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Former Bladen County Commissioner of 24 Years and Beloved Civic Leader Passes Away

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Long-time Bladen County Civic Leader James G. “Jimmie” Smith passed away at the age of 71 on January 6, 2022. Smith was a beloved and devoted family man and community hero. He was an Army Veteran, a business owner, a former Bladen County Commissioner of 24 years, and cherished father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

According to his obituary, Smith leaves behind three sons, Garrett Smith (Kimberly) of Cypress Creek, Jamie Smith (Ericka) of Clarkton, and Blake Hood (Angel) of Raleigh and their mother, Sylvia C. Smith of White Lake, two brothers, Neil Smith of Fair Bluff and Clifford Smith (Nancy) of Ammon, three sisters, Loretta Harris (Lonnie), Marguerite Coble (Johnny), and Paralee McCall (Wayne), all of Ammon, nine grandchildren, Kirkland, Zoey, Khloey, Ensley, Nicholas (Emilee), Morgan, Brooke, Alexis, and Camden, one great-grandson, Clayton, and a special friend, Polly Garner.

Raised in Ammon, NC, Smith was a generous community leader and successful barber, farmer, real estate agent, and auctioneer. Smith was a Bladen County Shriner who helped make a difference in thousands of ways.

According to the Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home website, the family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 2 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, with Rev. Neil Smith and Rev. Lindsay Collins officiating. Burial will follow the services in the Windsor United Methodist Church Cemetery in Ammon. Due to the COVID epidemic, all attendees are asked to please wear masks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bladen County Shriner.