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1948 James 2023

James Milton Smith

November 4, 1948 — September 3, 2023

James Smith, Shake, passed away surrounded by love on September 3, 2023. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Sherlene, his children; Sherie and Kelvin, Phillip and Lara, grandchildren; Taylor and Lexie, Travis, Emma, Lily, grand pups Evie-May, Graham, loving fur-baby Joe Friday, his family and friends.


Shake was born November 4, 1948 in Atlanta Georgia, to the late Hurston and Cleo Smith. He grew up in Scottdale, Georgia where he attended Clarkston High School. Shake met his soulmate, Sherlene in December 1965, they shared 54 wonderful years of marriage full of many memorable adventures and a house filled with love.


Shake enlisted for active duty in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1968 -1969 as a Helicopter Crew Chief. The remainder of his military career was served in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He later retired in 2015 from Gwinnett County Public School System where he worked as a School Bus Technician.


Shake enjoyed woodworking, watching history documentaries, spending time with family and shopping on Amazon.


A Celebration of Life will be


at 2 PM on Sunday,


September 10th, 2023 at


Corinth Baptist Church


719 McLendon Drive


Scottdale, GA 30079




In lieu of flowers donations


in Shake's memory may be made to


Paws Atlanta


Website: pawsatlanta.org


5287 Covington Hwy


Decatur, GA 30035


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