Those he grew up with in Lafayette County, those he went to school and church with, knew him as Jim Smith. Those who heard him on the radio, on the P.A. at Ole Miss and as the voice of Lafayette High School football for years, knew him as Jim Martin.
To those privileged to know him in all of his roles, he was just “Jim.”
James Martin Smith, 55, passed away last Friday at his home. And with his passing, those who knew him best and those of us who knew him pretty well through his nearly four decades in the radio business, another void was created.
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Those who’ve known him since his days in school at Lafayette know him as Jim Smith. Those who only know him through more than three decades as a local radio personality know him as Jim Martin. Either way, Jim, who passed away late last week, will be missed by all who enjoyed the way he practiced his craft on the radio. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)
Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how our memory banks fill up with time, and writes about how recalling memories — through pictures, books, TV shows, movies, et cetera — seems to strengthen the memory process. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)
You’ve heard the advice before: take care of the little things and the big things usually take care of themselves. Editor Don Whitten looks at how the Ole Miss men’s basketball team has turned that philosophy into winning ways this season, and then gives examples of how we all can do that for ourselves. (February 27, 2015, Page 4)
Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg recalls her first and last meetings with local attorney Tom Freeland, who passed away last weekend. She remembers his help, his knowledge, his support and his wave and smile. (February 26, 2015, Page 4A)
Editor Tim Phillips writes that while it wasn’t a big surprise, it was disappointing to see the Mississippi House of Representatives vote for education funding more than $205 million under what would have been fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)
Today’s Oxford EAGLE includes a special treat for readers and advertisers — a closer look at our Lafayette-Oxford-University community, its character and some of the “characters” that make this such a special place. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Profile 2015, today’s special section that includes feature stories and pictures for figures around the city, county and campus. (February 22, 2015, Page 4A)
The good folks at Visit Oxford have done it again, putting together a stellar lineup of musicians and bands for the annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at the lineup, which features a lot of performers he’s sure will please those on hand. (February 20, 2015, Page 4A)
Who’s the most powerful political figure in Mississippi? Gov. Phil Bryant? Sen. Thad Cochran? Or perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Editor Don Whitten writes about the privileges and duties of the lieutenant governor in Mississippi in making the point that Reeves is certainly near the top of the list. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)
Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)