Jeffrey Smith was a downtown fixture, having washed windows at Kademi for 25 years. He could be seen on his bicycle going from one side of town to the other working jobs. Smith died last week and a GoFundMe page has been set up for burial expenses.
Jeffrey Smith was a downtown fixture, having washed windows at Kademi for 25 years. He could be seen on his bicycle going from one side of town to the other working jobs. Smith died last week and a GoFundMe page has been set up for burial expenses.
Jeffrey Smith washed windows at Kademi for more than 25 years and rode from one side of town to the other on his bicycle washing windows at other businesses.

Smith died some time Wednesday night or early Thursday morning more than likely from a heart attack, the store said in setting up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

A funeral service is planned Thursday at Crain Funeral Home Chapel, 409 Ivy St., in Philadelphia. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial is in Donald Rest Cemetery.

“Our hearts are broken,” said Sara Waltman James, manager of Kademi.

“Yes, he was loud. Yes, he complained, got aggravated, cussed a little, come in the store 10 times a day,” she said.

He was a regular at many businesses like The Neshoba Democrat where he would come in to pick up extra newspapers for his window washing jobs.

James said he used Kademi downtown as his “home base” and as his secretaries. “But he was a good man. He took pride in his work and often talked about how his momma raised him and what it meant to be a good person.”

“He never has missed a Friday of work as long as he has been with us,” she said. “Tomorrow will be hard. Not seeing that bike and green bucket parked out front.” 

“‘Miss Sara’ will miss you, Jeffrey. I hope you know that I did appreciate you and considered you a friend,” she said in a social media post.

Brad Stuart, a law and public safety instructor at Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Technical Center, spoke of his work ethic. “Regardless of what people may have thought, that man earned every penny he had,” he said. “Sometimes it’s the people you least expect to brighten your day!!!!”