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July 11, 1920 — October 24, 2018

Ernest Edward Smith, 98, of Eufaula, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 at his home. Ernest, also known as Red, Babe, DBL”E” and Smitty, was born on July 11, 1920 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, the son of Claude Marion and Nellie Edith (Ramsey) Smith. He was raised in Bristow, Oklahoma. On November 17, 1941, Ernest married Mary Juanita Keys in Bristow, Oklahoma. They were happily married for 55 years. She preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 1996.

He spent 20 years with Eunice Jackson. She preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 2016.

Ernest moved to California when he joined the Army.

He later moved back to Oklahoma and worked most of his life with oilfield related services. He also had his own company, Smith & Son Inc., in Oklahoma City.

He sold and took early retirement and moved to Eufaula.

He and his family spent the majority of time fishing.

He was an avid hunter, especially quail and pheasant.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He took great pride in being a Mason and a Shriner. He was also proud of his service to his country in the armed forces.

He was always the family man.

Survivors include: his sons, Ernest Edward Smith, Jr. and wife Donna of Maumelle, Ark., Jimmy Joe Harjo and wife Linda of Konawa; daughter-in-law, Lorna Harjo; his daughters, LaJuana E. Patrick of Eufaula and Betty Hardgrove of Wewoka; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren and 28 great- great-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his dog, Maggie, his partner through thick and thin. She will miss him greatly.

Ernest was the last surviving member of the sibling group of Claude and Nellie Smith.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita; his partner, Eunice; his son, Donald Ray Harjo; his brothers, Edgar, Earl, Emerson, Theo (Joe Boy), and his sisters, Edith Sanders and Theda Gilreath.

A funeral service was held 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 at the Kelley Memorial Chapel with Dr. Rev. Marvin Chamberlin officiating.

Burial followed at 1 p.m. at the Magnolia Memorial Cemetery in Bristow, Oklahoma, under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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