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.
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