James C. Smith, Lt., Georgia State Patrol, Ret., age 78, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away peacefully at his home, Saturday, March 16, 2013, after a gallant fight with lung cancer. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years, Lillian Copelan Smith; daughter, Vanessa Copelan Burt of Hoschton; son, Brentwood Smith of Lawrenceville; grandson, Logan James Burt of Hoschton; brother, Nathaniel Smith of Royston; devoted sisters-in-law, Dorothy C. Collins (Lenard) of Gainesville, Mary C. Arnold (Lorain), Janet C. Byrd all of Lawrenceville, Bennie L. Copelan of Greshamville; nephews, Mitchell Pollock of Tampa, Ross Copelan (Rachael) of Greshamville, Al Rosencrance of Union Point, Russell Ivie of Madison, Brian Ivie (Grace) of Buckhead, Jason C. Byrd (Jennifer) of Lawrenceville, David Collins (Ashlie) of Gainesville, Matthew Arnold of Lawrenceville, Doug Collins (Lisa) of Gainesville; nieces, Bonnie Duvall (Billy) Greshamville, Deborah Everett, Diane Pollock, Lisa Bolin (Skip) all of Florida, Clara Copelan (Danny) of Eatonton; aunt, Wilma Lucas of Snellville; uncle, Aubrey Baker of Calhoun; other nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of friends.
James Smith was born on October 31, 1934 in Sycamore, Georgia, to Ima Irene Baker Smith and James Charlie Smith. He graduated from Hapeville High School, attended Gainesville Junior College and the Northwestern University campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Air Force, and retired after 33 years of service as a Lieutenant with the Georgia State Patrol. He loved wood-working, working in his garden, and being an avid Georgia Tech fan. One of his greatest joys was traveling with his wife, Lillian, sister-in-law, Dorothy, and his brother-in-law, Lenard, who was his best friend and fellow Georgia State Trooper. This caring, loving gentleman will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The Service Honoring the Life of Lt. Smith will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley and Congressman Doug Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. The Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard will Post and Attend Lt. Smith during the visitation and service with Full Honors rendered at the Committal Service. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Company, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411 has been entrusted with the arrangements.