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James Clifton Smith

January 4, 1947 ~ January 1, 2021 (age 73)

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James C. Smith


WOODRUFF- On Friday, January 1, 2021 James Clifton Smith, 73, of Woodruff, was reunited in Heaven with his beautiful wife Cheryl.

  James was born January 4, 1947 to the late Minor Clifton and Rachel Taylor Smith and was raised in Enoree.  He was a graduate of Woodruff High School where he was extremely proud to be a part of the 1965 State Championship Wolverine football team and remained a loyal supporter of Wolverine Athletics throughout his life.  James served in the United States Army and was retired from the engineering department of Spartanburg Medical Center.

  He loved his community and his family and served both in many ways.  He attended Woodruff First Baptist Church and was a member of Bethel Masonic Lodge.  For many years he was a Woodruff Little League football coach, coaching both his son and his grandson.  James served three terms on Woodruff City Council and was a past commander of American Legion Post 33.  He sought both positions to work to improve the lives of citizens in the Woodruff community and to serve and honor veterans.  A devoted father and grandfather, he never missed a single event or activity for his children or his grandboys.

  He is survived by a daughter, Tammy (Mark) Smith of Woodruff; son, Tommy (Stormy) Smith of Gray Court; two brothers, David (Carol) Smith of Woodruff and Danny (Terri) Smith of Cross Anchor; two grandsons, Webster Smith and Scout Smith.  He was predeceased by his wife Cheryl Hayes Smith and just recently his sister-in-law, Vicki Hayes Manley.

  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Woodruff by Rev. Andrew Shull.   Interment will follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens.

  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service.

  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Woodruff, 801 Cross Anchor Road, Woodruff, S.C. 29388.

  Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic it is requested that masks and social distancing be practiced at the visitation and funeral service.

  The family is at the home of his daughter, Tammy Smith, 160 Hunter Road, Woodruff.

  Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary

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