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Jimmy Ross Smith

CHICAGO, ILL. — Jim Smith went to his heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, to celebrate his birthday with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Friday at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel, Pastors Tonnie May and Dan Caldwell officiating. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Jim was born Nov. 13, 1962, in Galveston. Jim had so many friends on this earth because of his most kind and caring nature. Jim was a wonderful and caring son and will truly be missed by his mom and dad and his hundreds of friends.
Jim graduated from Western Hills in 1981 where he was a member of the cheerleading squad and the drum and bugle corps. Jim attended UTA, then moved to New York City where he worked with Mark Finkelstein who became a beloved friend as well as a mentor. He also worked with various music companies and artists to produce music and video recordings for distribution and sale on iTunes. Jim was also a professional photographer and made photographs of various merchandise for publication and sale in periodicals. Jim was a talented writer and published a weekly paper. He recently moved to Chicago from New York and was employed by the Sam Villa Company. He was loved by many friends and staff and will be missed. He was traveling back to New York to celebrate his birthday when involved in a vehicle accident that took his life. Jim was a remarkable and loving man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jim was preceded in death by brothers, Jobie R. Smith Jr. and Kevin Gardner.
Survivors: Father, Jobie Smith and wife, Karen; mother, Charlene “Dodie” Dugan; sister, Kendra Hopkins and husband, Eric; uncle, Joey Larkin and Auntie Ann; a large family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, New Jersey and Ohio whom he loved dearly; and his faithful companion, Peto.

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Condolence Messages

  1. I was stunned when I heard of Jimmy’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing his posts on Facebook, and him commenting on my posts. He would always mention the times he’d be over at our house as a young boy, and he’d always be the only boy there. 🙂 He had told me via FB a few times, that he and his Mom were going to be making a trip to Texas sometime in the near future, and they would definitely be visiting my Mom and me. It hurts my heart to know that won’t be taking place. When he was living in New York and he saw one of my posts about me wanting to go to NYC after Ground Zero was completed, and he immediately commented that I could stay at his place. He was a sweet kid, and such a sweet man. He will be greatly missed. I’m saddened by his passing, and that I’ll never see a FB post or comment from him again. RIP my dear friend. You are dearly loved.

  2. Jimmy was such a kind soul. He could carry a conversation on with anyone and he had such a good eye for photography. I know how much the boys loved seeing him and Peto. I love you Dodie and I’ll always be here for any need you may have.
    Love always, Faith

  3. Dodie, you are one of the most precious people I know, so I can only imagine what Jimmy was like. I’m so sorry to have never met him, and I’m just in shock over this great loss. My heart is with you, and I love you so much. So sorry precious friend

  4. My deepest sympathies to his family and especially his mother. Jimmy was a great friend. I would visit him in the DJ booth in the San Antonio clubs in the early 1990s. We would talk music – dance music. I remember also saying let’s meet to brainstorm. We met at a little sandwich shop in San Antonio, TX. We talked about breaking into the music business we dreamed and laughed and wished so hard to make it happen. Eventually we both made it to New York City and started making our dreams happen. We went to music conferences and networked like crazy. He made it! I made it! We would get together and laugh…”Giiiirrrl, remember Po Boy Pantry where we dreamed and wished for it so badly? We dreamed it and now we’re DOING IT!” In 2004 we had a photo shoot and he took GREAT classic photos of me. The main photo on my website is by Jimmy R. Smith. I used his photos for years because they were so good. I loved his energy. He championed people. Being around Jimmy made you feel like you could make it ALL happen. Sad thing for me is we had just spoken a few months ago and we were planning another photo shoot. I told him his photos of me were so iconic and he said “well let’s do some more!” I can still hear his voice in my ears – in my head. I will so desperately miss his friendship and his energy. Before his passing, I had wanted to call him and touch base. I will always regret waiting too long. This tragic news of losing him was truly very devastating. It makes me so sad. But I can hear him in my head… “Giiirrrrrrl it’s alright, I’ll be alright” Rest in peace Jimmy. Heaven got a really fun DJ!

