Joseph Smith

HUME —Joseph Lawrence Smith, 93, of Hume passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Signature Healthcare, Terre Haute, Ind.

A Funeral service was Friday, July 27, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial was in Young America Cemetery. The Joines Funeral Home of Newman was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Smith was born May 29, 1925, at Hume, the son of the late Henry Asa and Ella Shelton Smith. He married Betty Jane Lieb Lucas of Newman April 6, 1948. Together they raised a family of three daughters and three sons.

Surviving are his six children, Mary Louise (James) Mies of Petersburg, Lawrence Michael Smith of Hume, Sarah Jane (Michael) Ciolli of Terre Haute, Elizabeth Ann (Matthew) Harbaugh of Metcalf, Jeffery Paul (Amy) Smith of Hume and Donald Henry Smith of Hume; one brother, Paul Henry Smith formerly of Evansville, Ind; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Shelton Smith; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Smith Harmon; and one granddaughter, Emily Harbaugh.

After graduating from Hume High School in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he honorably served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and survived a direct torpedo hit on his ship, the USS Bennett.

A lifetime resident of Hume, he was actively engaged in farming, was a member of the local volunteer fire department, the Roth- Williams American Legion Post #369 and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Roth Williams American Legion Post #369.

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