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James ‘Russell’ Smith Sr., Elizabethton

Published September 15th, 2011 9:08 pm

ELIZABETHTON — James “Russell” Evert Smith Sr., 83, 801 Johnson Avenue, Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at the Community Living Center at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN, after an extended illness.
He was the son of the late Lillian Ware and George Sellers and was born on July 23, 1928, in Marion, NC; but lived in Carter County most of his life.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith is preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Ann Smith; two sons, Leroy Miles and James Evert Smith Jr.; and a brother, Percy Jones.
He graduated from Douglas High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Korea. He was an avid sports fan and spent many years as a referee for local sporting events. He was an active member of Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as past President of the Usher Board, sang in the Men’s Chorus and served in other areas as he was led by the Lord. He was a former employee of Elizabethton Herb and Metal.
Mr. Smith leaves to cherish his memory, a loving wife of 60 years, Pearl Virginia Miles Smith; five daughters, Lillian Owens and her husband, Barry Sr., Jan Stephens and her husband, Jackie Sr., Derby Butz and her husband, Lester, Shirley Thomas and her husband, Arnold Sr., and Karen Smith; one son, William Weems Smith; sixteen grandchildren, Travis, Terrence Sr., Jonathan, Jackie Jr., Tiffany, Jessica, Lamar, Arnold II, Barry Jr., Everett, Karlyssa, Jullian, Ryan, Zechariah, Jalen and Raekwon; ten great-grandchildren; a special uncle, Joe Sellers and his wife, Dorothy; several nieces, nephews and cousins; a loving church family; a host of special friends; and a dear buddy, Bill Bunton.
The funeral service for Mr. Smith will be conducted on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 3:00 PM at the Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joseph Holifield presiding. Music will be provided by the Men’s Chorus of Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM prior to the funeral service at the church as well as the residence at other times.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 11:00 AM at the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military honors to be accorded by the American Legion Post 49. Active pallbearers will be Mr. Smith’s grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons and Laymen of Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church, the staff of Amedisys Home Health Care of Elizabethton, the staff of the Community Living Center at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Bill Bunton. Flower bearers will the ladies of the community.
Everyone will meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 19th, to go in procession to the cemetery.
The family extends a very special thank you to Dr. Angela May for her loving and dedicated commitment to the care of our husband and father. Additional gratitude is extended to the entire staff of the Community Living Center at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center and Amedisys Home Health Care of Elizabethton, with a special thanks to Kevin Bobrosky.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the family. Office 423 542-2232, obituary line 543-4917.