1933 – 2021

Mr. James N. Smith, age 88, of West Olive, Mich., passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at home.

He was born June 28, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo, to W. Lindsey and Lillie (Bolen) Smith. In November of 1961 he married Leslie Daggert and she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2015.

James was a first Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Spring Lake Country Club and very much enjoyed golf and socializing. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed hiking, traveling, and cribbage.

James was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta and a graduate of the University of Missouri. He was also a very proud Eagle Scout. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by two children, Charles (Elizabeth Knapp) Smith of Lexington and Linda (David Hill) Holland of Denver, Co.; four grandchildren, Jenner and Charlie Smith, Emilie and Daggert Holland; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Smith) Frank. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Smith.

A private family celebration will take place at this time.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com.

The family is being served by The Spring Lake Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, 213 E. Savidge St. Spring Lake, MI 49456.

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