Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


Dr. K.E. Smith

July 3, 1923 - September 17, 2015

Dr. K.E. Smith

Dr. Kenneth Eugene (K.E.) Smith, 92, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015. K.E. was born on July 3, 1923 in Pomona, MO, the sixth of eight children of Millard Mitchell and Bessie Ann (Brown) Smith. He graduated from West Plains High School in 1941, going on to the University of Missouri at Columbia, and Northern Illinois School of Optometry. He served his country from 1943-1946, in the Field Artillery, and in the 66th Infantry Division. K.E. began practicing optometry in 1950 in Capitol Hill. He established K.S. Oil in 1952 as a hobby. He officially retired from optometry in 1982 and made the oil business his full-time job.

On August 21, 1946 he married Frances Maxwell, and they were married 56 years until she passed away in 2003. They adopted three children: Sandra, Keith, and Mark. Over the course of his life and career, K.E. served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, including: Capitol Hill State Bank, Grant Square Bank, Webbers Falls Bank, First western Savings & Loan, YMCA, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for children, Hillcrest Country Club, Willow Creek Country Club, State Fair of Oklahoma, and South Community Hospital. He was a longtime member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon beginning in 1978. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, and working. K.E. is survived by his brother, Gerald, his daughter Sandra Smith Schilreff and her husband Bob, his son Keith and his wife Beth, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. K.E. was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings Oline, Jack, Dorys, Rollin, Allie Mae, and Bob, wife Frances, and son Mark.

Services to celebrate Kenneth's life were held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S Penn, in Oklahoma City.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, located at 3800 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, 73112.

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