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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Bennie Smith will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Hart Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah. Bennie Smith, the son of Danny Boswell and Stacy Johnson, was born July 12, 1939, in Tahlequah, Okla., and departed this life on Nov. 4, 2015, in Tahlequah, at the age of 76 years, 3 months and 23 days. Bennie married the love of his life, Louella Candy Jones, and they spent over 60 years together. He was a hard-working man who enjoyed working with his hands and he did carpentry work along with being a truck driver for many years. Bennie loved baseball and understood the game well enough that he made a great baseball coach for his sons as they grew up. Bennie always wanted a big family, and his family was his pride and joy. He loved music and was a great musician. Bennie touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife of over 60 years, Louella Candy Smith; his children, Doris Moore of Muskogee, Alan Smith and wife Claudia of Fontana, Calif., Ferlin Smith of Redlands, Calif., Carolyn Ochoa and husband Sam of Adelanto, Calif., Russell Smith of Tahlequah, Connie Smith of Tahlequah, Aaron Smith of Kingman, Ariz., Jeff Smith and wife Courtney of Harrison, Ark., and Gabe Smith and wife Amanda of Harrison, Ark.; his sister, Lou Readdy of Muskogee; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, friends, cousins, and other relatives also survive him. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 918-456-8823.
Published on  November 12, 2015
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