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jimmy’s family and friends. Like many others, I knew him through the music industry and to say he had a big heart is an understatement. I am sadly working on the road and cannot make the funeral but hope that the love we all felt for Jimmy is being felt by all of you during this time.

  6. sorry to hear about Jimmy Still cannot believe it Dodie My heart hurts for you . So glad the puppy was ok I know how he loved him love Ruth

  7. My deepest condolences to his family and Peto. I pray for all your healing and I know in this life we prepare for eternal life where Jim already there. God Bless Jimmy and all of you always.


  8. My heart is broken. There is no way I can express how very sorry I am for your loss. I pray you will find comfort and peace. When my brother died, Jimmy’s words were so full of love and kindness… That’s Jimmy.
    He told me once he believed our souls were connected. I live in Paris, France and he’d talk about how much he loved it here. I was so hoping he’d get to visit again. Now he has wings. ❤️
    I will never forget you love.

  9. Janice Challenger

    My sincerest condolences to Jimmy’s mother Dodie and family. Jimmy was a great person. He inspired me to dream big and never be afraid of change. He was wonderful, charming, caring and a bold spirit. He touched the lives of many people. I will miss him!! God bless.

  10. My deepest sympathies to friends and family. Although I only met him.a few times, he stayed in touch online. Jimmy was generous, loving, and always willing to lend a helping hand, even from across the country. I will never forget his kindness. I hope he knew how loved he was and is. Prayers for comfort for all those grieving.

  11. Barbara Lane Chaffee(LaFoy)

    My heart is broken over your loss . Dear Dodie, the most beautiful person inside and out that I have ever met, I am so sorry for your loss, I have no words to express how much sorrow the news of Jimmy’s death brings to me , for you , my dear friend. You are and always will be forever in my heart. Even though it has been 20 years since I have seen you, when we talk it is like it was just yesterday. I love you.

  12. We had been private facebook message thread regarding his trip to NYC since October 16th of this year. We were holding a Dancer & Dance Music Seminar @Pearl Stuods in NYC where he danced tango many years ago..he said he would love to come and speak to the young people regarding the Dance Music Scene at a time when he worked for us at Kamen Entertainent Group, Inc/MRK Records in Times Square in Manhattan during the late 90s. When he never showed up on Saturday the 14th of Nov. we had a strange feeling. This was not like Jimmy. If he told you he would be somewhere he would follow through. He would have called. Such a larger than life personality filled with life.Much respect to him for starting his life into a new ventrue and chapter in the middle of his life in Chicago. RIP my fellow fabulous friend and associate. So many will miss you:( much lovexoxoxo

  13. Brian Caillaud and Ann Marie Mullins

    Jimmy immediately became one of our dear friends as soon as we met him. This spoke to his welcoming nature, his generosity, wonderful sense of humor, and his kindness. I never once saw him truly anger and it seemed that he was friends with everyone he saw, from neighbors to sales people. It deeply saddens us to think we won’t get another opportunity to spend time with him, to have him play tour guide for us in his Chicago neighborhood, or get to welcome him to our home with the same level of generosity he showed us. We will deeply miss him and we send our condolences to everyone who is hurting from the loss of such a wonderful soul.

  14. I was crushed to hear that Jimmy had left us. He was the only photographer to capture me and my 3 daughter’s all together. Jimmy was my Facebook friend and we loved to exchange political views and ideas. But we always had respect and admiration for each other. Go rest high on that mountain my friend.

  15. I knew Jimmy from WHHS and only saw him a few times after, but we kept in touch through Facebook. Although we were on different ends of politics I truly enjoyed are debates on life and politics. I will miss our discussions greatly!

  16. My deepest sympathies to Jimmy’s family and friends. I’ve known Jimmy first as a co-worker and then as a friend. He was always a very up person and a joy to spend time with. I already miss our phone conversations about life and family.

