October 1, 1934 - October 8, 2021
Judge James "JD" Daniel Smith was greeted by Jesus with open arms at his home on Friday, October 8, 2021. Although it is with great sadness we announce his passing, it is with great joy that we can proclaim we knew him. JD was born October 1, 1934 in Montgomery, AL to Lester and Ester Smith. JD spent 8 years serving his country as a United States Marine Corp Veteran, 30 years as an Administrative Law Judge, 60 years as a loving husband to his wife, Elizabeth Marvin Smith, 51 years as a doting father to his daughter, Danielle (David) King and son, Jason (Kari Cherie) Smith, and 25 years as a fun and silly grandad to Chandler, Hayden, Emeree and Ellyson. JD's personality was shaped early on by the tragic loss of his mother, which drove him to pour his heart and soul into taking care of his family and friends. Not only was JD generous, charitable and giving, but there are many who can thank JD directly or indirectly for gaining employment. As a child, JD had a devilish nature which would eventually evolve into an infectious sense of humor. He also had an uncanny ability to find joy in conversations with just about anybody, especially the local retail workers. His pleasant personality was contagious. JD met the love of his life, Elizabeth "Libby," in 1959 on a date to Lake Jordan, where he immediately fell in love with her and her swimsuit. Libby knew JD was the one soon after when he didn't hesitate to run to the store and purchase feminine products for her pregnant sister. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to JD. He was renowned for his cooking, but he was even better known for his eating, especially doughnuts. This gentle, loving, caring, and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be supremely missed. Those who did not know JD would say he led a good, long life; for those of us who did know JD, it wasn't nearly long enough. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 11AM to 12PM at Serenity Funeral Home with service following at 12PM in the chapel. Interment will be held in Serenity Memorial Gardens.
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