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James Arthur Smith

James Arthur Smith

Saturday June 19th, 1948 - Wednesday April 7th, 2021
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James A. Smith, 72, was born on June 19, 1948, to the late Frank P. Smith and Precious Elizabeth Cox in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He entered eternal rest on April 7, 2021.

James was a graduate of Riverside High School, a Marine Corps veteran, and a 20-year employee of the United States postal service. He eventually retired from TDOT after 16 years of dedicated service. He received many awards throughout his professional life. He was the President of Tennessee State Employees Association. (TSEA). He attended Covington Theological Seminary and received a Bachelor of Ministry Degree. James was a faithful member of New United Baptist Church. He loved his church family dearly. He had a passion for teaching the word of God and saving souls for Christ. He made it his business to always put God first! He loved his family and friends. He was a great chess player and played the guitar in his spare time.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Antonaus Smith and Sergio Smith; siblings, Frankie Dickerson, Larry Smith, and Lenard Smith; nephew, Kaiser Taylor.

James leaves memories with his children, Jacqueline (Rodney) Bruell, Jameko Smith, Janesha Smith, Joseph Smith; grandchildren, Tyler Forte’, Mark Johnson, Lychyna Williams, Montana Williams, Ka’nesha Jones; other family members, Michael Smith, Cedric (Chandra) Means, Missy Dickerson, Teresa Smith, Darwin Smith, Terrance Smith, Chappel Taylor, Diamond Stinson; four great-grandchildren; special family and friends, Cheryl Lee, Erica (Brian) Sledge, Elbert Robinson and Melvin Goree; a host of family and friends.

Public viewing will be held 2:00 PM-6:00 PM, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, Thursday, April 15, 2021, at New United Baptist Church with Dr. Jeffery Wilson as the officiant. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday April 14th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Wednesday April 14th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday April 15th, 2021 | 11:30am
    When
    Thursday April 15th, 2021 11:30am
    Location
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
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Posted at 12:28pm
As you grieve know that we are remembering you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss, and are so sorry we cannot be there with you.
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Lyn Ross

Posted at 12:04pm
Mr. Arthur was a great friend and neighbor to our family. My oldest children remember playing in his yard and how kind he was. Our prayers go out to his family. May God provide you with the strength and peace you will need to overcome such a heavy heartache. If you need anything, please contact Mr. Clarence Ross and Family
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Stephanie Williams

Posted at 01:32pm
Sending my deepest condolences to the Smith family. I was the Secretary of the Hamilton County Chapter of TSEA in which Mr. Smith was the President. Mr. Smith helped me in the grieving process when a special little girl passed away last year unexpectedly in February. I shall never forget his labor of love and he will be sorely missed; however I know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and this gives me solace. To the family if I can be of any help in any way in the days ahead of you do not hesitate to reach out as I am continually praying for you all. Much Love, Stephanie Williams
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