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James F Smoak

January 11, 1941 February 10, 2019
James F Smoak
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James Fletcher Smoak Sr., 78, of Ridgeway, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019. Born January 11, 1941, in Summerville, SC, he was the son of late John Fairey and Irene Wynns Smoak. He grew up in Branchville, SC and graduated from Branchville High School. After attending Clemson, he joined the US Navy, where he served as a photographer on an aircraft carrier. His later work life centered on building and construction, superintending many large job sites.
Mr. Smoak was a Mason and a Shriner. In addition, he was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, South Carolina Earth Antiquities Society, a Major in the South Carolina State Guard, and a reserve Officer on the Orangeburg County Sherriff Department for a number of years. Although a very active hunter when living in Orangeburg County, he later welcomed wild birds, deer and other wildlife in his yard in Ridgeway. His interest in photograph continued as a hobby throughout his life.
Mr. Smoak was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Linda Smoak Williams. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn B. Smoak, sons James Fletcher Smoak Jr. (Grace) of Walhalla, SC: and John Robert Smoak of Columbia; and daughter Tara Smoak Turner (Chris) of Millersville, TN, and grandchildren Jonathan Smoak, Cooper Turner and Presley Turner.
The funeral service will be held at Cedar Creek Baptist Church, 1920 Cedar Creek Rd., Blythewood, at 11am Wednesday, February 13. The family will receive friends an hour before the service in the church. Burial will be at Thompson Cemetery in Branchville at 2:30pm.
In lieu of Flowers, the family suggests memorials to Unto Me, Inc., Christian ministry in Nicaragua for feeding and teaching the Gospel to needy children (Unto Me, International, P.O. Box 972, Blythewood, SC,29016); or to Cedar Creek Baptist Church Building Fund (Cedar Creek Baptist Church, 1920 Cedar Creek Road, Blythewood, SC 29016). Ott Funeral Home of Branchville, SC, is assisting the family. Online Condolences can be made to www.ottfh.com


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Visitation

Wednesday

13

Feb

10:00 AM 2/13/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
Cedar Creek Baptist Church

1920 Cedar Creek Rd.
Blythewood, SC 29016

Cedar Creek Baptist Church
1920 Cedar Creek Rd. Blythewood 29016 SC
United States

Service

Wednesday

13

Feb

11:00 AM 2/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
Cedar Creek Baptist Church

1920 Cedar Creek Rd.
Blythewood, SC 29016

Cedar Creek Baptist Church
1920 Cedar Creek Rd. Blythewood 29016 SC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Thompson Cemetery Final Resting Place

1240 Rigby Rd.
Bramchville, SC 29432

1240 Rigby Rd. Bramchville 29432 SC
United States
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