Funeral services for John Allen Smith, 79, will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel, with the Reverend Artie Farve officiating. Interment will follow at Cheek Cemetery with military honors provided by the U. S. Navy.
The son of the late Fred Allen Smith and Bessie Leona (Baker) Smith, John was born on June 5, 1938 at Chandler, Oklahoma and passed away September 3, 2017, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He and the former Carolyn Mercer were married November 23, 1960, in Oklahoma City. A resident of Ardmore since 1972, moving here from Oklahoma City, and then to Lone Grove, John grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Capitol Hill High School in the class of 1956. He then served his country in the United States Navy. John had worked at the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, Aero Commander and University Hospital where he received a commendation for his assistance in capturing an escaped prisoner. At the Uniroyal Tire Company in Ardmore he worked as an electrician, retiring after twenty-eight years. In his leisure time John enjoyed trout fishing on the Blue River in Broken Bow, Okla., RV Camping, and watching sports, especially football and basketball. He especially relished the time he was able to spend with his family at the family farm in Chandler, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of the home; son, Lee Smith and wife, Tammy, of Wylie, Texas; daughter, Lorie Smith Yowell and husband, Michael of Lone Grove; grandchildren, Jacob Hosking, Justin and Jordan Smith, Morgan Yowell Tinnell, Jessica Yowell Mitchell, Kristin Yowell Fielding and Terry Yowell; 6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bertha Tate of  Tyler, Texas; and a brother, Donnie Joe Smith of Yukon, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary.
Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Yowell, Justin Smith, Jacob Hosking, Michael Yowell, Rusty Fielding and Adam Tinnell. The family will receive friends at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Services are entrusted to the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory, where condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.