James Larry Smith (“Junior”) passed away of natural causes in his home in Trion, Georgia on January 13, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Elsie Smith of Trion, Georgia.  Howard had been a supervisor for Riegel Textile Mills and Elsie had been a nurse for the Trion hospital.

Larry was survived by his two sons, Christopher Scott Smith of Gainesville, Ga., and Jamison Corey Smith of Lookout Mountain, Ga..  Also surviving him is his sister Patricia G. Pazol, R.N. of Gainesville, Ga..  Surviving him also are seven grandchildren:  Alexandria LeAnn Smith age 23 of Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., Jackson Corey Smith age 6 of Lookout Mountain, Ga., Matthew Ryan Smith age 25 of Gainesville, Ga., Bailey Caroline Smith age 23 of Gainesville, Ga., Jacob Aaron Smith age 20 of Gainesville, Ga., Lawson Belle Smith age 13 of Gainesville, Ga., and Nolee Sha Smith age 9 of Gainesville, Ga..  Also surviving are two nephews Joshua Lynn Pazol of Gainesville, Ga., and Anthony Kip Pazol of Gainesville, Ga..  Survivors also include two great nieces:  AnnaLee Marie Pazol age 17 of Gainesville, Ga. And Averie Taylor Pazol age 14 of Gainesville, Ga. and two great nephews: Austin Joshua Pazol age 28 of Gainesville, Ga., and Andrew Daulton Pazol age 25 of Gainesville, Ga.

Larry was a Christian and followed the Southern Baptist faith, although he was not a member of a church when he died.  He had recently returned to his home town of Trion, Georgia, where he had grown up and played football for the Trion Bulldogs when he was in high school.  Larry also attended Northwest Georgia Military Academy and Northwest Georgia College.  Larry was retired now, but he had been a businessman who had owned a number of businesses over the years including Volunteer Auto Mats of Chattanooga, Tn., and Smith Automotive Industries (SAI) of Dalton and Cohutta, Georgia.

He will be sadly missed by his family, his friends, and all those who knew him.  No one loved to laugh and talk more than Larry.  He will always be remembered as the cheerful, dynamic person that he had always been.

Memorial services to be announced later.

EARLE RAINWATER FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE.