June Raymond "J.R." Smith 98 of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma entered into his Heavenly Father's presence on Friday, January 26, 2018 surrounded by his family at Windsor Place in Coffeyville, Kansas.
J.R. was born on June 19, 1919 in Elgin, Kansas to Lloyd and Nora Jane (McGee) Smith. J.R. was one of ten children. His family moved from Elgin to Nowata, Oklahoma where they lived in the surrounding area and he attended school in Nowata. He joined the US Army in 1941, along with his brother J.T and a cousin and they were all stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. He was discharged in 1944 and returned to the Nowata area where he married Helen Grant. To this union were born three children, Marjorie Lee, James Edward, and Rayetta Jean. He worked in the oil fields in West Texas and Oklahoma. The couple later divorced.
On August 15, 1959 he married Phyllis Noah Howard in the First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville and they lived on an oil lease where he was self-employed for 32 years before moving into South Coffeyville in 1991.
He joined the Baptist Church in Nowata at a young age and was a member of the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville since 1982.
He was an avid card player all his life and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the Circle C Saddle Club for several years and also the Honeybee Camping Group, of which he served time being presidents of both clubs. After he retired he volunteered to serve Meals on Wheels and also with the CRMC Auxiliary.
J.R. is survived by his wife, Phyllis of the home, a daughter Marjorie Malone of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a step-son Harry M. Howard (Carolyn) of South Coffeyville, a brother Bill Smith of Delaware, Oklahoma, a sister Phyllis Pryor of Grove, Oklahoma, grandchildren Jim (Kim) Malone of The Colony, Texas, Jon (Jennifer) Malone of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kristie (Ken) Blagg, Tim (Sharla)Howard all of Coffeyville, eleven great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two children, four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services honoring J.R.’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church, 416 W. 2nd, Coffeyville, Kansas, with Pastor John Dixon officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville. The family has suggested memorials be payable to Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com .
I am thinking of you this difficult day. Daddy was very close to his Smith cousins, especially JR. He was a part of our lives when I was a kid in 1955. I remember him as being so full of life. He and dad did a lot of fishing and rough necking together. Even in his last years when Dad talked to him, JR always said "If you need a derrick man, give me a call". They played cards every time they got together. He was the "card shark"! LOL!!! I think he is the one that taught us Hand and Foot down here in Texas. Love you all.
Linda McCormickOdessa, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping your family in our prayers.
Rick and Alice LongSo. Coffeyville, OK
Mr Smith was a great friend and neighbor, so many good memories, R.I.P. my friend.
George Baker and FamilySouth Coffeyville, OK
You are all in my thoughts and prayers! The video was sweet! Love Dana
Dana ButlerAlbemarle, NC
Sorry for your loss prayer for you and your family ..
Karen MillerNowata, OK
Thinking of you at this sad time..with much love, Dan and Penny
Dan and Penny PowhatanPark Hill, OK
So sorry to hear of JR passing prayers be with you and love ones
Martha rae lainSo coffeyville, OK
Phyllis, I am so sorry to hear of J.R.'s passing. We are here for you when you need us. My prayers for you and your family is for that peace and comfort that only our Lord, Jesus Christ can give at a time like this.
Joyce AdairCoffeyville, KS
Cub Scout Pack 133 sends their condolences and love during your time of loss. May you be comforted by loving memories of a life well lived. Many blessings...
Tracey MostynThe Colony, TX
Phyllis I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met J.R. I heard you often speak of him so fondly. Heaven has gained another angel. Although it hurts to let them go we live with assurance that we will see them again. You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolences to you and the family. Love you my friend and know that he is resting in the Master’s arm. May God bless you through your hour of darkness.
Loretta KennardCibolo, TX
Phyllis so sorry to hear about J. R. passing. He was a great guy. I remember him coming in Hardee's and all the help with Lois.
Verlyn and Anna BolingerBranson West, MO
So sorry to hear of J.R.'s passing. Prayers for Phyllis, Buzzy and family.
Earl and Helen JohnsonEdna, KS