James Paul Smith Jr., Warsaw

February 18, 2008

James Paul Smith Jr., 73, died Feb. 16, 2008, at his home in Warsaw.

He was born March 15, 1934, in Bridgeport, Ala., a son of James Paul Smith Sr. and Eva Rose Cash Smith. On Nov. 29, 1996, in Green Ridge, he was married to Cathy Hicks.

Smith served in the U. S. Army on the front lines during the Korean War. He moved to Colorado and lived there for 26 years after he spent some time traveling. He enjoyed traveling the country and was a jack-of-all-trades. He spent time training greyhounds, he worked in a bakery and worked on oil rigs and strip mines.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, golfing, and watching sports including St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He was an active member of the Poplar Baptist Church near Warsaw.

Surviving are his wife, Cathy Smith, of the home; three daughters, Paula Pace, and her husband, Walter, of Florida, Shiela Hogan and Michelle Smith, both of Colorado; a son, Michael Smith and his wife, Jannell, of Colorado; two stepsons, John Walker and his wife, Amy, and Ben Walker, all of Sedalia; 13 grandchildren, Eddie, Jeremy, Michael, Stephanie, Breanna, Maddison, Melissa, Rachel, Kim, Robert, Matthew, Josh, and Catherine; and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Poplar Baptist Church near Warsaw with brother Van Mellon, officiating.

Military Rites will follow the service at the church.