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1927 James 2022

James Kenneth "Red" Smith Sr.

November 7, 1927 — May 10, 2022

Funeral Services will be held 2:00PM Saturday 5/14/22 at Montevista Baptist Church in Webster County with burial in the Church Cemetery. The Graveside/Committal Services will be held in the Church instead of the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Noon until 2:00PM Saturday 5/14/22 at Montevista Baptist Church. James Kenneth Smith Sr. "Big Red", 94, died 5/10/22 at his home in Montevista, MS. Funeral Services were held 2:00PM Saturday 5/14/22 at Montevista Baptist Church with burial in the Church Cemetery. Bro. Howard Rodgers and Bro. Marlon Long officiated. The music was provided by Bro. Tim Hudson. Pallbearers were; D. J. and Austin Chandler, Cayden and Jack Howell, Cody Smith, Harrison Hutson, Rick Faulkner, Remington Jones and Avery Becker. Kenneth was born 11/7/27 in Montevista MS to John Jeff "Bud" Smith and Vera Chandler Smith. He was the third child in a family of nine children and was the first born son in the family. He was married to Mildred Doodle Brown Smith for 56 years until her death in 2003. Also preceding him in death was his daughter; Janice Smith, his granddaughter; Renee Avant, his great grandson; Hayden Langford, three sisters and two brothers. "Mr. Red" is survived by his current wife of 12 years, Clara Mae Hollenback Smith, two daughters; Glenda (David) Springer, Tupelo, MS, Debbie (Sammy) Wright, Montevista, MS, one son; Ken Smith, Montevista, MS, three sisters; Betty Jean Ingram, Eupora, MS, Rachel Lott, Holcomb, MS and Mary Williamson, Memphis, TN, 10 grandchildren; Reid (Scott) Hutson, Megan (Mitch) Howell, Casee (Taylor) Goodman, Eric Smith, Kasey Smith, Steven (Brandi) Smith, Jeanette (Marlon) Long, Bubba Wright, Shelda (Jesse) Jones, and Cody (Halsy) Smith, 21 great grandchildren; Harrison and Maddie Hutson, Cayden and Jack Howell, Chloe and Avery Becker, Lila and Cece Goodman, Doninique, Deven, Kahlan, Thomas, and Sakari Smith, Hannah (Easton) Doles, Laura Beth Long, Maci Wright, Savannah Gore, Destiny Avent, Remington Jones, Gage Hubbard and Greer Smith, and 2 great great grandchildren; Harper Gore and Ravyn Smith. Kenneth believed in God, family and working hard. He was a simple man who always worked hard to support his family. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox after working there for 30 years. He also farmed, raised cattle and was a member of the Montevista Baptist Church and the Webster County Cattlemen's Association. His prized possessions in his later years were his cows and his tractor. One of the highlights of his life was flying over the southeastern states in a single engine plane with his lifelong friend, James Wade. The family requests any memorials be made to the Montevista Cemetery Fund, C/O Sammy Wright, 1560 Sutton Road, Eupora, MS. 39744
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