Joseph Edward Smith
14 January, 1904 – 7 August, 2012
On August 7, 2012, Joseph E. Smith departed this life at the age of 108. Joseph was born January 14, 1904, and raised in a Mennonite household in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He moved to the Tidewater area in the early 1930’s and on to Virginia Beach (formerly Princess Anne County) in 1954. At the time of his passing, Joseph had been a resident at Marian Manor since 2007. Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Kirby Franklin and Bessie Miller Smith, siblings Elizabeth Burkholder, Wilda Eaton, Louise Burkholder, Rose Lambert, and Robert Smith. In 1995, Joseph lost his beloved wife of 58 years, Mattie Manby Smith. Left to cherish his memory are son Donald Smith (Katie) and daughter Dr. Laura McMillan (Roger); grandchildren Jeffery O’Brien and Jodi Weiss; great grandchildren Danielle Lawson, Joshua Weiss, and Jonah Weiss; brother Kirby Smith, Jr.; niece Joyce Jones, nephew Alvah Manby, Jr., and numerous other nieces and nephews. Joseph was treasured and loved as a consummate gentleman with a gentle, sweet spirit that never waivered throughout his life. He was a long-time member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach and Kempsville Masonic Lodge 196. In July 2012, Joseph was honored for 60 years of membership in the Masonic fraternity and recognized as the oldest living Mason in Virginia. In honor of his 108th birthday, the mayor declared January 14, 2012, to be Joseph E. Smith day in Virginia Beach. The family would like to express deepest gratitude to the staff and residents of Marian Manor for the loving kindness, devoted care, and friendship bestowed upon Joseph for the past five years. Special thanks to Desiree, Chris, Gary, Keith and the nursing staff for kindness beyond measure. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 13, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Reception to follow in the parish hall. Memorial donations may be made to an animal welfare organization of choice or Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund, 5181 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach 23462. Please share your condolences with the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com
Celebration of Life
Monday, 13 August , 2012
Joseph Edward Smith
September 2, 2012
Laura and Don, We just found out about your dad's passing. He was our neighbor for almost thirty years and he was such a delight. I am so sorry, but I think Maddie was wondering when he was going to join her. Both of your parents were awesome caring neighbors and we miss them both. I pray that God will give you peace and joy in all of your memories. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Susan & Tommy Parker
August 28, 2012
My name is Matt Berry & I knew Joe Smith from visiting my Mom at Marion Manor. He was always a gentleman & very nice to my son, Nolan (age 12) & daughter Sophie(age 9). I will never forget when my son asked him to play pool about 3 years ago, Joe went into his room & got his own pool stick. Joe & Nolan played about 3 games of pool& Joe won all of them. From that day on I keep kidding my son that a 105 year old man beat him in pool. Whenever we would come to Marion Manor after that,we would always stop & talk to Joe & how he beat Nolan in pool. Joe was a TRUE Gentleman. We will truely miss him on our visits to Marion Manor keep Joe & his family in our nightly prayers. God Bless.
Deborah and Paul Lankford
August 18, 2012
Oh, Laura, how sorry we are to learn of your dad's passing. But what a wonderful memory I have of attending his birthday party only a few months ago!
He took a longer motorcycle ride this time--all the way to see your mom again.
I know he was happy to see her, and how happy she was to see him again, too.
Your father adored you, Laura. But then, doesn't everyone else who knows you, too? We send blessings to you, to Roger, and your son.
August 13, 2012
Uncle Joe was everything a man ought to be, he was the best husband and father. In our house he was known as Sister's rose. I don't know whether he could jump tall buildings in a single bound but he certainly was able to build and fix anything that needed fixin'. He even turned an ordinary tin can into an army tank for my little brother's army men. I'm so grateful to have been able to love and learn from Uncle Joe. His grandson said simply, "He was the best man I ever knew", I agree.
Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan
August 12, 2012
Our prayers are with you all! I will always remember Uncle Joe (as Louise Anderson introduced me to him) and his tender kindness. I pray God will fill the empty spaces of your heart & life with sweet memories.
August 12, 2012
What an inspiration your father was to ALL those who knew him, especially us, the staff and residents at Marian Manor. He was a calming influence, a wonderful friend with an attitude to be envied! We are so fortunate to have had him with us, and to celebrate his birthdays, especially his 108th, with him. We know that the angels that lifted him to his new home said, "Welcome home, Joe! We've been waiting for you!." May he rest, forever, in peace!
August 11, 2012
The ending of an era. [nephew]
August 10, 2012
Laura, our thoughts and prayers are with you over the recent loss of your wonderful father. I still remember meeting and talking with you and with him on his 100th birthday at the Farm Fresh pharmacy; what a delightful gentleman! I know you will cherish him for the rest of your life. God bless.
Joann Tillberg (Virginia Beach, VA)
August 10, 2012
What a blessing to have a dad for such a long time.
While you are saddened by the passing, you must be very thankful for the memories of such a legacy.
Best Regards to you and my old pal, Mac.
August 8, 2012
I am ashamed that I never had the honor to meet Virginia's oldest living Freemason. I was raised on June 26th of this year at your Lodge (Kempsville), and wish that I had had the opportunity to sit in Lodge with you. I am looking forward to that wonderful night when I can finally sit in the Celestial Lodge with you. My best wishes and condolences to your friends and family- as I know that they must be devastated after losing such a sterling addition to their ranks.