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James A. Smith  

James A. Smith

December 21, 1973 – February 5, 2017

James A. Smith, age 43, of St. Louis, MO and formerly of New Castle, DE, departed this life on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Born on December 21, 1973, he was the son of David Hugh Smith and Patricia “Trish” (Halter) Smith. Although he was born in Wilmington, DE, Jim spent much of his life in Missouri. He was a 1991 graduate of William Penn High School and received his undergraduate degree from Webster College in St. Louis.
Jim proudly served in the U.S. Army with the 1/3rd Armored Cavalry for 2 years driving a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He later worked for Mind Active as a media producer until December of 2015.

Jim was a talented musician and member of the band “Nervous Pudding” booking clubs and private functions throughout the St. Louis area. He played several instruments, was a vocalist and inherited the nickname “Jimmy Buckets” for his exceptional drum skills.

Jim was a member of Elks Lodge #9 and gave of his time as a youth football and baseball coach for his boy’s sports teams including the Ladue Jr. Rams (undefeated).

He is survived by his mother, Trish; former wife, Christina; daughter, Sadie James Smith; stepsons, Gage and Trey Govero and Jack and Bram Levy; brothers, D. Bryan Smith (Claudia) of Phoenix, AZ and Matthew Smith (Sarah) of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; and nieces and nephews, Kylah, Nina, Zachary and Nicolas.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, February 10, 2017 at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main St., Odessa, DE 19730. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sadie James Smith Education Fund, by visiting

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  1. Donna Cavender, February 8, 2017

    Dear Trish,
    We are so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. We will be praying that God surrounds you with comfort through your time of heart ache.
    Kitty Cavender and family

  2. Dee Halter Ondriezek, February 8, 2017

    If memories is all we have, then memories it is. I’d rather have you front and center then somewhere in my mind. You left us so suddenly, you never said good by. I guess I’ll have to wait for Heaven to once again stand side by side. Miss you, love you…Aunt Dee

  3. Betty hudson, February 8, 2017

    Pat I m so very sorry to hear about your son. I know how you feel thoughts n prayers to you n yur family

  4. Brooke Rupard, February 9, 2017

    You left way to soon. You are now an angel in heaven. You were there for me when I needed you in my life. Love you n I will miss you alot. We had alot of fun when we were kids. You were one of my best friends n you were my cousin. Love u . Keep playing that music.

  5. Linda, February 11, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing those we love is never easy and life changing. What has always brought me comfort is recalling the scripture at John 11 where Jesus awakened his friend Lazarus. One day you too will see your loved one again as Jesus promised at John 5:28,29. Until then, hold onto hope expressed at Revelation 21:3,4 & Psalm 37:11,29.


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