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James 'Jimmy' Smith

May 2, 1952 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

James 'Jimmy' Smith Obituary

James F. Smith, age 71 of Perry, IL passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born May 2, 1952, in Pittsfield, IL to James ‘Jake’ Arthur and Helen Louise Dark Smith. James married Sharon Slight and to this union two children were born.

Jimmy was a 1971 graduate of Griggsville High School. He was a lifelong carpenter working through the years for RR Smith and Company, Kirk Construction and Callender Construction. Jimmy also used his carpentry skills to construct stages, ramps and backdrops for Perry Pioneer Days where he helped his daughter for 15 years. He was a former member of Moose Lodge #420 and Pittsfield Lions Club. Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman who spent countless hours fishing, camping and hunting mushrooms. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed frying fish and spending quality time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jimmy was a straight shooter who could be stubborn, and bull headed but would drop everything to help out someone in need.

Jimmy is survived by his son, James ‘Jamie’ (Mickey) Smith of Griggsville, IL; daughter, Jennifer (Steve) Liehr of Chambersburg, IL; three grandchildren, Katie (Marty) Long, Kelsey (Jerek) Jones and Carl Liehr; three great grandchildren; brother, Gary (Meda) Smith; and sister, Virginia Foster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Helen Smith; and sisters, Kathy McDonald and Janet Predmore.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to be made to Griggsville Boy Scout Troop #17. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

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