James Allen Smith

May 9, 1928 - July 24, 2022

05/09/1928 - 07/24/2022

Past Services

Saturday July 30, 2022
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Saturday July 30, 2022
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday July 30, 2022
6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions

James Allen Smith, 94, of Wheeling WV passed away peacefully at Wheeling Hospital July 24, 2022.

James was born May 9, 1928 to the late Regina Rhodes Diehl in Wheeling.

James was a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II and was in the Occupation of
Japan. He was in the United States Army Security Agency (ASA) which was the Army’s signals
intelligence branch. He was a member of the Warwood Vets Club and the American Legion.

In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his son Richard and two sisters; Norma Smith Briggs and Gloria Smith Wright

James is survived and greatly missed by; his wife, Josephine (Sue) Smith; Four children, Colleen (Kelly) Smith (Dennis) Pickens, Michael (Cheryl) Smith, Patricia Smith, and Daniel Smith; Five grandchildren, James Pickens, Jennifer Pickens Regal, John Harvey, Kathleen Harvey Ernest, and Joseph Smith; Four great grandchildren, Cole Regal, Keira Regal, Nora Ernest, and Ruby Ernest.

A memorial gathering for James will take place Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 3-5:30pm with a service at 5:30pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Wheeling Chapel 1400 Eoff St. Wheeling, WV.


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Peggy (Behnke)Wright
6 months ago

To my cousins back east and Uncle Jim’s family and friends. Though it’s been many years since I made it back to Wheeling I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. My mom (Gloria Wright Smith) was very lucky to have such a wonderful and special brother, as you were to have him as a husband, dad, and grandpa. Every story and memory of my mom’s life growing up was filled with mischief they got into, his going off to service and the closeness and love she had for her “little brother” all the way to adult hood. My memory of Uncle Jim was his laugh could fill a room along with the love he had for all of you could be seen. I want to leave you with this…What so ever soothes our spirit, comforts your soul, and brings you peace is what I wish for you that were fortunate to know him…love peggy

Paul Wright
6 months ago

Sorry for the loss of a good man. He had a great sense of humor and was a great romodel to us all. He brought joy with his warm personality and could light up the room in an instant. We all miss him. From the Wright family in California.

John Haberfield
6 months ago

Jim was a great man. Sorry for your loss, Kelly, Patty, Mike and Danny. Especially you Sue. We’re out of town and just found out.

Randy and Liz Stephens
6 months ago

Sue,Dan and the Smith family
I had the pleasure of working with Jim the last four years of his postal career and it was always a good time.What we will always remember about Jim the most was his gift to tell a good story. What I always admired the most was his love for his family. We will always remember our good friend. Im sure Smitty’s got them laughing in heaven.
Our deepest sympathy,

Susan stanley
6 months ago

I always enjoyed seeing him when he came to the office where I work. He was so kind and funny too! He was a humble man who always greeted me with a big warm smile! Thank you for your service Mr. Smith. Heaven has gained an angel. 🙏

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
6 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of James Allen Smith, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, James Allen Smith, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Dennis R. Albaugh
6 months ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Jim. I met him years ago. What a gentleman and so nice to talk to and be around. He never showed his age,and had a great sense of humor. Denny Albaugh

Scott Schenerlein
6 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Oglebay, along with his granddaughter Jennifer. I can’t say enough good things about him. His smile said it all. My condolences to his family.

– Scott