James Edward SmithSeptember 11, 1942 ~ April 12, 2017 (age 74)
James Edward Smith, affectionately known as “Smitty,” was born on September 11, 1942 to the late Sammie and Otto Smith; he was the youngest of seven children.
James received his education in Savanah, Georgia. He relocated to Brooklyn, New York in the 1960s. It was there he met Marjorie T. Smith, his loving wife; started a family, and began his professional career as a psychotherapist aid with Kingsborough Psychiatric Center from which he retired in 1994.
James was a member of Holy Cross Church for over 45 years. He was a much beloved, husband, father, brother, friend, and mentor. He could always be relied upon to give succinct, sage advice. For those who knew him, James was a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky man who had a knack for telling a good joke. When meeting him, his charm and warmth had a way of putting everyone at ease; making you feel as if you knew him for all your life. James had an inextinguishable spirit even in the face of great adversity. Moreover, he was not one to complain out loud or ask, “Why me Lord?” Until his final hours, James embraced the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
James leaves to mourn his devoted wife, Marjorie T. Smith of 52 years; One son: Mark A. Smith (Jessica), North Babylon, NY; Two daughters: Kahami D. Alterman (Robert), Wichita, KS; Claretha Cargill (Rodney), San Antonio, Texas; One sister: Alzada Boudreaux, Brooklyn, NY; Seven Grand Children; Thirteen Great-Grand Children; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.