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Burnis J. Smith

Funeral service for Burnis J. Smith age 69, of Frederick, Oklahoma will be at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, 201 E. Grand Ave., with Rev. Clark Jones, Sr. officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Jackson Funeral Home. Mr. Smith passed away Friday, November 30, 2018, in a health care center in Noble, Oklahoma.

Burnis J. Smith was born November 6, 1949, in Tipton, Oklahoma to David and Velma (Pettis) Smith. He attended Boyd High and later transferred his sophomore year to Frederick High School where he graduated with the Class of 1968. He attended welding school and received his welding licenses and became an Oklahoma Certified Welder. On September 29, 1973, he and Dorothy M. Bishop were united in marriage in Frederick, Oklahoma. Burnis worked for Brantley Manufacturing for a short period before he began Smith Welding in 1975. He was well-known in Tillman County and Southwest Oklahoma for his craft and trade. There are not many places you can turn that does not have his stamp of expertise on. Burnis served on the Frederick School Board for 13 years. He was a member of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Oklaunion, Texas; he served as Youth Sunday School Teacher as well as serving on the Deacon Board.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy of the home; six sons, Johnny Sr. of Lawton, OK, Benny and his wife Kara of Lawton, OK, Gerald and his wife Kristina of Whitney, TX, Nicholas and his wife Sharron of Edmond, OK, Antywan, Sr. and his wife Shawna of Noble, OK and Virgil and his wife Classie of Frederick, OK; two daughters, Debra and her husband Kenneth of Arlington, TX and Tonya of Gastonia, NC; four brothers, David, Jr. and his wife Alta of Pleasant Grove, TX, Curtis of Oklahoma City, OK, Charles and his wife Liquita of Warner Robins, GA, and Marion and his wife Jennie of Frederick, OK; two sisters, Doris and Marilyn both of Wichita Falls, TX; 33 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; five brothers, and one sister.

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