Feb. 3, 2020
Mr. Jimmy L. Smith, 77, of Saline, went on to walk with the Lord Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. He was very admired and loved by all that knew him.
Mr. Jimmy was born special and struggled throughout his life with Cerebral Palsy, but he fought from day one. Doctors said he would not live past 17 years old and was never expected to walk. At age 3, he began to walk.
At the start of his school years he depended on the help his big brother, Loyd, was always there to give. He got piggybacked from the bus to class and again back to the bus after class. He would fall, get up and then giggle. He always held close his ability to giggle no matter the struggle. He not only lived past when they said he wouldn’t, he also did all the things and more that he said he couldn’t.
Mr. Jimmy also became a teacher and role model to so many throughout his life. He grew to drive cars, ride motorcycles and worked hard putting up hay out in the hay fields with his brother. He will forever be known for his tenacious strength and courage and forever remembered for his smile and love for his family.
Those left to cherish his memory are his siblings, Joseph Loyd Smith (Ann), Johnny Ray Smith (Norma), Opal Ann Muse, Jerry Wayne Smith (Nelda); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clara Ann (Regions) Smith.
Friends may visit with the family Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5-8 p.m. in the chapel of Edmonds Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Edmonds Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Chestnut under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.
Serving the family as pallbearers will be Loyd Smith Jr., Nate Smith, James Smith, Barry Ypya, Chris Nichols and Kevin Ypya.
Mark Smith will serve as honorary pallbearer.