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James ‘Jack’ Smithhart

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A private memorial service was held for James “Jack” Smithhart Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

He passed away Aug. 19, 2020. Jack had resided in the Terrell area for 35 years and had just recently moved to a new home in Canton with Sherry, his wife of 44 years.

Jack lived a full, blessed life. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. At age 17, he enlisted in the Marines, serving in the Korean War. After returning home he started Continental Steel and Builder’s Supply Co. which he owned and managed for 25 years. He also started Smithhart Aviation and Flight School where he too, learned to fly. After retiring in his late 50s, he and Sherry bought land and created Lazy Oaks Ranch. He raised cattle and produced outstanding hay crops. He fell in love with cutting horse competition and decided to get a horse and saddle up. He soared in success by winning First Place in the World Cutting Horse Amateur Division.

Jack will be greatly missed by his family and friends who take comfort in knowing he is in Heaven enjoying the friends and family who preceded him in death, and playing with his beloved dog Peanut and horse Freckles.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lenora; father, Clyde; son, Steven; brother, C.A. and sisters Melba and Betty.

Jack is survived by his wife, Sherry; son, Ken and wife Kim; granddaughters, Brittany and husband James, and Morgan and husband Tyler; son, Bo and wife, Chris; grandsons ,Travis and Clay; granddaughter, Kaley and husband, Tony; daughter, Peggy and husband, Francis; and granddaughters, Jenna, and Lucie and husband, Luke. He is also survived by his sisters, Clydell and Mayola; brothers, Carroll and Ronnie and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.