David “Bruce” Smith, 78, of Heavener, Oklahoma was born January 19, 1940 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Wayne and Helen (Alfred) Smith and passed away at his home on April 13, 2018 in Heavener, Oklahoma after a two year battle with cancer.
He is survived by:
Faye Smith of the home
Beth Bratcher and husband Ed of Pineville, Louisiana
Marci Russell and husband Brett of Clinton, Oklahoma
Carly and Tate Bratcher of Pineville, Louisiana
Allison, Reagan and Lane Russell of Clinton, Oklahoma
Lynn Kruger of Saskatchewan, Canada
Randy Smith of Houston, Texas
Brad Smith of Houston, Texas
Numerous loved ones and a host of friends
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Sylvia Wann and Kathy Minor.
After graduating from Heavener High School in 1958, Bruce served four years in the United States Air Force as an Airman 2nd Class. He is a veteran of the Vietnam Era.
In 1963, he married Faye in her hometown of Warfordsburg, PA and moved the family to Heavener, Oklahoma. After graduating from UCO, formerly Central State University, in 1968 he began his career as a public school teacher for 3 years and 16 years with the department of Vo-Tech. He served 11 years as an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church and as interim pastor at Independence Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years.
Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, loved music and was an exceptional piano player and singer. He sang with several Barbershop quartets and church choirs. He also loved to serve others and could often be found around town being the “widow ladies’ repairman” and also playing hymns on the piano at nursing homes. Bruce loved Faye and his family. He will be deeply missed by many.
Funeral service was held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Heavener First Baptist Church with Brother M.C. Ollar, Brother Sam Dyer, and Brother Jimmy Binns officiating.
Burial was in Monroe Cemetery in Monroe, Oklahoma under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.
Pallbearers will be: Caleb Kirby, Pat Cogburn, Anthony Gniech, Ron Pelaconi, John Kelly, Gary Youree, Marvin Meredith, Cody Smith, and Carl Luce.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Bill Pitchford, Bobby Johnston, Mike Vickers, Bud Wright, Johnny Wann, and Billy Teakell.
In lieu of flowers, Bruce requested donations be made to the Gideon’s International.
To sign Mr. Smith’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com