James B. Smith, Sr., 86, of Morenci, Mich., died May 24, 2020, at Oasis of Adrian, Mich.
He was born May 31, 1933, in Morenci, the son of Hal and MaryEmma (Sampson) Smith. James graduated from Chesterfield High School and on April 17, 1956, he married Mable A. Lantz in Angola, Ind. She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2013.
James served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Eagles and the American Legion. He worked for many years at Kewanee Manufacturing in Adrian. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and all types of sports, including coaching softball and serving as an umpire in Morenci for many years. James was also a former mayor of Morenci.
James is survived by sons Michael L. (and Joan) Smith and James (and Jenny) Smith, Jr.; daughter Linda (and Rick) Teske; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gary (and Sandy) Smith.
in addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be private and there will be no public visitation. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci.