Joseph H. "Joe" Smith, 78, of Curryville, passed away at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main St., Vandalia, MO 63382, with Rev. Mike Lewton officiating. Music will be provided by Faye Miller, pianist. Interment with full military honors will be in Vandalia Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel with a Masonic service being held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Dan Kemp, Steven Kemp, Elmer Lee Kemp, Arthur Kemp, Gary Eskew, Larry Eskew, Eric Eskew, Dennis Hursman and Doug Hursman. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren of the deceased. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Born March 13, 1931, in Fresno, Calif., he was the son of the late Jess and Laura (Foreman) Smith. He married Wilma Geraldine Eskew in Perry on Dec. 26, 1970; she survives in Vandalia. He had been a Vandalia-area resident for over 30 years. He had worked at CE Refractories, North American Refractories Company Inc. and Harbison-Walker Refractories. For more than 30 years he had been a truck driver for Orschlen Bros. Truck Lines. After he retired from trucking in 1993, he worked in the maintenance and grounds department at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, retiring from there in 1998. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He had also been active as a member of Moolah Shrine in St. Louis, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis, Vandalia Masonic Lodge 491, Eastern Star Marshall Chapter 408, IOOF Lodge 456 in Laddonia and a past member of VFW Post and Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and trucking. His CB handle in his trucking days was "Leadfoot." He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition for his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Toni A. Bryant and her husband, Henry, of Curryville, Terri S. Parrish of Vandalia and Laura C. "Joely" Lark and her husband, Eric, of Marshall; six grandchildren, Travis Bryant of Curryville, LaDon Bryant of Hannibal, Tori Allen of Marshall, Brian Jarvis of Fulton, Mari Parrish of Vandalia and Tanner Lark of Marshall; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and one brother-in-law, Mildred Ann and Bob Tyler.
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