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Dr. James H. Smith

April 7, 1939 — October 20, 2015

Dr. James H. Smith, 76, of Dyersburg, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Methodist Lebonheur Germantown. Born April 7, 1939 to the late Raleigh Nevin and Louise Heacker Smith in Oliver Springs, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated from UT College of Medicine in 1964. Dr. Smith was a retired Internal Medicine Physician and was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He was recruited to Dyersburg in 1969 by Dr. Jimmy Noonan and practiced with Dr. W.I. Thornton, Dr. William Craddock, Dr. William Murray and Dr. Don Connell. In 1975, Internal Medicine Clinic was formed by Dr. Doug Haynes, Dr. Ralph Reynolds, Dr. Jimmy Noonan, Dr. Dan Green and Dr. Smith. Two years later, Dr. Robin Algee joined the group. He practiced and saw patients at Parkview Hospital, Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, which is now Tennova Healthcare Dyersburg Regional. Dr. Smith served on the board of the Dyer County Health Department. He also worked, after retirement, at the Lake County Correctional Facility in Tiptonville. He was a long time member of the Antique Car Club. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church conducted by Reverend Gary Meade. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Wheeler Room at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna Miles Smith; his daughter, Joanna Smith Priester (Brad) of Jackson; his son, Joseph Nevin Smith (Joanna) of Germantown; 2 sisters, Virginia Haydon (Troy) of Loudon, TN, Susan Lowman (Bruce) of Franklin; 3 brothers, Dr. David Smith (Debbie) of Knoxville, Dr. Mike Smith (Rene) of Bartlett, Dr. Steve Smith (Margie) of Oliver Springs; his sister-in-law, Delores Smith of Newport; and 3 grandchildren, Halle Priester, Hannah Smith and Allie Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Bob Smith. The family requests memorials be directed to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, PO Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0223. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of Dr. Smith's arrangements. Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com
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