Josephine ‘Jo’ Smith
Funeral services for Josephine “Jo” Smith, 86-year-old of Weatherford, are scheduled for 2 p.m. today (Friday) in the First Christian Church of Hydro, with Rick Dyson officiating.
Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at her home in Weatherford. She was born Sept. 12, 1927 on the family farm west of Weatherford, the daughter of Ray D. and Alice (Smith) Smith.
She started her working career early at age 14 with her first job as a waitress at the Clinton Bus Station Coffee Shop. She attended grade school at Gyp Hill School, west of Weatherford, and continued her education at Weatherford High School, graduating in 1945.
She was baptized in 1951 at the Hinton Baptist Church, and rededicated her life in 1999 at the Assembly of God Church of Weatherford.
She married Howard James Smith on Nov. 29, 1947 in Amarillo, Texas. Early in their marriage Howard and Jo lived in Geary and Hinton and in 1956 moved to the farm south of Hydro, where they raised their family until 1971.
Along with helping Howard with the farm, she worked as a waitress at local restaurants and began waitressing at the Cherokee Restaurant near Clinton in 1968. In 1971 she and Howard took over management of the business.
This would begin the start of a 20-year restaurant business career, moving to the PorterHouse Restaurant in Weatherford from 1976 to 1979, returning to the Cherokee from 1979 to 1985, then ending with HoJo’s in Weatherford from 1985 to 1991, when they retired.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Ray D. and Alice Smith; her husband, Howard; one grandson, Kyle Elkins; one brother, Jack Smith; and two sisters, Bessie Jean Reynolds and Martha (Myrt) McLemore.
Survivors include two sons, J.D. Smith and his wife, Barbara, of Odessa, Texas, Gary Smith and his wife, Nina, of Weatherford; one step-son, Harold Jo Smith and his wife, Virginia, of Schertz, Texas; four daughters, Linda A. Smith, Cathy J. Chisum and her husband, Bob, Karen Elkins and her husband, Rex, and Nita Haub and her husband, Terry, all of Weatherford; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Smith and his wife, Barbara, of Clinton and Glenn Smith and his wife, LaNell, of Bessie; and many nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home, of Weatherford.