Tahlequah Daily Press

February 7, 2014

Joseph Bennard Lightfoot


FORT GIBSON — Joseph Bennard Lightfoot, 96, of Ponca City, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1 at Via Christi Village in Ponca City.

Joseph was born on Sept. 9, 1917, in Banty to Joseph Kelley and Elizabeth (McPherson) Lightfoot. He and Alice Hooten were married on Dec. 1, 1945, in Crosby County, Texas. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant. They moved to Ponca City 25 years ago from Tahlequah.

He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ponca City, where he also worked. He was also a member of the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Valley of Tulsa Orient of Oklahoma. After retiring from the military, he worked at the state prison in McAlester and as a federal protection oficer in Arkansas. He loved fishing, gardening and reading his Bible.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 12, 2011. Also by his parents, brothers and sisters: Homer, Virginia, Wilburn, Mary Frances, Ralph, Joe Melton, and James.

Joseph is survived by his daughter and her husband, Shalah and Ron Smith of Burke, Va.; granddaughter and her husband, Kecia and Steve Lansbury of Burke; and three great-grandchildren, Zoe, Ben and Emma Grace.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bruce Taylor officiating.

Honorary casket bearers will be: Ron Smith, Steve Lansbury, Benjamin Lansbury, Perry Lightfoot, David Lightfoot, Nathan Lightfoot, Steve Lightfoot, Bill Hooten, Hurley Bohon, Jerry Hall, Ed Hall and Mike Lindgren.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1505 E. Grand, Ponca City, Okla. 74601

Services are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Joseph’s guestbook may be signed online at www.gracememorialchapel.net

Grace Memorial Chapel, 2016 N. 14th Ponca City, Okla. 74601, (580) 762-2464