SMITH, JAMES WARREN, SR.

A funeral service was held Dec. 29 at Monumental Baptist Church, Jersey City, for James Warren Smith, Sr. He passed away Dec. 21 at home. He was born in Jersey City to the late Julius Smith and Harriet Faye Dyson. He was educated in the Jersey City school system and graduated from Dickinson High School. He enlisted into the Air Force during the Korean War and served for four years as an air traffic controller stationed in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, James joined the Jersey City Police Department and became a police officer for 30 years in various capacities. James was amongst the first black detectives. James was married to the late Barbara Ann Jordan and from this union there were eight children: Jerry (deceased), Denise, Veronica, James Jr. (deceased), Victor, Lynette, Julia, and Deitria. He especially enjoyed his “babies” his grandchildren and great grandchildren; he was well known amongst them as “Papa”. James accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ at an early age. He united with Monumental Baptist Church and served as a Deacon (Chairman), Trustee (Chairman), and Adult Sunday School Teacher. Upon his retirement, he ventured to Kannapolis, North Carolina, where he united with Rose Hill Baptist Church to carry out the work of the Lord until he returned back home to New Jersey. James had many interests, but he enjoyed traveling and vacationing around the globe with his wife. He was committed to his family, serving in church, and the community. James was a leader and touch the lives of everyone he encountered in his 88 years of life. His presences will be truly missed. James is predeceased in death by his wife Barbara Ann, sons Jerry and James Jr., brothers Julius Jr., and Nathan Melvin. He leaves to mourn, five daughters – Denise Adams (John) of East Orange; Veronica of East Orange; a son, Victor (Ciecila) of Bayonne; Lynette Sudler (Keith) of Hartly, Delaware; Julia Ann Smith-Dorsey (Barrett) of Parsippany; and Deitria Smith-Snead (Sean) of Wharton; a sister, Brenda Joyce Jackson, and three sisters-in-law, Frances Melvin, Elenore Mixson, and Clarastine Arkbar; one brother-in-law, Gerald Jackson and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a  best friend (Uncle) Leroy Strickland. Services arranged by the Watson Mortuary Service, Jersey City.