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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 4:57 pm

Joe Lindy Smith, 83, of Enterprise, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Enterprise with Father Gregory Okarobia officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Meadowlawn Cemetery in Enterprise with Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory directing. The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory in Enterprise. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe’s name to St. John Catholic Church Building Fund, 123 Heath Street, Enterprise, AL 36330.

Mr. Smith was born on Feb. 20, 1929 in Tylertown, Miss. to the late Newell Booker and Bessie Lee Hall Smith. He graduated as the valedictorian of Lexie High School in 1947. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 and completed basic training in 1951, when he then went to Leadership School at Fort Chaffee, Ark. In 1952, he attended the first class of Officer Candidate School (OCS) – Signal Corps – at Fort Monmouth, N.J. then began an 18 month tour in Korea in 1953. In 1956, he entered flight school in San Marcos, Texas, completing fixed wing and helicopter training at Fort Rucker. In 1959, Mr. Smith went to Thailand to serve two years with the Joint United States Military Advisory Group (JUSMAG). He served as the military liaison between Fort Rucker and Fort Huachuca, Ariz. in 1964, and was a part of test flying the Mohawk’s terrain avoidance for radar. In 1966, in Fort Benning, Ga, he assisted in forming an assault helicopter company to go to Vietnam. After four months, he went to Vietnam for a year and was selected to organize the first of two avionics maintenance companies in the country. He completed his military career in 1971 as the aviation liaison to the commanding general at Fort Monmouth. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of active duty and moved to Enterprise.

Following his retirement from the military, he studied air conditioning and refrigeration at McArthur Technical College in Opp, and then was hired to replace his former instructor. During his 15 year tenure at McArthur Technical College, he attended Athens State College in Athens, where he completed his masters degree. He served in the positions of Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator of the Catholic men’s group, the K of C, at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Enterprise. The K of C helps severely mentally challenged children.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, N.B. Smith and a sister, Delora Higgenbotham.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Kathleen June Cronin Smith of Enterprise; three daughters, Linda Pearson (Larry) of Montgomery, Lori Ingram (Jim) of Carrollton, Ga. and LeeAnn Capps (Cliff) of Enterprise; one brother, Neil Smith (Donis) of Tylertown; three sisters, Alda Smith, Willa Smith, both of Tylertown and Alla-Fay Fike of Prentiss, Miss.; four grandchildren: Cody Pearson (Monica), Taylor Allen (Blake), Michael Ingram and Katherine Ingram; four great-grandchildren: Cloe, Landon, Cale and Liam.

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Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory, 4550 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise, Alabama 36330, (334) 347-9598