James “Jim” Smith

James “Jim” Russel Smith, 77, of Zanesville passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at Brookdale Memory Care.


Jim was born Nov 29, 1944 in McConnelsville, Ohio to Rollie John Smith and Wava Naomi (Mendel) Smith. After graduating from M&M High School in 1962, he married the love of his life Lue Ann (Carrel) Smith April 9, 1965. Jim was a man of faith with a selfless devotion to serve others. In 1986, he attained his A.A. in Engineering from Muskingum Technical College. He worked at Taylor Woodcraft and upon completion of his education he was hired at Malta Windows as an Industrial Engineer where he worked for 14 years until making a career move to Miba Bearings where he remained employed until he retired in 2010. Early on, he volunteered with M&M Fire Department and after serving 30 years, he retired with the rank of Captain.  Jim was also a long-standing member of Grace United Methodist church where he sung in the choir.  He entertained members of the community for decades as a drummer in the Rube Band.  He was admired for his work ethic, determination, and woodworking / handyman skills. He used his many talents around the house with his children’s homes as well.


Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lue Ann Smith. Eldest son and daughter-in-law John and Kristine Smith, daughter and son-in-law Amy and Tim Skinner, youngest son and daughter-in-law Joe and Gretchen Smith, grandchildren whom he loved and adored, Ben and Amanda Smith, Zach and Kelsey Smith, Courtney Smith, Breanna Skinner, Timmy Skinner, Deirdre and Jeff Wehr, Rob and Amber Ferraro, and Jared Smith. Great grandchildren Danny Ferraro, Madi Ferraro, Emberly Skinner, Madyln Skinner, Hunter Phillips, Cole Phillips, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry and Brenda Carrel, and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rollie and Wava Smith, brother and sister-in-law Mendel and Karen Smith, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wayland and Julie Carrel, and great grandson Jonathan Ferraro. Jim proudly devoted his time and efforts to his family. He spent countless hours helping his children with their endeavors and loved being with his grandchildren. He rarely missed his children’s special events, scout meetings or ballgames. What was near and dear to their hearts, was near and dear to his as well. Jim was also an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling with his wife.


Friends may call Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Farus Funeral Home, 383 Main Street, Duncan Falls, Ohio. A funeral service will be held following the visitations at 1 pm with Pastor Galen Finley officiating. Jim will be laid to rest at Duncan Falls Cemetery. The family would like to express gratitude to the staff at Brookdale and Shrivers Hospice for the care of Jim over the past several months.  Memorial contributions may be made to M&M Fire Department, 77 South 4th Street, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756 and or McConnelsville United Methodist Church, 98 North 10th Street, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756.