Joe L. Smith, 65, of Newark, died September 3, 2012, in Marysville, following an extended illness. He was born October 22, 1946, the son of the late Estel Ray and Flossie A. (Work) Smith. Joe was a 1964 graduate of Utica High School and owned and operated the Sunoco Station in Utica for several years. He loved working on cars, fishing and was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes football fan. He was a member of the Chatham United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving family: his son, Shawn (Vicky) Smith of St. Louisville; daughter, Sherie (Jeff) Ford of North Lewisburg; his grandchildren, Blaine Smith, Alycia, Zach and Shane Ford; his sister, Jane Smith of Granville; brothers, John (Gloria) Smith of San Antonio, TX and Willie (Karen) Lane of Ashland; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Alberta Eble; and brother, Jerry Smith.
His family will receive friends on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Kirkersville home of The Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, 285 E Main St. where funeral services celebrating his life will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Roger Nichols as celebrant. Burial, with full military honors by the Licking County Veterans Alliance, will follow at the Kirkersville Cemetery.
The family prefers memorials in Joe’s memory to the Activities Fund at Spring Meadows Care Center, 1649 Park Rd. Woodstock, Ohio 43084.