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Edward Ray Smith was born on January 16, 1951 to Robert Ray and Edna Fern (Pierce) Smith in Sayre, Oklahoma and passed away at his home on Sunday, August 21, 2016.
Ed was raised on a farm outside of Sweetwater, Oklahoma before moving to Custer City in 1964. He graduated from Custer City High School in 1969 before enlisting in the United States Army, including service in the Vietnam War. He returned from Vietnam and married Connie Simpson in 1971 then completed his bachelor’s degree from SWOSU in 1976. While in high school, he began working in the Clinton COOP and eventually worked his way to the top, managing multiple grain elevators, including locations in Hennessey, Custer City, Thomas, Okarche, Dodge City, and Texarkana. He married Monica Diaz in January of 2007 and spent the past several years living with her in Texarkana, Texas.
His hobbies included fishing, working cattle, caring for animals, woodworking, and enjoying family and friends, including playing practical jokes on anyone who was available!
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elizabeth Kay Smith.
He was survived by his children, Jason Smith and wife, Michele, of San Jose, California, and Jamie (Smith) Farley and husband, John, of Edmond, Oklahoma; his wife Monica Diaz Smith, and her two children, Camila Payet and husband, Alvaro, of Texarkana, Texas, and Carlos Sologuren of Seville, Spain; 3 sisters, Mary Blocker and husband, Ora, of Elk City, Oklahoma, Reba Bratcher and husband, Gerald, of Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, Sylvia Titus and husband, Terry, of Seneca, South Carolina; and 2 brothers, Leonard Smith and wife, Anita, of Clinton, Oklahoma and Robert Smith and wife, Kim, of Mustang,Oklahoma.
He was also survived by 2 granddaughters, Harper Farley and Madison Smith, who were the lights of his life, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 2nd, at 10am at:
820 N. MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
The family has suggested that those wishing to give memorial contributions may do so to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).