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Joe Smith

January 23, 1945 — March 17, 2019

Joe Lavance Smith age 74, transitioned from his earthly life to eternal life on Sunday 17th of March 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. He was born on 23 January 1945 in Hermitage, AR to the late Edward Smith and Odessa Burns Smith.

Joe professed his life to the Lord at an early age. After High school, he served his country by joining the Army in August 1965, HHC, 2ND BDE, 8th INF Div. 7th US Army.

His work career included a stellar performance as a Mountain Bell employee, he spent much time fishing, traveling, and serving others.

His proudest moments were the opportunities he spent with his children, grand and great grandchildren.

Joe was a rare combination of life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love.

He is remembered in love by Nina G. Smith who preceded him in death

He leaves to mourn his brother Richard M. Smith and sister Julie Smith-Pleasant of Las Vegas, NV.

His Children; LaNea (Calvin) Patterson, Brina (Esther) Smith, Venus (Cedric) Williams, Joe L. Smith Jr, Dana Komro (Andy Teleford), Carlos Smith, and Sheara (Alicia) Owens.

Grand Children: Nino, David, Antonio, Marcus, Jassmine, Javaugh, Cedric Jr, Tivon, Jodi, Kareem, Cecilia, Kayla, Nina, Joi, Eamillion, Philip, D’Angelo, Aubriee, Paris, Alexis, Arial, and Carlos Jr.

Great Grandchildren; David, Antonio, Jazlyn, Olivia, Dimitrius, Faith, Lexxi, and Jaylen.

His special friend; Lazette Mitchell Townsend

A memorial service will be held in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Chapel, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 10:40 am. Interment will follow in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Pacific time)

Star Mortuary - Mesquite


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Memorial Service

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Starts at 10:40 am (Pacific time)

Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery

1900 Buchanan Blvd, Boulder City, NV 89005

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