James Fred Smith

January 15, 1929 - December 31, 2017
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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James Fred "Bub" Smith age 88, of Mangum, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, December 31st, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born the son of Everett A. and Juanita (Kelley) Smith January 15th, 1929 in Hester, Oklahoma. He was a 1946 graduate of City View High School and a veteran of the US Air Force, serving in the Korean War from 1950-1954. He received a United Nations service medal and National Defense Medal while there.

After the service, he returned to Mangum and began his career in farming, until his retirement in 2015 growing mostly cotton, but also some wheat. He married Patsy Freeze on May 6, 1956 and they were lifelong residents of Greer County, and also served on the South Gin Board.

James' survivors include:

His daughters
Malenda and husband Jim Bob Brooks of Mangum, OK
Jeanenne Downing of Lubbock, TX

His sister
Maxine Chambers of Mangum, OK
His brothers
Alan and wife Elva Smith of San Antonio, TX
Kenneth and wife Murlene Smith of Mangum, OK

His grandchildren:
Kerry Mills of Mangum, OK
Logan Downing of Dallas, TX
Carson Downing of Lubbock, TX

Great Grandchildren:
Kelsey and McKenzie Mills.

and his aunt, Francis Herron.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Smith, and his sister, Charlotte Northington Hoskins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 from 9am to 8pm with family available to receive friends from 6 to 8 pm at Ray and Martha's Funeral Home in Mangum, Oklahoma.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 11am at the Historic 1st Presbyterian Church, 314 N. Oklahoma Ave., Mangum, Oklahoma, with interment to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery.

Those that wish may make contributions in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society. Forms are available at the Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the care of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Mangum, Oklahoma.

Service Information

Date: January 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Date: January 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: January 4, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Date: January 4, 2018

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Helen Mason
Crowder, OK
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies. We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Helen and Clay
Douglas Northington and Family
St George, UT
We have the most wonderful memories of my Uncle Bub, we will miss him and prayers of peace to the family.
Ray Eastridge, Chaplain II
Stringtown, OK
We are lifting prayers for you and yours as you move through this time of sorrow.
Ronnie Maddox
Mangum, OK
James Fred was a staple of this community and he will be missed.
Rodney & Mechelle Nixon
Lubbock, TX
Sweet Jeanenne, we are so sorry for your loss may God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Greg and Terri Martin
Mangum, OK
We are lifting your family up in prayer!
Sue Underhill
Mangum, OK
I am so sorry for your loss.  My prayers go out to all of you.

Sue Underhill
Lynn Dell Copeland
Oklahoma City, OK
I knew James Fred, his mother and dad, and most of his brothers and sisters.  The family was certainly well respected in the Hester area.
Kent Avery
Plano, TX
So sorry for you loss.
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