James  Smith
James A. Smith, 68, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Advent Health Deland. Jim was born on May 15, 1951, to James Albert and Thelma Maxine (Hays) Smith. He was raised in Sidell, and a member of Jamaica High School Class of 1969. He worked as a welder at Hyster in Danville, before relocating to the Davie, Florida area, where he continued his welding career at Luke's Heavy Truck and Equipment until his retirement.
Jim enjoyed life to the fullest, and always greeted his family and friends with a warm smile and big hug. He never met a stranger and was often the "life of the party." He enjoyed spending time at his rural home, outside Seville, Fla., tending to his animals and enjoyed building model railroads.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gary Smith; and sister, Nancy Smith Evans. He is survived by his brother, Gerald (Jo Anna) Smith of Georgetown; sister Diana (Robert) Frazier of Champaign; and sister, Kellie Howard of Danville; as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are members of his Florida family, Sundown Lipscomb and her children, Randy Lipscomb, Candy Bailey, Nick Lipscomb, Andrew Lipscomb and Curt Morley.
A celebration of life will be held at his home in Seville, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
His Illinois family and friends will hold a local celebration of life at a later date.
Published on February 11, 2020


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Kathy Johnston Roller
Feb 17, 2020
I’m sorry for your loss. My memory of Jim, is his purple Super Bee. My friend Donna and I rode in that Super Bee down to Hume, on the blacktop rode at least 120 miles an hour, and could of been more than that.
Les and Cathy Moulton And Jack and Lynn Hodges
Feb 15, 2020
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of James Smith by Les and Cathy Moulton And Jack and Lynn Hodges.  Send flowers
Yvonna Orwig
Feb 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Knew Jim my whole life and was in his class at school all 12 years!
Sally Hanson
Feb 13, 2020
Kelly, so sorry for the loss of your brother. God Bless.
peggy grissom hack
Feb 12, 2020
I will always remember how much fun we had growing up, loved your sense of humor, always ready to hug. I will miss you!
Sheryl Morley
Feb 12, 2020
RIP in peace Smitty your grandchildren are going to be so lost without you, we all love you so much, Megan, Curtieman, Jonathan, Dominick Jr, Austin and baby Nikki
Larry A Lamb
Feb 11, 2020
RIP my good friend Jim.
Jean Corneille
Feb 11, 2020
Sorry for your loss my friend Jay Smith