Joe Bob Smith, age 75, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, September 6, 2021 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on Monday, August 19, 1946 to Haskell Ray Smith and Patsy Ophelia Burnett Smith in De Queen, Arkansas.
Joe Bob grew up in Broken Bow where he graduated in the class of 1964. He enjoyed playing football and hanging out with all his friends, whom he had remained close to all these years. Joe Bob served his country as a pilot of a Sikorsky UH 34-D helicopter in the United States Marines Corps as a 1st Lieutenant during the Vietnam War from 1967-1968. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and 21 Air Medals. Joe Bob graduated OSU where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration while raising his family. He became a practicing CPA for 48 years in McCurtain County and was dedicated to serving his clients in the area. During that time, Joe Bob joined the Army Reserves and became a Chief Warrant Officer where he flew Loach helicopters with night vision for several years. He loved animals, especially family horses, dogs and his cat Blue. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He worked hard all year long but looked forward every year to 10 days at deer camp on the Sam Williams 20 acres. Besides flying, it was his favorite thing to do. Over the years you often could find friends or family stopping by to join him and camp there. He loved watching OSU sports and cheering them on. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Joe Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Joby Lee Smith; three brothers, Phil Beavers, Lynn Beavers and Paul Smith; his maternal grandparents, Tuck and Carrie Burnett; paternal grandparents Jack and Gertrude Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Carole Smith of Broken Bow: his daughter and son in law, Dala and Joel Bein of Tulsa; step sons, Scott McNiel of Tulsa, and Jason Pike of Broken Bow; two brothers, Ronnie Smith and Donnie Smith both of Oregon; four grandchildren, Jack Bein, Britni Adams, Zeb Pike and Evie Pike; nephews John Beavers, Sean Beavers, Matthew Beavers and Andrew Beavers; niece Kendra Beavers; great nieces and nephew, along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services with military honors will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Brumley Funeral Home Chapel with a time of visitation with the family that will begin at 1:30 P.M. before the service starts at 2:00 P.M. Arrangements are entrusted to Brumley Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
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