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James Thomas Smith
November 11, 1936 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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James Thomas Smith (87) passed peacefully in his residence on January 7, 2024..
Born in London Ohio to James Smith and Thelma (Keefer) Smith, Jim was happily married to Nancy (Morrison) Smith for 65 years until her passing last November.
A lifelong member of London First Presbyterian Church, Jim sang for many years with the choir and men’s ensemble. He played piano for the Busy Men’s Bible Class.
Jim was a graduate of London High School and the Ohio State University College of Engineering.
He was a Civil Engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) retiring as the District Six Director in Delaware, Ohio. After retiring from ODOT Jim was a bailiff for the Madison County Court of Common Pleas.
Jim was a major supporter of youth sports in the London area and especially London City Schools sports. He coached 12U baseball for the London Area Baseball Council and Sixth Grade Travel Basketball. Jim coached London High School JV Golf, and London Golf annually presents the Jim Smith Most Improved Golfer award. He was also an assistant coach for London Middle School and a statistician for London Middle School and London High School football. Jim was always in attendance for his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting and musical events, and he continued to attend London events even after they all graduated.
A member of the Madison County Arts Council from its inception, Jim was always a crowd favorite. Jim also performed with the London Players. He was Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, Mr. MacAfee in Bye, Bye Birdie, a Pirate in the Pirates of Penzance, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, and Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees. Jim was unforgettable playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan and playing the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella. Jim was a member of the inaugural class of the London City Schools Fine Arts Hall of Fame.
Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his children Jennifer Marie (Smith) Borrmann, James Donald Smith, Martha Ellen (Smith) Geib, and grandson Clayton James Geib.
Survived by his grandchildren Jasmin Borrmann, Eleanor Geib, Richard Geib, Danielle Smith, and Ryan Smith, his great grandchildren Isaiah Cahill and Chloe Stewart, sons in law Marshall Geib and Peter Bormann, and daughter in law Kathy Smith
Calling hours will be Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the Presbyterian Church, from 11 AM to 1 PM with the service to immediately follow beginning at 1pm, officiated by Reverend Desiree Youngblood. The interment to follow at the Range Township Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to London First Presbyterian Church.