Obituary for Jimmie Joe Smith of Cameron

Jimmie Joe Smith, age 75 of Cameron, passed away, April 1, 2023. (Known fondly as Pucky)

Born in Chatham County on October 18, 1947, he was the late son of John Arlie and Wilma Dora Kidd Smith. Jimmy retired from Moore County Schools where he worked for 30 years as a Maintenance Man and an Electrician. He could fix anything from a tractor to building his own home. He loved working outdoors and spent many hours working at his sawmill and tinkering on projects throughout the years. He would drop what he was working on to help a neighbor, friend, or a stranger in need. He enjoyed raising chickens and selling, and giving away lots of eggs.

He and his wife enjoyed camping and riding in the wagon trains with his mule, Bobby. They enjoyed traveling together to the Mountains and Beach in their RV. Jimmie was an active member of Union Presbyterian Church and maintained building and grounds for the church until his retirement on his 75 th birthday.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Ann Murray and Judy Maness and brothers Bill Smith and Ronnie Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Leta Frye Smith; son Joseph Arlie Smith (Julie); daughter Darlene Newton (Willie); granddaughter Lindsey McCumber (Doug) and grandson Will Newton and great grandson Wyatt McCumber; sisters Mary Ruth Powers, Clara Jean Hussey both of Bennett, Carol Hicks of Staley; brothers Johnny Smith (Linda) of Carthage; brother-in-law Nat Murray and sisters-in-law Dot Smith and Karen Smith.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday at Union Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jeff Mercer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 898, Carthage, NC 28327.

Service entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.

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