James M. Smith

James Matthew Smith, 23, of Portage, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

Surviving members of his family include his parents, Bert and Debra Smith; seven brothers and sisters, Laura Simmons (fiancée Danny Davis), Mindy (Paul) Fox, Michael Simmons (fiancée Susan Collins), Catheryn (Joe) Knieper, Tim Smith (fiancée Ashley Donlin), Steven (Heather) Smith and David Smith. Other members of his family include his two grandmothers, Edith Pontius and Orma Smith; his eight nieces and nephews, Brandon, Johnathan, Vincent, Kaelyn, Emmitt, Ella, Kol and Bria.

James was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Maurice Pontius and Jareld Smith; and an uncle, David Pontius.

Services will be held at today (Friday) March 17, at 11 a.m. at  Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive; Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2900. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Visit James’ personal web page at: www.BetzlerFuneralHome.com, to archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guestbook.

Memorial donations may be made to the Prader-Willi Foundation.


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