James R. "Jiggs" Smith

October 31, 1950 ~ May 17, 2020 (age 69)


James Ronald “Jiggs” Smith, 69, of the Portland community, died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at TJ Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

He was born October 31, 1950, in Adair County, to the late James Robert and Jessie Ruth Pyles Smith, attended Pickett’s Chapel United Methodist Church and drove a truck for Coffey’s Trucking Company for over 30 years.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dianne Smith.

Survivors include:

His wife – Lelia May Stilts Smith of Portland

Two daughters – Stephanie Rene’ Dunbar and her husband Cary “Red” Dunbar of Greensburg & Kelli Katina Shepherd of Portland

Three brothers & sisters-in-law – Barry & Minnie Smith, Colby & Connie Smith, Jerry & Sandy Smith all of Columbia

One sister & brother-in-law – Pam & Kenneth Montgomery of Columbia

Eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews and a host of other relatives and friends

The family has chosen a Drive-Thru visitation on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home

The funeral service and burial in Tarter’s Chapel Cemetery will be private

The family request that no flowers be sent, but would rather a donation be made in the form of Gideon Bibles, Tarter’s Chapel Cemetery Fund or Pickett’s Chapel Church Building Fund.  These can be left or mailed to the funeral home.

 Casket Bearers:  Garry Downey, Cotton Smith, Gary Coffey, Junior Brown, Billy “Dump” Dile, Matthew Dunbar

Honorary:  J.W. & Dimple Stilts, Ray Stilts, Buddy Stilts, Marvin Calhoun, Betty Calhoun, Mary Curtsinger,

Ruby Stilts, Jessica Coffey, Annie Curry

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements


Drive Thru Visitation
May 20, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
200 Campbellsville Street
Columbia, Kentucky 42728

Private Services

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