Updated: Tue 2:01 PM, Apr 08, 2014
Funeral Home: J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel
James Frank Smith Jr., 80, of Bowling Green, passed away April 6, 2014, at 6:36 p.m. at his residence. James was born Feb. 24, 1934, in Horse Cave. He was preceded in death by his parents, James F. Smith Sr. and Clara Martin Smith; three sisters, Ruth Gaddie, Dorothy Brown and Hazel Poynter; and two brothers, Paul Smith and Powell Smith.
James was a retired tool and die maker from Holley Carburetor. He was a member of Greenwood Park Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. James loved his animals, raised beagle dogs, pointer bird dogs, Tennessee Walking Horses and registered Black Angus cattle. He was a farmer and lifetime member of the Warren County and Kentucky Cattleman’s Association.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Smith; two daughters, Sherry Taylor (Bill) of Bowling Green and Susan Smith of Belleview, Fla.; four stepdaughters, Tina Page (Harvey) of Guntersville, Ala., Kathy Herm (Joe) of Mount Washington and Julia Cooper (Jeff) and Melissa DeVries (Erick), all of Bowling Green; five grandchildren, Mikel Taylor, Adam Stewart, David Taylor, Emily Meffert and Sara Stewart; nine stepgrandchildren, Kurt Cooper, Joey Herm, Steven and David Page, Emily McMillen, Chelsea Cooper, Ashley Winn, Chase and Mason DeVries; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at J.C. Kirby & Son, Lovers Lane chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with burial in Bowling Green Gardens.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus Barren River, 101 Riverwood Ave. Ste B, Bowling Green, KY 42103-9981.