Joseph Phillip Smith

November 14, 1965April 8, 2013
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Joseph Phillip Smith, 47, of Columbus, GA, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital.

A Celebration of his Life will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road Columbus, GA, 31907 with the Reverend Dr. Leanne Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, April 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the funeral home.

Joe was born November 14, 1965 in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, son of Peyton J. Smith and the late Marcia Smith. He currently worked as a Data Center Architect for Synovus. Joe loved his country and was a true partiot. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force for nine and a half years and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his military service he was a Master Avionics Instructors for both, The U.S. Air Force and The University of Arizona.

Joe was also well loved and known outside of work. He was a food enthusiast and loved to entertain. Joe also had a passion for aviation, engineering and science. He was also a certified scuba diver. Joe was a devoted husband, step-father, son, brother, and friend. We will miss his presence daily, but the mark he has made on our lives will be remembered forever. In addition to his mother, Joe was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Voncile Birchfield.

Survivors include his loving wife of 10 years, Lisa D. Smith of Columbus, GA; his step-son, Kyle Klamer of Columbus, GA; his father, Peyton J, Smith and his wife, Evelyn of Columbus, GA; siblings include, Patricia Daniels of Illinois, Michael D. Smith and his wife, Sherrill of Columbus, GA, Judith Gemberling and her husband, Dean of Columbus, GA; Ronnie Reynolds, Marcia Smith and Debbie Reynolds of Columbus, GA; numerous nieces, nephews, close family members and friends. Please join the family in celebrating Joe’s life by sharing a memory


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melentine hatrick

February 5, 2014

I knew Joe...he wanted to be called Phillip at the time...In Holland.(USAF) He was the nicest man Ive ever known. He came to visit in NM later and told me that I had taught him to write everything down..everyone he would meet..their number their name ..what they did. He said he would use a napkin..or whatever he could find and had them tucked everywhere. He said it helped him in life to further himself. I always thought about this over the years as I thought about him many times. I was greatful that he told me that..that I had made me feel I made a positive impact on someone. I hold on to that. ..I wish I could have told him..Always a ready smile...I feel better knowing there are friendly faces waiting up there for all of us. condolences to his wife and children ..Im so sorry for your loss. Melentine Hatrick

Kurt Melander

July 17, 2013

I worked side-by-side with Joe as an F-15 Avionic Instructor, and we had been friends ever since. Joe was like my little Brother, we laughed so much and I have so many fond memories of him, he will be deeply missed. His love for Lisa was quite evident, she was the joy in his life and it truly changed and helped center him. He was one of my closest and dearest friends, I wish I had lived closer, but we enjoyed many a rowdy Skype video sessions. I could always count on him to make my day with a joke or funny comment. I will miss our conversations more than words could ever convey. I love you Joe, I will miss you terribly...To Joe's family who were so important to him and especially to Lisa, my heart goes out to you and I am so sorry for your/our loss.

Earl "Chief" Boggler

July 17, 2013

Joe, I'm numb! I miss you. Our Lord must have needed a "hair ruffled, bedroom eyes" angel with a "cookie badge" and a great sense of humor to help him keep things straight--one who dearly loved his family! RIP SSgt Joseph P. Smith! I will always remember you.

Judi Smith-Gemberling

April 19, 2013

April 13, 2013

Joe was an absolute wonderful man!!! My fondest memories of him will always be his love he shared for Lisa and his Family. He and Lisa shared an eternal type of Love that you don't see often and it was truly admirable! He will truly be missed as a friend and a neighbor. May God Bless Lisa, his family and friends! For we have all bee
n fortunate to have shared with him! Much Love and Prayers for the days to come. Dena Nettles and Brian Matthess

Andrea McNally

April 12, 2013

Joe you will be missed. It was great working with you over the years. Sending prayers to your family and your friends.

Alisa White

April 12, 2013

I worked with Joe many, many years ago in the Aflac Flex One department. He always lightened the room and made us laugh. He was a great person and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family. I am very sorry for your loss.

Sharon Berdeaux

April 12, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

George, Lisa, Emily & Taylor

April 12, 2013

R.I.P. Uncle Joe. We love you.

Frank & Rita Guess

April 12, 2013

Lisa and Family:
Our hearts are heavy with the sorrow of your loss. Joe was a wonderful man and a friend we were honored and happy to know. He had a great laugh and a good soul! One of my greatest memories was seeing and talking with the two of you together a few years ago and seeing how happy you were with each other! The love he had for you touched our hearts. We will miss him and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending all our love... Frank and Rita