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James W Smith
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1925
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 2004
California, USA

James Ware Smith

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dev 1 at Brune & Buck Mortuary Chapel in Bishop for James Ware Smith.

Born in Boston, Mass. On Nov. 22, 1925 to Edmund and Helen Smith, Jim died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, just four days after turning 79.

In his teen years, Jim survived polio and later attended Dartmouth College. After a short marriage, Jim moved to Los Angeles. He met Avis Marie Beeler at an insurance company where she supervised Jim in the mail room, and they married four years later in 1949.

Jim loved recreation in the outdoors—fly fishing, golf, hiking, tennis, skiing and baseball—and his interests took him to Bishop. He and Avis moved to the Owens Valley in 1950. Jim said he was willing to work any job to stay in the area; shortly afterwards, he was pleased to be hired as an accounting clerk for Union Carbide Corporation. At Carbide, Jim worked in several jobs for nearly 35 years, including chief safety engineer and director of personnel.

Jim and Avis lived in Rovana and moved to Bishop in 1964. During these years, Jim founded Little League sports in Inyo County, and enjoyed many weekends as an avid fly fisherman, hiker and golfer. He became active in the Bishop Country Club, serving on the board of Directors as treasurer for many years in the mid-'70s. Jim also served as president of the Pine Creek Lions Club.

Jim had a great sense of humor, and he loved to tell good stories in the family tradition; Jim's father, Edmund Ware Smith, was a Maine writer and outdoor short story writer. Jim also loved to read novels, see musical theater and eat fine food often cooked by Avis. He had a great smile and a fantastic laugh that could be heard in any room.

Jim and Avis were avid bridge players, especially with their close friends, Don and Kay Taylor. Jim also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge. His sons say that Jim and Avis were the only two people in the world who could be locked up in a motel room with a deck of cards for a week who would both come out with smiles on their faces. Avis died six weeks shy of their 50 years of marriage together. However, they confirmed their marriage vows in a Catholic wedding in November of 1999, on the back patio of their house of many years on Barlow Lane.

Two years after Avis passed away, Jim met and married a bridge partner, Gloria Spears Smith. One of Jim's important goals was to earn his Life Master's award in bridge, which he accomplished last year.

Jim was also very active in State of California and Inyo County Mental Health advocacy groups. He promoted resources for better serving those who could not take care of themselves because of mental disabilities.

Jim is survived by his third wife, Gloria; four sons, Jeff Smith of Portland,
Ore., Steve Smith and Mike Smith of Bishop and David Smith of Phelan; sister, Mary Helen Gillett of Yorba Linda; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family asks that remembrances in Jim's name be given to Inyo County Mental Health, Independence.

The Inyo Register, Bishop, Inyo County, California
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 – Page A-2.
Transcribed by Laura M. Bybee for Inyo County GenWeb, 6 June 2005
Family links: 
  Avis Marie Beeler Smith (1927 - 1999)*
  Michael Allen Smith (1959 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
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Record added: Aug 09, 2013
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