Joseph Henry Smith, 1940-2014

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

Joseph Henry Smith, Jr. formerly of Crozet, passed away April 4, 2014 in Tidewell Hospice House in Venice, Florida. He was born September 10, 1940, in Crozet, the son of Joseph Henry Smith, Sr. and Kathryn Woodward Smith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Harriet Smith, his paternal grandparents Henry Walker Smith and Myrtle Coleman Smith, his maternal grandparents George Avis Woodard and Lutie Rea Woodward, his uncles Charles E. Smith, George Avis Woodward, Jr. and William H. Woodward.

He is survived by his wife Josephine Smith of Englewood, Florida, his daughter Julie Shepard of Chesterfield, Virginia, his son Joseph Hason Smith of Chesterfield, Virginia, two stepsons Stephen Steiner of Fort Valley, Virginia and Todd Steiner of Maurertown, Virginia. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Carl and Zachary Shepard, and two great–grandchildren, Carson and Jacob Shepard. Also surviving him are his sister Joan Smith Sullivan of Crozet, his brothers William (Billy) Staples of Crozet, Ronald James Staples and wife Gayle of Glen Allen, Virginia, Donald Staples of King Mountain, North Carolina and his aunts Gwen Smith of Crozet and Ann Woodward of Newport News, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joe lived in Crozet as a child and teenager with his parents and grandparents. He enjoyed fishing and working in his grandfather’s movie theater. He graduated form Hampton High School and attended Shenandoah College.

After retiring from Virginia Power Company as a senior buyer, he and his wife moved from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Englewood, Florida in 1993.

His hobbies were boating and woodworking. He loved sailing on his boat, the Joe-Jo. He made beautiful entertainment centers and tables.

Joe will be missed by his family and friends for his kindness, great sense of humor, and big smile.