Covering Louisiana

Jan 16, 2014 6:37 PM by Ian Auzenne

James Myron Smith, 1930-2014

It is with heavy hearts that KATC brings you an update to a story we first brought you last year.

Last May, KATC viewers were introduced to James Myron Smith by his grandson, former KATC reporter Chris Welty. In a two-part series, Smith's battle against Alzheimer's and his family's struggle with the effects with the disease were documented.

Smith died Tuesday following a battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83-years-old.

Smith was a Georgia native who moved to New Orleans as a teenager. He remained a resident of New Orleans for the rest of his life. Smith served 42 years in the Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer.

Smith is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Marie, four daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

To view Part 1 of the series, click here.

To view Part 2 of the series, click here.

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