Edwin Thomas Smith
Edwin Thomas Smith, 87, retired farmer and aircraft worker, died in Cordell, OK, on March 23, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Mae in 2001 and their sons, Jack Edwin in 1968 and Joseph William in 2012. In addition to Edwins wife and two sons, he was pre-deceased by brothers, Glenn, Mick, Sanford, Wilbur, Frank Jr. (Bud), and Thaine; and sisters Gayle Buck, Elsie Dial and Margaret Littell.
He is survived by his granddaughter, Jacqueline, his grandsonin-law, Aaron Gatlin, and his 2-year-old great granddaughter, Zoey; his step-son Lonnie Lemmon, Ft. Smith, AR; brother, Robert and wife Ovidia, Fremont, NE; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edwin was born October 28, 1926, on the family farm in Elwood Township, Barber County, Kansas, northwest of Kiowa, Kansas. Edwin was the youngest son of Frank Sanford Smith and Adah Humphrey Smith. He grew up helping on the farm and graduated from Kiowa high school in 1944.
Edwin and Verna Mae (Dixon) Lemmon were married May 13, 1951, in Elk City, OK. They lived in Wyoming for a short time where Edwin worked in the oil fields before returning to Kiowa for several years of farming the family farm. Eventually, Edwin and Verna moved to Wichita, KS, where Edwin worked for Beech Aircraft many years until retirement.
In 1991, the couple moved to Cordell, OK, Verna’s home town, and in 2000, their 8 year old granddaughter, Jacqueline Ann Smith, daughter of Joseph William, came to live with them.
A graveside service was held at River View Cemetery, Kiowa, Kansas.