James Leroy Smith of St. James, Missouri was born January 18, 1938 in Redbird, Missouri to George E. and Lena Cordes Smith and passed away Friday October 18, 2019 at the age of 81 years.
Leroy, as he was known by his family and friends, married Donna Louise Walker on August 24, 1957 in Senatobia, Mississippi.
Leroy and Donna built many homes in this area. They bought some homes and remolded them and resold them. Donna said she had lived in 43 different home since they were married. Leroy worked construction all his life and had just remolded a home south of town before his health failed.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna Smith of St. James, Missouri; sons, Ricky Lynn Smith and wife Gloria Jean of Cuba, Missouri and Perry Dean Smith of St. James, Missouri; one daughter, Lucinda Rae Davis and husband Jim of Lebanon, Tennessee; one sister-in-law, Joyce Smith of Rolla, Missouri; three grandchildren, Dana, Michelle and Amber; six great grandchildren, Morgan, Garon, Joey, Caden, Kytelin and Jaydyn; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 21, 2019 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday October 21, 2019 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Mike Smith officiating.
Burial in the St. James Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ken Fox, Craig Brown, Dwight Cowan, Kirby Lindsay, Kurt Zweig and Mike Smith. Sandy Zinn was an honorary pallbearer.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.