Published in The Virginian
Pilot on August 26, 2012
Virginia Beach - Josephus
"Joe" Smith passed away on August 24, 2012 in Virginia Beach,
Joe was a resident of Virginia Beach for more than 57 years. Joe graduated
from Alexander Park High School where he excelled in baseball and football.
A sports scholarship took him to Virginia Tech for a short while until
the Army drafted him. He played ball for the Army at Fort Belvoir and
gained recognition for his skill in pitching. After his service in the
Army, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played AAA ball for them.
Joe was also an active member of Bayside Presbyterian Church for over
50 years, where he also served as an Elder. He was a member of Bayside
Masonic Lodge #218 for more than 50 years and long-time member of Bayside
Hunt Club. He loved wildlife and was a member of the local wildlife federation.
He was also a charter member of the Corolla Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Elizabeth Smith; his parents
Lucy Loreen Ballantine Smith and Charles Patrick Smith; two brothers,
Cuthbert Paxton Smith and Charles W. B. Smith; and a sister Rosalind Joyce
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Huff Smith, and his son Josephus D.
"Danny" Smith, Jr. and his wife Donna H. Smith, Chesapeake,
Va.; two brothers, Haynes C. Smith (Frances), Knoxville, Tenn. and Hugh
F. Smith (Vivian), Williamston, N.C.; four sisters, Juanita S. Downs,
Catonsville, M.D., Lucy S. Price (Ronald), Reidsville, N.C., Judy S. Liles
(David) and Flora A. Smith, both of Chesapeake; and numerous neices and
To our adopted daughter Rhonda and "our nurse in residence",
we love you!
A memorial service will be held at Bayside
Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. Monday, August 27.
To our family at Bay Pointe, "Thanks for your love and care of our
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zuni Presbyterian Training
Center, 5278 Homegrown Lane, Zuni, Va. 23898.