Ray Nelson Smith was born on January 25, 1931 to Verne and Deveta (Ford) Smith in Anthony, Kansas. He departed this life on July 23, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. He spent his last days surrounded by family and friends. His service will be Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington, Oklahoma. Burial will be in Byron-Amorita Cemetery.
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He graduated from Amorita High School in 1949. He married his high school sweetheart, Imogene Flowers, on October 29, 1950. They were married for 65 years and made their home near Byron, Oklahoma.
Surviving are his wife, Imogene of the home; two daughters, Christy and Larry Cochran and Nancy and Loren Rieger, both of Cherokee; one son, Jay and Becky Smith of Amorita; nine grandchildren, Camree and Dean Belknap of Dallas, Texas, Caredy and Chad Stanley of Kechi, Kansas, Courtney and Ed Blau of Oklahoma City, Randon and Andrea Rieger, Lisa and Jason Hazzard, both of Edmond, Oklahoma, Ty and Jodi Smith of Amorita, Oklahoma, Jace and Rachael Smith, Trae and Michelle Smith, both of Byron, Oklahoma, and Landon Markes of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Verla Hankey.
He was a farmer, rancher and auctioneer. He owned and operated the Cherokee Sales Company for 34 years. He was a director of the Farmers Exchange Bank from 1978 until the time of his death.
He and Imogene traveled extensively with friends and shared many interesting and fun times. He enjoyed playing the guitar and making music with his family. In later years he looked forward to playing train with the “train gang”. He rarely missed the weekly date night out with Imogene.
He was a member of the Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington, Oklahoma. He was greatly involved with Lariat Creek Christian Camp near Geary, Oklahoma.
Memorials may be made to Lariat Creek Christian Camp or the Byron-Amorita Cemetery through the funeral home.
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Our thoughts and prayers to your families at the loss of Mr. Smith.
AK, Shirley Armstrong
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was
a great guy and always considered him a dear friend. The memories shared playing and singing years ago in Amorita will always bring a smile to my face and warmth in my heart. The Smith families' friendship has and will be something that I truly treasure and I certainly share in your grief as I lift you up in my prayers. Ray's infectious smile along with the twinkle in his eyes will surely be missed.
William and Patti
Our family sends our deepest condolences to
the Smith family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Ray will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort in knowing what a great Christian man Ray was.
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