This memorial was created for our Son
Joseph Eldon Smith
Joseph was born in Arkansas
March 14, 1983
And returned to be with our lord
April 14, 2005
Let's give a little Jesus,
to everyone, large and small,
for Jesus, the Messiah,
is the greatest gift of all.
I have lost my comfort, my shield, my strength…..
I never had to worry when you was around;
You always came thru and picked me up off the ground.
You was so strong, how could it be true;
It all just ended, no one had a clue.
When I had you, I never had to cry;
Just call on Joe and watch the world pass me by.
You knew what to say, you knew what to do;
To get all my pain out and let the happiness shine thru.
You had the warmest smile and the biggest heart;
I never could see us through, finally apart.
I had you and you had me;
We had a lot of plans that only me and you could see.
Now I’m left here alone to make them come true;
How do I do this, what do I do?
I need you here to make me strong;
Setting beside me, dragging me along.
Oh, how I miss you, if only you could see;
I can’t make it thru this, the pains to much for me.
I’m so scared of being so alone;
I never seen my life where you was gone.
Now its happened, there’s nothing I can do;
It’s up to the strength you’ve given me for me to make it thru.
I’m going to try to do this alone;
To pick myself up and carry me on.
With the words you’ve given me, the strength that lives on;
It looks like it’d be easy to go on.
Well, when you left, some of the strength went too;
Because I feel weaker than even you knew.
But some where inside me I hear you say;
“Baby go on, It’ll be okay.”
Written by Rhonda Nelson
In quiet times I often sit
And find my mind adrift
To another place, another time
And oh! My spirits lift!
I see your happy, smiling face,
And that twinkle in your eye.
I hear you sing your favorite song
And I laugh...and then I cry.
Inside my heart Sweet Memories
Stay with me each day
I cherish, and I cling to them
For I miss you in every way.
Each thing I see...
Each thing I do, brings you close to me
For everything upon this earth
Brings Sweet Memories of you.
I imagine our reunion
Some day at heaven's gate
It fills my heart with happiness...
But for now, I'll have to wait.
Until my life upon this earth
And my work here is complete
Sweet Memories will keep me
Until at last again we meet.
~ Charlotte Anselmo ~
">He loved music and he was always saying
"Mom have you heard this song come and
listen to it with me"
And I always would.
Joseph was never shy in telling his family that
he loved us it did not matter who was around
he would always tell us and if he was
not home he called. He would call 10 to
20 times a day. I can hear him now he would say
"Hey what's up where you at" even if he had just talked
to you 10 minutes before. His dad and I would laugh when
our phone would ring because we knew it was him
and we knew how the conversation would start and we
also knew how the conversation would end.
"I'll talk to you later I love you"
Now the phone doesn't ring much anymore.
What I would give for my phone to ring again
and Joseph be on the other end.
I miss him so much my heart will ache forever.
WHEN JOSEPH WAS LITTLE HIS DREAM
WAS TO BE A TRUCK DRIVER.
YOU SEE THE WORLD NOW MY ANGEL
JOSEPH loved going to the car races
On sunday afternoons that is
where he loved to be.
JOSEPH worked in car detailing for
a few years. He also worked in
carpentry and roofed houses.
JOSEPH was the type of person
that loved to be on the go always.
When he was little we would always
tell him we should of named him
JOSEPH always reminded me of my
mother. He was only 5 years old
when his maw-maw went to heaven.
He didn't remember her well but
always wanted me to tell him about
her. He would always say I sure
wish I could of got to know her better.
Now he is. I know my mother is getting
all those hugs that I am missing.
Mama take care of my baby for me
I love you both and miss you so much.
JOSEPH was a hugger. He loved to
hug you. He never was embarrassed
about giving us "Mom & Dad"
a hug and kiss.
A few people would call him a mama's
boy. He would just smile and say
Yes I am.
When JOSEPH left he took a big part
of me with him.
JOSEPH you will never be forgotten
and you will always be LOVED.
JOSEPH YOU ARE LOVED BEYOND WORDS.
O God, You gave us a son, and in Your wisdom and love have called him home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen.
THIS CANDLE WILL BURN FOREVER IN YOUR MEMORY
HE LOOKS LIKE HIS DAD AND HE WAS ALWAYS PROUD WHEN SOMEONE TOLD HIM THAT. NICKI HIS OLDER SISTER WHOM HE LOOKED UP TOO. BRYAN HIS OLDER BROTHER THAT WAS HIS BEST FRIEND AND OF COURSE JOSEPH TRIED TO DO THING LIKE HIS BIG BROTHER. NATHAN HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WHO IS DISABLED HE TREASURED AND PROTECTED HIM. RHONDA HIS FIANCEE THEY WERE TOGETHER FOR 7 YEARS. HE CHERISHED AND LOVED HER SO MUCH. I HAD THE HONOR OF SPENDING MOST OF HIS LAST DAY WITH HIM. HIS DAD AND I CALLED HIM JOSEPH BUT EVERYONE ELSE CALLED HIM JOE. WE MISS YOU JOSEPH AND WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
We miss you more than you could ever know
WHISPERS FROM HEAVEN
They say that life is fleeting
I know that this is true
I left this world so quickly
With no goodbye to you.
I know how much you miss me
Your tears fall ever light
The pillow where you lay your head
Is wet with them at night.
I know your heart is hurting
the words we left, unsaid
I love you's, left unspoken
Are spinning in your head.
The strength that I have carried
That served to make you whole
Remain to make you stronger
Within your grieving soul.
For you see, while you were weeping
On the day I passed away
At the gravesite near the flowers
Where my loved ones knelt to pray.
An angel came to see me
She took me by the hand
She led me to a kingdom
In a very distant land.
As I look down from heaven
And see you standing there
Your heart so ever burdened
With more grief than it can bear.
I long to bring you comfort
I long to give you peace
I long to hold you closely
Cause all your tears to cease.
The joy I've found in heaven
Goes far beyond compare
The love that's so elusive
Can be found here everywhere.
The light is softly shining
There's no storm clouds here or rain
There's no teardrops found in heaven
There's no suffering, there's no pain.
You needn't be so troubled
Stay close to God and pray
That someday we'll be together
One bright and glorious day.
So My love, you shouldn't question
My dear you need not cry
I've gone to be with Jesus
I really didn't die.
copyright2005 Marilyn Ferguson
Thank you Nancy
Joseph has a little brother that is disabled and
he loves mickey mouse. Joseph always bought
all kinds of mickey's for him.
On the day God took you
I thought that I would die
I wondered where the time went?
I asked alot of whys??
With people all around me
I felt alone inside
From all their words of comfort,
I couldn't seem to hide,
I thought I might be dreaming
That I'd wake and find you here,
I thought "This can't be happening."
As I wiped another tear.
On the day that you were laid to rest
My heart broke yet again,
I wondered if the pain would end,
Bust mostly, I wondered when??
It's hard to be without you,
At times the days seem long,
Sometimes I just sit crying,
When there's really nothing wrong.
I wish we'd had more time,
Before your life was done.
I hope your resting peacefully,
My precious one
This is Joseph's dog his name is "Killer"
Joseph would hide from him and
he would hunt everywhere for him
until he found him. Killer still looks
for Joseph. I can say Joseph's name
and killer will cry and look for him.
Joseph 5 years now so far away but so close. Sometimes I think
it gets easier but then it all comes crashing down on me
The day I walked into your room and couldn't get you
to wake up. That haunts me over and over. If I only could of ??????
The what and if's will always be a part of my life.
But I do know one thing that will always be the same.
"I LOVE YOU SON"