Joseph "Jody" Lee Elzea, Jr.

November 24, 1982 ~ December 4, 2019 (age 37)



Joseph “Jody” Lee Elzea, Jr., 37, of Hannibal, MO passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.  Pastor Randy Drish will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Flint Hill Cemetery.

Visitation celebrating Jody’s life will be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Jody was born on November 24, 1982, in Hannibal, MO the son of Joseph Lee and Laura Bell (Holman) Elzea, Sr.

Survivors include his parents, Joseph Lee and Laura Bell Elzea, Sr. of Hannibal, MO; son, Cody Lee Elzea of Troy, IL; daughter Rayne Marie Elzea of Hannibal, MO; brother, Faron Ray Elzea of Hannibal, MO; sisters, Delena Jo Trigg (Dale Dandridge) of Hannibal, MO, and Laura Courtney DeClue of Hannibal, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joseph was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Maxine Elzea; maternal grandparents, Enoch and Mary Holman; and an infant brother.

Jody attended Hannibal Public Schools and worked for a local tree service.

Jody was full of life and never met a stranger.  He always carried that smile on his face everywhere he was.  Jody was a strong advocate for AA and NA and was a faithful member of The Crossing Church in Hannibal.  One of his biggest ministries was helping with the Journey of Bethlehem.  Away from work and church, Jody was an avid Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees fan.

Jody’s biggest love was his family, especially his children, friends and God.  Jody was always there when someone was in need to lend a helping hand, a smile and a big hug.

Pallbearers will be Faron Ray Elzea, Rayne Marie Elzea, Laura Courtney DeClue, Delena Jo Trigg, Harley Blue, Preston Blue, James Ruby, Jr., Bobby Elzea, and Josh Hedgepath.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jospeh Elzea, Sr., Jeremy Whittaker, Brian Whittaker, Donnie Hayes, Baillie Rethorn, Angie Fogle, Kayla Ewing and Aaron DeClue.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Jody’s memorial page at

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December 11, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home & Chapel
2619 St. Mary's Ave.
Hannibal, MO 63401

Funeral Service
December 12, 2019

10:00 AM
Smith Funeral Home & Chapel
2619 St. Mary's Ave.
Hannibal, MO 63401


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