Lura Mae Smith, 89 year old Checotah resident, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 1925 to George W. and Dovie Mae (Kelly) Grant in Pocasset OK. Lura Mae grew up in Pocasset and moved to Pierce at age 3 in 1936. She attended school in Pierce and graduated from High School in 1942. Lura Mae moved to Midwest City and worked at Douglas Aircraft as a riveter from 1943-1946. On Monday, February 4, 1946, she married James Marion White in Van Buren, Arkansas and moved to Checotah. She became a homemaker, loving every minute raising her two children where times were often hard but God saw them through. After J M passed away, Lura Mae went to work at Murry’s Five & Dime and later she began working at the McIntosh County Health Department as a clerk from 1972-1991. She married Herbert Smith on Saturday, January 2, 1982 in Checotah. Lura Mae was known as a woman who never met a stranger and loved cooking, canning, making scarves, and taking care of people. She became a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church in 1958 where she sat on the same pew on the 6th row from the front for 31 years. Lura Mae was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mildred Housley Wilma Killingsworth; and Violet Beaird and brothers, William Kelly Grant and George Stanley Grant; first husband, James Marion White on Monday, August 25, 1958; her second husband, Herbert Smith on Saturday, December 22, 2012. She is lovingly survived by her children, P-Nut White and wife Terry of Checotah; Cindy Wilks and husband Lawrence of Altus; step-son, Tommy Joe Smith and wife Lucy of Okay; Nicky Dewayne Smith and wife Cheryl of Tulsa; grandchildren, Lori Michelle Butler; Shelli Denee’Booker; Jason Wayne White, Gary Joe White, and Amanda Lynn Boulden; and great-grandchildren, Kennedy Kaye White, Chantz Wayne White, Alexis Michaela Butler, Aidan McKenzie Butler, Jaci Denee’ Booker, Jance Brent Booker and Rebecca Boulden. Lura Mae is also survived by her siblings, Ida Neoma Burris of Mt. Home, AR; Nida Leona Chronister of Checotah; Nancy Rose Scott and husband Donnie of Claremore and Jerry LaVon Grant and wife Janie, of Checotah, many nieces, nephews, other extended family and a lifetime of friends.
Lura Mae’s family will greet friends from 5-7 PM on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Garrett Family Funeral Home. Service of Celebration for Lura Mae will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Checotah with Reverend Larry Montgomery and Reverend John Staggs, officiating. Committal prayers and Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery under the personal direction of John Garrett. Ronnie Brinsfield, Paul Stoy, Mark Matthews, Danny Hamilton, Willie Wiles and Dale Mann will serve as Casket Bearers. Leon Jones, Donald Johnson, Bobby Shropshire, R B Stanley, Rubert Overmon, Dale Rogers and Denver Killingsworth will serve as Honorary Casket Bearers.
You may share online condolences with Lura Mae’s family @www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family of Lura Mae Smith entrusted her care, services and burial to John & Kim Garrett of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd Checotah, OK 74426 (918) 473-2244.