Joseph L. Smith

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age 92 passed away at his home in Grangerland, Texas, June 20, 2012. He was born in Leadington, MO and grew up in Farmington, MO. He attended Flat River Junior College before being drafted into the Army Air Force in Dec. 1942. He later became a bombardier, flying 58 missions in B-29's during WWII and Korean War. He was discharged in 1953 as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force. He became a successful real estate developer in Houston. He built and leased to NASA a building that became the headquarters for the Astronauts. Mr. Smith was a breeder of dogs and quarter horses. Also as a hobby, he enjoyed lapidary.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Luther Smith; his mother, Susan Octavia Valle' Smith; and sisters, Eleanor Mackley and Margaret Stevenson. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 42 years, Mozelle Reeves Walker Smith, two stepsons, four nieces and two nephews. He enjoyed his companionship of close friends and fellow veterans.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 in the chapel of the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038.


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