Mr. Joe Edward Smith, age 69, of Menlo, GA died Thursday, November 20, 2008 at Oakview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Smith was born January 26, 1939 in Walker County, GA, the son of Mary Smith Johnston and the late Bufford Smith. Mr. Smith was a member of the New Faith Tabernacle. He was employed with Mt. Vernon Mills. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Smith; daughter, Rita Lynn Smith; brother, Martin Smith; and a sister, Faye Buffington.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Smith, Menlo, GA; children, Al & Danette Smith, Menlo, GA, Tim & Rebecca Smith, Fort Payne, AL, Melissa & Dewayne Ward, Tamala & Donnie Roan, all of Summerville, GA; mother, Mary Smith Johnston, Summerville, GA; brother, Wayne Smith, Dalton, GA; sisters, Lula Payne, Trion, GA, Dianne Blackwell and Donna Green, Summerville, GA, Cindy Cotton, Rome, GA; several Grandchildren; 5 Great-grandchildren; and a number of Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Saturday, November 22, 2008 from the Chapel of Mason Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in West Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be DaWayne Ward, Chris Smith, Shawn Smith, Keith Smith, Jimmy Murdock, and Henry Ingle. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Ingle, Michael Smith, and Michael Wells.

Mr. Smith will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p. m. Friday, November 21, 2008