Let the memory of James be with us forever
  • 71 years old
  • Born on July 17, 1941 .
  • Passed away on April 21, 2013 .

James Lewis Smith, 71, a former resident of Butner passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at his home in Swansboro.

A native of Harnett County, the son of the late Howard Leaven and Lucy Johnson Smith. He was a member of Northeast Primitive Baptist Church in Jacksonville, a veteran of the US Navy, worked at ABF Freight and was owner operator of Butner Florist, Butner Garden Center and Butner Jewelry.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 24th 2013  at Butner Presbyterian Church in Butner by Rev. Dave Vellenga and Rev. Lenny Rogers. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia D. Smith of Swansboro, a son, James Lewis Smith II and wife Michaele of Creedmoor, a brother, Eddie L. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., three grandchildren, Megan Ganzert  and husband Matthew, Courtney Smith, Jay Smith and a great grandson, Miles Lewis Ganzert. He was preceded in death by a sister, JoAnn Smith and a great grandson, Weston Ganzert.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Northeast Primitive Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC.

Visitation 7:00-8:30 PM Tuesday evening, April 23, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home of his son .

Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Smith family.

Posted by Nancy Dickerson on 22nd May 2013
We are so sorry to hear about the death of Mr. Smith. I got to know him and Pat when they ran the florist. Our thought's and prayer's go out to Pat and the family. God Bless You All!!
Posted by Lynne Allen on 27th April 2013
Pat, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I know every trip to Butner Florist was welcoming and warm. Lynne remembers buying a charm bracelet from Lewis with her first bonus. Please stop by whenever you are in town. Praying for you. Yvette Davis, Jeff and Lynne
Posted by Thelma Marie Jefferys on 25th April 2013
Pat: I am so sorry to hear about Lewis. I did not get all the information until late Wednesday night. Eddie and Lewis and I, of course, grew up together, and I loved them both so very much. I was about 7 years older than Lewis. I still have fond memories of the fishing trip Grady and I had with you and Lewis. Pat, May God Bless. Thelma.
Posted by Kay Turner on 25th April 2013
Pat sorry to hear of passing of your beloved spouse. Prayers are with the family at this time.
Posted by GLENDA STEPHENSON on 24th April 2013
Oh Pat, Jamie, Michaele,and other family members,we are so sad to hear about Lewis. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Pat, Momma often speaks of the fun ya'll had as kids. She loves you and is so sad that she is unable to attend the funeral. Lewis will be missed by so many. May his memories comfort you, during this time. Love Glenda, Rickey, Casey, Kelly and Rachel
Posted by Robin Lyne on 24th April 2013
PAT, We were so sorry to hear of Mr Lewis's passing. Our heart goes out to you and your family. He was of my favorite people, as are you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Robin
Posted by Paula Denton on 24th April 2013
Jamie, Michaele, Pat, Megan, Courtney and Jay, We are so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Lewis well but knew how much you loved him. I am thankful that he is no longer in pain. You are blessed with a strong faith that will help get you through this difficult time.May God wrap His healing wings around you. You are in our hearts & prayers. Love Paula and Blake
Posted by Linda Ferrell on 23rd April 2013
I loved my Uncle Lewis growing up. We shared birthdays and he called me to wish me a happy birthday even into adulthood. Somehow we lost touch but he was always in the memories we shared. He will be missed. Lewis, you will always be in my heart. RIP. Love to those he left behind.
Posted by Janet Love on 23rd April 2013
Dear Pat, Jamie and family we are sadden for your family during this time of sorrow. We send our prayers and condolences. Rick & Janet Love and family.
Posted by Joy Spivey on 23rd April 2013
Pat, we were so sorry to hear about Lewis. May God grant you and all of his loved ones "peace".
Posted by Joy Spivey on 23rd April 2013
Dear Pat and family of Lewis Smith, We are so sorry to hear of the death of this well loved man. May God drant you each "peace".
Posted by Ellen Poe on 23rd April 2013
Pat and Jamie, We are all so sorry to hear about Lewis. Our prayers are with all of the family. We ask for comfort at this time and the times ahead. We love you all. Alex and Ellen Poe
Posted by Jim Sally on 23rd April 2013
We are all deeply sadden with Lewis's passing and pray for peace and comfort for Pat and the family at this time of loss. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered
Posted by JoAnn Smith-Harmon on 23rd April 2013
Pat and Jamie.....although I have not seen you all in a long time, I want to express my deepest sympathy to you, and to your extended family and friends, for your loss. My family is remembering you in our prayers as the Lord walks you through this time of grief.....JoAnn Smith-Harmon (Penny)
Posted by Anne Crews on 23rd April 2013
Daddy and I are so sorry for your loss Pat. You and your family are all in our prayers. I was so glad to see that you had so much love from your neighbors. Lewis never met a stranger, he made everyone feel like a friend and that spirit will stay with you. We love you, Gay
Posted by Marie Jones on 22nd April 2013
Pat and family so sorry to hear about Lewis .Our prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.

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