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James Richard “Rick” Smith
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mr. Russell R. Cribbs
Mr. James Richard Smith passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 12, 2018, at Kindred Hospice in Athens, Georgia.
    Rick was born in Savannah, Georgia, on May 19, 1955.
    His family moved to Decatur, Georgia, when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Gordon High School in DeKalb County and after his graduation joined the U.S. Navy.
    He returned to Decatur and attended DeKalb Community College. After college he went to work for DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department for 28 years until an injury forced him to retire.
    Rick was preceded in death by a daughter, Niki Smith; his twin brother, Randy Smith; and his father, James W. Smith; his maternal grandparents, John and Mary McCullough; his paternal grandparents, William and Lillie Smith; his grandmother, Bessie Wright; and his stepfather, Gene Wright.
    He is survived by his wife, Julie Smith; a daughter, Meghan Smit; and a son, Clay Smith, all of Athens, Georgia; his mother, Shirley Wright of Statesboro, Georgia; a sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Benny Bickers of Jefferson, Georgia; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Gary and Teresa Wright of Byron, Georgia; and Tim Wright of Statesboro, Georgia.
    A celebration of Rick’s life was held on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at his sister’s home. His favorite foods were served and country music from the 60s and 70s played in the background. There was a time of sharing of fond memories of Rick from his family and friends. He will be sorely missed forever.
    His family requests that memorial contributions or remembrances be made to The American Cancer Society Center, 250 Williams Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303.
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Statesboro Herald, October 21, 2018
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