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Joe H. Smith Passes Away
Clifford Smith  |  April 8, 2018
  Joe H. Smith passed away on April 2, 2018 at the age of 94 at his residence, surrounded by family.

Joe was born in the small town of Nevada, Collin County, TX on September 20, 1923 to Edgar and Clara Smith, the 8th child of 10 children. Joe grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression. Joe was a Navy Veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific. As an officer on the USS Star he piloted landing craft in the invasions of Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

When he returned from the war, he attended the University of Texas and was a member of "The Cowboys" service organization, NROTC and Smith House. He loved The University, and was a loyal and generous supporter his entire life, like his brothers, Weldon, Ed and Max Smith. The University is also where he met and fell in love with his wife, Mary Margaret (Irish) O'Harra of Chicago and Carthage, Illinois. They married in 1947, and soon moved to Houston where they raised their family of three children – they celebrated 66 years of love and marriage.

 In the 1970s, after working with his friend, Ernie Graham, Joe started his own sales company for industrial materials for the foundry and steel business – The Joe H Smith Company. While Irish was the first love of his life, his company was the second. He went to work every day up until the end. It was his great pleasure when his son Kent partnered with him in the 1980's.

Joe always stepped up in the community serving as President of the River Oaks Little League, Southampton Civic Club, Board member of The Briar Club, President of Waller County Heritage Society, and President of the Irish Setter Club of Texas. One of Joe's greatest accomplishments was raising money and awareness for the University of Texas Health Science Center - Consortium on Aging led by Dr. Carmel Dyer. Joe always supported youth education/sports and this included niece's and nephew's college dreams, students from Bellaire High School and the Bellaire Lady Cardinals.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Irish, his brothers and sisters Herman Smith, Merle Cole, Ouida Read, Weldon Smith, Emil Watkins, Edgar A. Smith Ruth Smith, and; his daughter Cynthia S. Smith and his son Kent H. Smith. He is survived by his sister Jean Allbritton of Houston and brother Max Smith of Garland, as well as his son Christopher Sean Smith (and wife, Helen) and Kent's wife Carolyn; Grandchildren Stirling Alexander Smith; Aubrey O'Harra Smith Valadez (and husband Mario); Alyssa Haskell Smith; Charles Clarke Smith; and Great Grandsons Maxx and Blake Valadez and Great Granddaughters Alyssa and Kira Valadez.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the University of Texas Health Science Center – Center for Healthy Aging, Dr. Carmel Dyer, 6700 West Loop South, Suite 130, Bellaire, TX 77401. The family wishes to thank the staff at The Forum, Evergreen Private Care and Vitas Hospice for their compassionate care and support.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2018