Lloyd Lyle Smith, Jr., was born on March 8, 1928, in Bristow, Oklahoma,
to Lloyd Smith, Sr., and Beulah Ruth Powell Smith. Lyle's maternal
grandmother homesteaded a section of land in Colorado, while his paternal
grandfather made the run of '89 and homesteaded in central Oklahoma,
living in a dugout for several years.
Lyle and his younger sister Jayne grew up in Bristow until their father
was called back into the army during World War II, and stationed first
at Fort Benning, Georgia, then nearby Camp Blanding, Florida, then to
a camp near Augusta, Georgia. Lyle began college at the University of
Georgia, transferred to Joplin Junior College and then the University
of Missouri when his family moved to Joplin, and completed his degree
at the University of Oklahoma. He enjoyed playing saxophone in dance bands
while he was there. After graduating with a degree in business administration
in 1949, he was commissioned as a 2
nd lieutenant, Engineers, in the Army Reserve, and called to active duty
in October, 1950. A year later he was in Korea, building & maintaining
air fields for the Air Force.
When Lyle returned, he lived with his folks in Bartlesville and worked
for Phillips Petroleum, selling in the plastics division. He met and married
Patricia Clements of Cushing in 1954. Phillips transferred him several times.
Their only child, Sharon, was born in Evansville, Indiana. They then lived
in New York; Erie, Pennsylvania; New York again; New Jersey; and Jackson,
Mississippi. Lyle changed companies to Allied Chemical, when they moved
to Cincinnati. They made the decision to come home to Oklahoma after about
13 years away. Lyle became an insurance salesman when they moved to Oklahoma
City. He also did estate planning, worked in oil & gas, and eventually
tried his hand at selling cars.
Lyle & Pat moved to Tulsa in 1982, and their marriage ended not long after.
A few years later, Lyle met Gerry Mott at Southern Hills United Methodist,
and they married in 1988, when he was 60.
Along with Gerry, Lyle was active at Southern Hills United Methodist church
for many years, enjoying the fellowship of the people there, being a liturgist,
sometimes playing his guitar, and being active in Sunday School with his
wife Gerry. They were active in the church as long as their health allowed
it. He also enjoyed dogs, owning one or more of them most of his adult
life. Lyle, an avid reader, also enjoyed keeping up with what was going
on in the business world, and keeping up with OU football.
Lyle lost his only sibling, Jayne, in December 2011, and his wife, Gerry,
on January 11 of this year. His concern for Gerry's welfare kept him
going when his doctor was concerned about his serious health issues.
Lyle is survived by his daughter, Sharon, and her husband Tom, of Norman,
grandchildren Daniel (of Maine), Michael, Sarah, Andrew, Joseph, and Philip
(all of Norman); Daniel's wife Rebecca, and their children Isaiah
& Simon (of Maine); and Gerry's sons John, Roger, and Alan, and