Dr Burrell Joe Smittle

Early on Veteran’s Day, Dr. Burrell Joe Smittle went home to his heavenly Father, Lord and Savior. The oldest of four children, he was born on July 13, 1934 in Paola, Kansas to Lloyd and Tom Smittle and grew up in Patmos (near Hope), AR. In 1955, he married Pat Butler. Burrell received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He served in the Army as a medical entomologist, began his civilian career with the USDA, and ended his professional career with the Florida Department of Agriculture when he retired in 2004. He also enjoyed his time coaching Little League Baseball in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Pat Smittle, and two children, Sharon Skiles (Jim) and Steve Smittle (Karen), five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Burrell was a Charter Member of Westside Baptist and Covenant Baptist Church, and attended and served at First Baptist and Grace United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tim Tebow Foundation. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Chapel of the Meadows (mausoleum) at Forest Meadows Central Memorial Park 4100 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL, with military honors. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

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In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!