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Obituary for Bill Smith

Date of Birth: 12/2/1929

Date of Death: 3/12/2012

Age: 82

Tulsa OK

Bill Smith Dec. 2, 1929-March 12, 2012 Bill Smith, 82, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away March 12, 2012, at his home. Bill Smith was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Tahlequah, Okla., the youngest of seven children of Elsie and Will Smith. He has one surviving brother, Wallace Smith (96) of Mulvane, Kan. It was depressed years. The family moved often starting in Tiff City, Mo., in 1937. Bill attended Anderson Schools and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. He learned to make high quality furniture in Industrial Arts Class. While in Tiff City, he became acquainted with the Brokaw family who lived up over the hill. In 1949 as he prepared to go into the Army, Bill came down with Polio. Later in 1951 he returned to Tiff City and again met that pretty red-haired Dorothy Brokaw. They were married in 1952 and lived in Tulsa for 34 years, where he worked for Amerada Hess Oil Co in the printing department. Bill and Dorothy had two children, Becki (Rebecca Louise) and Wayne (William Wayne). He was blessed with six grandchildren, Carl Flood, Melissa Flood, Lesly Flood, Jeptha Smith, Mallie McDaniel, and Josiah Smith, and three great-grandchildren. Bill retired from Amerada Hess and they moved to the farm at Tiff City to care for Dorothyfs parents in 1984. Dorothy passed in 1994. Her parents were also gone, and Bill was alone for ve years. Bill and Vi were married in 1999. She had been alone for 12 years. Vi moved to the farm with him. Bill and Vi had known each other for 45+ years, since Dorothy and Vi went to Nursing School together in 1949 in Tulsa. Bill was a very hard worker; never idle. He reset more than 200 fence posts by himself. He had an antique John Deere 60 that he prized. It was his symbol of hard work. His rst granddaughter, Melissa, wanted to be a help on the farm. She drove the tractor into the front of the freezer house knocking out the door and wall. She also ran a big wheel off the tractor on the side of the hill which she was mowing, and a few other incidents. Most of all, Bill was a Christian man. He and Vi were active in Buffalo Creek Baptist Church the 11 years since it was established. Sundays and Wednesdays they were there. Bill helped during the construction: He installed most of the door knobs in the church, and helped provide for the steeple. Bill and Vi moved back to Vifs house in Tulsa in August 2010 where Bill lost his battle with Alzheimerfs and Cervical Spinal Stenosis. Bill loved his children and Vifs children too. They all loved to go to the farm for holidays and Bill really enjoyed their visits. Bill enjoyed the farm and prized his antique tractor. It still runs (when itfs not in repair) and is still in the family with his grandson, Jeptha Smith. Thanks for coming and caring. We will drive past the farm home on the way to the nal resting place at Council House Cemetery. Funeral service for Mr. Bill Smith will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Buffalo Creek Baptist Church in Tiff City, Mo. Burial will follow in the Council House Cemetery west of Tiff City. The family received friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Wednesday March 14, 2012, in the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.