Ronald “Jay” Smith was born November 15th, 1929, near the Cimarron River at Council Valley to parents William Asa Smith and Pearl Vivian Ferguson Smith. He was welcomed into Heaven on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 at the age of 90 years old. Jay was the youngest of seven children. His family attended the Council Valley Baptist Church, and Jay was baptized in the Cimarron River at the age of eight. He attended the one room Council Valley School before the family moved closer to Yale, OK, where he completed high school, graduating in 1948. In high school, he was active in basketball and football and served as football captain his senior year. He was active in FFA, serving as president, and was part of a three-man team that won a State Championship in crop judging. He also enjoyed participating in the high school drama group and singing in the First Baptist Church choir.
Following high school, Jay worked for a year in the oil field before attending Oklahoma A&M College, where he was a walk-on for the football team.
In April of 1952, he joined the U.S. Army and completed basic training and heavy equipment training at Ft. Eustis, VA. Jay was a member of the 341st Combat Engineer Panel Bridge Company and served 18 months in Seoul, Korea. His major project was the rebuilding of the Hahn River Bridge after it was destroyed in a bombing. He left the Army achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
One week before leaving to serve in Korea, Jay married his sweetheart, Nadyne Faye Cackler, on July 5th, 1952, in the First United Methodist Church in Cushing, OK. To this union, two children were born, Robin Delise Hester and Michael Jay Smith.
After the Korean War, he worked for ten years as a driller in the oil fields of Oklahoma for Reaves Drilling and Saber Drilling companies. He then worked 33 years for Deep Rock Refinery, later Kerr McGee Corp., as a pipeliner, lab technician and meter prover.
While his children were in school, Jay served as a Boy Scout leader, spending his vacation time at Scout camp in Cleveland, OK, with his son, Mick. He also helped coach baseball and always took interest in their school activities and Robin’s art projects. Jay was an active member of the Cushing First United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. He served on many committees, including trustees, and went on several mission trips. He enjoyed the Methodist Men Bible Study group, where he served as treasurer for many years. He made many trips in his pickup, loaded with donated clothes, to the Methodist Indian Mission at Cookson Hills.
Jay was an active member of the Cushing Lion’s Club for 15 years. He en joyed working on projects, especially fruit sales. During retirement, Jay and Nadyne enjoyed many cruises together and with family. They traveled to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, the Mediterranean Sea and Ireland. Jay enjoyed watching Oklahoma State football and Thunder basketball. He loved to fish, garden, shell pecans and be with his family. He was also well-known for his outstanding peanut brittle.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Nova Smith, Wayne Smith, Alvin Smith, and Hershel Smith and sisters Mary Peterson and Virgie Lyle. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 68 years, Nadyne Smith of the home; daughter Robin Hester and husband Michael of Sand Springs, OK, and son Michael Jay Smith and wife Anita of Sand Springs, OK. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Jordan Mosburg and husband David of Clinton, OK; Makenzie Burrow and husband Zach of Bixby, OK; Matthew Jay Smith of Oklahoma City, OK; and Zachary Smith and wife Mary of Oklahoma City, OK; and three great grandchildren; Maysen Mosburg, Baker Jay Burrow and Marlowe Mosburg, as well as many other family members and dear friends.
Jay was a humble, hardworking, quiet and caring man who loved the Lord, his family and also his church family very much.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jay’s honor to FUMC, Cushing. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Temple Diehl, officiating.