Tahlequah Daily Press


December 9, 2013

Gomer Eli Smith

TAHLEQUAH — Funeral services for Gomer Eli Smith will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10  at 2 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Rev. Bill Barnett officiating. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 9 from noon until 6 p.m. Interment will follow at Echota Cemetery near Stilwell. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Gomer include Arlis Collins, Charles Ray Collins, Charles Johnson, Dakota Smith, Mike Teague, and Harold Cloud.

Gomer Eli Smith was born on Feb. 3, 1935, in Stilwell, the son of Charley and Maggie (Sanders) Smith. After attending school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and received his honorable discharge after four years of faithful service. Upon returning to the Tahlequah area, he began his career as a automotive mechanic.

Whenever Gomer wasn’t working, he enjoyed every spare moment spent with his kids and his grandchildren. He adored the game of softball and taught this skill so it could pass from generation to generation. He really enjoyed a day at the lake, either fishing or sharing a picnic lunch.

He loved his family, every family get-together, and every holiday was spent in the company of his children and grandchildren nearby, and as many as he could gather under one roof.

Gomer’s health began to fail him and on Monday, Dec. 2, he passed from this life to his eternal home at his home in Tahlequah. Gomer was 79 years old. He will be greatly missed by the many friends and the family he has loved so very much.

Gomer is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Donna Gayle Smith; and one grandson, Jeremiah Smith.

Those left to cherish his memory include one son and one daughter, Dudley Smith of Ardmore, and Mary Jo Huffman and her husband Harold Cloud of Tahlequah. He leaves one brother and five sisters, Jimmy Smith of Oklahoma City, and Evelyn McCosar of California, Mary Jo Barnett and husband Bill of Shawnee, Christine Collins and husband Arlis of Tahlequah, Nellie Hudson of Stilwell, and Joyce Greybull of Muskogee.

Gomer’s legacy lives on in his six grandchildren, Brandi Teague and husband Mike of Tahlequah, Jenny Johnson and husband Charles of Tahlequah, Ryan Stephens of Tahlequah, Cheyenne Grendon and husband Collin of Del City, Dakota Smith of Tahlequah, and Lindsey Smith of Tulsa; seven great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and relatives.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.

Text Only

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge