51 a.m. April 21, 2013 at home. Born June 26, 1941 in Frankfort, IN to William A. & Esther Ruth (Bragg) Smith. He married Darlene S. Galey on June 12, 1965 in Frankfort and she survives. Mr. Smith attended Frankfort High School and was a lifelong Frankfort resident. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served from 1959-1962 state side. Mr. Smith worked at Chrysler in Kokomo, retiring after 31 years and then worked 16 years for Renzenberger Transportation/Railroad, retiring on March 25, 2013. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. He was also a member Frankfort Fraternal Order of Eagles where he was a Golden Eagle. An original member of the Nu Beats Band and Country Rock, Inc, music was his life. Along with his wife, Mr. Smith fostered 17 children.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will Tuesday, April 23rd from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Veterans Honors section of Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Survived by:

Wife: Darlene Smith of Frankfort, 1 Son: James W. (Angie) Smith II of Frankfort, 1 Daughter: Crystal ‘Crissy’ Dawn (John) Smith Collins of Frankfort, 1 Brother: Ralph E. (Sharon) Smith of Lafayette, 1 Sister: Joyce M. Shrock of Frankfort, 6 Grandchildren, James J. Smith, Steven R. Smith and Alexis J. Collins, Austin Donoho, Meikayla Miller and Stevie Miller and 4 Great Grandchildren also survive.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents.


13 Condolences for “James W. Smith Sr.”

  1. Tom & Pam April 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Dar and family. I’m at a loss of words, we have lost a very dear friend. Jim will always be in our hearts. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this time of sorrow.
    We love you all.

  2. donna west April 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Sorry for the lost of youre love one. Jim Smith was a nice man
    Donna West

  3. June Davis April 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

  4. Jenny (Fuel) Smith April 22, 2013 at 2:11 am

    To Darlene & the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember coming to listen to Jim in the Nu Beats @ the Eagles. He was always a pleasant man. Keeping all of you in my thoughts & prayers.

  5. Angela Smith April 22, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Darlene and family, I want to take this quiet time to express my thoughts. Jim was so much more to me than my father-in-law. He was an amazing man who has accepted and loved unconditionally, myself and my children as his own from the very beginning 5 years ago. That is something that will forever me engraved in my heart as long as it beats. It is a great gift to have been loved by such a great man as Jim. I will forever love him and miss him. My deepest love and sympathy to you all… Angie♥

  6. Dave Coffman April 22, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Hi Darlene, Sorry about your loss? Gone but not forgotten. Dave Coffman

  7. Pat Brumbarger (Promise Home Health Aide) April 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Jim, He will be missed by a lot, Will always remember the Nu Beat days at the Eagles. Our prayers are with you and the family at this time and always. God be with you all Dave and Patty Brumbarger

  8. Darla Large April 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Darlene&Family, So sorry for the loss of your husband, Dad, Grandpa, brother and friend. Always remember when Jay played in band with him years ago. We will keep you all in our prayers.. Love&God Bless You All!! John&Darla

  9. Rhonda Wells April 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Jim and James.. sorry for your loss.. thoughts and prayers are with you both!! Love Rhonda Wells

  10. Chuck and Vie Cron April 23, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Darlene, Vie and I have heavy hearts for you, So so sad to here that one of the greatest guitar players we have ever known, and such a wonderful man has passed, his guitar playing will never be forgot by us. Vie loved to sing to his music. If there is anything we can say or do, please let us know. We will watch for the services and do our best to be there. We are praying for You. Vie and Chuck Cron.

  11. Cindy Ford April 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jim (daddy Jim). He was a wonderful man. I know me and my family will miss him greatly. Loved to listen to him play music. Love to you all.

  12. Vicki & Wiley Thompson April 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you. The memories will always be in your hearts.

  13. Patty Keaton (Parks) April 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

    So very sorry for your loss.. Jim was such a good man.

    Love ya

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