Joy Beth Smith

March 31, 1950May 29, 2018


Family, friends, and livestock were the most important things in Joy Beth Churchwell Smith's life. She passed from this life on May 29,2018 still focused on those things.

Joy was born to George Nelson Churchwell and Vida Mae Donahoo Churchwell on March 31, 1950 in San Saba, Texas. Her early years were spent on her parents' peanut farm. The family moved to Brownwood, Texas when she was about five and she lived in Brownwood the remainder of her life.

She married Phillip Marion Smith in l974 and they had two children together, Lee and Nelson. Lee and Nelson were the center of Joy's world during their childhoods. Joy worked at their schools with the PTA and the Reading Is Fundamental program and was a co-President of the Lionette Booster Club. She never missed a performance or an activity her kids were in. The kids were only replaced as the center of her world by her four cherished grandchildren -Nate, Clint, Olivia, and Logan.

Joy convinced Phil to move to the country about eight miles outside Brownwood and over several years, they built their dream home together. They kept a small herd of cattle that were more pets than livestock and were widely acknowledged to be the fattest and most overfed cattle in the county.

Joy had a wide circle of family and friends. Many, many of those friends and family members visited her this past week after she was diagnosed with advanced cancer and moved to Hendrick Hospice Care in Abilene. She loved visiting and reminiscing with all of you.

Joy is survived by her children Lee Kirksey (and husband Patrick) of Hobbs, New Mexico and Nelson Smith (and wife Christie) of Pflugerville, Texas along with her grandchildren -Nate, Clint, Olivia, and Logan.

Family visitation will be Friday, June 1,2018 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Davis Morris Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Saturday, June 2,2018 at l0 AM at Cedar Point Cemetery with Waymon Childress officiating.

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  • Joy is survived by her children Lee Kirksey (and husband Patrick) of Hobbs,
    New Mexico and Nelson Smith (and wife Christie) of Pflugerville, Texas along
    with her grandchildren -Nate, Clint, Olivia, and Logan.


  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Graveside Saturday, June 2, 2018

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Jan Stratton Marshall

June 5, 2018

When I was young and went to church with my grandma 2 people made a lasting impression on me, Ms. Joy Beth and Ms. JoAnn..they were such sweet hearts, always with a smile..led me to my salvation and I never forgot. I pray all her family is blessed with peace,and love always.

Kathu Stanford

June 1, 2018

Joy was a sweet and loving person. She was a treasured person in the Brownwood Hastings family.
I personally will miss her upbeat attitude. She never had a harsh word even when times became difficult. I am thankfully that I was able to know her .

Cathie Lehman

June 1, 2018

I have known Joy Beth and her twin sister, JoAnn, for forty some odd years. I went to church with the two of them along with their parents, George and Vida Mae Churchwell. I remember when the girls both got married. I remember when Joann gave birth to her daughter whom she named after Joy Beth. My heart is sad today after hearing that Joy had passed away. I had seen her and talked to her less than two weeks ago. Joy was a very hard worker in every adventure she took on. I know her children, her sister, and her niece, will miss her greatly. Go rest high on that mountain, Joy. I know you are enjoying seeing your mom, dad, and Phil as well. You will be missed here on this earth.

Beverly Coursey

June 1, 2018

Joy was a very sweet and loving person. She was a wonderful neighbor to my parents. My dad thought the world of her & she was so kind to look out for him when he was ill. She was a good friend to me and my sister. She will be missed. Rest in peace, Joy.

Nancy anderson

May 31, 2018

Joy was always prepared. I remember her stockpile of cokes and snacks for drill team stored in the pantry.

william@pearlene holster

May 31, 2018

Remember joy Beth we had gathering at there house.and did hayrides one time. joy Beth was Avery nice.careing person.