James Oliver


As the bell rang, James Oliver "JO, Buddy" Smith, III gained his wings.
He left to join those who had gone before him early Thursday morning, January 10, 2019.
James Oliver Smith, III was born on September 10, 1948, to Louise and Jimmy Smith, Jr. of Live Oak, Florida. He married Marsha D. Millican on May 7, 1976. They resided in Live Oak, FL, until relocating to Hollister in 1983, where he worked for subcontractors at Seminole Electric in Bostwick and for the Putnam County Maintenance Department before retiring in 2010. Mr. Smith loved his family dearly and enjoyed team roping. To know him was to love him but you also knew he would almost always be late and then want to stay just one more minute. He was a Vietnam Veteran while serving in the Navy CBs from 1968-1969.
JO is predeceased by his parents. He leaves behind two sons, James Oliver Smith, IV (Lindy) of Hollister, FL and Donald Walker of Jenkinsburg, GA. JO also leaves behind four grandchildren: Garrett Lane and Turner Grace Smith of Hollister, FL and Jessica Lynn and Jennifer Taylor Walker of Henderson, NC, two sisters: Elaine Fletcher and Susan (Mike) Jordan, both of Live Oak, a brother: Bob (Andrea) Smith of Lake City, FL, a number of nieces, nephews along with great nieces and great nephews.
Visitation with the family will be at Daniels Funeral Home, 1126 Ohio Avenue North, Live Oak, Florida on Saturday, January 12th from 1:00-2:00 pm followed by services in Daniels Memorial Chapel at 2:00 pm. Interment immediately after the services in Live Oak Cemetery.
Please sign the guestbook at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 11, 2019
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