James Cecil Smith, 84, of Brandenburg, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020. Cecil was born February 13, 1936, to the late Roy M. and Myrtle E. Smith in Payneville, Kentucky. He is survived by a brother, William M. (Cathy) Smith, three sisters, Joyce (Richard) Bruder of Ft Myers Beach, Florida, Marilyn (Packy) Vessels, and Beverly S, King of Brandenburg. Cecil was preceeded in death by one brother, Wayne Smith, and one granddaughter, Sarah Smith Hottell.
He is survived by his four children, Timothy (Katherine) Smith, Kimberly S. Myers, Kenton R. (Sandra) Smith, Jamie E. (Steve) Cundiff, 12 grandchildren, Joseph Smith, Robey Smith, Cynthia S. Mehl, Kurt Myers, Laura Myers, Jonah Cundiff, Max Cundiff, Kimberly Cundiff, Abbigail Lilly,
Sidney (Lee) Durham, Taylor (Will) Carter, Kendell Smith, and his close friend, Bruno Ilario, and dining companion, Stuart Pepper.
Cecil was retired from Smith Auto Supply, which evolved from Roy Smith & Sons, and in which he had a partnership with his brother Bill. He attended Bellarmine College two years during which he married Elizabeth Anne Ritchie at age 18. He was in the Kentucky Air Force National Guard.
On October 31, 1981, Cecil married Sue Osborne Inman, who had three sons, Johnny (Tracy) Inman, Matthew (Monica) Inman, and David (Tracey) Inman, also grandchildren Jake Inman, Zach Inman, Bailey Inman, Andrew Inman, Caroline Scherb, Mary Grace Inman, Rowan Inman, Ava Inman, and Alana Inman. Cecil had 14 great-grandchildren.
Cecil loved Trapshooting at clay targets at the local Meade County Sportsmen’s Club shooting range and has owned many shotguns for that purpose. He was a Life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association), a Life member of the ATA (American Trapshooting Association), and a Life Member of the League of Kentucky Sportsman.
He loved boating and owned many boats from small runabouts to 40-ft houseboats, but his favorite boat was his 27-ft Tiara, named the SUSIE-Q, that he trailered to Upper Michigan, 600 miles one-way, then cruised to Mackinac Island. He did this12 years in a row, trailering 3000 miles every summer to all the rivers and lakes in Kentucky and Michigan. In 1995 he cruised the entire Upper Mississippi River, from Cairo, Illinois to St Paul, Minnesota in his beloved 27-ft Tiara. Cecil was a published author, having sold articles of his cruises to national boating publications. In 1995 he cruised to Killarney, Ontario, and sold that story to Trailer Boats Magazine.
He required surgery in 1998 for Congestive Heart Failure and was diagnosed as a Type Two Diabetic and required insulin every day for the rest of his life. He chose Cremation. His service is entrusted to Hager Funeral Home. With covid health restrictions, there will be a public internment in the family grave site beside his father, mother and brother at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Payneville, KY at 11 am on Saturday, August 1, for any who would like to pay their respects. There will be a procession to the cemetery in Payneville with cars lining up at Hager Funeral Home at 10:30. To remember him in a lasting way, we are hoping to fund the statue of the Kentucky Frontiersman that was originally planned for the Ohio River Walk in downtown Brandenburg. Meade County Bank is handling the donations. Cecil wrote this obituary himself in February, 2020.