James Hibbard Smith, 82, of Reynoldsburg, OH and previously of Maysville, KY died right after a brief sickness on August 18, 2021. He was born December 23, 1938, the 3rd of 5 sons born to the late Cora Belle Hibbard Smith and Herbert Roger Smith of Ashland, KY. He was preceded in loss of life by his brother, Walter, and mom-in-legislation, Norma Heberle.

Surviving to grieve their decline and cherish his memory are his loving wife, Christine brothers Fred of Chicago, William (Nancy) of Seattle and Thom (Sally) of Oakland, CA sisters-in-legislation Marlene Smith of Port Townsend, WA, Karen (Jim) Pilewski of Eastlake, OH, Connie (Jack) Faulkner of Lake Town, PA, and Mary Szpara of Millcreek, PA brother-in-regulation Kenneth (Brenda) Heberle of Botkins, OH, Kevin (Barbara) Heberle of Indian Lands, OH and Craig (Kim) Heberle of Conneaut Lake, PA his small children Jim (Cathy) Smith of Burlington, NC, Jill (Justin) Steiner of Valparaiso, IN and Andrew Smith of Greensborough, NC his stepchildren Brenda (Chad) Goble of Reynoldsburg, Julie (David) Gustafson of Nederland, CO, Daniel (Angie) McGarvey of
Richmond, VA, and Susan McGarvey of Reynoldsburg his grandchildren Paul and Alexander Smith, Grant Steiner, Kellan and Mia Goble, Evelyn and Ruby Gustafson, Norma and Flint McGarvey, Gabriel and Rachel Chrysler and Meredith Zeallear lots of nieces and nephews and a life time of friends.

Jim attended school in Ashland through eleventh quality prior to transferring to Fort Lauderdale Higher University. He relished recounting that his course rank enhanced quite a few areas just after going from the smaller Ashland Substantial Faculty to the much bigger Fort Lauderdale Higher Faculty, and he credited his acceptance to and scholarship from the University of Chicago to that go. He remained a happy honorary member of Ashland Superior Faculty, course of 1956, and attended quite a few reunions over the a long time. He gained a bachelor’s diploma in Liberal Arts in 1961, and in 1962, an MBA in Accounting from the University of Chicago, and afterwards, in January, 1987, a J.D. from John Marshall Legislation College in Chicago. When requested why the law diploma, he answered, “for the enjoyment of it.”

A self-explained “quantities man,” Jim labored as a CPA in many capacities for his whole career. He commenced his job in Chicago exactly where he was an accountant and supervising accountant at Ernst & Ernst, then CFO at COE Dental Laboratories wherever he also commenced his involvement with the CAL-LAB Dental Producing Association of which he grew to become the Government Director, a posture he liked for a long time. He later on grew to become CFO at DenMat in Santa Maria, CA. Tiring of the company environment, he made the decision to invest in a little CPA apply In Maysville KY, the place he supplied tax accounting and bookkeeping providers to hundreds of customers, and auditing companies to dozens of public entities and nonprofit companies. He was devoted to the service of his clientele, quite a few of whom became his friends as well. He was tireless as an auditor and developed his profitable and gratifying exercise little by little through really hard operate, an impeccable status, unfailing courtesy, and the fantastic fortune that allows those people characteristics to translate to accomplishment. Jim was also a grasp of time management and multi tasking, that authorized him to pursue his outdoor passions with gusto. He beloved his get the job done, his loved ones, classical music, mountaineering, touring and sail boarding.

Jim was careful and deliberate in most of his daily life possibilities, but when he fulfilled Christine he threw warning to the wind, bought his CPA follow and his dwelling, and moved to Reynoldsburg. Chris and Jim have been married at Niagara Falls in 2005 and indulged their mutual enjoy of their people, music, art, climbing, traveling and just one a different for the future 15 years. Most all the things they enjoyed, they relished together. Jim poured his energy into organizing their trips, and there was normally a future a single to glance ahead to, as very well as fantastic recollections.

Jim eagerly embraced Christine’s significant household and they grew to become his personal. He liked the part of Gramps to his own 3 grandsons, and Grandpa Jim to Christine’s who finally numbered 9. Every single was particular to him and he participated in their lives as considerably as attainable. He felt a special bond with every grandchild, and they enriched his everyday living immeasurably.

As a husband and loved ones person, Jim was straightforward to appreciate, eager to be beloved, determinedly optimistic, energetic and whole of dreams. As a individual he was dignified, respected and respectful, straightforward, sort, considerably shy and incredibly generous. Jim was a gentleman and a light man. Jim was a lot more than articles, he was delighted with his daily life and viewed as himself a most fortuitous male.

Jim desired to get immunosuppressive medicine for his autoimmune ailments. He died just after 11 times in a high-quality clinic having the ideal care obtainable simply because his immunocompromised entire body could not mount a defense versus the pneumonia that was ravaging his lungs. In gentle of this, and simply because his grieving household involves other immunocompromised and vulnerable customers, the loved ones necessitates all more than age 12 who would like to join them in the services and celebration of Jim’s everyday living to be entirely vaccinated and asymptomatic, and don a mask to safeguard some others from asymptomatic distribute. Vaccinated relatives and pals are invited to check out Jim’s spouse and children from 2-3 PM on Saturday, August 28 at Cotner Funeral House, 7369 E. Principal St. in Reynoldsburg, exactly where a memorial service will adhere to at 3 PM.

The services will be obtainable by using Zoom for those who can’t be there in individual for any rationale. Make sure you speak to Jim’s loved ones for directions. For individuals wishing to make a memorial contribution in Jim’s title, the family respectfully suggests Heart Foods Pantry, 6475 E. Most important St.,
Reynoldsburg, OH or Joseph’s Coat, 240 Outerbelt St., Columbus OH 43213.


To deliver bouquets to the family members or plant a tree in memory of James Hibbard Smith, please check out our floral keep.