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James Smith, 86, of Blue Springs Missouri peacefully passed away on April 25 at his home surrounded by close family members. Visitation will be held at St. Marks Church Chapel in Independence, Missouri on Wednesday, May 1 at 5 pm, with mass to follow at 6pm.
James is survived by his loving wife, Joan, of 64 years, 3 daughters, son, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, brother and sister. He was an avid world traveler, a remarkable carpenter, and could repair anything. James proudly served in the Korean War.
James was a quietly compassionate man and gave without fanfare. He gratefully donated 27 gallons of blood, a pint every three months for 45 years. He volunteered at Centerpoint Hospital and the Folly Theatre. Along with his wife, formed the KCMO chapter of the National Alliance of Mentally Ill (NAMI), which provided help and hope to countless individuals and their families. He will be missed deeply.