Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
On September 25, 2012 Jim left this wonderful world to join loved ones that departed earlier, to that far better and everlasting place.
He was born July 16th, 1933 during the great depression in Pecos, Texas to Orville Joseph Smrekar (a railroad man) and Mildred Bell Smrekar (a ranchers daughter). They are deceased. He lost his beautiful wife Jo Ethelyn to the insidious and treacherous disease, Cancer. He lived the remainder of his life with great passion for the things be believed in, and the beautiful memories of the past.
He leaves behind Sons Dr. James Douglas Smrekar and wife Jamey of Plano, Gary Smrekar of Prosper and Jacksonville, Grandson Jordan Smrekar of Dallas, Granddaughter Melissa Smrekar of Dallas, Aunt Vera Garner and Sister-in-law Martha Goodwin of Jacksonville.
Jim graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas June 1950, that Month, the Korean War started, as soon as he was old enough, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in Korea, Japan, and the Far East.
The Values taught by the Marine Corps, molded him into the person he would be the rest of his life, brotherhood, tenacity, concern for his fellow man, positivity in every endeavor are a few things of which a Marine is made. The Corps was part of Jim’s everyday life. After the ceasefire in Korea, Jim returned to Dallas and entered Southern Methodist University, he graduated with a Bachelors Degree. Corps Values and education sent him charging into the labor market, his work ethics and personality quickly earned him executive positions in petroleum, real Estate, Construction and manufacturing.
In 1968 Jim met his future wife Jo Ethelyn, they found a mutual love for travel and outdoors, after a wonderful courtship on the open road, chasing the sea and sun, they became inseparable. Jo and Jim were married in the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. Upon his retirement, they returned to Jacksonville, Jo’s home town, there they moved their membership to the First United Methodist Church.
They loved the piney woods and the wonders of Nature that it offered, they built a beautiful working cattle ranch near the Neches River, their life was built around family and friends, they looked forward to the early morning sunrise at the ranch, wildlife and family vacations.
When the Lord called Jo to leave family, friends, and the comfort of home behind, Jim was able to carry on with the beautiful memories of the past to comfort him. When his time came Jim knew that there would be a smiling Angel in the clouds, her arm extended beckoning him, and she would be holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing a golden gown to match her wings and hair.
Funeral services for Jim will be held at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Texas on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. Interment will be in the Jacksonville City Cemetery, Jacksonville, Texas.
Visitation with Jim’s family will be Friday, September 28, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Texas.