Joey Dewayne Smith born December 17, 1955 in Muncie, Kansas by a Mid-Wife to Nathaniel Smith and Dorothy Bell-Smith.
Joey attended schools in the Kansas City, Kansas area, Dunbar North Elementary, Northeast Junior High School, and Sumner High School. Joey was an athlete to his heart, while in junior and high school he was captain of cross country, track and basketball teams. He broke records in track while in high school, started sophomore and varsity on basketball team while being a freshman. He was also Class President in junior high school.
After graduating from high school, Joey enlisted in the Armed Forces Army in 1975, where he was a Flight Dispatcher. He received an Honorable Discharge after his service ended. When he returned home he married his high school sweetheart Brenda Bell. He worked at The Ford Motor Company as a warehouse worker. He moved to California in 1977, where he resided until 1991. While in California he worked at Sinclair Painting Factory. Joey enjoyed painting when he returned to Kansas City, Kansas and became self-employed as a painter. He took lots of pride in his work.
Joey gave his life to Christ at an early age as well as an adult. While growing up Joey was active in the church. He enjoyed singing in the choirs and family group under the leadership of Bishop J. O. Owens at Havenside Church Of God In Christ. Later is began attending Peace and Fellowship Church under the leadership of Rev. James Drew, where he really enjoyed attending and he was growing spiritually.
On June 30, 2018 at the age of 62 years old he was called home to be with the Lord. Joey was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Clarence (Shadow); and Raymond Smith; two sisters Lucinda (Cindy) Jones; and Anna Smith; two sons Glenn Rugby; and Damon Rugby.
He leaves to Cherish his memory his wife, Pearline Vaughn-Smith; two brothers, Najae (Pat) Samad; and George Smith; two sisters, Connie Slaughter; and Dorothy Smith; special granddaughter dear to his heart, Mackinzie; dear to his heart step daughters, LaSaonda; and Dedre Bell; host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.