About Dallas Institute

James Smith

James Smith

Clinical Program Director & Faculty Member

M.A. Regent University; B.A., University of Texas at El Paso; A.A.S., Dallas Institute of Funeral Service; Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Instructor in Restorative Art, Embalming, Business Law and Speech Communication.

James E. Smith Jr., aka Jim Smith, joined the staff of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in early March of 2016. A 2014 graduate of DIFS, Jim Smith spent over 40 years in pastoral care and church planting.

Jim met and subsequently married his wife, Charlotte, (an El Paso native), in 1975, while still serving in the US Army. While still on active duty, during a “post wide” competition, Jim was selected as Junior Non-Commissioned Officer,” Soldier of the Year”, 1975 for the 11th Air Defense Artillery Group, Fort Bliss Texas.

 Jim and Charlotte have three children and three grandchildren. After spending 25 years in Virginia, Jim and Charlotte relocated to the Dallas area with hopes of starting one more church.  Jim had a long time desire to be a Funeral Director since early in his ministerial career.  Opportunity presented itself in 2013, when Jim was able to start his new career path at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.

Jim has an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Degree, (Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas TX), Bachelor of Arts Degree - Psychology, (University of Texas at El Paso TX), and a Master of Arts Degree – Practical Theology, (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA)
Jim has authored and published one book entitled “Rescue of the Black Family”, Cornerstone Publications, Virginia Beach VA, 1995.

Jim instructs Restorative Art, Embalming, Business Law and Professional Communications. Jim is a current Co-Sponsor of the Epsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity. He is also a member of the Dallas County Funeral Directors Association, the North Texas Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.

In his class, students learn how to restore the faces of deceased individuals who may have experienced trauma to the head or face.  As part of their training, students choose the faces of celebrities to practice as they approach their final quarters in school.  Each face brings with it its own challenges, as students learn to approach a variety of different face shapes and sizes.  Thanks to the restorative art, families are provided the opportunity to say good bye to their loved ones one last time. Watch on YouTube or Great Big Story