Let the memory of James be with us forever.
  • 50 years old
  • Born on July 22, 1968 in Tennessee, United States.
  • Passed away on April 10, 2019 in Alabaster, Alabama, United States.

James Albert Smith, Jr., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Alabaster, AL, at the age of 50.  James grew up and attended school in Mobile, AL.  He has been a resident of Montevallo, AL, for 15 years and was self-employed. 

James was a loving father who enjoyed “old school gaming”, internet blogging, reading, and listening to classic rock.  His favorite pastime was playing Dungeons and Dragons with his son.

James was born on July 22, 1968.  He is survived by his son, Brisco Smith of Montevallo, AL; his mother, Margaret Christine Bates of Mobile, AL; his two sisters and two brother-in-laws of Mobile, AL, Rhonda and Albert Belcher, and Cherry and Jason Duke; several nieces and nephews of Mobile, AL; and friends, Jillena and Francis Smets of Montevallo, AL.  James is preceded in death by his father, James Albert Smith, Sr.

Professional services provided by W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory, Birmingham, Alabama. 

Posted by Ben Adams on July 2, 2019
I have only just discovered the 'Dreams' of James but appreciate the benefaction of his words to the hobby. To the Smith family, please know you have my most heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Big Smog on April 21, 2019
Though I didn't know your name James, your role in this community no doubt inspired so many people creatively, personally and socially - there are lives that you made richer and fuller just by doing what you loved.
Posted by Alexey F on April 16, 2019
James made a positive difference, and a great impact, on our little niche of the internet. May he be eternally throwing down nat 20s.
With much gratitude and love from the WMLP! crew.
Posted by Tamás Illés on April 14, 2019
Rest in Peace, James.
Posted by Raechelle Chelly-Chelle on April 13, 2019
Praying for his family and friends.
I worked with James at the Home depot in Pelham he was a wonderful guy.
May he rest in Peace.
Raechelle Met Team 0805 Pelham Home Depot
Posted by Handy Haversack on April 12, 2019
I join many others in appreciating the good will and energy that James brought to our community. We will miss his voice.
Posted by Cherry Duke on April 12, 2019
It has been so wonderful to read all these heartwarming comments about my brother !
Posted by Rhonda Belcher on April 12, 2019
James was my younger brother and the sweetest kid. I loved him very much. As a teen we played lots of board games together and would see won the most games at the end of the summer. He was a gentle man, quite, very intelligent and I loved his laugh. Excellent Whit and LOVED his Brisco. I will miss him greatly. 50 was too short! I love you bubba!
Posted by John Payne on April 12, 2019
I am grateful for all that James did for a hobby he loved so well. He has passed too soon and will be missed.
Posted by Bryan Mullins on April 12, 2019
James did the kind of work that brought folks together. In a hobby community that is often disagreeing with itself with an exceptional amount of engergy... he made a place where the shared love and enthusiasm of creating and playing was the focus. Thanks, James.
Posted by Daniel Bishop on April 12, 2019
Rest in peace, James. I didn't know you well, but I appreciated your work and your presence in our shared hobby. Fifty years is too short a time.
Posted by Gabor Lux on April 12, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of James' passing. I knew him from our online interactions, and he struck me as a genuinely kind individual who had lived for his family and friends. He was a presence in our hobby, one of the people who always had a good word for everyone. He will be missed. Rest in peace, and my condolences to those who survive him.
Posted by Sigve Solvaag on April 12, 2019
James had a wide reach and did a great service to us roleplaying enthusiasts with his blog. He will be missed. My condolences to the family he leaves behind.
Posted by Simon Forster on April 12, 2019
Rest in Peace James, you will be missed.
Posted by Scott Malthouse on April 12, 2019
James was a valuable member of the gaming community and a kind-hearted, pleasant soul. He'll be missed.
Posted by D. Neve on April 11, 2019
Prayers for James' repose and the family's comfort. He was much appreciated and will be missed.
Posted by Chris Medders on April 11, 2019
I only knew him through his blog. His post and insight will be missed. A candle very bright burned out too soon.
Posted by Geoffrey McKinney on April 11, 2019
James always conducted himself as a gentleman and all around good guy. He will be missed.
Posted by Cherry Duke on April 12, 2019
My bubba will be missed by many. He was whitty and smart as a whip. He was always kind to me and had a great smile. I love you always.
Posted by Roger B on April 11, 2019
His candle burned bright for many in the gaming community. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by A. Michael Perry on April 11, 2019
He was a very eloquent, very welcome voice in the Old School gaming community. I was surprised and saddened to read the news on his blog, and wish to extend my condolences to his family and loved ones.
Posted by Erik Swanson on April 11, 2019
James was a kind and thoughtful person, and a generous contributor to his beloved hobby. We will miss him.
Posted by Ben L on April 11, 2019
James was a wonderful voice and presence in the old school gaming community. I trusted him, and always found him kind, generous, and community spirited. My condolences to his son and family.
Posted by James Delaroderie on April 11, 2019
Enjoyed his blog, seemed like a wonderful person full of joy. My condolences and prayers for your loss.
Posted by Steve C on April 11, 2019
My sincerest condolences. I only knew and interacted with James through the 'old school' gaming community, unfortunately I never had the pleasure to meet him. I admired his passion and enthusiasm, and he wrote often of his son and his shared joy of gaming with him. I will miss him and his creativity greatly.
Posted by Erik Tenkar on April 11, 2019
I too only conversed with James about gaming, but his was always a calm voice no matter the background noise. Taken from us far too soon. Rest in peace and prayers for your family.
Posted by Q L on April 12, 2019
I don't know if it is right for me to leave this as I never spoke with James but I read his blog often and always found it insightful. His posts helped introduce me to a hobby that I enjoy thoroughly and I’m thankful for that. Rest in peace and condolences to his family.
Posted by Michael S on April 11, 2019
I'm truly sorry for your loss. James was such a kind man. I only corresponded with him about gaming, but I always enjoyed our emails to each other. Peace and grace to you all.

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