James Smith Obituary
 
In Memory of

Mr. James Thompson Smith

July 9, 1924 - June 3, 2014
Obituary

James Thompson Smith, one month shy of 90, died Tuesday June 3rd at his home in Tampa, Florida. Born in Middletown, DE on July 9, 1924, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary Alice Smith and younger brother of Harry, Jr. All are deceased. Jim is survived by his three children, James Thompson Smith, Jr., Richard Riddle Smith and Margaret Truss Spurlock and their spouses Karen, Jennifer and Fred. His wife of 62 years Jean Truss Smith passed away in 2009. Jim had four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces Abigail Hobbie, Susan Dynerman and nephew Alfred E. Bacon, Jr. Best known as President and...

James Thompson Smith, one month shy of 90, died Tuesday June 3rd at his home in Tampa, Florida.



Born in Middletown, DE on July 9, 1924, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary Alice Smith and younger brother of Harry, Jr. All are deceased.



Jim is survived by his three children, James Thompson Smith, Jr., Richard Riddle Smith and Margaret Truss Spurlock and their spouses Karen, Jennifer and Fred. His wife of 62 years Jean Truss Smith passed away in 2009.



Jim had four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces Abigail Hobbie, Susan Dynerman and nephew Alfred E. Bacon, Jr.



Best known as President and CEO of Magnavox Government and Industrial Electronics, Jim was in the class of 1946 at The Naval Academy which graduated a year early to fight in WWII. In addition, he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1948. He served as an aviator in the Navy until hired by Magnavox in 1954. He stayed with the company working in California, Illinois and Indiana. He enjoyed working on several community projects – chiefly as a trustee at Ball State University and as President of the Board at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.



A service will be held at The Naval Academy in Annapolis – date not yet determined.



In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.



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"Our very sincere condolences to the family and friends of JT. He was an inspiration and leader for so many including this young, at the time, Magavox..." Carol & Tom Butler (Fort Wayne, IN)

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