Jimmie M. Smith, 88, of Woods Road, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. He was a native of Avery County and the son of the late William E. and Myrtle Garland Smith. He was a Veteran of The United States Air Force and a member of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church. Jim served in The Strategic Air Command throughout the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant.
Being a person of many interests, Jim enjoyed hiking, trout fishing, playing golf with friends and day trips with friends and family. He was educated at Crossnore School, Lees-McRae College and North Carolina State University.
Jim was employed by Duke Power Company as a design engineer in the general office in Charlotte and retired as electrical design supervisor of power plant engineering after more than 33 years. During employment years, he was active in The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Winterfield Sports Club for Boys and the Hickory Grove Lions Club.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by half-sisters, Florence Hall, of Spruce Pine, and Bonnie Hennings, of Kernersville; half-brother, George Garland, of White Pine, Tennessee; sisters, Theresa Johnson, of Spruce Pine, Lucy Stokes, of Tampa, Florida, and Shirley Smith, of Morganton.
Survivors include wife of 62 years, Norma Jean Gage Smith, of the home; sons, William Smith (Robin), of Spruce Pine, and Gordon Smith (Terri), of Mint Hill; sisters, Betty S. Taylor, of Morganton, and Gail Burleson, of Crossnore; granddaughters, Natalia Anzola, of Fort Carson, Colorado, Paige McCaleb, of Wilmington, and Carlina Smith, of Waxhaw.
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at Spruce Pine United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeremy Troxler officiating. The family received friends one hour before the service. Interment followed the service at Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery, with Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV conducting graveside military honors.
Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to Shepherds Staff, P.O. Box 344 Spruce Pine, NC, 28777.
Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Smith family.
Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 14, 2018