James O. Smith PDF Print E-mail

James Olin Smith, age 69, passed away October 10, 2012, at White Oak Manor.

Born in Newberry, he was married to Brenda Shealy Smith and was the son of the late Olin Smith and Georgia Mae Smith Wilson. Mr. Smith was educated at Newberry High School Class of 1961, attended Newberry College, and graduated Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was employed at Whitaker Funeral Home for more than 45 years. He served as Deputy and County Coroner for approximately 25 years. He was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and was past member and president of church council and other various church committees. He was also a member and officer of numerous clubs and civic organizations statewide.

James touched the lives of many with his smile, concern and compassion for others. He is survived by his wife, Brenda S. Smith, two sons, Dustin (Sarah) Smith of Lexington and Ashley (Amanda) Smith of Columbia, four wonderful grandchildren, Isabel, Sam and Lucy Smith of Lexington, and Norah Kate Smith of Columbia, five sisters, Evelyn S. (David) Crumpton, Rita (M.C.) Yarbrough of Newberry, Ruth S. Wilson of Pomaria, Grace S. Thomas and Jean S. (Niles) Jackson of Lexington, one brother, John W. (Ann) Smith of Newberry and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father, mother and step-father, R. C. Wilson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 3:00 pm. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, October 12, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:00 at McSwains-Evans Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be Lee Foster, Jerry Wright, James Andrews, Lewis Lee, Huger Caughman and Mack Garner.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Newberry County Law Enforcement Association, Newberry Fire Department, Employees of White Oak Manor Unit #3, and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Men’s Bible Class.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1515 Boundary Street, Newberry, SC 29108, Newberry County Humane Society, PO Box 485, Newberry, SC 29108 or a charity of their choice.

Special thanks to the Tri-County Hospice and White Oak Manor for the excellent care given to James for the past several years.

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#63 James G. Long 2012-10-18 10:27
Brenda, Dustin, and Ashley,
I was very sorry to hear of James' recent death! I have so many fond memories of James (his excellent and compassionate work at Whitaker Funeral Home, his membership and service at Redeemer Lutheran Church in various capacities, and playing church softball with him many years ago.) Although I have been away from Newberry for 26 years, I have never forgotten James and the fine man that he was and his service to so many organiztions in Newberry. May God bless and comfort all of you at this time of loss and grief!
James G. Long
Clover, SC
#62 Kendyl Griffith 2012-10-17 09:28
Dear Brenda and family,
I was so sorry to hear about James. I was actually riding by your house the other day and wondered how he was doing. A few minutes later I heard that he had passed. I remember his kindness when Michael died. My mother-in-law, Mary Henderson, also much appreciated James for helping her with J.W. I know she called James late one night when J.W. had fallen and he graciously came to the house and helped her get him up. He was a kind man and will be missed in our community.
Best regards, Kendyl Griffith
#61 Wayne and Pam Shealy 2012-10-15 08:58
We are so very sorry for the loss of such a great man! I'm sure this whole community shares in your family's loss and sorrow. He's helped so many go through tough times. We hope that you may find peace in knowing he's in a better place, laughing and smiling again! Our love and sympathy to you all, Wayne and Pam (Livingston) Shealy
#60 Tim & Nancy Owen 2012-10-14 18:27
Dearest Brenda, Dustin, Ashley and Family, We are so very sorry to learn of James Olin's passing. He has been an inspiration to all of us over these many years. We know he is singing with the Angels with his awesome smile and his ability to always make you feel important to him. What a blessing he was to his public service to Newberry County and to his gracious, loving kindness shared with so many bereaved families over more than forty years. How comforting and supporting he was to all of us in our greatest hours of need. We are so sorry that we cannot be there with you as we are with our children, but we want all of you to know how very much we love and respect each one of you. Please do not hesitate to call on us if we can ever help any of you. We are very blessed to have all of you (Smith Family) in our lives and you are always in our hearts and prayers. Love and God's blessings of peace to each one of you, Your family/friends, Tim and Nancy Owen
#59 Gale Bishop Hughes 2012-10-13 23:23
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always thought so much of James. He was such a compassionate person . He was so good to us when Daddy and Mother passed. Also when my husband passed he took care of everything for me. The angels have welcomed home a true Godly man and it is joyful singing going on in heaven. He and Daddy were such close friends. My daughter Karey sends her condolences also. She always thought so much of James. You all are in our prayer's. God Bless
#58 Sylvia&Joe 2012-10-13 09:20
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers May God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Sylvia and Joe Moore
#57 Allene Dawkins 2012-10-13 08:29
Please know that all of your family is in my thoughts & prayers at this sad time. May God bless each of you!! Allene Dawkins
#56 Gabriele Wishart 2012-10-13 07:11
Brenda, I am sorry for your loss, you and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
#55 The Blounts 2012-10-12 22:23
You have our deepest sympathy.Mr. James was a wonderful man. You do not meet many like him. He did not deserve the illiness he had. May God be with you all.

