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James L. Smith


James was born October 30, 1938 in Mayodan, N.C. to John Henry Smith and Mildred Manuel Smith. His Dad was a tobacco farmer, so he was walking behind a plow when he was only seven. He was always a hard worker. He drove a school bus for Stoneville High School as a teenager and clerked at the local grocery store. He joined the Navy after high school graduation and served for twenty three years. He went to Vietnam two times and was awarded the Vietnamese Medal of Honor for his service. Upon military retirement he moved to the farm in Buffalo Junction, VA where he lived for the past forty-two years. He was the plant engineer for Daystrom Furniture in South Boston, VA for seven years and then went to South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary to study Pastoral Ministry during which time he also became very active in Gideons International. During his thirty years as a Pastor he served at Olive Branch Baptist in Roxboro, N.C., Triple Springs Baptist in Roxboro, N.C., Second Baptist Church in South Boston, Va., and Concord Baptist in Creedmoor, N.C. where he retired on October 29, 2017. Knowing very little about computers he wrote out all of his messages on yellow-lined tablets and tried to have one available, even after retirement if ever he was needed to fill in for another Pastor! He was called “Preacher Jim” by his congregationalists who came to love and respect him. People could always depend on him for a laugh. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia for three years and one year as Vice President.

He is survived by his wife of sixty three years, Joyce Ewing Smith; one daughter, Janine Smith Todd and son-in-law, William Edward Todd of Delta Junction, Alaska; one granddaughter, Rebekah Todd Gooding and husband, Richard Franklin Gooding of Forks, Washington; one great granddaughter, Grace Marie Gooding; one sister, Geneva Zilinsky of Honolulu, Hawaii; one brother-in-law, Paul Robert Ewing; two nephews, Cody and Davey Ewing and two nieces, Tabby Stakes and Michelle Huey.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, N.C. by Pastor Don Bryant of Southside Baptist, South Boston, VA. Burial will be at Ridge-View Memorial Gardens in Eden, N.C. Viewing will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 AM prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Eakes Funeral Home will be observing social distancing for all services and asks that everyone in attendance wear a mask.


  • Jeff Oakes Posted July 26, 2020 6:30 pm

    Reverend Jim Smith was one of the godliest men I have ever known. He & Joyce only recently joined our church but made an immediate impact on our hearts. When Jim prayed, his words melted our hearts, his conviction & love of God poured from his very soul in an intimate conversation with the Lord.
    Rest peacefully, my brother in Christ.

  • Connie Ivey Posted July 26, 2020 6:43 pm

    Preacher Jim as we fondly called him will truly be missed ‘by family we loved him an Joyce dearly. Robert and I will never go to Ringgold’s flea market without looking for Connie and Robert Ivey 🦋

  • Vicky Burnette Posted July 27, 2020 8:26 pm

    Joyce and Loved Ones, We send our sincere condolences to you all. Mac and I have many fond memories going back to our times together at Clarksville Baptist when Joyce taught our daughters in elementary school. We have been blessed to have Jim and Joyce as Christian friends and examples of how Christ wants us to treat one another. 63 years of marriage is a wonderful testament to all of us and a challenge for each of us to emulate. We know Jim is rejoicing and look forward to reuniting with him one day. God bless you all as you adjust to the loss of Jim on this earth. Heaven awaits! Love, Vicky and Mac

  • Kevin whitt Posted July 28, 2020 3:01 am

    Jim Smith was a wonderful person he was there when you needed him

  • Tamra Whitt Posted July 29, 2020 3:54 pm

    He will always hold a special place in my heart

  • The Goss Family Posted July 29, 2020 8:24 pm

    This world has lost a great man and Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. He and Ms. Joyce helped this family in more ways than one. They helped us grow in our faith and understanding of what true Christians should be. We shared several stories and many, many laughs and, yes, a few tears. More than just a Pastor and his wife, but great friends! Preacher Jim you were loved greatly and will be missed dearly. Ms. Joyce we love you and are praying for you and the family. God bless and keep you always, Joyce and Sherry Goss

  • Everette and Pat Joyce Posted July 30, 2020 11:34 pm

    Condolences to Joyce and the family. I knew James as Luther when we were in Stoneville H. S. He was also a great baseball player and the catcher for our team. He contributed greatly to our three championships. God’s speed Luther.

  • Betty Simmons Edwards Posted July 31, 2020 12:48 am

    My deepest condolences to Joyce and family. Luther and I were classmates at Stoneville School for 12 years. He was such a nice friend and loved by all of us. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Linda Posted July 31, 2020 1:21 am


  • Betsy Rule Posted August 1, 2020 12:20 pm

    I grew up in Stoneville on the same street as Luther and his sister, Geneva, who is a dear friend. Luther always had a smile for all of us. I’ve watched him catch in many baseball games. I remember going with Geneva and their parents to some of those games!

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