James Lee Smith of Miami died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at his home. He was 49.

Mr. Smith was born March 28, 1959, in Dallas, Texas, to Beverly (Short) Speers. He lived in the Miami and Wyandotte area for 30 years.

He was a self-employed welder. He was of the Baptist faith.

He married Mary Turner on July 14, 1985, in Wyandotte. She survives, of the home. Additional survivors include one son, Jonathan Smith of Miami; one daughter, Beverly Smith, of the home, and his mother, of Miami.

He was preceded in death by his father, Logan Lee Smith, and his brother, Jonathan Mack LaFon.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.