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James E. Smith

December 14, 1930 ~ November 5, 2019 (age 88)


James E. Smith, 88 of Greensburg, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

He was born December 14, 1930 in Springfield, IL, a son of the late James A. and Esther I. Smith.

James retired from the Greater Greensburg Sewage Authority in 1991. He served his country in the Illinois National Guard from 1947 to 1949 and also in the U.S. Marines from March 1952 to March 1954 during the Korean War.

Jim was a member of Christ's Church, Greensburg. He served on its vestry. He was also a member of Lodge #43 F &AM in Lancaster for over 60 years and also a member of  Lodge #225 F &AM in Greensburg also Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shriners over 60 years. He also served over 50 years as an active volunteer fire fighter in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was a 39 year member of the Elks, Western PA Region Antique Auto Club, Laurel Highlands Area, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. Jim served on the Greensburg-Hempfield Library Board for many years. James was a Southwest Greensburg councilman for 28 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jesse Decker.

Surviving are his wife, Julia M. Smith; son, Timothy A. Smith (Esther); daughter, Patricia M. Smith; granddaughters, Amanda R. Smith (Ronald Hough), and Heather M. Smith; grandsons, Timothy A. Smith, David (DJ) Decker, Jeremy Decker; and eleven great grandchildren.

Honoring Jim's wishes there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11am at Christ's Church 145 N. Main Street, Greensburg.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christ's Church 122 North Maple Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 or to the Southwest Greensburg Fire Department 401 Gutherie Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.

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Memorial Service
November 9, 2019

11:00 AM
Christ's Church of Greensburg
145 North Main STreet
Greensburg, PA 15601


Christ's Church
122 N. Maple Street, Greensburg PA 15601

Southwest Greensburg Fire Department
401 Gutherie Street, Greensburg PA 15601

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