James Lee Smith, 71, of Jonesboro, GA, passed away peacefully in his sleep while surrounded by his family on May 20, 2019 at Fayette Piedmont Hospital. James was born on March 30th 1948 to Reed McCall and Mary Lee Smith of Manchester, GA.
James was preceded in death by his daughter Julie J. Blalock, his brother Jimmie L. Smith, and father Reed M. Smith.
Survivors included his mother Mary L. Smith of Manchester, GA, and his wife of 52 years, Virginia "Elaine" Smith, his daughter Virginia E. "Geannie" Johnson, son-in-law Glenn Johnson, and grand-daughter Alyssa Johnson of Watkinsville GA, and grand-daughters Stephanie Blalock (Zach Chaverria) of Elijay, GA and Leigh Blalock Desrochers (Brandy Desrochers) of Elijay, GA and one great-grand daughter, Julie Joanna Chaverria of Elijay, GA. James's siblings include six brothers and four sisters as following: Franklin C. Smith od Madison, GA, Reed Danny Smith (Blondine) of Lawrenceville, GA, Jerry A. Smith of Manchester, GA, Joel W. Smith of Macon, GA, Randy L. Smith of Flowery Branch, GA, Reesa L. Clay (Bob) of Pine Mountain, GA, Helen Marie Hall of Flowery Branch, GA, Judy A. Flynn of Peachtree City, GA, and Jo Ann Pugh (J.W.) of College Park, GA.
Mr. Smith was a skilled carpenter who specialized in cabinets and woodwork and retired as a warranty contractor for John Weiland Homes. James was also a skilled mechanic who enjoyed automobiles. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. James took great pride in his vegetable garden and plants. He was always willing to share his harvest of vegetables and was proud of the work he accomplished. James was known by his friends, neighbors and family as one who loved to help others find solutions to any problems. James applied a lifetime of common knowledge and ingenuity to find practical outcomes for himself and loved ones.
In all of James's wonderful accomplishments, perhaps his greatest attribute was a remarkable wit and sense of humor that kept all that were around smiling. James will be greatly missed by everyone, and has truly made an impact on all of the lives he has touched. Arrangements entrusted to Tara Garden Chapel Funeral Home, 681 North Avenue, Jonesboro, GA 30236