PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - James C. Smith, 65, of Parkersburg passed away Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born on May 20, 1948, at Peru, Ind., a son of Jayne Elizabeth Betzner Smith of Columbus and the late Carl Robinson Smith.
James attended the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Parkersburg.
He graduated from Franklin University with a bachelor's of arts degree in journalism.
James was currently the executive editor of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta AM.
A 42-year veteran of the newspaper industry, he served as editor of four newspapers before coming to Parkersburg on June 25, 2001. After a couple of years as the city editor of The Delaware (Ohio) Gazette and nine years as the crime editor at the former Columbus Citizen-Journal, he was named editor of the Piqua Daily Call in western Ohio.
He was named editor of The Herald-Star in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1984, and later went to The Review in East Liverpool, Ohio, before heading south to become editor of The Daily Iberian in New Iberia, La., in 1996. He has been active on many community boards and committees throughout his career and served two and a half terms as president of the Steubenville Lions Club and was on the boards of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Regional Spelling Bee, the Steubenville City Schools Advisory Board, the Steubenville Homecoming Fiesta, treasurer of Steubenville's Steel Valley Transit Authority and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Wish Come True for Terminally Ill Children.
He was an active member of the Piqua Kiwanis Club and a member of the board of the New Iberia Kiwanis Club, the New Iberia Leadership Alumni Association and the sheltered home for abused woman.
He is a member of several Masonic organizations, the Elks, a former member of the Parkersburg Salvation Army Board, the West Virginia University at Parkersburg-Advisory Board and the Parkersburg Lions Club Board of Directors.
He also was chairman for several years of the Freedom of Information Committee for the West Virginia Press Association.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Morgan Smith and their daughter, Susan (Joerg) Dreweke of Washington, D.C., and twin grandsons, Cole and Luke Dreweke. One brother, Tom Smith of Columbus and Tom's son, Levi Smith in Massachusetts.
There will be a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Radnor, Ohio, Township Cemetery.
Locally, there will be a visitation from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg.
There will be a ceremony held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home where Pastor Janice Hill will officiate.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.kimesfh.com