JOSEPH "REED" SMITH, 69, of Jensen Beach passed away February 21, 2014 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart. Born in Washington, D. C. he moved to Jensen Beach in 2009 from Fredericksburg, Va. Reed worked as a Liability Claims Examiner, then Liability Claims Trainer for GEICO. After retiring from GEICO, he worked with sight impaired students from Elementary to Middle in the Stafford County, Va. School System and taught himself Braille. Warmer weather and family called him back to Florida where he had lived as a teenager. He then began his new career of volunteer service. Reed gave several presentations on Braille for the Sight Impaired to Jensen Beach Elementary School children, helped The Salvation Army in many ways, and became the volunteer "Maintenance Dept." for the SafeSpace shelter in Stuart for victims of domestic violence. This "job" required repairing all of the broken red high heels worn by men at each October's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes". He was the 2011 SafeSpace Volunteer of the year for Martin County. Reed was 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year for the Stuart Rotary and enjoyed working with teenagers in RYLA. He so loved children and was working on a new project involving Finance matters for The Boys & Girls Club when he became ill. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan Christine and daughter's Carol Dols and Christine Totten; grandsons Stephen Mears, Tyler Lefebvre, Jesse Joynt; granddaughter Shannon Horwath; great-grandson Daniel Weber; sisters Sharon Garvin, Judy Pruett, Regina Smith, Leanna Minch, Jamie Disterhaupt; and brothers Edward F. Smith, E. Reed Smith; and stepmother Jamie Smith. There will be a visitation gathering at the Aycock Funeral Home, 950 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, FL 34957 on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 4-7 PM. A Memorial Celebration of Reed's life will be at a later date at The Salvation Army, 821 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994. Memorial contributions may be made in Reed's memory to SafeSpace, 632 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, FL 34994 www.safespacefl.org/ways-to-help or The Salvation Army of Martin County, P.O. Box 2475, Stuart, FL 34995 Arrangements under the direction of Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL.
Published in the TC Palm on Feb. 25, 2014