James Smith Jr.
GREENVILLE — James Wilburn Smith Jr. succumbed to cancer at age 54, surrounded by his family Saturday, July 20, 2019.
He was preceded by his father, James Wilburn Smith Sr.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Helen Smith; sister, Leah Carol Miles, and husband, Darryl Miles; his children, Christina Marie Hood and husband, Timothy, Matthew Hood, Christopher Austin Smith, Amanda Nicole McGaugh and husband, Turner Wesley McGaugh; and stepdaughter, Lindsey Marie Bocanegra. Also by his grandchildren, Mary Alexis Hood, Timothy James Hood, Kyndal Raylan Hood, Lyla Marie Ponton, Turner Wesley McGaugh II and Oaklan Reed Smith.
In life, Jimmy was an amazing person. There are no words to describe the fun and laughter Jimmy had with everyone around him. He had a lifelong love affair with stock car racing. Whether he was on the track, in the pit or in the stands, though he’d rather had been on the track. Anyone who knew Jimmy knew this about him. Jimmy was also not the type of person to take fashion cues from anyone, hence the never ending “mullet” hairstyle he’s rocked since the 80s. Jimmy was his own person and did things his way. The genuine love and pride he had for his children and grandchildren was endless. Jimmy always posted on Facebook about any of their achievements or birthdays. He did anything he could to make them happy and keep them safe.
In November of 2018, Jimmy became ill and struggled with his health. His son, Christopher, lived with him at the time and did everything in his power to take care of Jimmy to the very best of his ability. However, in February of this year, Jimmy was diagnosed with cancer. His sister, Leah, took him back with her to Texas, at his request, to meet with doctors to develop a plan to attack the cancer head-on. Leah was his angel on earth, praying with him and playing him worship music. Though, after many rounds of chemo, Jimmy became too ill to continue the treatments, in addition to other developing health issues. In the end, there was nothing left for the doctors to do for him. His children brought him home to Greenville on Friday, July 12, at his wish, to pass peacefully and comfortably, which he did, on Saturday, July 20. In the end, the way he died was just as he lived: his way.
There will be a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Mortimer Funeral Home, for those whom would like to attend. Spreading of Jimmy’s ashes will follow the memorial service at 8 p.m. at Greenville Motor Speedway for family and close friends. Christopher Showah will be completing a lap, in his own race car, for Jimmy.
Finally, the family asks that if you are friends with Jimmy on Facebook, to please post any and all stories and pictures of Jimmy for all of us to enjoy.