William Howard “Bill” Smith left this world after 84 years of living a rich, full life. He passed away October 1, 2012 following a brief illness.
Born in Tulsa, his family then settled in Skiatook, OK. Bill graduated Skiatook High School, where he played basketball for the Bulldogs.
The youngest of three brothers, Bill followed them both into the military, serving near the end of WWII with the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. He was Honorably Discharged in 1946.
Bill Smith was a talented roller skater. In the early 1950’s he appeared in Tulsa area skating shows where he and his partners would “dance” on skates, complete with costumes and choreography. He kept in touch with several of those friends through the years.
That’s how he met his wife Beverly, and her friend Nita was introduced to Bill’s brother Jim. This led to a double wedding for the two couples in 1952. Bill and Beverly had two children, Cynthia Marie (Smith) Scott of Richardson, TX and Bradley Howard Smith of Tulsa.
After attending business school, Bill spent his professional career in the wholesale lumber and building materials industry. His father had owned a lumber yard, and Bill grew up learning the business.
Bill spent many happy times on the lakes of northeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, camping, boating and fishing with his family. Bill taught both his kids valuable life skills – fishing, camping, hunting, golf – but more importantly he taught them honesty, integrity and the importance of hard work.
In later years, Bill enjoyed retirement in Tulsa. He had many friends and acquaintances in his apartment community. He fly fished for bass in local ponds. Bill will be remembered for his smile and happy outlook on life, and his talents in the kitchen and on the barbecue grill.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Lee and Alta Mary Smith; and his brothers James Edward Smith and Charles Lee Smith. Bill requested he be interred at the National Cemetery in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.
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