NORMAN — Pam Smith was born to Leroy Clinkenbeard and Margaret Becknell in Norman on October 15, 1954. She was a lifetime resident of Cleveland County. On June 4, 2014 Pam was taken from this earth and called home due to a brain aneurysm.
Her life on earth was short by age but long lived by what she did for others. The time, effort and long endured hours she spent doing for others shall never be forgotten and her legacy will live on forever.
She attended school at Norman High School. She and Mr. Gene Smith were united in marriage and they began their own legacy together. They were in the restaurant business together, beginning in Norman by opening Poor Boy’s Restaurant. In later years they opened Poor Boy’s in Noble. For over 40 years there was a Poor Boy’s Restaurant in Norman and Noble until Pam’s retirement in 2013. Pam and Gene also owned and operated Poor Boy’s Wood Crafting out of their shop for many years.
If anything included the word ‘work,’ Pam and Gene did it together. They collected cars and tractors. Pam’s favorite was the 1964 Chevrolet Impala. From raising cattle to being in the hay business together, operating the restaurant and the wood craft business, Pam and Gene could build anything if you gave them lumber and nails. You could find Pam on a tractor pulling a hay swather or raking hay during the summer months of hay season for other people or themselves.
Pam was a fantastic cook. She could turn out enough food to feed two hundred people in one night. She did it every year at the restaurant for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. She always opened the doors to the restaurant for family reunions, birthdays, holidays and special occasions for her patrons.
Pam was quite the fisherman, learning from her father she could catch the fish. There were annual fishing trips to most all the lakes in Oklahoma. In later years Thunderbird Lake became the place to find Pam, her dad and all the family camping and fishing.