James Edward Smith, 82, of Union Grove died Monday May 6, 2019, at Crestwood Medical Center.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 24, 1936, Chilton County, to Wilton and Jettie Pierce Wilkins. He was married to the former Darlene Thomas.

He served in the United States Army, National Guard and then retired from the United States Air Force. He was a member of 12th Avenue Church of God and Union Grove Masonic Lodge # 320.

He is survived by his wife: Darlene Smith of Union Grove; children and in-laws: Denise and John Piazza of Virginia, Debbie and Billy Wooten of Union Grove and Darlene Boyd of Virginia; grandchildren: Danielle Dombrowski and Michael Dombrowski of Virginia, Andy Wooten and Eddie Wooten of Union Grove; two great-grandchildren; sister: Maxine Miller of Warrior; brother: Ken Wilkins of Billingsley; stepson: Adam Henderson of Union Grove;

He was preceded in death by a son: Jimmy Smith.

The funeral was at 1 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at Gober Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Hayden Cemetery in New Hope with Gober Funeral Chapel directing.

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