In Loving Memory of James Smith, III
December 11, 1967 - November 20, 2018
James Smith III"s story began on a cold late Georgia evening. On December 11, 1967, James Smith Jr. and Theodorsia Davis welcomed James Smith III into the world at just over 8lbs. At the age of 3, the family moved to California for a chance at new opportunities. Although they moved to the busy streets of the west coast, they spent every summer in Ware County, Georgia, The Great Peach State, with family and friends. James enjoyed spending time in both the city and country and had countless stories of a childhood filled with exploration, friends, family, and fun that he loved to share.
James Smith III was the eldest of two sons and brother to Dedrick; he attended Paramount High School where he enjoyed art and participating on the basketball team. Following his high school graduation, he then went on to attend Cerritos College, Pasadena College, and LA Trade Tech; all for various art studies.
He started his 30+ year career as a Cashier working for ABC Grocery Stores in the late '80s before it was acquired by Ralphs Market. Soon after, James started his family with his late wife, Lisa McAllister. Together, they had 3 boys-Ronnie (29), James IV(26), and Jeremy (23), all of whom he is survived by.
In addition to drawing, James was a talented music artist and began making "beats" in the late "80s and never stopped-he and his old crew of friends from school and the neighborhood still got together to make music. He was known to many as DocRoc or PrimeTwist and will live forever on with his amazing and creative lyrics, beats, and collaborations.
At work, James set the mark for the rest of the team to follow, and his jokes were enjoyed by his customers. He was recently celebrated for reaching his 30 years of service, and he was proud to have reached this milestone; especially since it meant he got to retire soon. He was looking forward to having more time to spend with his family.
At home, James was a proud dad, "pops", to Ronnie, JJ, Jeremy, Alex, and Sarah as well as the beloved of Lissa Owen. His soul burst with joy for his precious and adored grandchildren: Riley, Andre, Rylan, and Jayli. He enjoyed making music, playing PS4, and watching movies. At 50, he would still light up the eyes of his mother, Theodorsia and step-father, Neil, his aunts, and brother (aka, Billy Ray) any time the family got together.
No matter how you knew him, James Smith III will be always be remembered by both friends, and family, as having an open heart, an easy smile, a hearty laugh, and a willing ear. If you listen, you can hear him burst out in laughter. Godspeed James, you will forever be loved.