James R. Smith, 95, entered peacefully into his eternal rest Monday, June 8, 2015 at his home in New Bloomfield. He was born March 11, 1920 in Newport to Morris Chester and Sarah (Reeder) Smith. He was retired from Capital Products and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Perry Historians, New Bloomfield Fire Company and New Bloomfield Sportsmen’s Club. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, genealogy, and tinkering in his workshop.
Surviving are his wife of over 74 years, Irene (Kline) Smith; son, Clifford J. Smith and wife Margaret of Mechanicsburg; daughter, Deldia B. Graybill and companion Richard of Mifflintown; granddaughter Tanya S Alexander and husband Timothy of Mifflintown; 8 step grandchildren and 16 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Clifford Smith Jr., step grandchildren, John Ward and Loyette Derrickson and brothers, John, Martin and Homer Smith.
Family and friends are invited to services on Friday at the David Myers Funeral Home, Newport. There will be a viewing from 10 AM until the funeral service at 11 AM with the Reverend Gloria McPherson officiating. Burial will follow in the Newport Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Christ Lutheran Church, PO Box 448, New Bloomfield, Pa. 17068.