Wayne & Dolly
#54 Romia Jeter 2012-10-12 20:00
Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about the lost of James. Please except my deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in God's love and knowing that you may be reunited in eternity one day. May God's blessings be with you and the family.

Love Romia Jeter & sister Jackie
#53 Jennifer Slice 2012-10-12 16:47
Brenda You and Your Family are in our thoughts and prayers . Jennifer, Travis and Taylor
#52 Lynne Oswald Grant 2012-10-12 14:00
Dear Brenda and family,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God sustain and comfort you now and throughout the coming days. James was a dear friend and fellow classmate, and he will be greatly missed not only by our NHS class members but also by all those he evocatively touched throughout the years. We shall all remember his radiant smile and gentle kindness.

#51 Daniel Rendelman 2012-10-12 12:36
Safely Home
by Unknown

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth--
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
#50 pat mccullough 2012-10-12 11:38
Brenda and family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. James was a great person , but he is in heaven and free again. God bless you all.
#49 Newberry Pathology 2012-10-12 10:07
Thinking of your family during this time. James was a great man and loved by all. He will be surely missed.
#48 Connie H Johnson 2012-10-12 08:27
All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. James. Please let us know if we can do anything. With love, Chris and Connie Johnson.
#47 Sebrena Matthews 2012-10-12 08:14
I will never forget James' kindness to me 20 years ago when my mother passed away. God has another angel in heaven now. May God be with you at this time. James Smith will never be forgotten for sure.
#46 Chuck Counts 2012-10-12 07:57
Brenda and family,
Rest assured we will all see James again. On this earth he was a faithful servant of God,a loving and faithful husband, a wonderful father and a great friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him or working with him. May God lift you up during this difficult time.
#45 May Catherine & E. L 2012-10-12 07:28
We are so sorry to hear about James. It is never easy to give somone up but when they have been sick for so long, we can rest knowing that they are no longer sick and are happy sharing a homecoming with God. James was a very special person to all he came in contact with. He had such a special glow about him always and will truly be missed by all. Know that we will keep all of you in our prayers and thought over the next weeks ahead. God will see you through. When we hurt he also hurts with us. Love to you all, The Reynolds Family
#44 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2012-10-12 07:10
Brenda & family, our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time. James was a wonderful person & always stopping to speak. He will be greatly missed.
Dan & Robbie Koon DeFreese
#43 Lan Price 2012-10-12 05:50
We are very sorry to learn of Mr. James passing. He was a fine name, a caring public servant, and a credit to the funeral profession. Mr. James signed many death certificates for us at the funeral home and was always very kind. He would ask about my father, Landis, and how things were going at our funeral home. You and your family will be in our thougths and prayers.

