Euary Bee “Smitty” Smith, 96, of Coffeyville, KS and formerly of rural Caney, KS passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on April 15, 2020 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, KS.
Euary was born April 27, 1923 in Texanna, Oklahoma, the son of Henry and Callie Smith. He was the sixth of eight children. Euary attended a rural Oklahoma school near his home called Prairie View through 8th grade. Euary entered the U.S. Navy during WWII in January 1945 and spent many hours on the Landon Craft Support (LCS) 12 Ship along the coasts of Japan and the islands of the Philippines as a Seaman First Class. Euary was honorably discharged from the Navy in April of 1946. He was very proud of his service to our country!
Euary married Clydene (Chambers) Smith January 8th, 1954. They made their home in Tulsa, OK and in 1956 they moved to Caney, KS and then to Copan, OK until they relocated to the farm outside rural Tyro, KS in 1967. They lived on the farm for 48 years until moving to Windsor Place in Coffeyville, KS in 2015. During his career, Euary worked various welding and machine shop jobs in NE Oklahoma and SE Kansas. Euary became an expert welder and was noticed by a founder of Wheatley’s when they opened in Caney. He was chosen to start their weld shop and was employed there for 17 years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In 1982, Euary retired from welding and returned to his first love of farming. He raised some of his own cattle and crops, and he helped neighbors with various farming activities.
Euary was a member of Tyro Christian Church. He was devoted to his wife of nearly 65 years, Clydene, who proceeded him in death. While at Windsor Place, Euary enjoyed having visitors, interacting with staff and other residents, and watching old western movies and old country western music shows.
Euary is survived by one son, Duwayne Smith, and one daughter, Phyllis Aldaher, both of Texas, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Euary was proceeded in death by his wife, Clydene, one grandson, four sisters and three brothers.
During this pandemic time, options to honor Euary with a funeral service are limited. Family and friends of Euary are encouraged to take a few moments to remember him in their own way and to say a prayer in his honor. A very small, private service will take place at the Fawn Creek Cemetery east of Tyro where Euary’s body will be buried next to his beloved wife, Clydene, during the week of April 20th. Online condolences can be left by going to www.pottsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Tyro Christian Church’s ROCKS (Vacation Bible School) Program can be made in Euary’s honor by mailing to the church at 301 Market Street, Tyro, KS 67364.