James (Jim) Smart

October 2, 1934 - October 21, 2020
James Smart

James Smart (Jim) passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at his home. He was born to Ben and Clara (Barton) Smart on October 2, 1934. He was one of eleven children and graduated from Marionville High School Class of 1954

On August 5, 1953, he married Carrell Caver and served in the United States Air Force before returning home to raise their three children, Belinda, Randy and Cathy.

In 1958 he and Carrell established Smart Insurance Agency in downtown Marionville where the agency continues today.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Marionville Lions Club, past president of the Marionville School Board and Ozarks Methodist Manor Board. He was a lifetime supporter of Marionville Schools. His favorite activity was following his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their different pursuits.

For many years he enjoyed promoting the Marionville white squirrels whenever given the chance. If you have seen a Marionville, Missouri white squirrel post card, you shared another of his hobbies, his photography of his favorite subject. He was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist.

He was loved and will be missed by his wife of 67 years, Carrell; his three children, Belinda (Clyde) Jones, Randy (Gayle) Smart and Cathy (Alan) Joyner; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, Brian James (Andrea) Jones; Kevin Jones; Lauren (Smart) Layman (Nick), Elyse and Nora Kay; Jason (Michelle) Joyner, Alyssa, Adilee and Avery; Virginia (Joyner) Uphaus (Jordan), Bretty James and Cooper; and Nick (Millie) Smart, Harper, Troy and Brody James; two sisters, Ruth Hopkins and Berthena Wimberly and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

Due to Covid, a private service will be held with military honors. Services are under the direction of the Williams Funeral Home in Marionville. We know there are others that would love to be with us but since that’s not possible at this time we would encourage you to send your condolences to PO Box 236, Marionville, MO 65705.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Marionville.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.