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SMITH----James Joseph “Smitty,” 87, Johnstown, formerly of South Fork, died December 25, 2021, at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family. Born June 29, 1934, in South Fork, son of James Joseph Smith Sr. and Marie Knepper. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Donna (Ellis), children, Kevin (Debbie), Greensburg, PA; Keith (Cheri McDannell) Frederick, MD; Eric, Orwigsburg, PA. Also survived by his loving grandchildren, Alyson (Matt), Nathanael and Connor. A U.S. Army veteran, coal miner, insurance adjuster, railroad brakeman and retired claims adjuster for Pennsylvania Mines Corporation, a jack of all trades. A member of Wesley United Methodist Church in South Fork, Masonic Temple, Cambria Lodge 278 and Altoona Jaffa Shrine. Jim made everyone feel welcome, always had a joke to tell, and had an infectious laugh. He loved to golf with his wife (he said she always won), as well as with family and friends, and was an avid Penguins and Steelers fan. Jim was a great, loving father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and was a very generous man who was always willing to help others. He made sure to instill this quality in his three sons. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Dawn L. Davis officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to your favorite charity in memory of James J. “Smitty” Smith. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
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