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James Junior Smith

Obituary for James Junior Smith

October 7, 1933 - June 9, 2020
Woodbridge, Virginia | Age 86


James Junior Smith was born on October 7, 1933 and passed away on June 9, 2020. James was a resident of Woodbridge, Virginia.

The Life, Love and Legacy of

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7)

James Junior Smith, affectionately known by many friends and loved ones as "Spoon", passed away in his home on June 9, 2020 in Woodbridge, Virginia at the age of 86.

James was the only child born to the union of James Refus Smith (father) and Maude Taylor (mother). Shortly after graduating from Buffalo High School in Accoville, West Virginia in 1951, he joined the United States Air Force, where he served for four years. In 1957, he married Elnoria Thomas, the love of his life. From this Union, four children were born: Keith, Kathy, Karmel and Kirby. In 1961, James moved his growing family to Washington, D.C. where he began work in the construction industry. Shortly thereafter, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service where he rose to a Tour Superintendent position and remained until his retirement in 1996, after 33 years of faithful employment.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Elnoria, and son Keith Derwin Smith.

James' memories are cherished by two daughters, Kathy Thomas and Karmel J. Smith of Woodbridge, Virginia; one son, Kirby F. Smith of Woodbridge, Virginia; nine grandchildren – Stephanie, Jaclyn, Kevin, Kristen, Tiffanie, Keith, Kortez, Kirby, and Angel; four great-grandchildren – Promise, King, Kennedy, and Karter.

James is remembered by family and friends as a hard working, dedicated and principled man. He loved his family dearly, and enjoyed music and traveling. He never met a stranger, always had a story to share, a heart of gold, and a laugh that would fill a room.
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