James Floyd Smith

December 6, 1945 - November 27, 2015

James Floyd Smith of Fairview, Texas passed away on November 27, 2015 at the age of 69.  He was born on December 6, 1945 to Floyd Smith and Mildred Hood in Cooper, Texas.  After graduating from East Texas State College at Commerce, James began a career in education as a teacher for Rockston ISD. He put his career in education on hold in 1969, to enlist in the military.  James proudly served in the United States Army for two years while stationed in Germany, before resuming his career in education. He eventually became Superintendent of Honey Grove ISD, Kaufman ISD, Lewis Palmer School District Colorado, Harlingen ISD, and Alief ISD.  After retiring in 2001, James focused his career on educational consulting through his company Horn, Smith, Wood, and Preston.  Throughout his life, he always had a passion for life in the country.  James and Jenny spent the golden years of his life on the J&J Ranch.  He cultivated the land, built a house, raised livestock, and entertained friends and family on the ranch for many wonderful years.

James is survived by his wife of twelve years, Jenny Preston Smith; children, Shannon Smith Simpson and husband Mike, Cade Smith and wife Haley; grandchildren, Brieanna, Journey, Callen and Taylor; step-children, Justin and wife Amber, Jon Mark and wife Julie; step-grandchild, Jasper; sister, Pat Frase and husband Leland; brothers, Don Smith and wife Shirley, Rick Smith and wife Patricia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held  12:00 noon, Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel in Allen, Texas. A private family interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Sunday morning, November 29, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the funeral home.

The family requests memorials be made in James’ honor to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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I was serving as a superintendent at the same time Jim was. He was an educational leader in the Houston area, a trusted friend, and possessor of an incredible sense of humor. What a good man we have lost. He will be missed. jack Shanks, December 5, 2015 Our world just lost a good man. I am so thankful that I got to know James and will be forever in debt for his wise counsel. GG Greg Gibson, December 5, 2015 James was a few years older than me. I used to help him haul hay when I was a kid. I really looked up to him. He was a good guy. James Wesley Scott, December 1, 2015 Dr. Smith was an amazing man who did wonderful things for the Alief Community. I was proud to have worked for him. Frances J Phillips, November 30, 2015 Jim was serving as the Alief ISD superintendent when I was first elected to the school board in 1997. He had been at Harlingen ISD before he came to Alief and to this day, Harlingen trustees are unhappy with Alief for stealing their superintendent. He established parent centers in Alief that are still operating today. He did a wonderful job in Alief. On a personal note, we shared a birthday and were friends as well as colleagues. I will miss him very much. Jenny, Shannon and Cade, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sarah B. Winkler, November 30, 2015 Jim was a fine man, and I mourn his passing at only 69 years of age. He was a leader in education whom I respected. I have known him since his days in Honey Grove. My parents, Dixie and D.R. Black, thought so highly of him and considered him part of the family. He and Daddy were Delta County boys, and they thought Delta County land and people were very special. Mama made him many chocolate sheet cakes, his favorite. My sympathy to all of Jim's family. Carol B. Gallman, November 30, 2015 Dr. James Smith was my friend and ex boss, he hired me as his Assistant Superintendent in 1990 at Harlingen CISD. I enjoyed working for him and I truly looked up to him. He was my friend and mentor. I am so sorry that Texas Education has lost a great leader. I would like to give my prayers to the family, I am sure they are missing a part of their heart right now. Thank you Dr. Smith for giving me an opportunity to work for you and for all of your support. You will greatly be missed by the Harlingen school family you were a part of. God Bless. Ruben Reyes Ruben Reyes, November 28, 2015