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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Terry Scott Smith

April 16, 1961September 4, 2020

Terry Scott Smith, age 59, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 in Oklahoma City. He was born April 16, 1961 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Arthur Lee and Patricia Ann (Schweisberger) Smith. Terry was a man who had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He was young at heart and had a wide variety of interests throughout his life, but his love of cars was like none other. His first car was a ’68 Ford Galaxie 500, also known as his “baby”. As a teenager, while he admired the muscle cars, he gravitated towards the refined and powerful European cars. This set him on a quest to find the Audi that was perfect for him. With some bumps in the road over the years, he finally got his black A5 in 2013. He was also an active member of the Audi Club. Terry worked numerous jobs over his life. For many years he was a DJ for a Christian Radio station in Oklahoma City. He worked at Auto Zone for 25 years, and most recently sold the European cars that he loved so much. He was greatly loved and admired and will be missed by all his family, his friends, and his cats. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Michael Smith. He is survived by his sister, Linda Soper; nephews, Richard Soper and Patrick Soper; niece, Michelle Hejl and husband Thomas; as well as 7 great nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 11am Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Rose Hill Burial Park with Rev. Marilynn Schellhamer officiating.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Phil Rodriquez, Honorary
  • Brad Coleman, Honorary
  • Danny Jackson, Honorary

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

Memories

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Patrick Seppala

September 9, 2020

I met Terry about about 5 years ago. We both lived in the same apartment complex in Austin. We bonded over our love for cats. We started chatting when he began feeding a stray a kitten outside my apartment. These chats turned into a great friendship, and we had many evenings hanging outside at the picnic table across from my patio. He was a great guy and would always check in on me and help me when needed. I am going to miss him so much. Thank you Terry for everything. Love ya buddy.

April Lerma

September 8, 2020

I met Terry in 2007 when I first came here from Canada, he gave me my first opportunity to work when he hired me to work at AutoZone. He was one of the nicest, kindest and considerate people I had the pleasure of being around. I learned how big of a heart he had the day I went to clean the store and I was about to swat the spider web off the door, he came running frantic about the spider that had made the web and not to kill her! I realized how gentle of a person he was not that he couldn’t kill a bug, but just that he wouldn’t. He thought that everything served a purpose in life and that if you could leave it be, than let it be.
I didn’t have any family here in the states and all his family and friends were in Oklahoma so we were both lonely and longing for our families on those special days so every Christmas and Easter he would come to our house and we would pig out till we exploded and he would have to rest for about 2 hours before he could move. I always looked forward to those times. We would watch TV and joke around, Terry was a funny, and he could laugh at himself and find humor in almost anything. He loved cars. He loved his cats. He was smart; he sometime would amaze me with all his knowledge.
When he came to work with me at NTB we nick named him Tare Bear because that is who he was. Terry was someone who had a huge heart bigger then himself.
I am glad he had time to spend with his sister, family and his friends in Oklahoma; he always wanted to go back home and spend time with his family and friends, so I was grateful that he got his wish.
He was really a remarkable person even though he didn’t think he was. I will miss him greatly and think about him always.

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew Proverb

Kevin Mitchell

September 8, 2020

I never will forget the times my friend and running buddy Terry, Phil and I hunted ,fished, collected weapons, ran around like a bunch of heathens and were like brothers. I can't say enough about a man who would back me up at the drop of a hat, make sure others were alright before thinking of himself and was one of the kindest and best men I have known. We were bonded by our family in blue (OCPD) before I had met him and that bond of friendship had grown strong. I made the mistake of losing track of him and that I regret. I will miss him more now more than ever because I can't see my friend again. Got bless his family, ones he was born with and all of those he collected during his life. I hope he can see an amazing legacy he made though he may not have been aware of the lives he brightened or just how bright those lives have became. I miss you my friend and brother.



Kevin


Phil Rodriquez

September 7, 2020

Last picture I took of Terry , July 4th 2020, Abulitas Mexican restaurant in Shawnee

Phil Rodriquez

September 7, 2020

Christmas mid 90’s

Phil Rodriquez

September 7, 2020

My wedding in 1994

Phil Rodriquez

September 7, 2020

Spring 1980

Daniel Jackson

September 6, 2020

I met Terry in 1976 at Cooper Judo Club on 10th street and became good friends. We had the same taste in music, movies and of course martial arts. Somehow we went separate ways and through the miracle of Facebook, reconnected. Sadly we didn’t get to hangout like we used to but I am grateful for the visits we had.

Brad Coleman

September 6, 2020

Wouldn’t trade my late 1970s experience for anything. Part of that era included living in a large urban apartment complex with a bunch of other kids of the same age who also were trying to escape the emotional baggage and stigma of being from a broken home. Terry was a friendly guy always looking to make a new friend and it wasn’t long before we were running buds.
Terry loved music. We would all rush over to his apartment to listen to the newest record by bands that are now legends. He was always introducing the gang to sounds we had never heard before. Springsteen, Van Halen and the Band come to mind.
Oh, the miles we drove and the cars we broke! Terry was definitely into the auto culture and he could fix a little of everything on a lot of vehicles. He was also one of the only friends I had who could accurately debate the virtues of every car from an Alfa to a Volvo.
Our friendship would fade in and out over the decades as we both went through the different phases of life, but every time we ran into one another it was if nothing had changed. No one valued a good friend more than Terry.
You always wanted to fly and now you can. I salute you my friend, and I thank you for being part of my life at one of its most challenging times.

Brad

Phil Rodriquez

September 6, 2020

FROM THE FAMILY

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