Lenard Smith, Sr., was born June 28th, 1926, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Henry and Fodia York Smith, Sr. At a young age Lenard dedicated his life to Christ. In March of 1947, he met and married Miss Ruth Mae Barnes. To this union six children were born. As a family, they united with Morning Star Baptist Church in Muskogee and later became faithful members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where he was dedicated and dutiful for over sixty-three years. In 1955 during his early membership with Mt. Zion he was ordained as a deacon, served as chairman of the Deacon and Trustee Board, Sunday School Superintendent Training Union President (BTU) and a member of the Brotherhood. In addition to Lenard’s service to his church he started working at the age of nineteen for the Missouri Pacific Railroad where he retired as railroad conductor, after working for over forty years. Lenard was a self taught licensed auto mechanic. He enjoyed reading, teaching the bible, fishing, boating and watching television, relaxing with family and friends. With God’s guidance, Lenard and Ruth instilled strong Christian values in their children.
Surrounded by family on the evening of April 24th, 2012, Lenard passed over peacefully in Surprise, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Mae Smith, parents, Henry and Fodia Smith. Two brothers, Henry and James. One sister, Jeraldine and five sisters, who died soon after birth. Lenard leaves to cherish his memory, six children, Lonnie Clyde Smith, Alfred Louis Smith and Lenard Smith, Jr. all of Illinois, Maureen Elizabeth Ishodi (Nahshon) and Letha Mae Swift (Jeremiah), all of California and Rose Mary Reed of Arizona. Honorary daughter, Carole Duncan of Muskogee, OK, twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren. Three brothers, Sammie, Horace and Garfield Smith, all of Illinois and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.
The homegoing service for Deacon Smith will be held Friday, May 4th, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. David L. Ragsdale, Jr., Pastor, officiating. He will be laid to rest in Booker T. Washington Cemetery. Visitation hours are today from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Services are under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center.
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