George “Jim” Smith was born October 24, 1936 at Alexandria, SD to Lawrence and Irene (Harding) Smith. He grew up at Alexandria and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1954. On July 30, 1960 he married Margaret Tompkins. They lived in Alexandria until moving to Mitchell in September 1960. He served in the 665 Army National Guard Unit from 1954 till 1963. He was employed at the Alexandria Herald, the City Printers and then the Mitchell Daily Republic until retiring in 1999. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Mitchell Flying Club and the Mitchell Gun Club.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his five children: David Smith and fiancé, Sheila Randall of David City, NE, Kathy Ruml and husband, Mark of Mitchell, SD, Jeff Smith and wife, Stephanie of Mitchell, SD, Robert Smith of Columbus, NE and Kristy Szabo and husband, Paul of Mitchell, SD; sixteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Smith and wife, Carol and one sister, Betty Lou Moe of Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Anna Christensen and one brother-in-law, Jimmie Moe.