    RIP my Friend.

  17. My heart is broken to consider the notion that I will never see another text or FB rant from my dear friend, Jimmy. I cherish the memories we’ve shared since I met you in 1982. I fell in love with you then and still love you to this day. Peace to all those who now have a giant void in our lives where you once stood. And peace to you, sweet Jimmy.

  18. Dodie and Family.
    I cannot express how much Jimmy meant to us in our little music world but also as a friend and man. He was a caring, funny, and always caring soul. It was a pleasure to have been touched by him and his many talents. Xo Joi

  19. Im deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy passing…. I spent a lot of time with him in Ft Worth/Dallas when i was in college…..We had recently connected on FB and had many laughs…..
    My deepest deepest sympathy to his family…..
    Rest in Peace my Friend……

  20. It is with great sadness that I learned of the premature death of Jimmy Smith. Jimmy and my daughters, Julienne and Laura, attended Western Hills High School where I first met him. I always liked Jimmy for his joy, kindness and friendliness. I have followed and enjoyed his life and career through his postings on Facebook. I will miss seeing him and following his life. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed by many, including me.

  21. I am incredibly saddened to hear that one of my favorite music comrades has passed away. His benevolent and giving soul is something that will be truly missed. I do know that someone such as Jimmy will find some way to reach out to us all to let us know that he is actually around and looking out for each of us. He’s resourceful like that and also a standout spirit.

  22. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some peace with all the great memories you have.

    Jimmy stayed with our family in Kansas while in the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps.
    He loved my mother and called her Momma Powell.

    We reconnected via Facebook and chatted on the phone once in a while.

    Jimmy was incredibly talented and will be missed by so many people in so many different circles!!

    I know you are “Somewhere over the Rainbow” my friend….

    Jon Powell

  23. My condolences to the family of Jimmy. He was a friend of mine from a long time ago, and he was always very kind and generous to me. I know he is taking his place in paradise.

  24. There are no words to express the loss of you in our lives. I just do not understand. You will be missed. I just wonder… how… why …
    Beth and Skip

  25. John Escobar Chavez

    May You Rest In Peace Jimmy. My Condolences To His Family And All His Friends. He Touched Many Lives With His Friendship And Music. I Had The Pleasure Of Working With Jimmy In San Antonio At The Wild Club… He Always Had A Way To Make Us Laugh… Fly With The Angles My Friend…RIP… See You Soon…

  26. My condolences. Jimmy and I were very close friends and I miss him dearly. I wish you strength and love.

  27. My condolences to Jimmy’s friends and family as we too feel a loss. We worked together back in the Wild Club days in San Antonio Tx. He was a mentor and one of the most resourceful persons i have ever known. A plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter, bartender, DJ, entertainer etc but most of all a friend. Remembering how he was bold, tough and very good at reading , giirrrrll > thank you Jimmy Smith, may your spirit continue to live among us….

  28. Elizabeth Chavez and Clint Easterwood

    Our most deepest condolences the family. Liz and I both met Jimmy here in San Antonio at a nightclub The Wild Club where I worked with him for years until he moved to New York. Although I was a Bartender, he taught me to spin records and to open my mind to house music. He was kind, big-hearted and outspoken. We worked on countless remodels of the club too. In fact, I was in NYC for a conference last year and we were supposed to meet up for lunch and time constraints didn’t allow it. He will be sorely missed and always be within our hearts and souls. “We will see you in heaven Jimmy”. Bye for now.

  29. Susan Presnell Pringle

    Dodie, I’m do very sorry and shocked to hear of Jimmy’s passing. Although I never really new him, by reading all of these condolences, he took after you so much Dodie. I am saddened and heartbroken for you and the family & his many many friends. He sounds as though he was a very talented person, in not only music, but so many different things. My heart goes out to you Dodie & his family & many friends. May he Rest In Heavenly Peace. God Bless you Dodie!!

  30. I miss you…

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