James Rhodes Smith, 83, passed away on Jan. 21, 2018.
James Rhodes Smith, 83, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.
Memorial service, led by Paster Wade Graber, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home.
James was born on Oct. 12, 1934 in El Dorado, the son of Clyde H. and Georgia M. (Copeland) Smith. James was united in marriage to the former Mary Lou Ireland on March 16, 1952 at First Baptist Church, El Dorado.
James was a welder and pipefitter, spending most of his career working for Kendall, Inc. and Piping and Equipment Co, Inc. He was a member of Local 441 Plumbers and Pipefitters in Wichita. Outside of work, James enjoyed hunting from the time he was a young boy, trap shooting, and teaching kids how to shoot through 4-H. He was a member of Patmos Lodge #97 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Royal Arch. James served as Master of the Patmos Lodge in 1968.
His survivors include: his wife of 65 years Mary Lou Smith of Burns; children, Margaret “Maggie” (Cliff Orr) Highbarger of El Dorado, and Jim (Pam) Smith of Toronto; grandchildren, Glenn (Tia), Jorja, Amy (Chris), Casey James (Tomia), Christie, Jeff, Jeromy, Kaiden and Jaykob; great grandchildren, Gavin, Conner, Taylor, Brianna, Kaylie and Rachael; his brother, Frank Smith and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don Smith, and sister Valoris Fine.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Graber Ministries or the New Challenger Sunday School Class. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of James at www.carlsoncolonial.com.