The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 21, 2012



TARBORO — Joseph  “J.T.” Smith, 77, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Edgecombe Memorial Park with the Rev. Julian Thompson, Sr. officiating.

J.T. was a very giving and hardworking man who loved his family.  He enjoyed gardening and loved his grapevines.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ross Smith; a son: Ricky Smith, brothers; Ocie Smith and Pete Smith, and a sister, Earline Dew.

He is survived by his loving family including his sons: Thomas Alton “Teddy Bear” Smith and Stanley Smith of Tarboro; a daughter, Gail Smith Leggett and significant other, Jeff Cruse, of Tarboro; brothers: Albert Smith of Moyock and Hardy Smith of San Antonio, Texas; sisters: Rachel Crowdus of Pensacola, Fla. and Joyce Jefferson of Tarboro; grandchildren: Walter Lee Keel, Amy Keel Harris, Christy Leggett, Tommy Smith, Eric Smith, Amber Smith, Nikki Smith, Adam Smith, and Angie Smith and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Carlisle Funeral Home today from 7-9 p.m. and other times at the home of Gail Smith Leggett, 156 Rest-a-Bit Road, Tarboro.

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., Tarboro.  Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting  HYPERLINK ""