Lan Price
Barr-Price Funeral Homes
#42 Joyce Hall 2012-10-12 02:19
My sympathy to the family of Mr James
He was such a wonderful and kind man and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him was blessed by his smile and compassion. I know Heaven is a brighter place with his smile lighting the way.
#41 Rick Nelson 2012-10-11 22:31
God's blessings and peace be with you, Brenda and family. What memories I have of working with James 40+ years ago! He has remained my model of how to treat people--such a man of integrity and compassion. Although living far away has kept us apart, I will always remember fondly our times together. Beth joins me in sending love and prayers.
#40 Danny Reighley 2012-10-11 21:07
To Brenda and family I ve been gone from Newberry for over 20 years now but I still have fond memories of when I was young growing up across from yall. James was always an encourager to me. Yall are in my thoughts and prayers, Danny Reighley
#39 Byrd & Susan Smith 2012-10-11 20:22
The "Welcome Home Party" is going strong. I am so happy that James is in Heaven healthy & smiling right now! He will always be remembered with love. Thinking of you all.
#38 Al and Anne Shealy 2012-10-11 20:01
Please accept our sincere sympathy. Heaven has a special angel as he was an angel to so many people on earth. His sincerity and compassion helped my family and many others in some of the most tragic times of our lives. He grieved with so many of us as we now grieve with you. I know we will see James again, smiling, laughing and ever so healthy. Al, Anne, Jessica, Gene and Will
#37 Wayne and Betsy Black 2012-10-11 19:38
Our sympathies to James Olin's family. He was a kind and compassionate gentleman who was always pleasant and a pleasure to work with. He has comforted many a family over the years and now it is his time to rest in the arms of our loving God. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
#36 Dale & Sharon Cromer 2012-10-11 19:30
Brenda and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in our prayers. James was a wonderful person with a caring heart who would always go out of his way to help others. He will be greatly missed. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.
Dale and Sharon Cromer & Family
#35 Melinda Moss 2012-10-11 18:53
To the Smith Family, The staff of White Oak of Newberry would like to express our sincere sympathy to you. We considered it a privilege to care for Mr. James these past few years. We will miss him deeply as we know you will. May God hold you firmly in His hands during this difficult time.
#34 Kristal & Bryan Long 2012-10-11 18:30
Thoughts & prayers to the entire family!
#33 Dan & Kippy Kingston 2012-10-11 18:27
Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to our family. James was such a special person and will be greatly missed. He is at peace now and so shall you be. Rest now, good and faithful servant.
#32 Debbie Shealy 2012-10-11 18:09
Brenda & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. James was always so friendly and a joy to be around. We have each of you in our hearts and our prayers. Kenneth & Debbie Shealy
#31 Coroner Craig Newton 2012-10-11 16:53
Brenda and Family, Please know our prayers are with you all. James will be missed by all who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him. He was always an inspiration to me and my admiration for him will forever live. Love, Craig and Robyn Newton
#30 Ed Gamble 2012-10-11 16:46
Very sorry to learn of the death of James. Certainly a nice person who was dedicated to the people of Newberry County.
#29 Coroner Karl Addis 2012-10-11 16:42
I want to extend my sympathy to the entire Smith family; I will always remember the "James O" smile and his sense of humor. He has been a friend of mine since first meeting him in 1993 when I was a "rookie" coroner. He was always willing to help and he did help more than once. I know he was proud of you, his family. May he rest in peace.
#28 Sherry Leonard Noble 2012-10-11 16:18
I am saddened to hear about the death of James . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May the many memories of James be the fondest treasures you hold close to your heart.
#27 John V Pugh 2012-10-11 15:48
I have known James for 50+ years and always considered him a friend. Please find comfort in the knowledge that others share your loss.
#26 LINDA LEVER 2012-10-11 15:20
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and I will miss seeing James at the Nursing Home. God Bless, Curtis & Linda Lever
#25 Crystal Waldrop 2012-10-11 15:19
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. James was a caring and genuine person. May God bless you and keep you during your time of sorrow.
Crystal Waldrop and family
#24 Ruth Boozer 2012-10-11 15:07
You each have my sympathy. I met Mr. Smith while visiting my dad at White Oak. Mr. Smith always had a warm smile & a hand shake for me each time I saw him. I have pleasant memories of him.
Ruth Adams Boozer
#23 Rev. Hugh Bickley 2012-10-11 15:01
Dale and I were very sorry to learn of James' passing. He was a very dear friend of the Bickley family.We pray that God will comfort you in your time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Hugh Bickley
#22 Coroner Lloyd Ward 2012-10-11 14:42
