James “Jimmy” Darnell Smith died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in Eastpoint.

James “Jimmy” Darnell Smith died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in Eastpoint.

Jimmy was born March. 4, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska. He lived most of his life on St. George Island where he will be remembered for his artistic and musical talents. His marquetry, also known as wood inlay artwork, is featured in many of the homes on St. George Island, Flamingo Juice and Java by the Sea restaurant, and his family. All of his artwork is one-of-a kind, with no two pictures alike. He was a featured artist in the Springtime Tallahassee newspaper issue in Tallahassee in 1979.

Jimmy was also a seasoned guitarist. His first band, called TIME, was in 1967 at Wheelus Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya. Jimmy joined a band, known as Mandarin, in Canada after graduating from high school and traveled extensively in the US and in Europe.

He loved the beach life on St. George Island and spending time with his son, and his faithful dog Petey.

His is survived by son Shawn Christopher Smith, of Eastpoint; brother, Michael Smith, of Crawfordville; three sisters, Patricia Davis, of Crawfordville, Sharlene Posey of Kansas City, Mo., and Tina Langston (husband Daryl), of Sopchoppy; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alsey May and Mary Ellen Smith, of Crawfordville.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all his dedicated friends in Franklin and Wakulla counties for their support during his illness over the last nine years.

The family is planning a private memorial service this Saturday, Sept. 15 in Crawfordville, and plans to later scatter Jimmy’s ashes off St. George Island. If anyone would like to make a contribution towards his final expenses, they can be made to Tina Langston, care of any of the Centennial Bank locations, or by mail to P.O. Box 610, Crawfordville, FL 32326.