Lloyd Alfred Smith, 83, of Pawhuska, died June 26, 2014, at his home.
Lloyd was born Sept. 2, 1930, to William S. and Rose Smith in Snomac, Okla., before the family moved to Pawhuska while Lloyd was an infant. Lloyd was one of 10 children and was preceded in death by his parents and the following siblings: Alma Kallenberger, Roger Smith, Eugene J. Smith, Beverly Clerico, James L. Smith, Alice Janitz, and Thomas E. Smith, Sr.
While growing up in Pawhuska, Lloyd did a variety of odd jobs. Those included delivering his family’s baked goods as well as peddling his bike fast and furious as a paper boy for the Journal-Capitol while whistling or singing. He later served as a soda jerk at Irby Drug in high school before beginning a life-long construction career with his dad and brothers at W.S. Smith and Sons. Lloyd ventured out on his own as a contractor and later began teaching carpentry at Pawhuska High School. He then taught carpentry at College High School in Bartlesville before becoming the Building Trades Instructor at Tri County Tech for many years. His was able to return to the school system in Pawhuska with the Job Force program before retiring in 1994. Lloyd also worked hard to complete his college degree in Vocational Education over the course of many years and was quite proud when he graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1979.
Throughout his teaching career, Lloyd also completed many special projects that allowed him to showcase both his creativity and exceptional wood-working skills. Lloyd was chosen by the American Vocational Association to create a time capsule commemorating our country’s bicentennial in 1976. The result was a specially-designed globe that was sealed and later reopened in 2001. Lloyd was also selected to create a desk for Oklahoma Governor George Nigh in 1981. The desk was made of solid walnut and featured the hand-carved Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma. Lloyd’s additional accomplishments are too numerable to mention.
Lloyd’s life was a reflection of the high value he placed on faith, family and friends.
He is survived by his cherished wife of more than 60 years, Jeanelle; siblings, Donny Smith of Pawhuska, and Norma Artz of Dewey; daughters, Sally Fuller of Dewey, and Tammy Steele of Bartlesville; son, Kenny Smith of Tulsa; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 30 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Pawhuska with Father Chris Daigle officiating. Interment was in the Pawhuska City Cemetery. McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.