Date of Death: 11 Jun 1922
Subject: Joseph A. Smith
Source: unknown, 1922
Aged Andrew County Man Dies Near Cosby June 11 After Life of Usefulness
Joseph A. Smith died at his home near Cosby Sunday June 11, 1922 at the age of 80 years, 9 months and 9 days He had been a resident of Andrew County since 1851. Joseph A. Smith was born in Orange County, Indiana, September.2, 1841 he moved with his parents to Missouri Andrew County In 1851. He enlisted in the 12th Missouri Cavalry at the age of 18 and served his country three years and was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage October 28, 1869, to Liza Castle who died at her home August 19 1877. To this union two children were born William J. Smith of Helena, Montana and Mrs. A. M. Kimberlin of Helena. He was united in marriage in 1879 to Alice Orange. To this union three chi1dren were born. Mrs. J. E. Wright and Mrs. W. H. Lafon both of St. Joseph and Myrtle Mae Smith who went before him at the age of three years. He leaves nineteen grandchildren. Mr. Smith united with the Bethel Baptist Church in February 1889. He was ever unselfish and kind always doing something for others even to the last day, planning something to do or have done for the benefit or the pleasure or comfort of those around him. He had been failing in health for six years. Rev S. Riggs conducted the funeral services Tuesday at 12 o'clock at the Bethel Church. The many beautiful flowers expressed the love of the relatives, neighbors and friends who followed the remains to the Bethel Cemetery, where the body was laid to rest. The Odd Fellows gave their burial rites. He leaves to mourn his going, his wife, his children and his grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Servant of God, well done. Thy glorious warfare's past, The battle fought, The race is won, And thou are crowned at last.