Joseph Edman Smith - Obituary


Suffering a paralytic stroke as he sat on the front porch of his home, Joseph Edman Smith, 57 year old county farmer, was taken to McRae Hospital Friday where his death occurred at 6:30 Sunday evening. Mr. Smith, who at one time had large holdings of land in the county, suffered a stroke of paralysis about three years ago soon after the value of his cotton property declined sharply. The stroke from which he never recovered was attributed to worry over loss of his property. Born in this county, he resided nearly all his life about ten miles northwest of Corinth. He earned a reputation for integrity, and hard work up until the time his health was broken and he retired.

He was married to Mrs. Molly McCrary Smith, also an Alcorn County resident, who survives him. Other survivors include 11 children; Mrs. Lola Mae Duncan, Jessie Smith, Mrs. Maudie Taylor, Zebbie Smith, Herman Smith, Rhebon Smith, and Hershell, age about three years, all of whom are residents of Alcorn County and Grady Smith of Tyronza, Arkansas.

Two brothers, W. Thomas Smith, Sanford Smith, Cleve Smith of Alcorn County, a sister, Mrs. Jeanette Smith. Funeral services are to be held at 3 p.m. today at Baptist Shiloh Church, ten miles west of Corinth, where Mr. Smith had his membership, and interment will be at the cemetery there. Brother Franks, Baptist preacher, will conduct the service. The pall bearers are Will Martin, Bynum Rainey, Lester Talley, J.R. Coleman, T.H. Phillips, and J.W. Franks.

McPeters Funeral Directors will be in charge.

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