1937 JAMES 2023


March 24, 1937 — July 6, 2023

Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas – James Allen Smith was called to be with his Lord and Savior and beloved wife, Kay, Thursday afternoon, July 6, at the age of 86.

Born in Abilene, Jim was the son of Jesse Lee and Juanita Rivers Smith.  Jim, or Papa by his children and grandchildren, was raised on the historic Waggoner Ranch in Vernon.  He often recalled many fond memories and stories with his brother and sister on the ranch.

He was a graduate of Lockett High School and Texas Christian University where he was an active member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.  After attending TCU, Jim married the love of his life, Kay Streit, a marriage lasting 57 years until her death in 2014.

Jim served in the U. S. Army, followed by a career in banking and finance.  He and Kay enjoyed traveling, supporting the TCU Horned Frogs and spending time with family and many lifelong friends.

A “special thank you” goes to Overture Home Care and Carolyn, who was an “Angel on Earth” sent to Papa and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister, Joyce St. German.

In addition to his children, Lee Ann Bearden and her husband, Rusty, and Chance Smith and his wife, Deeya, Jim is survived by his beloved grandchildren, Bailey Ykema and her husband, Rick, Jesse Merrell and her husband, Jeffrey, Garrett Smith and Emily Smith; and only great-grandchild, Clay Merrell; siblings, Ray Smith and Pam, Tommy Smith and Delores and Jesse Smith; along with many extended family members and friends.

Family and friends will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, in the Great Room at Robertson Mueller Harper.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July12, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive South.

Memorials:  In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to WestAid Community Resources (food pantry), 7940 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116, in his memory, is suggested.

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