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James Smith, Jr., of Spearsville, LA, passed away Friday, July 31, 2020 in Ruston, LA. He was born January 13, 1931 to James “Jerd” and Mae Tucker Smith in Spearsville, LA.

He he worked as a mechanic and in road construction, enjoyed fishing and was of the Baptist faith. James is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marcelle Garner Smith; son, Rev. James Larry Smith; three brothers, Lester, Troy and Tommy Smith; and three sisters, Belle Pennington, Nellie Smith and Bessie Smith.

Survivors include his son, George Terry Smith (Juaniece) of El Dorado; daughters, Diane Wilson (Joey) of El Dorado, Donna Lunceford (Darrel) of Hot Springs; daughter-in-law, Angela Smith Murphy; grandchildren, Jessica Finkbeiner, Valarie Smith, Joe Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Jennifer Miletello, Marcie Fortune, Terri Moss, Marcella Hoggard, Nathan Lunceford, and Marissa Baker; and twenty-one great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Beech Grove Cemetery in Spearsville, LA under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

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