Charles Earl Smith
Charles Earl Smith died May 22, 1997 in his home in Cleveland, at the
age of 78.
He was born Aug. 3, 1918 in Jenks, the son of Claude and Nellie Smith.
He moved with his family at an early age to Bristow, where he attended
Upon completion of his schooling, he was drafted into the United States
Army, and served his county honorable during World War II.
After returning from his military service he began a career as a police
officer for the Bristow Police Department. He retired from police work
in 1960. He then began a career as a pipefitter, working in Illinois,
Colorado and Ponca City. He was a member of the Pipefitter's Local 201.
He married Rhae Buff on Dec. 7, 1971 in Perry. He moved his family
to Cleveland after he retired in 1983.
He was a member of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cleveland.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the White Shrine. He was
an avid Oklahoma University Sooner Football fan.
He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren especially
with his youngest daughter and son, Stevie and Brik.
He is survived by his wife, Rhae, of the home; three sons, Charles
Smith of Cleveland, Forrest Smith of Sapulpa and Brik Smith of the home;
three daughters, Lynn Smith of the home, Nikki Collins of Tulsa and
Stevie Smith of the home; four grandchildren, Payton Smith of the home,
Charlie Smith of the home, Kaliber Collins of Tulsa and Joseph E. Barnes
Smith of the home; two brothers, Emerson Smith of Bristow and Ernest
Smith of Eufaula; and two sisters Edith Sanders of Duncan and Theda
Gilrith (sic) of Bristow.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Theo Smith
and Edgar Smith.
Services were May 27 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
in Cleveland with Mike Southward officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home