Joseph P. Smith, Sr. Born in Redding, CA on July 27, 1929 to John B. and Martha A (Timmons) Smith. One of ten children - his brothers Johnny & Billy and sisters Marie, Betty, Bonita, Pearl, Jackie, Genevieve and Audrey. On the morning of April 17, 2013 he went to meet his "maker" at the age of 83. Husband to Maydene bringing six children into this world: Joe Jr., Rosalee, Linda, Connie, Lynelle and Dale. He went to work at a young age to escape school, working at Hartmans as a tractor operator. In the woods as a choker setter and cat operator until an accident that left him disabled. Then he became a "Second Street Wino" for many years. He met and married Lola Lee at this time and she was a great help to him. Proud to say he gave up drinking in 1990 when he heard Maydene passed. He had a great sense of humor and style. He looked dapper in his wool cap, black leather jacket and harness boots. He believed that music was medicine for the soul and he enjoyed listening to Old Country music while his TV was on mute, occasionally breaking out to sing in his deep baritone. He loved sitting in his chair watching people go down the street, smoking Camels and drinking Folgers. He is survived by sisters Pearl, Audrey and Nita as well as numerous nieces and nephews; his children Joe Jr. (Linda), Linda, Connie (Bill), Lynelle and Dale (Claudia) plus nine grandchildren, thirteen great and two great-great. He is leaving behind his favorite daughter-in-law Geri and his Shiney Bubbles. He did not want a service therefore a family gathering will be held at a later date. Dad, Since you'll never be forgotten I pledge to you today A hollow place within my heart Is where you'll always stay. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click obits.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2013