Mr. James “Wonderboy “ Smith, Jr. 79, of 1606 Evans Pond Road widower of Thays Lee Smith passed away on April 10, 2014 at Self Regional Medical Center. He was born in Waterloo, SC November 21, 1934 a son of James Smith Sr. and Inez Schumpert Smith.
He was a member of Smryna AME Church in Waterloo, SC
He was a retired barber working at Tompkins Barber Shop and was co owner of Royal Barber Shop on The Avenue with Rev. Jonathan Greene. They relocated to Taggart Avenue and he remained there until his retirement. He was also employed with Holt Sullivan Haircare products Company and also worked as a limosine driver with Percival Tompkins Funeral Home.
He was a member of the Golden Stars, lead singer with the group The Southern Wonders and also sang with the Gospel lmperials and Rev. Richard Campbell and “Wonder Boy”.
Surviving are four sons, Jamey Smith of Atlanta, Georgia, James Smith III of the home, Chris Phelps and Aaron Gray both of Greenwood; three daughters, Dianne Harper (Ray) of Greenville, SC, Claudette Fisher(Charles) of Greenwood and Fay Smith of Columbia, SC; 8 grandchildren, Charles Clifford Fisher (Natoya), Jr. , Donnell Smith (Kim), Charles Chambers(Rene), Christopher Glenn, Jace Smith and Zavian Cooley-Smith, Xavier Gray and Meckel Gray; 7 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1PM Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Morris Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in Smyrna AME Church Cemetery, Waterloo, SC
Mr Smith will be placed in the church at noon
Pallbearers and Flower bearers will be friends and family
The family is at the home 1606 Evans Pond Road
Percival Tompkins Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family.