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Linda “Joy” Laliberte Logan-Smith, 70, of Lobeco, died peacefully Sunday, August 13, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones after a brief illness.

Joy was born in Utica, NY to the late Mary Brinson of Walterboro and Albert Gervais Laliberte, USMC Ret. of Providence, RI.

Raised as a military child, Joy learned early on the gift of never meeting a stranger. She had the kindest heart and would give you the clothes off her back if you needed it. Joy was a loving, caring, and responsible sister to her siblings. She cared for and guided family members through childhood and into adulthood with such a willing and successful conclusion that a special bond now exists that is beyond comparison.

She started a very honorable and distinguished career at an early age providing additional support for the family under the watchful eye of her mother who instilled in her a structured work ethic. For 48 years she remained faithful to her work all while raising her children, and serving her community through the Rotary Club, as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church, as a chaperone of the Pirettes, through CODA, and many other wonderful organizations. But what she was most proud of in her career was serving as Beaufort Country Treasurer for over 20 years. She had a very kind heart and would work thoughtfully and tirelessly to help those that needed it as best she could. She loved Beaufort and all its residents with all of her heart and was proud to serve them. She especially cared for those that worked for her and with her as they became like family.

As a child she loved her horses and competing in rodeos. As an adult she traded in the ranes for a fishing pole, a cast net, or crab line. Many hours were spent with her children, family and friends in the creek by her home catching shrimp, crabs and drum. She could clean a crab better than anyone around; her crab cakes and shrimp dip were always a treat to anyone she served them to.

She especially loved her lifelong friends of Beaufort High’s TW Class of ’65. She has served on just about every reunion committee and has hosted countless events at her home. It was a great “Joy” to her life to be surrounded by such wonderful friends.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Sammie Smith.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mel Logan Middleton and her husband Michael of Greenville, SC and Evelyn Logan Kuhn and her husband Andrew of Hobart, NY, and her stepdaughter Judy Smith Hizer and her husband Dave of Aurora, IN. She will forever be remembered as “Granny” by her little princesses and princes; Mary Michael Middleton, Henry Kuhn, Charlie Kuhn, Benjamin Middleton, and Sally Kuhn. She was a loving and guiding sister to Albert Lee Laliberte and his wife Linda of Grays, SC, JoAnn Laliberte Peeples of Charleston, SC and Todd Alan Laliberte and his wife Rainey of Florence, SC. She was “Aunt Joy” to Carmen, Sheldon, Shana, Chad, Brinson, Bryce, Eric, Paige and Scott; all of who considered her a second mother. She will be remembered as great “Aunt Joy” to Madison, Teghan, Tristen, Amelia, Baxton and Waylen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Copeland Funeral Service, One Copeland Drive.

Following a private committal at The National Cemetery, a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, August 17, 2017 at The First Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive guests immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Port Royal Sound Foundation, 310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909,


Online Condolences

  1. Darlene Jackson says:

    Joy, was a very sweet person and did everything she could do to help the taxpayers of Beaufort County. When I was trying to get a job at Beaufort County Joy was the first person to give me an opportunity. She was the best boss anyone could ask for. She will truly be missed.

  2. Glenda Pinto says:

    I will miss you to my wonderful neighbor.

    Say Hi to Sam and Frank.

  3. Carolyn Dorsey says:

    Prayers of comfort to the family. Ms. Joy gave me my opportunity at the County and I will be ever thankful! When a situation came up about leaving her department, she told me to “take care of your family” I still share those great words of wisdom with others I encounter!
    What an amazing woman!
    May your soul Rest In Peace!

  4. Connie Simmons says:

    My sincere condolences to Joy’s family and friends. Joy was a wonderful person and leader. In time may your tears turn into great memories. May God Bless you.

  5. Alice George Dell says:

    Will miss you. Rest in peace my friend.

  6. Phoebe Mills says:

    It was a pleasure to know Joy. What a kind person and wonderful mother! Hold on to all the great memories girls! May Peace be with you all at this time of loss.

  7. Joy Murphey says:

    Joy was a wonderful friend to me for many years, we always stayed in touch wherever life took me. I will truly miss her. My heart hurts for her family as I know she was a big part of everyones life. Luv to all of you. Miss Joy

  8. Dean Fowler, Jr. says:

    Joy was a wonderful person and friend! She had a big heart and was always willing to help anyone and share her extensive knowledge of banking and government. She had an ability to see a little further down the road than others and usually was on the leading edge! She will be missed by her many friends who cared for her lovingly! She left us too soon!

  9. Ann ward Kapps says:

    I am truly sorry to hear of Joys death. Best wishes for the family.

  10. Gaye McNair says:

    We will always cherish the sweet memories of Joy and Sam…they took us in as family and loved us and our kids. Joy was such a wise, understanding, and loving friend with a quick smile for everyone. She would make visitors feel completely at home…it was one of her gifts. Our prayers are with you, Mel and Evelyn, and your precious families…

  11. Indie Harris says:

    I’m so very sad to hear this. I had the pleasure of working with Joy for many years. She had a great heart! She will be truly missed. My live and condolence to MelEvelyn and their families.

  12. Dandy Gibb says:

    Mel..I’m so very sorry for your loss…my condolence
    to you and your family.

  13. NEWBY FAMILY says:

    We are so sorry to hear the news. She was truly great lady! She will be missed. Prayers for you and you family!

  14. Gregory Bishop says:

    My deepest sympathies. My mother told me how Joy was the 1st baby sitter we had as kids and what huge help she was. Joy was an outstanding person. Again , my deepest sympathies to Mel, Evelyn, Todd, Lee, Joann and her entire family.

  15. Garland Bishop says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences .Joy was such a fine lady and a true credit to her family and community community. We are so proud and privileges privelidge to have known her.Garland and family.

  16. Maritza Schmidt says:

    Joy had a big heart. She loved her family and her job as Treasurer.
    She was devoted to her job and the people she served.
    Beautiful person inside and out

    You will be missed

  17. Elaine Graham Stacy says:

    Joy will forever be loved and remembered as morter, to the Tidal Wave Class of 1965. She had much to offer and give to everyone. We can, everything of us. If we all had a little bit of “JOY” in our hearts and daily life, this old world would be a better place in which to reside. Our precious friend you were loved by countless folks, and will be sorely missed by every one of us.

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