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Services for James Edward Smith, 74, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church. The Revs. Frank Trent and Donna Gustin will officiate. Burial will follow at Pontotoc Cemetery. The Chickasaw Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Smith passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1942, in Ada to Bob Edward and Lela Mae Sealy Smith. He attended Byng school.
He married Evelyn Lee Moore Jan. 12, 1963. She preceded him in death Jan. 27, 2017.
Mr. Smith was a drilling superintendent in the oil and gas industry. He was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church and had served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina Pogue and husband, Richie, of Ada, Donna Frye and husband, Curt, of Seagoville, Texas, and Lela Frederick and husband, Shannon, of Ada; a son, James Smith Jr. and wife, Tana, of Elk City; a sister, Shirley Hofman of Chickasha; 13 grandchildren, Shannon Pogue, Rachelle Brooks, Cortney Frye, Roxanne Johnson, Chrissy Smith, Amanda Frye, Ahlisha Frye, Bret Frederick, Steve "Meaty" Frederick, Austin Kerr, Maddie Kerr, Devon Warnke and Cameron Smith; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his stepfather, Tommy Ligon.
Bearers will be Richie Pogue, William Frye, Shannon Frederick, Shannon Pogue, Bret Frederick and Cameron Smith. Honorary bearers will be James Smith Jr, Meaty Frederick, Brute Smith and the Chickasaw Honor Guard.
Published on March 22, 2017
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