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COOKSON – Funeral services for Russell Howard Smith will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Hart Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Park Hill Cemetery under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah. Sign the online guestbook at www.hartfuneralhome.net. Russell Howard Smith, the son of Howard and Nellie (Kellar) Smith, was born May 25, 1928, in Des Moines, Iowa, and departed this life on Jan. 20, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla., at the age of 87 years. Russell was the owner and operator of Smitty’s Donut Shop in Des Moines, Iowa, for many years before moving to the Cookson area in July 1980. He enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, playing cards and being out on the lake. Russell truly enjoyed the lake life and loved Lake Tenkiller. He cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. Russell 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, Barbara Smith of the home; his children, Randy Smith and wife Kathie of Kirkland, Wash., Kevin Smith and wife Mossolene of Brookland, Ark., and Jana Brent and husband Warren of Lascassas, Tenn.; their mother, Naomi Smith of Lascassas, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Many friends and other relatives also survive him. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 918-456-8823.
Published on  January 25, 2016
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