Joseph A. "A.J." Smith, Jr.September 17, 2017 ~ September 15, 2017
Joseph A. “A.J.” Smith Jr., 80, of Bardstown, passed away Friday September 15, 2017 at his residence. He was born in the year 1937 in Bardstown, a self-employed trapper and an Animal Damage Control Agent, a United States Air Force Veteran, Kentucky Colonel, lifetime member of N.R.A., United Trappers Association, National Fur Takers Association, and League of Kentucky Sportsmen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton J. and Sylvia Smith; six brothers, Herter Smith, Donnie Smith, Jerry Smith, Duke Smith, Joe Hagan Smith, and Joe “Ababy” Smith; and sister, Patsy Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Joanna R. Smith of Bardstown; son, Joseph N. (Ruth) Ryder of Atlanta; grandson, Nicholas G. Ryder; three brothers, Eddie (Teresa) Smith of Paducah, Jimmy (Sue) Smith of Thailand, and Fudd (Marie) Smith; special nephew Scott (Laura) Smith; longtime family friend, Larry Hutchins all three of Bardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at a later date.