James  Smith

James R. "Gondi" Smith

Saturday, September 16th, 1972 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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James R. “Gondi” Smith, 47 of Seth went to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 31, 2020 at his father in law Guary Kinder’s house in Charleston, which was his favorite place. He had a long battle with cancer.

Born September 16, 1972, he was a lifetime member of Racine Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years. He loved going hunting at the farm in Jackson County and took great pleasure in spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, “side by side” and just making memories.

He was preceded in death by his hero George R. “Crook” Clendenen.

Surviving Are:

Wife: Angela Smith, son: Timothy Smith, Stepsons: Blake (Whitney) Atkinson, Mason Atkinson, Mother: Joetta Martin, Father: James Smith, Sisters: Lynn (Ronnie) Maloskey, Jennifer (Sheldon) Smith, Christine Smith, Stepfather: Danny Martin, Stepbrothers: Dewayne, Danny and David Martin, Grandchildren who he dearly loved: Ellie, Gunner and Skylin, Mother in law: Geri (Steven) Legg, Sister in law: Jennifer (Randy) Wise and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He had a second family he loved dearly: Jimbo (late Carol) Clendenen, Billy (Honey Lee) Clendenen, Sharon Estep, Larry Estep, Terry (Tina) Estep, Rusty Clendenen and family and Jamie (Trish) Clendenen and family.

He also had some really close friends that he loved like family: Jackie (Rhonda) Hayes, Jonathan (April) Bothwell, Scott McNeely, Shawn Turley, Robert Blaylock, Bill (Danielle) Howell and family, Cody (Brooke) Howell and family, Jeremy “Hook” Hamilton and family, Roy (Karrie) Fernatt, Rob (April) Matheney and Mary (Crickett) Bothwell.

Gondi enjoyed life to the fullest and could put a smile on anyone’s face. He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.

Due to federal and state limitations on the number of people who may attend a funeral during the COVID-19 Pandamic, an invitation only visitation and funeral will be held at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet with Rev. Reggie Woodrum officiating. Following that he will be cremated and a public memorial service will be held at the Racine Volunteer Fire Department at a later date (dates and times for that will be published in the Charleston Gazette and to this site when they become available).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Gondi Fund” at Whitesville State Bank.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
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Terry Estep

Posted at 05:01pm
Gondi has always been apart of our family. Always there if you needed him. He left some great memories,especially at the farm. He will be missed by all of us.

T Franklin Bowles

Posted at 05:12pm
Gondi and I were friends for many years through the Fire Department and Boy Scouts. In 1993 I moved to NC. Some time around 1998 I convinced Gondi to move in with me and get a job here in NC. He started working right away as a fork lift operator for a furniture factory. After a few months I came home to find him starring at the walls, I like to tell folks he was going into the "WV's". I took a vacation day at work and drove him back to Boone Co that day. I didn't see him much after that since I stayed in NC and he was back in WV. We would stay in touch over Facebook and see each other occasionally when I was home for a visit. He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Helen Monk

Posted at 01:59pm
So many memories! We will miss you friend.💖 U always!

Danny martin

Posted at 12:51pm
I will forever remember the memories of the fun times we had and the mischief that we got into. You was always there for me when I was going though hard times before I left for the service. You never judged you always listened no matter how much you disagreed. You will forever be missed brother. Your life was taken way to early. Rest In Peace brother. Love ya man!

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