James Francis Smith, 78, of Beaconsfield died Friday, July 5, 2019, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.
A celebration of life will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Beaconsfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. June Nolte-Davis and the Rev. Rick Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open viewing will be from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., in Mount Ayr with family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials are to Beaconsfield United Methodist Church, EveryStep Hospice or in the his name for a memorial contribution to the community to be determined. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.
Jim, son of Francis and Mildred (DeLay) Smith, was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Creston. Jim attended and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1959.
On Nov. 20, 1963, Jim married Mary Ann Herren at Wishard Chapel United Methodist Church. After high school graduation, Jim completed the winter quarter farm program at Iowa State University, and later, the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City. Jim was a lifelong farmer and auctioneer for 52 years. Jim served six years in the Army Reserves.
Jim was a charter member of Ringgold County Sheriff’s Posse and member of Beaconsfield United Methodist Church.
Jim is survived by his wife Mary Ann Smith of Beaconsfield; children, Robert (Dawn) Smith of Durant, Sandra (Curt) Pierschbacher of Kellerton and Debra (Chad) Fiderlein of West Branch; grandchildren, Blaine (Haylee) Smith of Muscatine, Donovan Smith (Mickenzie Kack) of Tipton, Julia Smith of Durant, Nate (Shelby) Pierschbacher of Davis City, Weston (Courtney) Pierschbacher of Kellerton, Cael Fiderlein and Wyatt Fiderlein of West Branch; and great-grandchildren, Emaleigh Pierschbacher of Lamoni, Kamarie and Bray Pierschbacher of Davis City and Burke Pierschbacher of Kellerton.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Jessica Marie Pierschbacher.