Memorial services will be held for Jack L. Smith, 81, of Blanchard, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2011, in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel with Kim Hayes officiating.

Jack L. Smith was born on June 28, 1930, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the son of Manley Smith and Viola Lanham Smith.  He died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, in Chickasha.

Jack was a great athlete.  In high school he was a two team All-State Quarterback.  He graduated from Chickasha High School in 1949, and went on to Wentworth Military College where he was an All-Conference Quarterback as well as being on the first team for basketball and baseball before graduating in 1951.  In 1952, he was asked to join the football team at the University of Oklahoma.  He turned down the offer and joined the United States Army in 1953.  He was a Sergeant in the Infantry and was discharged in 1955.

Jack was a member of the Chickasaw Nation.  He was a loving father and grandfather and a good friend who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is preceded in death by:  both parents, wife Helen Sue Smith and wife DeJuan Smith.

Survivors include:  four sons, Randy Smith and wife Becky, Scott Smith and wife Vickie, and Mick Smith all of Chickasha, and Barry Gagnon and wife Joy of Edmond; two daughters, Jackie Cook and husband Tim of Chickasha and Tonya Kuester of Chickasha; three sisters, Kathryn Royse and husband Earl of Tulsa, Sandra Hogue and husband Jim of Grand Lake, OK and Mildred Wilson; seven grandchildren, Layla Smith, Dallas Smith, Lindy Jones, Randy Scott Smith, Brandon Smith, Austin Carrillo, and Sandra Carrillo all of Chickasha; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Kayson, Landon, and Addison Smith on the way; and many close friends.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

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