, Muskogee, OK

Phoenix Breaking News


March 10, 2013

William Junior Smith Jr.

1940 -2013

— Mr. William "Bill" Smith was born on August 22, 1940 in Muskogee, the son of William Junior Smith, Sr., and Ruth Smith.

He grew up in Muskogee and after school, served his country honorably in the United States Army and Marine Corp. He was a paratrooper, skilled at jumping from helicopters until he was medically discharged.

"Bill" met Emma Butler in 1972 and they began their life together. They were married on May 7, 1982 and were best friends. The love they shared was very special and he loved his family dearly. He loved his wife, Emma, his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Spot, the dog, was also a beloved companion and part of his life. His special nurse and friend, Felisha, was always close to his heart. He loved her like a daughter.

He collected many things, including watches, jewelry and batteries, to name a few. Bill was a funny man, but a man of few words. He never met a stranger and would help anyone in need. His honesty and integrity as well as love for others showed daily. He enjoyed his daily walks to the mall to get coffee and engage in conversations with his friends. After leaving the mall, Bill made his daily stops at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, where he purchased all of his "deals." He enjoyed the items along with the wonderful employees there.

Bill was ready to "go home, with Jesus." His fight with cancer was over and now rests with the Savior, as of Thursday, March 7, 2013.

He leaves to cherish loving memories; his wife, Emma, of the home;  his children, William Smith, Madgie Butler, Richard Dyer [Lori], Alvin Butler [Anne], and Essie Hickman [Victor] all of Muskogee, Kathy Butler, Kansas City, MO, and Ruby Butler, Wagoner, OK; along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

The final salute to Mr. Smith will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Remembrance of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.  Chaplain Carl Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at 12 Noon in the National Cemetery at Ft. Gibson.

You may visit "Bill" as he slumbers at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., on Monday from 12 Noon until 6 PM. Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at

comfort, care & understanding

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