Gipson Funeral Home & Garden of Memories Memorial Park
1515 South Chestnut, Lufkin, TX
Joe Donald Smith
March 31, 1929 – May 26, 2019
Lifelong resident of Diboll, Joe Donald Smith, age 90, died on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Joe Donald worked for almost 50 years for Temple, as a company electrician and then as a foreman in the saw mill. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Diboll. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed collecting coins and clocks. During his retirement years he loved visiting with friends at Pouland’s Round Table and watching golf tournaments on television, even though he never played a single round of golf.
Joe Donald was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of almost 70 years, Emma Lee (James) Smith; parents, Henry Lon and Alma Smith; brother, L. D. Smith; and sisters, Vivian (Smith) Warner and Marguerite (Smith) Chapman.
He is survived by his two sons, Joe Henry Smith (Diane) and Bill Smith; grandchildren, Joe Henry Smith, Jr. (Alisha) and Michael Smith (Melinda); four great-grandchildren, Hannah Cook, Brianna Smith, Declan Smith and Brittyn Smith; one-great-great grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Graveside services for Joe Donald will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with David Goodwin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.
- Joe Henry Smith (Diane), Son
- Bill Smith, Son
- Joe Henry Smith, Jr. (Alisha), Grandson
- Michael Smith (Melinda), Grandson
- Hannah Cook, Great-Grandchild
- Brianna Smith, Grat-Grandchild
- Declan Smith, Great-Grandchild
- Brittyn Smith, Great-Grandchild
Joe Donald was also survived by one-great-great grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of almost 70 years, Emma Lee (James) Smith; parents, Henry Lon and Alma Smith; brother, L. D. Smith; and sisters, Vivian (Smith) Warner and Marguerite (Smith) Chapman.
- Visitation Wednesday, May 29, 2019
- Graveside Service Thursday, May 30, 2019
Joe Donald Smith
May 28, 2019
Our prayers are with you. He really enjoyed drinking coffee and visiting at Pouland's. We heard lots of old hunting and work related stories.
Kevin, Andrea and Cheyenne