Joseph M. “Little Joe” Smith, 71, of Dallas City, Illinois passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington.
Joe was born on December 28, 1948 in Monmouth, Illinois, to Harvey and Barbara Hoskins. He was adopted and raised by Raymond and Elizabeth Smith. On September 5, 1981 he married Janice Myers in Las Vegas, Nevada. They later divorced.
Mr. Smith was a 1967 graduate of the Dallas City High School. Joe served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his friends and family. Joe loved to cook.
Survivors include his former wife, Janice of Dallas City; four children: Selina (Vernon) Tucker of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Stacey Pence of LaHarpe, Jason Smith of Dallas City and Ryan (Samantha) Smith of Dallas City; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers: Chris (Billie) Smith of Stronghurst, Illinois, Danny (Lee) Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Rick Tate; three sisters: Jackie (Larry) Ferguson of Blandinsville, Ramona (David) Desotel of Danville, Iowa and Rhonda Ewing of Ft. Madison.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Steve Hoskins.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City. Military Rites will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. at Banks & Beals.
A memorial fund has been established in his memory. To leave a condolence please visit Joe’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.