James Robert Smith, 83, of Wake Forest, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his residence. He was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Wake County, to the late Benjamin and Lillie Hartsfield Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Ella B. Smith, of Wake Forest; 10 children, Lawrence Williams and Janice Smith, both of Raleigh; Wayne Smith (Brenda) and Alberta Mitchell, both of Louisburg; James E. Smith, Ronald Smith (Brenda), Ella Wilkerson (Harry) and Detra Cheek (Marlin), all of Wake Forest; Albert Smith (Darlene), of Wendell; and Donald Smith (Delfa), of Garland, Texas; two sisters, Mary Wiggins, of Youngsville, and Seleria Smith, of Washington, D.C.; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; 37 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 5, at 1 p.m. at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest, with burial following in the Alston-Massenburg Cemetery.
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