Mr. Charles L. Smith, 76, of Port St. Joe, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013. Mr. Smith was born November 26, 1936 in Eastpoint, FL, and moved to Port St. Joe early in his life. He was a member of Oak Grove Assembly of God in Port St. Joe. He loved to be on the water fishing, shrimping, and he also loved hunting. Mr. Smith was a hard worker. He and his wife owned and operated Linda’s Restaurant in Port St. Joe for 23 years. Earlier this year Mr. Smith was inducted into the Port St. Joe High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his sons, Charles L. Smith, Jr. and Lee Smith; grandson, John Wayne Smith, Jr.; and brother, Marion Smith. He is survived by his wife, Linda Gardner Smith of Port St. Joe; son, John W. Smith of Port St. Joe; three sisters: Hazel Hepler of Tampa, FL, Janette Campbell of Panama City, and Nell Raffield Haddock of Panama City; four grandchildren: Zachary Smith, Deanne Smith, Haleigh Smith, and Hannah Smith; Special Niece Melissa Mims and husband Tim; great-nephew, Isaiah Mims; a special brother-in-law, Herbert Gardner; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church in Port St. Joe, FL with Pastor David Fernandez and Pastor James Wiley officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oak Grove Assembly of God, P.O. Box, 967, Port St. Joe, FL 32457 in Charles’s name. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
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