Joseph P. Smith, Jr., 73 of Germantown, OH, died at 12:51 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at his home. He was born September 15, 1944 in Bainbridge, the son of the late Joseph P. Sr. and Rosalie Cowman Smith. On December 19, 1964 he married the former Sherry Vernier, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter; Melissa (John) Randles of Springboro, two sons; Joseph P. (Marcia) Smith, III of Bradford, OH, Jeffrey Smith (Kim Combs) of Germantown, eight grandchildren; Derek, Matt, Tyler, Kimberly, Brittney, Joseph, Zach, and Grace, six great-grandchildren; Kylie, Bailey, Justin, Esther, Jaxson, and Christion, five sisters; Wanda Hizer of Marietta, GA, Joyce Mulliken of South Salem, Brenda Troesch of Circleville, Alma Cutright of Chillicothe, Cindy Montgomery of Bainbridge, three brothers; Richard Smith of Bainbridge, Robert Smith of Chillicothe, and Rex Smith, Sr. of Bainbridge. Joe is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two great grandchildren; Tianna and Rayray, three sisters; Sadie, Geneva, and Helen, and several nieces and nephews.
Joe was a 1962 graduate of Paint Valley High School. He was a printer for many years, working at United Color Press of Dayton and Direct Graphics of Sidney. For more than fourteen years he was a volunteer firefighter with the West Milton Fire Department, and also shot off the fireworks for the city of West Milton. Joe influenced many young lives as a coach and umpire for Little League baseball and softball.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the SMITH-MOORE-EBRIGHT FUNERAL HOME, Bainbridge. Burial will follow in the Bainbridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the Smith family on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service