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Donald J. Smith
December 21, 1951 ~ January 12, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Donald J Smith passed from this earthly life on January 12, 2023 and entered into his eternal home of Heaven. Donald was born on December 21, 1951 in Belton, TX to William Eli “ W. E.” and Ollie ( Bloyd) Smith.
He is preceded in death by his parents and older brother Christopher Smith and first wife Penny Burton.
Donald is survived by his wife Cindy Smith of Cloudy, OK; daughters Jammey Howard and husband Chris of Lone Grove, OK, Cybil ( Nikki ) Cavalieri and husband Vince of Almira Township, Michigan, Ashley Smith Cooper and husband Eric Cooper of Cloudy, OK, Rachel Smith of Cloudy, OK,& Angelica Smith and husband Dalton King of Ft. Towson, OK; grandchildren Rigen Howard, Travis Smith Cooper, Noah Smith Cooper, Vera Weaver and Jasmine Smith Cooper; great grandchildren Louis Howard; brothers Walker Smith, Wallace (Wally) Smith; sisters Sheila Salee, Margaret Jones, Delilah Smith Vansickle; along with other relatives and friends.
Donald graduated from Atoka HS in 1971. He was a member of the Atoka FFA, they set pivots at several rodeos. He set pivots at the Rattan Rodeo and was proud when his daughters followed suit. When Donald was 16, he bought a race horse from Blue Ribbon Downs instead of buying a car. She was the fastest horse around and won several races.
After HS he attended Murray State College for a short time. Donald told a story when he was a teenager of stealing watermelons on horseback from their neighbor in Centerpoint, OK. He worked in Colorado and would spend every weekend traveling to different parts of the state to see the state's beauty. He worked all over Texas. He had several freak construction accidents and always came out of them okay. He enjoyed working with his hands. He always said he could build anything from a porta-can to a nuclear power plant. Companies would hunt him down so that he could go to work for them. He left Arlington and moved back to Oklahoma so his daughters could be raised freely in a safe environment.
Donald was rough around the edges and always blunt about what he said. He loved to tell stories and joke to anyone that would listen. He enjoyed deer hunting and sometimes night hunting and fishing. He loved his dachshund named Weene. Donald changed his life for his grandchildren. He wanted to see them grow up. He got sober and gave his life to Christ on October 4th 2012. Donald attended Cloudy Baptist Church and always sat on the back wooden pew from the old Cloudy Church. He cared so much for his girls and was proud of all of them. Family was important to him and the Smith family reunion was something he looked forward to every year.
Pallbearers will be: Noah Smith Cooper, Travis Smith Cooper, Eric Cooper, Vince Cavalieri, Dalton King, Chris Howard and Rigen Howard. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Wallce Smith, Walker Smith, Jeff Smith, Dave Vansickle, Gary Ternes, D.L. Wilkerson, David Lee Wilkerson.
Services for Donald J. Smith will be held 10 AM Tuesday January 17, 2023 at Cloudy Baptist Church with Pastor Luther Roden officiating with interment following at Cloudy Cemetery.
Family night for Donald will be Monday January 16, 2023 at Serenity Funeral Service from 4-6 PM.
Services entrusted to Serenity Funeral Service in Antlers, Oklahoma.