James (Buck) Smith, 79, of the Soco Community went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at his home. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. He was the son of the late James (Budge) Smith and Cecelia McTiggart Smith.
He was preceded in death by two children, Lawanda Smith and Danny Smith; two sisters, Stella Ball and Mary Ann Pierce; and one brother, Charley Smith.
He is survived by five children, James Leonard (Bud) Smith and wife Joanne of Cherokee, Donna Messer and husband Ray of Cherokee, Michelle Dew of SC, Jimmy Smith of TN, Allen Lee Smith and wife Tonya of Cherokee; four sisters, Ethel Cunningham of Sylva, Ruby Dobbins of Whittier, Lucille Winchester of Cherokee, Edna Lossiah of Cherokee; and several grand and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. on Friday, March 22 at Yellowhill Baptist Church. Revs. James (Bo) Parris and Donald Ensley will officiate with burial in the Yellowhill Veterans Cemetery with military graveside services by the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143, Cherokee, NC.
The body will be placed in the church at 5p.m. on Thursday, March 21 by Crisp Funeral Home to await the hour of service.