James F. Smith

October 23, 1956 ‒ June 06, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

James F. Smith passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in his Bellville home. He was 60.

He was born October 23, 1956 in Canton to parents Stuart & Nancy (Young) Smith. After he graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1974, he went on to work for Meade Construction as a commercial roofer for more than 35 years. James was also very active for many years with the AMVETS Post 43 in Bellville serving as past Commander of the Sons and the campaign manager.

An outdoorsman, James enjoyed hunting and fishing around Richland County, and attending gun shows with his friend Woodsy. In spare time, he looked forward to spending time and having dinner every Sunday with his daughter and granddaughter, which were the light in his life. James truly lived life to the fullest and would give anyone the shirt off his back and he will be missed by all who love him.

He is survived by his daughter Cherokee Smith; granddaughter Taiylor Fowler and one on the way; sister Elizabeth (Donald) Bisel; nephews Patrick Bisel and Peter Bisel; aunt Barbara Britton; uncles Tom Kidd, and Frank (Linda) Young; and good friends Jason & Brandy Woods.

James was preceded in death by his parents.

The Smith family will have a memorial gathering Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.

Contributions in James’s memory to his daughter Cherokee Smith may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve James’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Cherokee and the rest of the family. To alot of us he was known as “Smitty”. We go back as far as high school years. Alot of camping, cutting wood and cooking over the fire for family and friends. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed help. Rest in peace our friend.
    Mike & Cindy

  • So sorry to hear of Smittys passing, his family has our deepest sympathy.
    He was a great friend to us and will be greatly missed. We met him at the Amvets in Bellville and shared many laughs with him. He was a great guy.
    Rest In Peace our friend, watch over your family and friends from heaven🙏🏼

    Paul & Sue Gleisinger

  • Enjoyed working with “Pops” for several years. Great guy. Very sorry to hear of his passing.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your father passing away ! Hugs and prayers for everyone ! Smitty was a good man .

  • In life there are so many people that leave no imprint …but Jimmy sure did for me; even though I was only around him for 3 years during high school. He was funny, caring, supportive, always had a big brother kind of hug to share…may all those who loved him be comforted by the imprint he has left for you to treasure and to share… Our sincere sympathies ,Cheryl and Jerry Magers

  • Elizabeth and Cherokee, Please know that Jimmy was so loved by many. There was many a time that Smitty came to my rescue. He was one of the strongest and sweetest men I had the privilege to know

  • “Pops” was an amazing man and i am so glad that my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting him. I worked with him at Meade construction and had the pleasure of staying with him in the house in Roaming Shores, Ohio while we did the roof in Orwell at Grand Valley schools. His personality was one of a kind and he had an infectious laugh. He knew how to lighten the mood when tension was high with 10 guys staying in one house. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Hearing of his passing breaks my heart along with my wife’s. Next Windsor is for you bud!! You will be missed.

  • Cherokee,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and all the family and friends.

    Love, Nick and Ginger

  • was a good friend of mine been years that we have connected my heart goes out to Cherokee he was a dear friend and always there to lend a helping hand Smitty I will see you again someday after I pass the rainbrow bridge to see my uncondational love of my animals know I will see you on the other side RIP my friend God bless Kathy and Cherokee I pray for you to make it eastier

  • Cherokee sorry to hear about the loss of your dad and I had a lot of good times together my thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours

  • So sorry for your loss Cherokee, I knew your father in my younger days! Such a wonderful man. He always enjoyed making you laugh and enjoyed life to the fullest! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • My thoughts, prayers, and hugs go out to you Cherokee. So many good memories in our younger years, both graduating from Lexington! One of my fondest memories is your dad would look me up in the spring for his once a year haircut!! He always made me laugh!

  • Sending my deepest sympathies to Smitty’s family for your recent loss. I went to high school with him and will always remember how engaging his smile was and how he always made everyone feel at ease. He was spontaneous and kindhearted and will be missed by all who knew him. I hope your wonderful memories of him will soon replace your grief and bring comfort to you in the difficult days ahead. Gone too soon..

  • Such sweet images in this video ❤
    Dearest Smitty.. I have so many fond memories of you back in the day. You were always good natured and ornery. Such a character..you wore a down vest with no shirt in the dead of winter! You were also charming and never missed a chance to flirt or scoop up a girl in one of your famous hugs. The last time I saw you was at your wedding. I’ll remember you as you were that day.. forever young and handsome.
    Rest easy, friend

  • Dearest Smitty,
    You were so loved by so many and especially by me. Your smile, infectious laughter, and your wonderful bear hugs linger still in my memory.
    You were a blessing to this world and the bestest of all human beings. I am sorry that so much time has past since I last saw you, and so sad that I missed you before you left for Gods big beautiful house of peace.
    Thank you for the twinkle of your spirit that you so generously gave to us all with that added touch of ornery Smittiness.
    Until we meet again my special friend..I will hold your sweet memory close to my heart.
    I wish you and your loved ones peace.
    With Love,
    Michelle Markham Phoenix, AZ