June 5, 1946 ~ July 8, 2012

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

James Edward Smith, 66, of Asheville, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Mission Hospital. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Gibson Smith. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances Miller. Mr. Smith worked for the City of Asheville as a security guard for 27 years. He loved animals, and especially enjoyed taking care of all of the neighborhood cats. He is survived by a sister, Daisy Keith and her husband, Charles; a brother, Fred Smith and his wife, Mary Jo, of Asheville; nephew Eric Keith; nieces Stacey Keith Woody and her husband Don, and Misty Keith; grand-nephews Kyle Keith and Kendall Keith and his wife, Marcy; also survived by several nieces and numerous friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Dix Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Furever Friends, 722 Bat Cave Rd., Old Fort, NC 28762.

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  1. Daisy and family, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our Prayers are with you today and for the days to come. Brothers are special and sometimes best friends, God Bless you all.
    Terry and Barbara

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  2. May Gods comfort give you guidance into his heaven and hold family and friends in great memories..I remember jimmy and his smiles and jokes .As a young child in the neighbor hood he always looked after us playing in the streets and after the passing of my grandfather Jimmy took on looking after my grandmother Mattie Metcalf with great honor.He always made sure the cats in the neighbor hood had food and care. You will be greatly missed Jimmy and will be remembered with smiles. God Bless you and your family

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