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04/15/2003 - 08/16/2021
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Jimmy Mack Smith III passed away on August 16, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 18 years old. Jimmy attended Lancaster Elementary and Valley View Middle School in El Paso, and Metzger Middle School in San Antonio. In 2021, he graduated in the Top Ten Percent of his class at Ysleta High School. Along with his diploma, he received an Associate’s Degree from El Paso Community College. His plan was to attend the University of Texas at El Paso in the Fall.
He is survived by parents Jimmy and Maria Smith, and sisters Jennifer Rendon and Itzel Smith. He is also survived by grandparents Jimmy and Josefina Smith; uncles Saul Martell, Juan Manuel Gomez Torres, Alfred Lee Smith, Rickie Alexander Smith, Steven Anthony Smith, Diego Padilla Torres; and aunts Patsy Smith, Yolanda Martel, Darlene Smith and Griselda Smith.
Jimmy dealt with so much during the past three years and did it with a grace and strength that was almost unbelievable. Despite knowing that his chances of living even five years beyond his diagnosis were slim, he had a positive outlook on life and always had a smile on his face. Jimmy went into remission for nine short months. He and his family thought he had beaten the odds, and then a routine scan showed that his cancer was back. In the midst of his cancer battle, his concern was not for himself but for his family and for how his illness would affect them.
Jimmy packed a lot of life into his 18 years. He loved amusement parks, driving his car, and traveling. He was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Cowboys, and had the opportunity to see both teams in person. He loved playing basketball, going bowling, and going to the movies with his friends. He liked to look good and loved shopping for clothes and shoes. He lost his hair thanks to chemo and was thrilled when it grew back curly. More than anything, Jimmy loved his family and friends. Whether it was joking with his father, dancing with his mother, or teasing his sisters, the love he felt for each of them was obvious.
It was Jimmy’s wish that as many people as possible attend the visitation and/or funeral to tell stories, celebrate his life, and support his family in their grief.
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM, August 27, 2021 at San Jose Funeral Home, 10950 Pellicano, with the prayer service beginning at 7 PM. The funeral will be at 10 AM at Del Sol Church, 11501 Vista Del Sol, with burial to follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 401 S. Zaragoza.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support, and for the outpouring of love they have received.
A special thank you to Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, Dr. Ranjan Bista, and all the nurses and techs at UMC Children’s Hospital, as well as Dr. Thomas Daniels at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, for taking such great care of Jimmy.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to CandleLighters of El Paso or Gold Out El Paso.
For three years, Jimmy fought like the warrior he was. At 9:32 on August 16, 2021, surrounded by family and friends, he traded in his armor for a pair of angel’s wings.
Rest in Peace our beautiful son!