Joseph Burke Smith, Sr.

Sunrise: June 12, 1953

Sunset: August 3, 2022

Joseph Burke Smith, an Army and Coast Guard Reserve Veteran and life-long resident of Norfolk, Virginia passed away on August 3, 2022, at the age of 69 after an on-going battle with cancer.

Joseph is survived by his six children, 5 daughters:Tusenia Bland, Latana Rogers, Melethia Pittman, Josette Smith and Retina Smith and 1 son Joseph Smith Jr.  He also leaves behind 9 sisters and 4 brothers: Teresa Smith, Yvonne Smith, Denise Smith, Michelle Smith, Patricia Dowell, Susan Smith, Sabrina Smith, and Mary Jarrow(Norfolk) and Ada Ruffin (Boston). His brothers: Ronnie Smith and Anthony Smith (Norfolk), James Ruffin (Boston) and Isaac Ruffin (Tampa Bay). His legacy will continue through his 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Joseph is predeceased by his mother Clara Smith and father Ernest Ruffin. He is also predeceased by 4 sisters and 4 brothers; Barbara Scott, WillaMae Etheridge (Norfolk), Irene Ruffin and Ernestine Ruffin (Boston); Gary Smith, Ernest Smith (Norfolk), Roy Ruffin and Joseph Ruffin (Boston).

Joseph was born on June 12, 1953, in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Army. While serving he was a Tactical Wire Operations Specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and was a skilled marksman with the M-16 rifle. Joseph received an honorable discharge from the Army 1978. He continued his professional career in servitude to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He retired from the Naval Supply Center. Joseph spent his life protecting his family, friends, and country. For this, we say, “Thank you and we love you!”

Viewing Thursday, August 11, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, August 12, 2022 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Johnny (cheese)Daniels says

    To my cp4life friend may you rest in peace, you will always be close to my heart and never be forgotten until we meet again love you like a brother

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    Alvita Wilson says

    Uncle Joseph, We love you, and you will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for serving our country. I will cherish all the fun, talks, and laughter. I will remember all the good times until we meet again. I love you Unk! Now my dad has reunited with another sibling. I know yall having a ball. I love and miss you all. Big Ma, Big Ern, Aunt Mae, Aunt Jean, Uncle Gary, Torrey, Eugene, Aaron, Lil John. Black Smith 4 Life!! I’ve gained another Angel :)

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    Nathan Gilliam says

    Rest in Peace cousin Joseph Smith. We were raised together and enjoyed life together. We were born in the same year and I will truly miss you. Your life will be remembered for your laugh and smile. Your compassion and life full of happiness and joy. You are loved and always will be.

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