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A/Captain James (Jim) R. Smith

A/Captain James (Jim) R. Smith was promoted to Glory Feb. 7, from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Smith was born Dec. 8, 1929, in East Providence, R.I.

Smith joined the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant in 1946, retiring in 1967 to Colorado Springs. In 1983 he traded his military uniform for a Salvation Army uniform and retired a second time in 1994, back to Colorado Springs.

Smith and his wife, Evelyn, together served in corps in Ogden, Utah; Boulder and Grand Junction, Colo.; and Laramie, Wyo. He also served as service extension director in Colorado, chaplain at the Oakland (Calif.) Adult Rehabilitation Center, and as transportation officer at Western Territorial Headquarters.

Surviving Smith is his wife of 59 years, Evelyn; his brother, Roland Smith; five children: Donna Poorman, Jim Smith IV, Jerry Smith, Jeffrey Smith, and Jaelyn Watson; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.

The Salvation Army Colorado Springs Corps held a Celebration of Life service for Smith on Feb. 2. Envoys Jim and Rose Mertz officiated.


Lt. Colonel Francis (Frank) E. Moss

Lt. Colonel Francis (Frank) E. Moss was promoted to Glory Feb. 6 from Forest Grove, Ore.

Moss was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Joplin, Mo., to Salvation Army officers. After graduating from high school in 1934, he applied to the School for Officer Training in 1937 and was commissioned with the Guardians of the Covenant Session.

Moss married Vida Ruth Orames—also a Salvation Army officer—in 1940.

World War II began while Moss was working in The Salvation Army Public Relations Department in Canada. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, serving as an auxiliary officer, Canadian War Services supervisor, and chaplain. His stations included Egypt, India, and Ceylon. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned to Canada and in 1955 he came back to the U.S.

The Mosses’ Canadian appointments included Toronto, Cobourg, Windsor, and Guelph, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Regina, Saskatchewan. In the U.S., they served in Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes and San Francisco, Calif.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Portland, Ore. They retired in 1981 to Bellingham, Wash., serving as visiting ministers to shut-ins.

Moss’s sister, Mary Linthicum, and brother, Clarence Moss, preceded him in death. Ruth Moss was promoted to Glory in 1995.

Moss later met Major Lorraine Wilson and they married in 1996. Lorraine Moss was promoted to Glory in 2008.

Surviving Moss are his son, John; three daughters, Joan Moss, Janice Leavitt, and Jeane Canon; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The Salvation Army’s Portland Tabernacle Corps, Ore., held a Celebration of Life service March 5. Lt. Colonel Mervyn Morelock officiated; Corps Officers Lt. Raymond and Major Nancy Dihle and Lt. Colonel Judy Smith participated.


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