Vancil "Allen" Smith Jr.

July 3, 1958May 11, 2018
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Funeral services for Vancil Allen Smith Jr. will be held on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Brother Kyle Clark officiating. His visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 beginning at noon until 6:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be reached at

Pallbearers for Allen include Jeff Taylor, Mike Ballard, Jamie Houston, Chris Henderson, Richard Sam and Cooper Hall. Honorary pallbearers include Bill Kirk, Joe Nelson, Lewis Nottingham, Josh Hamby and DJ Hamby.

Vancil Allen Smith Jr. or “Allen” to his many friends, was born on July 3rd, 1958 in Coffeyville, KS, the son of Vancil and Rachel (Burgess) Smith. The family moved to the Keys community and Allen attended school here and graduated from Tahlequah High School in the class of 1976. He began his working career with the Cherokee Nation Housing Authority and retired from the Cherokee Nation. Allen loved the outdoors, and never missed the chance to go hunting, fishing, and camping with his friends in Broken Bow. Sports have always been a passion of Allen’s. He spent time assisting the Coaches with the Keys High School Football team, and was happy helping the players reach their potential. There was nothing better for Allen than time spent with family and friends, sharing a laugh or two and eating some delectable crawfish pies. He was the friend that everyone enjoyed spending time with, he had a smile that always made you feel welcome and his time was your time. Allen’s health began to fail him and he passed form this life on Friday, May 11th, 2018 in Tulsa, OK, with his loving family by his side. Allen was 59 years, 10 months and 8 days old. He will be greatly missed.

Allen is preceded in death by his mother, father, and his sister, Kimberly Sue Smith.

Those left to cherish Allen’s memory include his former wife, Patty Center, three stepchildren, DJ, Josh and Summer Hamby, his sister, Rhonda Faye Carpenter of Park Hill, OK, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Our hearts are broken, but we know that we will see him again someday. Until then, we love you Allen.


  • Jeff Taylor
  • Mike Ballard
  • Jamie Houston
  • Chris Henderson
  • Richard Sam
  • Cooper Hall
  • Bill Kirk, HPB
  • Joe Nelson, HPB
  • Lewis Nottingham, HPB
  • Josh Hamby, HPB
  • DJ Hamby, HPB


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vancil "Allen" Smith Jr.

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Hugh Macken

May 21, 2018

I am sad to hear of Allen's passing. Allen and I were in the 8th grade together at Keys. Our passion in that year was basketball and Allen and his family showed me hospitality and made me feel part of the community. My family did not have transportation to bring me back to school for home games or away games and Allen and his mom/dad opened up their home so I would have a place to hang out before the games. Allen's mom drove one of the Keys school buses, so it was up to Allen and me to get dinner. Every time I was there, we heated up Campbell's soup out of the can. If I recall, it was mostly chunky beef and those were the best dinners. We would eat the soup in front of the TV, which was a treat for me, as we did not have TV at my house. Thank you Allen for being such a good friend!! Hugh

Jamie Houston

May 16, 2018

William Terrell

May 15, 2018

I am allen’s second cousin and his dad was my great uncle I have some memory many memories of Allen is hard to pick the right one but The one that want sticks out in my mind the most is the time we floated down the Illinois River me and Alan and my dad Harley and Vancil we camped out on the river and we were tired that night but dad cooked us up a big mess of fish that we caught and Boy we were hungry and Alan was the first one to get his plate full and I was right behind him once he got his playful he stepped on that grill and flip those potatoes and fish all over the gravel bank lol it a good thing he was a good Fishman because we had plenty of fish we caught so we just fry some more up and ate like king I will mess you . don’t go fishing without me brother I’ll be there soon Love you dean

Louis Nottingham

May 15, 2018

Sherri Houston

May 15, 2018


August 1959
1 yr old


Rachel, Allen and Vancil


Vancil holding Allen in his nappy
August 1959


Rachel and Allen
August 1959


Age 7
2nd grade
September 1965