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In Memory Of
Phyllis Joe Smith
1939 2024

Phyllis Joe Smith

September 6, 1939 — May 28, 2024

Today, we gather to honor the extraordinary life of Phyllis Joe Smith, affectionately known as PJ, Aunt Phil, Old Goat, and Monkey (by Georgia friends and family). Born at midnight on September 6, 1939, Phyllis brought a unique light into the world, a light that continued to shine brightly until her peaceful passing on May 28, 2024.


Phyllis's life was a tapestry of love, service, and joy. Raised in a Baptist household, she attended St. James Missionary Baptist Church and lived her faith daily. Her favorite Bible verse, Psalms 123, guided her through life, alongside her own colorful expressions of love and care, like, “I’m going to whoop your ass, boy,” or “Don’t get that can of whoop ass!”

A farm hand by trade, Phyllis worked tirelessly picking fruits and vegetables for various farms. Despite the hard labor, her heart remained tender and generous. She found joy in serving others, whether through her work or community service. Her dedication was recognized by the Cincinnati newspaper, highlighting her contributions at the Sisters and the Findley Market.

Phyllis's passions were as vibrant as her personality. She delighted in puzzle books, dancing, and making people laugh. Known for her love of dancing and partying, she also faced and overcame alcoholism, which tragically took her eye and claimed the life of her beloved son, Leroy. Emerging from these challenges with newfound peace and strength, Phyllis's transformation is a testament to her resilience and fortitude.

Phyllis never met a stranger. She loved her family fiercely and extended her love to everyone she met. Always ready with a joke, a flirtatious remark, or a helping hand, she made friends easily. Her family includes her dear mother, Ethel Franklin, and her surviving siblings, Bernice Mathis, Brenda Chisley, and Timothy Franklin. She was a devoted mother to Delores Smith and the late Leroy Smith, and a loving grandmother to Charles Richie III, Kenneth Richie, Joseph Richie, Keith Richie, Aleasha Summers, Rachel Smith, and Marieo Smith Hill.

Phyllis Joe Smith lived a life rich with love, laughter, and service. She overcame immense challenges and emerged stronger, leaving a legacy of kindness and resilience. As we bid farewell, let us carry forward her spirit of joy, compassion, and unwavering faith. Rest in peace, dear Phyllis. Your light continues to shine in our hearts, inspiring us to live with the same grace and love that defined your beautiful life.

A public visitation will be held Thursday, June 6th, from 10:00am to 1:30pm, a service will follow, at 1:30pm, at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Drive, Louisville KY, 40243. Burial will take place at Highland Memory Garden, 279, Landis Lane, Mt. Washington KY, 40047.

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

10:00am - 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

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235 Juneau Drive, Louisville, KY 40243

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions

235 Juneau Drive, Louisville, KY 40243

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