james rayburn smitherman

PONTOTOC – James Rayburn Smitherman, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home in the Harmony community. He was born July 9, 1920, in Pontotoc County to Joel Wheeler Smitherman and Myrtle Lee Smitherman. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from November 1942 to January 1946. He was a pipefitter in Memphis for many years. Upon retiring he and his wife, Doris, moved back to the Harmony community, where they have lived for many years. He was a charter member of Harmony Baptist Church. He loved gardening, playing cards and spending time with his family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Baldwin-Nowell Chapel with Bro. J.W. Owen and Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Doris “Dot” Smitherman; grandson Ryan Thompson (Necole); and two great-grandchildren, Landen and Lexie Thompson, all of Pontotoc; one sister-in-law, Virginia Smitherman; one brother-in-law, Alvis Goode; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents; two sisters, Onice Smitherman and Louise Goode; and three brothers, Wheeler Smitherman Jr., Tracey and Marvin Smitherman.

Pallbearers will be Bubba Thompson, Doug Wilson, Charlie Wayne Swords, Tracey Clayton, Nathan Wilson and Billy Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Landen Thompson, Jay Onsby and Bently Cochran.

Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to service time today.