James Charles (Chuck) Smith

Apr 13,1943---May 06,2020

James Charles (Chuck) Smith, 77, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away May 6, 2020, after a long battle with bone cancer.


Chuck is survived by three sons, Damon W. Smith, Bryant C. Smith, and Christian M. Smith; three grandchildren, Sara V. Smith, Isaiah K. Smith, and James A. Smith; Ex-wife Christine Smith, His brother, David Smith and family in Sacramento, Ca.

He was predeceased by James B. Smith (Father), Florence E Smith (Mother), Mark Smith (Brother), and Edward Smith (Brother).


Chuck was born April 13, 1943, to parents James and Florence in Columbus, Ohio. He spent his youth walking to school uphill both ways in the snow, which paid off. Chuck, the son of a career military man, had the great opportunity of growing up all over the planet. Spending much of his youth in places like Germany and Japan, Chuck would eventually attend college in Hawaii where he received his Bachelor's Degree from Hawaii State. 


Chuck enlisted into the US Air Force. He often stated they were the best, but only because they got to sleep in the latest. James decided military life was not for him. So, he set out for the next adventure in his life. From his youth and his love for reading, Chuck had quite a love for the International man of mystery, and thus the next chapter of his life being as mysterious to those who knew him, we can only assume he was in the employ of Her Majesty's Secret Service.


Chuck and Christine built a life in Los Angeles, California raising three sons of their own and multiple extended sons and daughters throughout the years. Chuck worked the majority of his career at Anheuser Busch plant in Van Nuys Ca, building great friendships along the way. After 25 years at Anheuser Busch Chuck would go onto retire as one of the plants OSHA safety Officers. Chuck would eventually relocate to Apple Valley, CA where he became a decided volunteer for Meals on Wheels, where he worked tirelessly to keep the elderly in the high desert fed. 

 

Chuck had a love for Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, movies, reading, motorcycles, technology, science fiction, political intrigue, football and a good cigar. When he wasn't sitting in front of his computer or complaining about the bad ref call in a Raiders or Packers game, he could often be found telling a grand story with his pipe in his hand to just about anyone who would listen. Chuck was never one to pass up a good meal. He had a big heart and colorful personality that left an impression on most people he met. 

Memorial to be planned at a later date.


The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of New Mexico in his name, as he became very close with them as they helped him to leave this life: https://hospice-of-new-mexico.secured.atpay.com

 

 

Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

 

(505) 764-9663 

 



Condolences

Mary Spicer May 13 ,2020

Friend ,Nevada

Will miss you much Mr.Chuck prayers for his entire family.