NORMAN — Mr. Jesse Milton Smith died peacefully at the Gardens of Rivermont in Norman, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche St., Norman with the Reverend Jim Stewart officiating.
Jesse was born in Norman on Aug. 4, 1927 to Mr. Jessie Smith and Callie Jewel (Morgan) Smith. He resided in Norman all of his life except for service time in Fort Polk, La., Japan and Korea and military schools. Jesse graduated from Norman High School in 1947 where he served as vice president of both the junior and senior classes. He was selected for Boy's State in 1946 and was a member and co-captain of the football team. Jesse was a member of Who’s Who of Norman High School in 1947 and was also selected as a Junior Rotarian in 1947. Mr. Smith attended the University of Oklahoma graduating in 1955 with a BBA in Accounting. He enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard and retired 22 years later attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was employed as a full time employee of the National Guard for 15 of those 22 years. His last assignment was Commanding Officer of the 700 Support Battalion of the 45th Infantry Brigade. His foreign service was the Occupation of Japan and the Korean War after serving on active duty with the 45th Infantry Division.
After returning from active duty in 1952, he returned to Norman and married Joyce L. Hough on Sept. 1, 1952.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce of 49 years on Jan. 30, 1999; and his brother, Morgan Wayne Smith. He is survived by his sons, Douglas M. Smith and wife Gretchen of Monkey Island, Okla. and Wayne L. Smith and wife Kathy of Norman; and grandchildren, Jesse James Smith of Tulsa and Morgan Grubb and husband Chance of Norman; three step grandsons, Jason, Philip and Colin; and the mother of Jesse and Morgan, Mrs. Marla Harrell.