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James "Jakie" Smith, Jr.

James R. “Jakie” Smith, Jr., 94, of Rising Fawn, Georgia, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 29, 2018 in a local hospital.


Mr. Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II having served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, which he was a plank owner. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, enjoyed spending time on his farm with his family, and was an avid fan of the Tennessee Vols and Atlanta Braves. Jakie was also a member of the Tri-State Cattleman’s Association, a founding member of the South Dade Fire Department, and had served on the Dade County Water Board for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Russell Smith, Sr., & Lillie Fuller Smith, siblings, Orman Smith, Lillian McCloud, Lucille Smyth,& Edna Heatherly, and grandson, Ricky Smith.


Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Phyllis Ivey Smith; children, Becky Smith of Trenton, Jim Smith of Jasper, TN, Debby Powell of Trenton, & Chris Porter, Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Chuck Carver, Leslie Pardue, Kerry Carver, Burkett Lee Black, Charity Black, Amanda Black, Allison Porter, & Garrett Shipman; twelve great-grandchildren, several nieces & nephews.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Billy Wallace, Bro. Tim Renshaw, & Bro. Chuck Carver officiating. Interment will follow in Deer Head Cove Cemetery with full military honors.


Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 13056 North Main Street, Trenton, GA 30752.


Expressions of sympathy may be shared at ryanfuneralhome.net.


The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 1st from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton, GA.