James “Jim” Arthur Smith of New Berlin, Pennsylvania entered into eternal rest at 8:52pm on March 18, 2018 at his residence.
Born on March 2, 1943 in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Paul and Madeline (Renninger) Smith. On January 15, 1967, he married the former Dianne Conklin. Together they shared 51 years of memories.
Jim graduated from Mifflinburg Area High School in 1961.
He began working at the Mifflinburg Bank and Trust Company in February of 1962 and retired in March of 2008.
Jim enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1964 and had basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Advanced Individual at Fort Ben Harrison, Indiana and his permanent base was Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was honorably discharged in April of 1967 and returned to Mifflinburg.
He received a Basic Certificate from the PA Banking Association, School of Banking.
He was a member of the Mifflinburg Lodge, Post # 370 F. &A.M., serving as Worshipful Master in 1985 and served as secretary; Milton Royal Arch Chapter # 298, serving as Most Excellent High Priest in 1984; Consistory of The Valley of Williamsport A.A.S.R.; St. James Conclave Red Cross of Constantine in Sunbury; Robert L. Rooke Council # 343 Allied Masonic Degrees; Mifflinburg American Legion Post # 410; Yoder-Zimmerman Post 1964 Veterans of Foreign Wars; Charter Member of the Mifflinburg Area Jaycees, serving as President, Treasurer and JCI Senator; Mifflinburg Heritage & Revitalization Association, serving as Secretary for many years, and a member of the New Berlin Activities Committee.
Jim had been an active attendee of the Mifflinburg Church of the Nazarene since 1945.
He drove the church van for Caravan programs and Missionary Trips. He was the treasurer of his Sunday School class and volunteered for pre-school and was known to the children as “GP”.
Jim was an avid bowler from 1960 until the Mifflinburg Lanes closed in 2008. He took pride in serving as secretary for numerous bowling leagues.
He enjoyed collecting coins and golf balls from various golf courses he had played on. He looked forward to an annual guys golf weekend every year in Ocean City, Maryland. Over the course of his many years playing golf, he was lucky enough to have shot 2 holes in one.
He coached and played for many years with the Mifflinburg Baseball Teams in the West Branch League and the Mifflinburg Phillies of the Mid State Over 30 League, where he played with his son Darren. Jim was an all around sports fan and served as an umpire and official for many softball, baseball, basketball, and football games.
Jim has left behind many loved ones but, his legacy will continue to live on in those who survive him. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter Kelli Smith and her companion Mike Wetzel of Winfield; a daughter-in-law Tonya Smith of New Berlin; two grandchildren, Ashlee Pruitt and her husband Kirk of Nashville, Tennessee; Logan Smith of New Berlin and a brother-in-law David Monahan of Falls Church, Virginia.
He was preceded by a son, Darren Smith and a sister, Phyllis Monahan.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 6-8 pm on Friday March 23, 2018 with a Masonic Service to be conducted at 7:45 pm at Dominick T. Adamo Funerals, Cremations, Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg and a visitation from 10-11am on Saturday at the Mifflinburg Nazarene Church, 12 Market Street, Mifflinburg with the Rev. Wayne Krell officiating the service at 11am.
Interment with full military honors will be accorded by local area veterans at Mifflinburg Cemetery, Mifflinburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be sent to the Masonic Club Scholarship Fund, c/o #370 F.&A.M., Alan E. Elliott, P.M. Sec., 505 Old Orchard Ln., Mifflinburg, PA 17844 for current club secretary.
To share in Jim’s online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com.
Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals, Cremations, Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.