Raymond Gene (Sonny) Smith, 71, of Columbus, Kan., passed away at
3:05 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Medicalodge in Columbus,
following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Picher, Okla., Sept. 6, 1940, to the union of
Dorris D. and Avanell (Kirk) Smith. He attended ementary school
in Treece, Kan., and High School in Columbus, before enlisting in
the Air Force in 1957, and was honorably discharged in May of
1961, as a A/IC E4. He lived in Wichita, Kan., following military
service. He worked for Cessna and Lear Jet for 15 years before
moving back to Treece. He then worked for St. Johns of Joplin,
Mo., then the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant for six years before
returning to work at St. Johns for a total of nine years before
retiring due to health issues.
He married Carol Joann Bender Sept. 20, 1962, and they divorced
March 23, 1992. He then married May Ann Patterson Jan. 6, 1995,
and they divorced Feb. 15, 2002. He remained friends with both
Carol and Mae Ann.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Keith Allen
Smith; and a granddaughter.
Survivors include a sister, Barbara Poor, of the home; a son,
Mark Garrison, of Joplin; a daughter, Carla Leann Smith and
husband, Joe, of Grove, Okla., a daughter, Debbie Joann Connor,
of Chetopa, Kan.; a step daughter, Melissa Taylor, of Diamond,
Mo.; and a niece, Cindy Poor, of the home; grandchildren, Amanda,
Travis, Justin, Ryan, Caleb and Sarah; two step grandchildren,
Kade and Kole; and three great-grandchildren.
You're a good man, Charlie Brown, from sis.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at
Greenlawn Cemetery with Pastor Rick Prideaux officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus. Friends may call any time
after 10 a.m. Tuesday.