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James Mitchell Smith

Obituary Elder James Mitchell Smith, age 87, of Tompkinsville, Kentucky, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Signature Healthcare of Monroe.  He was born on October 13, 1932, the son of the late Samuel and Ollie May (Guffey) Smith.  He was united in marriage to Mary Chloe Rhoton who preceded him in death on April 25, 2010.  Mitchell was a member of Freedom #2 Baptist Church in Tompkinsville and had pastored several churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee in his 60 years of being called to preach.  He was retired from International Harvester in Indianapolis, Indiana.  After moving back to Monroe County, Mitchell went to work for the Monroe County School System and retired from there also.  Mitchell was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge # 753, an avid gardener, and enjoyed fishing as well.  He is survived by two children, one son; Gary and his wife Annette Smith, of Nineveh, Indiana, one daughter; Karen and her husband Dana Davis, of Tompkinsville, six granddaughters; Rebecca Reed (Terry), of Franklin, Indiana, Andrea (Richard) Sowders, of New Albany, Indiana, Kathryn (Markus) Zurlino, of Noblesville, Indiana, Felicia (Joshua) Jackson of Greenwood, Indiana, Morgan and Olivia Davis, both of Tompkinsville. Twelve great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers and seven sisters. Funeral Services for Mr. Smith will be conducted on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Anderson-Bartley Funeral Home in Tompkinsville, with burial to follow in the Freedom No.2 Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday, August 31, 2020, after 3:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning from 7:00 a.m. until time for services at 2:00. Elder Billy Moran will perform the service. Masonic Rites will be performed on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Alternate expressions of sympathy may take the form of Donations to The Monroe County Backpack Program, or The Freedom No.2 Cemetery, and may be made at the Funeral Home. **Due to restrictions from our Governor, Masks are required upon entry of the Funeral Home.** Anderson-Bartley Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Smith. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Mitchell Smith, please visit our floral store.

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Karen Smith Davis Sep 2 2020 12:00 AM

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Karen Smith Davis Sep 2 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers for the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mitchell at Signature. I remember he loved sitting in the hallway and watching life slowly unfold. He will be greatly missed by everyone who ever met him.

Lana Jo England Sep 1 2020 12:00 AM

It is with fond memory I remember Elder Mitchell Smith. Bro. Smith preached at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Association six times, (four Doctrinal Sermons and two Memorial Sermons) as he served churches in Indiana. As a young preacher I heard him preach doctrine we all knew but often forgot. He reminded us that God placed us in His ministry to serve His churches. He always supported these points with Scripture and plenty of enthusiasm. To the lost, Bro. Smith preached a "heart-felt," "know-so" salvation and reminded us that it took more than being saved to belong to one of the Lord's churches.In Bro. Smith's two Memorial Sermons, he preached that God's people are His heritage and noted that those who have gone before us are with the Lord. In his first Memorial Sermon, his text was "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable" - 1 Cor. 15:19. He went on to comment, "Someday, we too will join them."Per Elder Mitchell Smith's testimony, this day has come true for him. He is not only with those who have gone before him, but most important, he is with his Lord, Jesus Christ!May God continue to bless the ministry of this servant of God!

Elder John & Sister Barbara Keen Aug 31 2020 12:00 AM

Karen and Gary I am so sorry to hear about Brother Smith. I remember the family when he was pastor at New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church a little country church in Logan County Auburn Ky.He was the pastor of the church at the time my father died. He was a great pastor and friend.That winter Brother Smith heard about a big snow that was coming then one afternoon here came Brother Smith to our house in work overall He was going to cut us some firewood so we would not run out of wood to heat the house. That showed how Brother Smith loved his church family. Brother Smith will be missedI will keep the family in my prayers.

Edna Coley Aug 31 2020 12:00 AM