Joe Smith was a native of Shelby County, Ky.. He was a retired farmer, inventor and an owner, breeder, trainer and driver of Standardbreds. He won many races and awards in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Lula Smith taught at Finchville, Simpsonville and Henry Clay, Ky. grade schools in the 1950s and 1960s. She enjoyed keeping in touch with the many friends she and Joe met through the years while racing their Standardbreds.
Survivors of the couple included daughters, Sarah Patterson and JoAnn McBride (Bill); grandchildren, Michael Bohannon and Cindy Patterson-Moore (Jimmy); great-grandchildren, Dakotia and Destiny; sister, Betsy Johnston and nieces and nephews.
Separate private family services were held at the Grove Hill Cemetery Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Gideons International in the couple’s memory.