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James "Brent" Smith

June 17, 1957 – Jan. 20, 2023 (age 65)


James Brent Smith, 65, of Dublin, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 at UNC Health Southeastern Hospital in Lumberton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Thomas Smith and Mildred Lee Hoover Smith, twin infant sisters Lucinda and Melinda Smith, and nephew Matthew Smith.


Brent leaves behind his life partner of 42 years, Debbie Hester; brother Tony Smith and wife Bethel of Maiden; sister Janet Henderson of Greenville; niece Ginger Grimes (Thomas) of Greenville; nephew Colt Henderson (Brittany) of Vale; great-nieces Kennedy Grimes and Hollis Henderson; great-nephews Houston Grimes and Shepard Grimes, and his beloved fur baby, Becca.


Brent worked in the auto parts business his entire career of 48 years. In 1975, Brent graduated from Tar Heel High School and began his career at Bladen Auto Parts. Walker-Napa Auto Parts in Elizabethtown was his most recent place of employment. He always enjoyed the business, his co-workers, and his customers.


The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with a funeral service at 2 p.m. The Rev. Cameron McGill will officiate service. Burial will follow in the Elizabethtown City Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St., Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

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