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Buddy Smith

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TULSA, Okla. -- Buddy Frank Smith, 83, died July 14, 2012, at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa.

Born May 5, 1929, on his family's farm at Kluge's Hill north of Sikeston, Mo., to the late James Thomas and Wilhelmina Caroline Lohear Smith, he graduated from Morley High School and was drafted into the Fifth Army as a medical technician in Korea. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with bronze service star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Army Occupational Medal (Japan) for his military service. He hauled autos for various dealers for many years serving from terminals in Memphis, Tenn., Tulsa and Phoenix before retiring from Jack Cooper Transports after 28 years as a driver. He was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church where he served as the head of ushers.

Preceding him in death were: his wife, Mildred Matlock Smith; one son, Jeffrey Scott Smith; two sisters, Mary Wyman and Margaret Lorraine Burgess; and one brother, James Martin Smith.

Survivors include: one brother, Harold Gene Smith of Chaffee, Mo.; one grandson, Landon Taylor Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one niece, Jane Wyman Conner of Germantown, Tenn.; one nephew, Thomas "Butch" Wyman of Benton, Ky.; and three great-nieces and three great-great-nephews.

Arrangements are pending.