The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


November 27, 2012

Joel Smith

— Joel McAlister Smith, 28, was born on Jan. 23, 1984, in New Orleans. Joel was tragically killed in a one-car accident on Nov. 24, 2012. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Johnny McAlister, grandfather Alvin Smith, and grandmother Redie Smith.

He is survived by one son, McAlister Gage Smith of Sturgeon Bay, Wis; two brothers, Joshua Smith and Lauren of Athens and Brian and wife Christy Sink-Smith of Louisville, Ky.; his father, Tony Smith of Madison, and his mother, Jo Lynn McAlister Eddy of Athens; his grandparents, Sadie and Kenneth Croley, and grandmother Sandy Smith

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at McConnell Funeral Home with pastor Joel Carwile officiating and music by Dwayne Moore and Jerome Key.

A quote from Joel on November 9 on his Facebook account said: “Very blessed day! I always have a blessed day because I know that Jesus is in my heart and I know where I will be when I die! God is in control of it all. Live everyday as if it may be your last. No matter what God’s love is an unconditional love! Yes you have a free will to choose, but life is way better when you pray about everything! God will always guide the right way! I hope to see you all in heaven one day! If you have never tried it give a chance and if you are like me you have tried everything else. True joy comes from The Lord! Give it a shot!!! What will it hurt?”

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