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JaMarcus Smith

March 10, 0204 ~ June 28, 2018 (age 1814)

JaMarcus James Demetric Smith peacefully departed this life for eternal rest on June 28, 2018. JaMarcus was born in Mobile, Alabama, to devoted mother, Kimberly Smith. He was the second oldest of his siblings.

He went to Williamson Preparatory School. He wanted to sign up for the Army. He wanted to serve our country like his grandfather. From there, he wanted to go to college to pursue his career in basketball. He was respectful, willing to go beyond to help anyone. He was outgoing, loving, caring, and such a bright star. He had a beautiful smile, bright eyes, and most of all, as our family know, he loved, adored, and cherished “soda”. He would go to the store and buy three Fantas, and his favorite was blue raspberry. He used to take soda for his mom's room, and that's what we will most remember about JaMarcus. Besides him being loving and caring, his bright and cheerful smile will be truly and always missed.

JaMarcus will be greeted with open arms by his loved ones who have preceded him in death: both great-grandmothers, Miller Jean Smith and Jannie Mae Dawson, and a great-grandfather, Edward Smith.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories:  a loving and devoted mother, Kimberly Smith of Mobile, AL; devoted siblings, three sisters, Alicia Michelle Brown, Aaliyah Smith, and Aalaya Smith, all of Mobile, AL; four brothers, Reginal Rodriques Brown, Josie Rodriques Brown, and Eliah Smith, all of Mobile, AL; devoted grandparents, Erma Jean and Joseph Dawson of Mobile, AL; four aunts, one devoted, Dewanna Michelle Smith, along with Janie Smith, Latonya Dawson, and Jowanna Dawson; three uncles, Wayne Smith, Joseph Dawson, and Algerlon? Smith; one devoted cousin, Romondez Kente Smith; and a host of other family and friends.



Family members have identified the teenager who drowned in Dog River Thursday.

He is 14-year-old Jahmarcus Smith.

Family members are calling him a hero because they say he died saving his younger brother.

A witness says he was told the victim had jumped from a pier into the Dog River trying to save his younger brother, who had jumped in the water earlier and was in distress, but that the older brother, now identified as Smith, also ran into problems and went under.

Heritage Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Pastor Ced McMillan says Smith was one of eight children and that the boys went to the Hillwood Drive area hoping to cut grass to make extra money for the family.

McMIllan says the family just lost a great-grandmother recently and is having problems paying for a funeral.

He says people can give online at or call the funeral home at 251-525-9000 or drop off a donation in person at 953 S. Broad St. in Mobile.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)- - A family is remembering their 14-year old hero who died saving his little brother.

They want those who didn't have the pleasure of knowing JaMarcus Smith, to remember him not only as a hero, but a good kid. 

He died swimming in Dog River Thursday right off cutting grass for money to buy things his family couldn't afford. 

“Last time I saw him was walking out of my yard to go cut grass. I told him turn around, let me take a picture of y'all," said one of his aunts, Janie Smith. 

Just fifteen minutes after his aunt snapped the picture, he drowned. “My little boy ran down to my house, banged on my door. He said, "JaMarcus is drowning!”

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While JaMarcus passed away, he saved his 13-year old brother, Regional Brown.  “He’s my brother, and I love him.”

His family says he was a great kid. Always doing something positive and trying to make his mother proud.“My nephew didn't die doing something reckless, he died for doing something positive, saving his little brother," said another one of his aunts, Dewanna Smith.

The family says it has no money for a funeral. So if you'd like to donate, click here:

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