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Obituary: James William “Big Jim” Smith, Franklin

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James William “Big Jim” Smith, 85, died Friday, March 15, 2013, in Franklin. He was a resident of New Whiteland and a former resident of Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa (Morris) Smith; three daughters, Phyllis A. Smith, Patty (Daryl) Hamilton and Donna M. Jones; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Dora (Mosely) Smith; and three sisters, Esther L. Akers, Roslyn Akins and Hazel Hensley.

A memorial celebration will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grace Church, 4172 Allison Road, Camby. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.

Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Information: 535-6880, www.jessenfuneralhome.com

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