James "Jim" Smith, age 82, of Gulf Breeze passed away on July 21, 2018.
He was a devoted family man, amazing father and loving husband. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joann Smith, and two sons, Rick and Scott, all of Gulf Breeze.
Jim was born on May 10, 1936 in Winchester, TN. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1954 where he played football, basketball and ran track. He was All-State in football. He accepted a football scholarship to attend The University of Mississippi. After two years there he transferred to Tennessee Tech where he played football and graduated from Tech in 1958.
He married his high school sweetheart Joann Trussell on November 28, 1958 in Decherd, TN. Jim accepted coaching job at Pensacola High School in 1960 and moved the family to Florida. He taught P.E. and coached football at PHS and really enjoyed his time there. He became the Head Football Coach at GBHS in 1974 and stayed there until he retired.
Jim loved fishing; he liked to go fishing, talk fishing, and he enjoyed sharing his catch with friends. He also loved football; whether it was playing, coaching, talking football or watching it on TV. He was a great family man who loved spending time with his family. Jim was a selfless man, who was always doing for others.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Rose Lawn Funeral Home, the funeral service will be held there on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM with burial to follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, Pensacola Sports Foundation, 101 W Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 in Honor of Jim Smith.
Jimmy was a Senior when I was a freshman. When he ran he had those legs pumping up and down. It was also impossible to tackle him. He was a great friend and he was very kind to all of us younger guys. A gentleman and a class act.
Jimmy JacobsWinchester, TN
Smitty....I feel blessed to have known your dad. I will continue to pray for your family.
Greg EddinsHelena, AL
Very sorry to hear Jim passed away! We played High School Football together and he was a super Kicker. He will be missed by all who knew him .I wish JoAnn and Rick & Scott the Very best in recovery from the great loss they have suffered. Bill Smith FCHS CENTER 1954
#WilliAM(BILL )SMITHWinchester, TN
So sorry to hear about Jim. Such a great guy and a great father.
Enjoyed always talking to him about football and fishing. He would always come to my games on Friday night with Rickey . Will be missed by all who knew him.
sincerely Coach Don Cobb
don cobbtampa, FL
Met this wonderful man at The Club & his son Rick. So enjoyed kidding around with them. Jim was such a loving caring father. He will be greatly missed in my life!!
Carol SamuelsGulf Breeze, FL
Uncle Jim was a wonderful man. He will be missed.
Matthew TrussellFrederick, MD