Tahlequah Daily Press


September 4, 2013

Forrest Dewayne Smith

TAHLEQUAH — Services for Forrest Dewayne Smith will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Green Country Funeral Home, with First Baptist Church of Hulbert Associate Pastor Nick Pruitt officiating.

Serving as pallbearers are Ron Thompson, Garrett Clement, Jason Hackworth, Scott Manes, Randal Shankle and Ryan Smith.  Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Forrest “Dewayne” Smith was born Oct. 23, 1968, in Tahlequah, to Hubert Gene Smith and Hazel Reeda (Beck) Smith. He passed away on Sept. 1, 2013 in Hulbert, at the age of 44.

Survived by his mother Hazel (Beck) Smith of Fort Gibson; children, Ayla Smith of Tahlequah, Ryan Smith of Okay, and Taura Truitt of Baytown Texas; grandson, Aiden Michael Forrest Merrill; siblings, Karen Hackworth of Hulbert, Deborah McCorkle of Bryant, Texas, James Woodruff of College Town, Texas, and Kathy Moeller of Tennessee; nieces and nephews, Ashley Hackworth, Wyatt Hackworth, Joshua Hackworth Christofer Jewett, Kyle Jewett, Trenton Lee, Dalton Lee, William Lee, McKenzie Lee, Remus Baldridge, and many other nieces and nephews; uncles, Carl Lawrence and Jerry Lawrence both of Tahlequah, and Jimmy Dean Lawrence, of Kentucky; the Manes family; and many other relatives, friends, and loved ones

Preceding him in death is his father, Hubert Gene Smith.

Dewayne enjoyed excavation work and hunting. He loved the outdoors and fishing with his grandson. He was an artist and a United States patriot having a strong love of America. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his lawn. He helped many of his church congregation, specially yard mowing of the elderly, and helping with church projects without seeking or wanting recognition.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.


HULBERT – Services for Opal Christine (Steelmon) Shade will be held oat 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Reed-Culver Chapel, with Pastor Sam Keener officiating.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Keener Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Christine include Bryan Shade, Jason Young, Stan Shade, Brian Leep, Todd Johnson, Michael Shade, and Tobias Hart. Honorary pallbearers include Matthew Hamilton, Dylan Leep, Casen Leep, Austin Edgmon, and Shade Berry.

Opal Christine Shade was born on March 11, 1935, in Lost City, the daughter of Troy Steelmon and Jewel (Warren) Steelmon. She attended school at Hulbert.

On Sept. 8, 1951, she married the love of her life, Leonard Shade, and together they raised six children and enjoyed a beautiful relationship that ended with Leonard’s passing in 2008.

Christine worked at the Oklahoma Headstart Program, as well as nursing aide work and a variety of jobs. The most important job to Christine was wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was “Granny “ to everyone in the community, and she loved them all like she was their own.

She was extremely gifted and did quilting and sewing, making exquisite tear dresses. She liked to play Bingo, attend garage sales and flea markets looking for a bargain, and working in her garden.

There are things you’re bound to remember about Granny Christine and one of them was her prowess in the kitchen. She made the most wonderful onion rings, fried green tomatoes, wishi and kanvchi. She fried the best fish and made biscuits and bread that melted in your mouth. If you left Granny’s house hungry, you didn’t try very hard. Her door was always open to any and all.

She adored her children grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and delighted in watching them blossom and grow. She was determined, resourceful and loving.

A Christian by faith, she attended the Swimmer Baptist Church, and thought of the congregation as her extended family.

The Lord called his good and faithful servant home to join her husband on Sept. 2, 2013, at Tahlequah, with her loved ones gathered close to her side. She was 78 years old. She will be missed for her love, her wisdom and because she was “Granny.”

Christine is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and three brothers, Buel Massingale, Donald Steelmon and Eugene Steelmon.

Those left to cherish Christine’s memory include her loving children, Loy Shade and wife Dodie, Watie Shade and Michelle Wilson all of Tahlequah, Joe Shade and wife Edna of Moodys, Sue Ann Shade of Park Hill, Albert Shade and wife Brenda of Tahlequah, and Marsha Dodson and husband Rodney of Stilwell. Her brothers and sisters include James Steelmon and wife Pat of Lost City, Marvin Steelmon and wife Dayla of Coweta, Leslie Steelmon and wife Karen of Lost City, Maxine Watkins of Stillwater, Janetta Steelmon and sister-in-law, Maxine Neugin both of Lost City. She leaves three adored friends, Andy Bird, Leanne Corbell, and the church family at Swimmer Baptist Church. Her legacy and love of life lives on in her 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren with one soon to arrive, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

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

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