Obituary Memories of Bill E. Smith & Joanne Smith
Workbooks / March 19, 2019

Bill E, SmithOctober 22, 1926 – March 19, 2019 Billy Ervin Smith (92) died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City following a long life in service to God. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Joanne (Anderson) Smith; daughter Joyce Swanson and her husband Kurt; son David Smith; daughter Dianne Baker and her husband Ken; daughter Pam Durham and her husband Jeff; and seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many close friends. Bill was born in Morrilton, Arkansas, on October 22, 1926, to Carl T. and Beulah Mae (Berry) Smith. He is survived by one of his three siblings, Charles T. Smith and his wife Maryann. Growing up during The Great Depression, Bill began working at a young age to assist his family, but still found time to be active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a corpsman attached to the U.S. Marines during World War II. After the war, he pursued his college education at Harding College (Searcy, AR) and graduate work at Freed-Hardeman (Henderson, TN). His Church of Christ pulpit ministry began in Johnson, AR in 1950, and continued in Antlers,…