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Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home

5005 SE 29Th Street, Del City, OK

OBITUARY

Lee Roy Smith Jr.

July 14, 1935March 10, 2019

Lee Roy Smith, Jr., a longtime resident of Del City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the age of 83.

He was born July 14, 1935 to Lee Roy and Beatrice Williams Smith. After graduating from Southeast High School, he played two years of college basketball before proudly serving in the U. S. Army in Korea.

Upon his return, Lee Roy married the love of his life, Madalene Volturo Smith on August 19, 1956. They enjoyed 62 years together watching their family grow. A devout Catholic, he ardently studied his faith and was a founding member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a leader on the parish council and served as a lector for his parish for many years.

He was the Director of Data Processing at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1988. Lee Roy enjoyed volunteering. He served on the Midwest City-Del City School Board for 10 years. He was a founding member of the Del City Junior Sports Association, vice president of the Del City Takedown Club, and a board member of Oklahoma USA Wrestling. He volunteered at countless wrestling tournaments, including NCAA Championships and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Lee Roy's true passion was his family. He loved following his four sons’ athletic careers, and was equally happy coaching his daughters’ softball teams in their younger years. He was never happier than when he was outdoors, especially with his grandchildren. He loved camping, hunting, fishing and woodworking.

He is preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. He is survived by his wife; 10 children, Margaret Realmuto (Dave), Lee Roy Smith, III (Lisa), Cathy Perry (Mark), JoAnn Patterson (Nick), Rita White (Chuck), Carol Hardin (Barlo), John Smith (Toni), MaryAnn White (Derrel), Pat Smith (Chelsee), Mark Smith (Jenny); 35 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned from 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a rosary at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 3901 S. Sunnylane Rd. in Del City. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, also at the church. He will be laid to rest at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Hartshorn, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in his honor to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, 405 West Hall of Fame Ave., Stillwater, OK 74075, www.nwhof.org or to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma, 1232 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73106, www.catholiccharitiesok.org.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tony Realmuto
  • Jacob Realmuto
  • Mark Perry
  • Chris Perry
  • Nicholas Patterson
  • Connor Patterson
  • Chuck White III
  • Barlo Hardin II
  • Joseph Smith
  • Sam Smith
  • Levi Smith
  • Matthew White
  • Zachary White
  • Gus Smith
  • Boone Smith
  • Hunter Smith
  • Luke Smith

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Rosary Service Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Mass Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Burial Friday, March 15, 2019

Memories

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Randy Peter

March 15, 2019

I worked for Lee Roy at the Okla. Dept. of Highways in the early 1970's. It was my first job and Lee Roy was a larger-than-life figure even then. I don't remember much that anyone else said to me, but I remember a LOT that Lee Roy said. (I still occasionally misquote him.)

Years later, I was surprised to learn that he had recommended me for a new position at the Dept. of Personnel Management. I had left state government by then and I didn't even know the new position existed.

I'm sure I got that job because of him.

From the photos here, it's clear that I only got a glimpse of Lee Roy's rich and full life. Rest in Peace Lee Roy.

Randy Peter

Jim and Barb Littell

March 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss... hugs and prayers to all of you.

Willie Baker

March 14, 2019

Big Lee Roy was one of my all time favorites. Great role model as a father, grandfather and friend.
Always enjoyed his company and was honored to have the opportunity to get to know him.
As Cathy said the other day, he believed you could learn a lot more from listening than from talking and he always asked how you were doing or how your family was.
My favorite memory of Lee was our trip to LA in 1984. He and I roomed together and that’s when I learned about his strong Catholic faith. Although our goal that week was not realized it certainly was not because Lee did not give his all thru daily prayer. He helped us remember what was most important and how to move on with your life.
Great man and great family! Love all of you and please know you are in my prayers

Arthur and Jeanine Potter

March 14, 2019

Lee Roy has a special place in our hearts. I had no idea that when we met at the 1996 Olympics and he stayed with us (two complete strangers), we would have such a special friendship. I was so disappointed not to get to see him last weekend when I was in Oklahoma for the wrestling tournament, like we had planned. Since I am sick, we were not be able to be at the services for Lee Roy, but we are praying for the whole family and share in your happy memories of Lee Roy and what a blessing he was to us.

Mike Richart

March 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I'm just a member of the wrestling community and a H.S. coach in Iowa.

John Folks

March 13, 2019

I want to express my condolences to the Smith family on the passing of Leroy. I was honored to serve as superintendent of Midwest City-Del City Public Schools when Leroy was on the Board. I truly enjoyed working with him and I had so much respect for him. He always wanted to do what was best for the school system, and he certainly kept the students foremost in his mind when making decisions. I worked with many board members throughout my career and I can say that Leroy was one of the best. I learned so much from him, especially about wrestling, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Mid-Del. Please know that Wyvonna and I have the Smith family in our thoughts and prayers! I am sorry we will not be able to attend the services, but living in San Antonio we will not be able to come up for the services due to other commitments. I loved Leroy and will always remember all he did for me!

Howard Hall

March 13, 2019

To all the Smith family. Donna and I are so sorry to hear of Lee Roy’s passing. He gave so much to all of Del City.
While I was coaching at Del City High, Lee Roy would often come by wrestling practice. He was always so positive, telling me “Coach, you are doing a great job.” It meant a lot to me. He was the model booster and parent for a wrestling program, making sure we had what we needed. He and Madalene also provided a pretty darned good bloodline of talent for the Eagles.
He was really good as a school board member, serving after all his children had graduated years earlier. Always looking out for kids.
A good man with a wonderful sense of humor and that winning grin!

Ronnie James

March 13, 2019

First, I would like to thank Leeroy Smith for the opportunity to coach at Del City High School. This was the biggest life change event for me at the time, and it gave me the chance to coach your son's Pat and Mark. I always wanted you to know that you were like a second father to me. I also know how much you cared for Del City, and was Del City's biggest fan. I will keep you in my heart forever, and I will pray for your family daily.

Love you always and may you rest in peace,

Ronnie James

Brenda Mitchell

March 13, 2019

Madalene and family,

I am so very sorry for the passing of Lee Roy. It's been so very long since I have seen you and /or him, but
I do indeed remember him from Hartshorne when you all would come home. I noticed that he is going to be
buried at "home" in Hartshorne. I remember spaghetti dinners at Margaret's and your family would be there with
laughing, playing and cooking...but mostly laughing. I am sending you condolences, prayers for comfort and many hugs.

Brenda Mitchell

Angela Griffis

March 13, 2019

I did not know your father personally, but my family is familiar with yours, through my brother Kenard Booker and the many years of wrestling. Sorry for your loss, may you be comforted by your faith, family and friends.

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