Paxson Dean Smith, 70, of Idabel, Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at his home in Idabel. Paxson was born, October 14, 1943 in Jackson, Tennessee, the son of William C. Smith and Olive Paxson Smith.
He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Little Rock Centralo High School in 1962. Paxson served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and The Bay of Pigs. He moved to Oklahoma in 1974. He was a long time employee of Piggly Wiggly before establishing Photography by Paxson.
He was named McCurtain County Citizen of the Year in 1990 by the McCurtain County Chamber of Commerce. He loved to sing and was a past song leader at the Tom and Lynn Lane Church of Christ, member of the Idabel Lions Club and the Idabel Jaycees, served on the Kiamichi Youth Services Board of Directors, helped with Summer Baseball and was one of the Founders of The World's Largest Junior Rodeo in Idabel.
He and his wife, Marcia had lived in Oklahoma City the past 17 years and only recently moved back to Idabel. It had been his wish to live out his last days in the community he loved so much. On returning to Idabel, he again was affiliated with the Lynn Lane Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Olive Smith and grandson, Jonathan William Sosa. Paxson leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 44 years, Marcia Smith of the home; sons, James William Smith and wife Johnna of Idabel, Oklahoma and Jonathan Paxson Smith and wife Cory of Yukon, Oklahoma; daughter, Celia Cee Sosa and
husband Adrian of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Brittani McCaig, Trevor Smith, Aaron Smith, Amanda Butler and husband Justin, Gabriela and Lauren Sosa, Lily Schwemley, Tyler Schwemley and John Schwemley; great grandson, Colton Butler; brother, Coleman Smith and wife Barbara of Mission, Kansas; a very special friend, Darlene Lambert Taylor; his k-9 companion, Samantha; special caregivers from Encompass Home Health and Hospice and a host of family and friends. Visitation was held Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Paxson was Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Lynn Lane Church of Christ in Idabel, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers the family ask for donations to be made to SOS for Families at 418 South Central Avenue, Idabel, Oklahoma, 74745