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James E. Smith, Sr.

November 21, 1957 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

James Smith, Sr. Obituary

James E. Smith, Sr., age 66, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Legacy of Hillsboro.  He was born November 21, 1957, in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of the late James Wesley and Esther (Clements) Smith.  James enjoyed bowling and the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  While spending time outdoors, he loved to birdwatch, he was especially fond of cardinals.  He was a fan of the Reds, and an avid follower of the Bengals.  James is survived by four children, Jimmy (Lindsay) Smith, Jr. of Wilmington, Kimi (Travis) Mellinger of Wilmington, Tifaney (Nick) Sandlin of Wilmington, and Beth (Jimmy) Cramton of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Justice (Chris) Gunkel, Triston Thompson-Smith, Logan Smith, Landon Mellinger, Larkyn Mellinger, Lacie Sandlin, Alyssa Sandlin, Kaydence Cramton, Reese Cramton, McKynlei Cramton, and Travis Cramton; great grandchildren, Brightyn, August, and Aurora; brother Mike (Sharon) Smith of Milford; several members of his extended family; and many friends including the “Ruby Avenue Gang”. In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by the love of his life and his best friend, his wife Rebecca M. “Becky” Smith on February 21, 2022; and his brother Greg Smith.  Funeral services will be held Friday, FEBRUARY 2, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Wilmington.  Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery on Gano Road, Wilmington.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon Friday, FEBRUARY 2, 2024 at the funeral home.  Because of James being an avid Bengals fan, the family asks that everyone dress casual in black and orange for the funeral service.  To leave an on-line condolence, please visit www.arehart-brown.com, or see our Facebook page, Brown Funeral Home. 

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Visitation
Friday
February 2, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home
237 W. Main Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

Funeral Service
Friday
February 2, 2024

12:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home
237 W. Main Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

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