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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • James W. Smith

  • James W. Smith, 84, died Tuesday (Oct. 21, 2008) at Newton Medical Center in Newton.Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, with the Revs. Gary Damron, David Robinson and Charles West presiding.Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grant County Cem...
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  • James W. Smith, 84, died Tuesday (Oct. 21, 2008) at Newton Medical Center in Newton.

    James Wesley Smith was born Dec. 20, 1923, near Lewis, the fifth of 13 children of Harold and Nellie (Richard) Smith. He attended school in Belpre and graduated from high school in Two Buttes, Colo.

    He served during World War II at Naval air stations in Norman, Okla.; Chicago; Farragut, Idaho; and New Orleans. Following his discharge, he returned to Colorado to farm until stricken with polio. He was hospitalized for months in Denver, then attended business college in Los Angeles and began a new career.

    He was married Oct. 20, 1949, in Clayton, N.M., to Betty Scobee. They had four children and lived in Ulysses, where he worked for Pioneer Electric until his retirement. He served as treasurer for the Community Chest (now United Way) and as treasurer of the Church of the Nazarene.

    He married Emma Jean (Noe) Green on Dec. 14, 1996, and moved to Newton, where they resided at the time of his passing.

    Jim loved to travel, play games and work crossword puzzles. He rode motorcycles and liked car races and fixing things.

    Jim is survived by his wife, Emma Jean; a son, David Smith (Melinda) of Olathe; three daughters, Barbara Damron (Gary) of Liberal, Karen Rorabaugh (Tom) of Stilwell and Beverly Neufeld (David) of Olathe. He leaves 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by Emma Jean’s son, Gene Green (Beth) of Newton; her daughters, Jan Robinson (David) and Carol Green of Wichita; and Emma Jean’s 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    He also is survived by his two sisters, Mildred Stolebarger of Springfield, Colo., and Doris (Marland) Grant of San Diego; and three brothers, Dan of Austin, Texas, Larry of Bloomfield, N.M., and Pete Smith of Stark.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, in 1993; his parents; and brothers Harold Jr., John, Phil, Paul, Courtney, Bill and Bob.

    Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, with the Revs. Gary Damron, David Robinson and Charles West presiding.

    Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grant County Cemetery in rural Ulysses. The family will greet friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of Ulysses Mennonite Brethren Church.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to AOET, an AIDS orphan organization in Uganda with which his granddaughter works; or to Newton Church of the Nazarene. Checks may be sent in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. Second, Liberal, KS 67901.

    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.

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