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James Edward Smyth Jr. passed away on March 6, 2018 in his home, in Carthage, Mo. He was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Estill County, Ky.
Jim was one of 16 children born to James Edward and Mary Ellen Smyth. He was preceded in death by his parents and all but one of his siblings.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955. Part of his service in the Navy was spent on a cargo ship to Japan, and he also served at Pearl Harbor during the Korean War.
After returning from the Navy, he went to Transylvania College, in Lexington, Ky., and graduated in 1959. He worked for Browning Turkey Farms, in Winchester, Ky., as a purchasing agent.
On June 8, 1964, he married Sue Williams, in Flemingsburg, Ky.
They moved to Cadiz, Ky. in 1969, where he worked for Hoover Ball and Bearing; then came to Carthage where he worked for Morrow Foods and ConAgra for 20 years as the human resources manager.
After retirement, Jim and Sue owned and operated Smyth's Flowers and Gifts, in Jasper, Mo. Two years later, Jim became the human resources manager for Moark, in Neosho, Mo. From 2000 to 2004, he and Sue were managers of the Gardens at Arkanshire, a large retirement community in Springdale, Ark.
Jim loved his children, including son, Derek Smyth and his wife, Marsha, of Carthage, and daughter, Jodi Rogers and her husband, Keith, of Joplin, Mo. His grandchildren were the "fun" in his life, including Morgan Storm and husband, Preston, Drake Smyth and wife, Gina, Ellen Smith and husband, Sullivan, Seth Rogers, and Abi Rogers. He was also great-grandfather to Beckett and Pike Storm.
He spent a lot of hours volunteering at the Carthage Crisis Center, assisting them with organization, as well as helping them decorate their new quarters. He was a very talented artist, woodworker, decorator, florist, and upholsterer. He created a beautiful home for his family filled with his work. Jim was a member of College Heights Christian Church, where he taught Sunday school and served as an elder for many years.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in the College Heights Christian Church chapel on Friday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, in Springfield, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you contribute to the Carthage Crisis Center or God's Resort, in Joplin, as both ministries were near to Jim's heart.
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory, of Joplin.
Published on March 8, 2018
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