Joseph Y. Smreker


Obituary Notice

Joe Smreker passed away suddenly on Monday, June 9, 2003. Born on November 26, 1943, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he received his B.A. and M.B.A degrees from the University of Arkansas and earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 1989. Joe has been a resident of Austin since 1989. His career in investments spanned 36 years and, at the time of his death, he was a partner in ContraVest, Inc. He was a member of the Austin Chapter of the Association of Investment Management & Research (AIMR) and the former president of the. Tulsa Society of Financial Analysts, the Austin Pond Society, and the Texas Koi and Fancy Goldfish Society. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Walter and Vera Morris Foundation, the Elizabeth Mitchell Children's Center, and the Little Rock Chamber Music Society.

Joe was a much loved husband, father, brother, son, investment advisor, and friend whose caring, thoughtful, generous support will be greatly missed. Joe's highest priorities were his family, his friends, and his clients.

Joe is survived by Embry, his wife of 36 years, a daughter, Stacey, and her husband, Jesse Beardshear, of Austin; a son, Joe Jr., and his wife, Array, of San Antonio; his mother, Mrs. Joe N. smreker of Fort Smith, Arkansas; two sisters, Stevie Locke and her husband, George, of Fort Smith, Nancy Speer of Little Rock; two brothers, Charles of Austin and William of Fort Smith.
On Monday, June 16, 2003, at 10 a.m., there will be a memorial service held at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock with burial following at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be: John Carl, John F. Conway, Jr., William Cooper, Charles Fagerberg, Robert Fagerberg, Lou Fernandez, Don Jack, and William Mooney.

A memorial service may be held in Austin at a later date; an announcement will be published.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Austin Public Library or the Little Rock Public Library for the purchase of books for children.

Local arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home.

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  • Embry,
    My heart goes out to you in this sad time of losing Joe. I remember you and Joe both with such fondness and happy memories. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.
    Lots of love,
    Betsy Jacoway Watson
    Newport, Arkansas