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Bethlehem Community Cemetery
Tuesday December 29th, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Graveside Service

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Wednesday December 30th, 2020

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Jimmy Eugene Smith



Jimmy Eugene Smith, age 79, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville.  The son of the late Franklin and Martha Lou Pope Smith, he was born in McDowell County, North Carolina on February 24, 1941.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Letterman, Glenda Boyd and Ethel Smith.


A member of Drexel Christian Center in Drexel, Jimmy, who loved being outdoors, enjoyed fishing with his “girl” and keeping his hands busy doing “odd jobs”, especially in the yard. 


Having just had his 57-year anniversary on December 21st, Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, Polly Lanning Smith; two sons, Timothy E. Smith (Lisa) and Kevin Craig Smith; one daughter, Karen Ricker (Brian); and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fritts (Ben) and Kierstyn Ricker.  He is also survived by nine siblings, Junior Smith (Betty), Robert Smith, Eddie Smith, Ella Clark, Kenneth Smith, Troy Smith, Annie Stewart, Carolyn Randolph (Steve) and Johnny Smith (Jamie); a number of nieces and nephew; brother-in-law and best friend, Jim Boyd; canine companions, Jake and Benji; and his bird, Pee Wee.


The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service & Crematory. 


A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Tim Smith officiating.


Those who are attending the visitation and/or graveside service, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, are encouraged to wear a mask and exercise social distancing.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Smith’s memory are asked to consider, The American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, Maryland 20852 or by visiting www.kidneyfund.org.





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Kevin and Tim I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing. May GOD comfort you and your family during this time. Sonya Benge Brendle

Sonya Brendle Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

Polly and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy's going home to heaven.I no your heart is broke but heavens gain..

marie prather Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmy Smith

Elaine Reel Hartsock Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

There was never a time that I saw Jimmy that he wasn't smiling and Happy. He and polly always made my day a little better when I seen them.My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Brenda Worley Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmy Smith

Darryl Williams Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

Where to begin!! First of all my heart is broken I now have another angel to watch over me and I know he will be he did when I was little! Always carrying me on his shoulders when I couldnt stand to walk any farther and always had the most warm and brightest smile!!! I will truly miss him and know that I will see him again one day in Heaven!!!

Kayla Woody Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmy Smith

Jane Byrd Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmy Smith

Jr & Sharon Dalton Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmy Smith

Carolyn Andrews Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmy Smith

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