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Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith Sr.

Wednesday, April 24th, 1946 - Thursday, March 25th, 2021
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Joseph Smith, Sr. (Top Cat) a native of Norfolk, VA. He was
born in Washington, N.C. to the late Joseph B. and Mary B.
Smith on April 24, 1946. Joseph quietly entered into enteral
rest on March 25, 2021 at 8:38 pm, Sentara Princess Anne
Hospital, Virginia Beach, VA. He was preceded in death by
his parents, Joseph B. and Mary B. Smith, 2 sisters Mary S.
Williams and Vestie S. Spencer, 3 brothers Lloyd D. Smith,
Charles Smith, and Franklin R. Smith.

He was educated in Washington, N.C. public School,
graduating from P.S. Jones High School where he played
drums in the marching band. He won a scholarship to attend
Elizabeth City College.

He was employed with Norfolk Southern Railroad for 25
years as a Truck Laborer, he later retired in 1996. His favorite
past time was gardening, cooking, and sports. He was an avid
Pittsburgh Steelers Fan.

He leaves to cherish his memory his Wife Sandra Smith,
Daughter Terry Brown of Chester, VA, Sons Joseph Smith,
Jr. (Shanita), Kevin Brown (Tiffany), and Ret. Infantry Staff
Sgt. (US Army) Erick O. Smith of Wichita, KS., Sisters Sarah
Smith, Carolyn Rogers, and Mazel Boston of Washington,
NC., Brothers Floyd Smith, Melvin Smith of Washington, NC.
And Oscar Smith of White Plains, New York. A very special
and loving friend Barbara J. Gray. Grandchildren Jasmine R.
Foreman, Joseph Parker, JoQuayla Parker, Jordan Sanders,
Consuela Hall of N.C. and Jamon Lee of Virginia Beach, VA. A
very Best Friend Clarence Silver and a host of other relatives,
nieces, nephews, and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 2nd, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, April 2nd, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 3:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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Posted at 02:52pm
To the Smith. Sending my heartfelt condolences to you. I will miss Uncle Buddy. He was so funny keep you laughing. What I will miss the most will be the phone calls short and sweet. The conversations about his garden and the pictures. Take your rest Uncle Buddy. I Love You.

your sister Carolyn S. Rogers and Family!

Posted at 08:42am
Rest in Peace, my brother, Buddy! We love you, your sister Carolyn S. Rogers and Family!
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Beverly Rogers Foreman

Posted at 04:21pm
To my family, I just wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you all. Uncle Buddy was a very special person. Whenever I would see him, he always had a smile. Always had something funny to call you or say to you. I had surgery in January and he called and checked on me every day the first week and once a week after that. He was very encouraging. I miss him but I know that you miss him more. God never makes a mistake and it was his time. Look up to the hills from which cometh your help. All your help cometh from the Lord. Even though I don’t see you often I love all of you. I pray that God will continue to strengthen and keep you at your time of loss.

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