TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A Terre Haute man who contributed to the community for decades is being remembered through tributes and memorial services.

Jimmy Smith died due to ongoing health concerns on Thursday at the age of 67. Visitation hours were held Sunday at Greiner Funeral Home, as well as Monday from 9-11 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, prior to the funeral. 

Image of Jimmy and Tami Smith with their four grandchildren. (Image Courtesy: Tami Smith)

Smith played basketball at Indiana State in the 1970s, and then served as a police officer for nearly 20 years. In 1998, he took over as the executive director for the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club. His wife Tami said Jimmy never truly realized the impact he made on those around him. 

“I don’t think Jimmy understood the impact that he had on so many people. He just knew he wanted to dedicate his life to Terre Haute since this was home, and he especially had a fondness for kids,” Tami said. “Those who were less fortunate less than we were.”

It was his job at the Boys and Girls Club that Tami said he enjoyed most. 

“Hands down that was his best job,” Tami said. “He loved the kids and he loved connecting with the kids and giving back to the kids.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made to the Travis Smith Memorial Fund.