James Doyle Smith, son of the late Avery G. and Delia Ellen (Polston) Smith, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Somerset Regional Hospital having attained the age of 91 years.  James was born on May 24, 1925, the eldest of four children.  His two brothers, Johnny Wayne and Phillip Eugene along with his sister, Marcella, preceded him in death.

James was decorated and honorably discharged veteran of World War II.  He proudly served his country in the 101st and the 82nd Army airborne divisions in the European theater of France and Germany as a Paratrooper.

Upon his return from Europe, he met and married Marjorie Ilene (Lindsey) Smith in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She preceded him in death on January 4, 1969.  To this union were born two children; Karen Lee of Somerset, Kentucky and James Eugene of Indianapolis, Indiana who survive along with their spouses, Ronald D. New and Mary Sue (Barker) Smith. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Bryan New, Columbia, Kentucky, Steven New, Somerset, Kentucky, Allison (Joshua) Fletcher, San Jose, Costa Rica, Melinda (Martin) Neilan of Nashville, Tennessee, Suzanne (Phillip)Howell, Swayze, Indiana and eight great-granchildren; Grace, Abigail and Simeon Fletcher, Noah and Emily Howell, Jacob, Savannah and Samuel Neilan.

James was also blessed with his “adopted family” of Geneva (Baker) Vaught and her two daughters, Nancy (Orwin) Kuhnapfel, Donna Vaught and (Sam Brinson).  Geneva has sadly passed, along with her grandson, Jordan Kuhnapfel. One grandson survives, Justin & (Leanze) Kuhnapfel of Lexington, Kentucky, James loved and cherished his families and treasured his time with them.

James accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in August, 1957.  He was a faithful member of the Indianapolis Baptist temple and served a trustee until relocating his family to Pulaski County, Kentucky.  He became a member of White Oak Baptist Church in Nancy, Kentucky. He most recently attended Denham Street Baptist Church until poor health prevented his attendance.

Upon retirement from the Crane Plumbing Plant of Ferguson, Kentucky, in 1990, James volunteered his time with the American Legion Post #38 with their Honor Guard.  He proudly served them and his community for fifteen years.

Visitation for James will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service and celebration of life service to follow at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Southern Oaks funeral Home with Bro. David Muse and Rev. Jim Smith officiating.  Interment will be in the White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky.

A special “Thank you” is extended to the staff, nurses, and workers at the Somerset Nursing and Rehab Center for the tireless and dedicated services given to our father, grandfather and great-grandfather during his stay with them.  They truly went above and beyond the extra mile.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gideon’s Memorial Bible Fund.

Southern Oaks Funeral home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. James Smith.