OBITUARY

Joseph "Joe" Forney Smith, Jr.

23 March, 196215 March, 2021

Joseph F. “Joe” Smith, Jr beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend age 58, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 peacefully surrounded by his wife and children at St Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was born March 23, 1962 in Virginia Beach Virginia to the late Joe Forney Smith, Sr. and Frances Elodene (Long) Smith. Joe is survived by his wife Amy (Bushnell) Smith of 20 years; Sons Josh Rowe and wife Ashlea, Austin Smith and fiancé Julie, and Paul Smith; Daughters Alyssa Smith and Elodene “Ellie” Smith. His precious grandbabies, Audrey, Oliver, and Ella Rowe, and Emory Smith. Brothers Carl Richards and wife Patty, Michael Richards. Brother in law (BFF) Vince Carson, Tom Coffey and sister in law Judy Richards. Nieces, Amanda, Lisa, Rachael, Stephanie, Anneliese, Poet, Layla; Nephews Michael Anthony, Dylan. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother David, and his beloved sister Jeri Lynn. Joe was a lifelong gamer and computer geek. He loved building and rebuilding computers so much he made a career out of it. When not with family, he was on his games fighting some evil guy or healing a friend. Joe LOVES his family with everything in him. His children brought him so much pride. His grandbabies were the new meaning of life. He loved when they were over to visit and the noise of chatter and laughing just made his heart grow. He loved the fur babies we kept bringing home, even though he told us not to. He spent hours training the dog he did not want and loved every second of it. Joe has made a huge impact on so many people. He always had a smile and a snarky comment. He would help anyone if he were able to. He will be greatly missed and loved forever. A Celebration of Joe's life will be on the afternoon of Saturday, March 27, 2021 from One O'clock till Three O'clock at Roselawn Funeral Home, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129.

Services

  • Celebration Gathering of Family and Friends

    Saturday, 27 March , 2021

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Angela Doyle

29 March 2021

I first met Joe playing World of Warcraft classic when I was helping to lead Molten Core raid runs and he was one of our regular healers, along with myself and Sherry. I'd get so frustrated because he'd always need the same gear pieces that I did!! Lol!! But we ended up being good friends and he was always someone I could depend on when I needed a healer. For the lil over a year that I knew him, he was always very nice and quick to laugh. He will definitely be missed by the WoW community that he was apart of and it was nice to see pictures of him so I could finally put a face to his name. My condolences go out to his wife and kids and I pray for peace for you all. Love.

Patty Richards

27 March 2021

What is there to say about the enormity of this loss? Here is a man I would call an essential worker to his loving family who needs him. For the rest of us, many are still in shock. It seemed to happen so fast. To me, he was a brother-in-law I met over 35 years ago, who over the years became the brother I never had and the most reliable friend. The kindnesses, small and large, he has shown his big brother, my husband, these past few years as he battled cancer, were practical and helpful, thoughtful and precise. Disrupting his own busy life to come to Florida without being asked to help drive his brother to another city for daily radiation treatments, moving furniture to do a deep cleaning, taking our cars to be washed and filled with gas just because, and always with some funny remark to make us laugh. We happened to have some similar tastes and liked sending each other articles about current events, or astronomy, or music, or a new Netflix series. He found out I love birds so I got several months of bird articles. Man, I’ll miss him so much.

Stephanie Hardison

27 March 2021

Uncle Joe and I were close in age (only 5 years apart). Uncle Joe had many talents. He was a musician, a singer, a magician, a photographer and a friend. Often we would spend time rehearsing for a mini talent show for the family (great grandma’s birthday), listening to music, taking pictures and developing them or just hanging out on the front porch. He even did a magic show for my 11th birthday party! He was someone I could count on, laugh with and hang out with (even if it was just to eat pizza and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches). He was my cool, fun loving, soft spoken, loving Uncle Joe. I will forever treasure the times we spent together.

Melissa Pettis

25 March 2021

Joe was a kind and encouraging person, he had a beautiful spirit. He was a co-worker and a gaming friend outside of work, his friendship will be missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Amy and the children, Joe loved you immensely. My God bless you and keep you through all of this.

Beth Walker

22 March 2021

I met Joe about 21 years ago when he was working at Cigna. I watched with joy as he fell in love with Amy and they began their epic love story. Joe was funny, down to earth and just an all around great person. My heart aches for Amy and the family. RIP Joe. See you on the other side.

Ed Long

22 March 2021

Joe in the 70's had long blonde hair, Lol!

Kim Clay

22 March 2021

Joe was always so kind and I admired what a wonderful Father he was. Praying for all of you.

Sherry Cole

19 March 2021

We are all saddened by this right along with his friends and family. I know most of you won't know some of us as we are from all over, we met Joe just over a year ago in an online game World of Warcraft, Flandon/Jorol. He was a well loved Member not only of his community but by many all over just because of who he was. He was a great man that loved his family and friends and would help anyone he could. If there is anything Amy or the kids need let us know please.

Carolyn Jaco

19 March 2021

It has been with great sadness to hear the news about Joe. However, it is wonderful to know that he is now with our Lord and Savior. I too can proclaim over the years Joe spoke lovingly about his wife and his family. We will miss you Joe. Your love for Christ, and family, will impact many lives for years to come.

Kim Winters

19 March 2021

Amy, please know that the CREVAA teams across the state of Tennessee are praying for you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
We were fortunate to meet your husband Joe during our CREVAA training as he set up the audio visual equipment. His fun loving personality and smiles won’t be forgotten. You could tell he was such a loving and supportive family man. He was really proud of you and his children.

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