James Allan “Jim” Smith

James Allan “Jim”  Smith, 73, of Bastrop, Texas, died suddenly on June 11, 2020. He was born June 27, 1946 in Liberty, Texas, to Lillian and Arthur Smith.  James graduated from Liberty High School in 1964, and obtained a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Education in Agricultural Science from Sam Houston State University. Mr. Smith influenced the lives of so many young people over his 42 years as an Ag teacher.

James loved life and lived it to the fullest! His hobbies varied over the years as he took advantage of any reason to be surrounded by his beloved family and multitude of friends. He could often be found at a rodeo, barbecuing, fishing (anywhere he could), hunting or any combination there of! But, the love he had for his family was the greatest of all!

James is preceded in death by his parents. James is survived by his daughters Becca Davis and husband Wes of Smithville, Jami Hanchey and husband Casey  of Smithville, Jennifer Amann of Bastrop, sister Neeta Swearingen of Liberty, grand children Brandon Davis, Justin Davis and wife Victoria, Lani Davis, Kara Hanchey and Case Hanchey, and great-grand child Kylee Davis.

James’s Memorial will be held on June 27, 2020 at Vernon Richards Riverbend Park 107 Highway 71 W, Smithville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Jim Smith Memorial Scholarship.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing. If Becca or Jami happen to read my post tell them how very sorry I am for their loss. I have know their family all my life. I created a permanent online memorial for Jim on findagrave.com

  2. So heartbroken to read your news & three days too late to pay respects to boot. Comforting peace to all he loved & all that loved him. Memories I’ll always cherish… Love You Forever

  3. Becci and Jami, I just found out of your dad’s passing. I’m sad beyond words. I loved him dearly and he will forever live in my heart. May he Rest In Peace… Becky Ray Sandoval

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