James E. Smith, 72, of Viola, Illinois died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo. Funeral services are 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2011 with visitation from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. Rev. Luke Dunn of the First Baptist Church, Aledo officiating. Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded. Honorary pallbearers were Treyten Hileman, Austin Krack, Ian Krack, Caleb Smith and Brenin Krack. Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com. James Edward was born November 30, 1939 in Gilchrist, Illinois to Benjamin Edward and Zelma Hartman Smith. On May 3, 1968, he married Jane Anderson in Covell, IL. He had served in the United States Army. In 1992, he retired from the Mercer County Sheriff Department as the Jail Administrator. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, and fishing. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jane Smith, Viola, IL; daughters Stacy (Cheyenne) Smith, Daytona, FL, and Buffy (Brandon) Krack, Matherville, IL; sons Tracy Smith, Viola, IL and Corey (Karyn) Smith, Aledo, IL; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Pat) Smith, Lincoln, IL and sisters, Janet Joles, Okeechobee, FL and Connie Surr, Aledo, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tammy Jo, brother Donald Dean Smith and sister Pauline Vance.