Please accept my condolences. James was a great friend and always enjoyed being around him both personally and professionally. I pray that God will wrap you in his love during this sad time. My wife still talks about meeting him and how she enjoyed both him and Mrs. Smith.
#21 Jackie Bowers 2012-10-11 14:41
We are so sorry to learn of James' passing. He was a very special compassionate person and a true friend, and we loved him dearly. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Tommy and Jackie Bowers
#20 Jerel & Marie Harmon 2012-10-11 14:40
Brenda and family,
Our deepest sympathies are extended to you and your family. James was a dear friend and one of a kind. He proudly served the people of Newberry and was willing to help people in any way he could. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace as he has given James. Love to you all!!!
#19 Peggy Rhoten Patrick 2012-10-11 13:06
Brenda my heart goes out to you and your family. James and you have meant so much in my times of sorry. I don't know then what I would have done without James. My prayers are with you and the boys.
#18 Wayne&Lanel Crawford 2012-10-11 12:37
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May you feel the comfort of God's healing love.
#17 Beth Andrews 2012-10-11 12:35
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
#16 Don Dowling 2012-10-11 12:33
I'm sure that when James passed through those 'Pearly Gates' he hit-the-ground-running in selling tickets to Heaven's First Annual Pancake Supper. James touched the lives of so many people in such a positive way - he will live on within us for many many years to come. Prayers of comfort to Brenda, the boys, grandchildren and his many friends. Don Dowling - Houston, TX.
#15 Rev. Terry Amick 2012-10-11 11:54
Our sympathies are extended you and your family, Mrs. Brenda. The God of strength and comfort bless you abundantly in your time of sorrow and loss. Mr. James as one dear to me will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Pastor Amick, Lorie and Family
#14 Jim and Patsy Parks 2012-10-11 11:36
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you each the love, comfort and peace needed in the coming days. Jim and Patsy Parks
#13 Paula Harrison 2012-10-11 11:34
To all Mr. James family, My prayers are with y'all. He was a fine man, he gave to his county and everyone he came in contact with. he was so very compasionate at several times with my family. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. God Bless all his loved ones at this time.
#12 Billy & Edith Morris 2012-10-11 11:14
James Smith was a Newberry icon. His wit was great even in the sadness of death. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family .
#11 marie/willie johnson 2012-10-11 10:43
#10 Donna & Eugene Jacob 2012-10-11 10:09
Brenda and family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. James was a wonderful and careing person. May you find peace in God's loving presence.
#9 Pam Lindler DeHart 2012-10-11 09:48
James was a wonderful addition to Newberry County during his years. He will be an even greater additon to the kingdom of the Lord. Rest in Peace James and love and prayers for Brenda and family.
#8 Ken & Harriet Waites 2012-10-11 09:31
We give thanks to God for caring James to his Heavenly home. Brenda, we pray you and the boys will find peace and comfort during the days ahead The Waites Family
#7 Michelle M. Black 2012-10-11 08:37
Praying that you'll sense God’s presence
In this time of grief
And feel God’s love surrounding you
And know His inner peace
For God cares so much for you
And wipes each tear you cry,
You never need to feel alone
For He’ll never leave your side.
#6 Clif Thomas 2012-10-11 08:30
I am so sorry to hear about James. He was a wonderful mentor to me when I began my journey as a 15 year old into the funeral industry more than 20 years ago. There wasn't a place we would go that he wasn't known and loved. He was definately "service above self." He will be missed as he was admired and loved by the many families he served and the friends he so easily made. God has finally taken him home where I know his mother was there to greet him. I pray God will bless and hold you close through this difficult time.
#5 Jim and Bette Murray 2012-10-11 08:21
Bette and I are stricken by the news of James's passing- He was a dedicated public servant who loved his family. We know that that he can rest in peace, having fought the good fight- I will always remember the huge hug he gave me the last time we visited- and the graciousness he always exhibited while doing his coroner duties- Our love to Brenda and the family.
#4 CINDI LIPSEY KOON 2012-10-11 08:11
Thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. I hope you find comfort knowing that you all are in my thoughts and prayers!
Cindi Lipsey Koon
#3 Butch & Tricia Price 2012-10-11 07:28
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this most difficult time. Be assured he is resting in God's arms.
#2 Sheriff Lee Foster 2012-10-11 07:08
Our sympathies are extended to your family. What a wonderful man and a great citizen of Newberry County. We appreciate the kindness shown to our family, especially our children. He is now resting for the ages with our Lord. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia.
#1 Margaret Long 2012-10-11 06:29
Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around you during this time. God bless you.
Heber and Margaret Long