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James Jr. L. Smith

July 19, 1930 - December 10, 2009

James L. Smith Jr., retired from the Payson Police Department in 1991, died Dec. 10, 2009 in Mesa. He was born July 19, 1930 in Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Smith retired from the U.S. Army as a master sergeant.
He married Nancy J. Smith Jan. 12, 1979 in Phoenix, who survives him. He is also survived by daughters, Linda Smith, Debbie Hopper, Gail Wright and Lorna Rodriguez; sons, Logun Smith and Michael Lanning.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Another son, Leon Smith, preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Melcher’s Mortuary, 6625 E. Main St., Mesa. The service will also take place at Melcher’s Mortuary at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, with burial at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Cave Creek, Ariz., at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Smith’s name to Hospice of the Valley.