Leroy Smith was born on December 19, 1927 and passed from this life on April 24, 2016. His life began in Rocky, Okla., where he was one of seven children born to DeWitt and Ruby Smith.
Early on he learned to hunt and fish and enjoyed these sports his entire life. In 1946, Leroy joined the United States Army where he served with the 5th Engineer Combat Platoon stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash. Leroy was a demolition specialist in the Army where he destroyed and made unserviceable bridges, roads, and buildings by means of explosives. Shortly after basic training, he was transferred to Fairbanks, Alaska where he participated in Task Force Frigid. Leroy came home from the Army and went to work at Tinker Air Force Base as a welder where he received many commendations for his skills.
He met and married Alice Raines and raised two daughters, Nancy and Debra. He and Alice enjoyed 58 years of marriage together prior to Alice's death in 2012. Leroy loved to tinker in the garage. He was a handyman and a fixer of all things. Nothing pleased him more than to help someone by repairing a lawn mower or welding a broken part. Leroy never met a stranger and was loved by all he met. Saying that he liked to talk is an understatement. No matter where he went he could find someone to talk with. He could talk about anything—politics, the stock market, current events, or the Bible. Before the encounter ended he would know your life story and if you needed something, he would be searching for a way to get what you needed. Because he talked so much, he always had a story to tell and knew people from all over Oklahoma City and Edmond.
Leroy was adventurous and always willing to try something new. His senses remained sharp as he aged, permitting him to kill his first deer at the age of 77. He was really proud of that deer. Leroy loved his family. He was a wonderful provider to his wife and children and was always there to give support and encouragement through the good times and the bad. He loved his brothers and sisters and enjoyed running around with them in his younger days and visiting with them as he aged. His favorite vacations were those where the entire Smith clan (dad, mom, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, and all the kids) pulled out the tents and fishing poles and camped out at the lake for a week. He particularly enjoyed fishing with his dad and brothers. Leroy was an optimistic and happy person who never had a bad day. Regardless of the circumstances, he could find something to lighten the mood, make us laugh, and encourage us to move forward. Leroy was steadfast in his faith and often spoke of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a member of Classen Boulevard Baptist Church for many years. Leroy taught us honesty, integrity and compassion. His life exemplified goodness in everything he did or said. The world is a sadder place today due to the loss of our precious father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend. He will forever remain in our hearts.
Leroy is preceded in death by his wife, Alice; sisters, Margaret Clark and Beverly Taylor; brothers, Bob Smith and John D. Smith.
He is survived by his children, Nancy Atkinson and husband Jack, and Debra Shuffield; grandchildren, Kristina Morel and Matthew Morel; great grandchild, Molly Morel; sister, Shirley Collins and husband Floyd; brother, Gary "Bud" Smith and wife Jeanine, and a host of nephews and nieces.
Visitation for Leroy will be Thursday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Baggerley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Baggerley Funeral Home with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.
Published on April 26, 2016