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Yount Smith, 78 year old lifelong Mooreland resident, died Wednesday January 6, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, January 10, 2016 in the Mooreland First Baptist Church with Reverend David Houchin officiating. Interment will follow in the Mooreland Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held at the Woodward location. Harold Yount Smith was born in Mooreland, Oklahoma on May 24, 1937 to Edwin and Myrle (Yount) Smith. Yount attended first and second grades at Pearl Valley which was located northwest of Chester, Oklahoma. Third grade was at Payne School. He went to Curtis, Oklahoma for the Fourth grade. He attended classes fifth through 12th at Mooreland, graduating in 1955. Yount lived with many people in the Mooreland and Freedom area. He was always so grateful for the families that opened their homes up to him. After high school, Yount had two choices, one was to join the United States Navy, the other choice was to play football for Bud Wilkinson at the University of Oklahoma. Even after receiving phone calls from Bud Wilkinson, Yount chose to serve his country. Yount was assigned to the USS Yorktown CVA10, a heavy carrier; home port was in Alameda, California. He made three different trips on the USS Yorktown. Two trips of seven months each and one for three months. Yount served from 1955-1959. He served as a Third Class Metal Smith. Duties consisted of welding, cutting, and iron work. Tours were made to Japan, Philippines, Guam, and Hawaii. He sailed by Alaska but never went ashore. During his service he was united in marriage to Jo Ann Neu of Higgins, Texas. To this union three children were born Cindy, Ira, and Debra. In August of 1959, Harold went to work for Shehan Construction Company in Higgins, Texas. The winter of 1961, he started working for Pioneer Telephone to install new poles for telephone lines. Then in April of 1962, he went to work for Natural Gas Pipelines Company of America. He retired from there in 1993 completing 31 ½ years. Yount served on the Mooreland Fire Department and the Lions Club. He gave countless units of blood for those in need at the Mooreland Hospital. He also gave blood in the Philippines. He was employed by Smith & Co. owned by his son, Ira Yount Smith. While his kids were in the Mooreland School system, he was active in projects for the local FFA Chapter. He has always had a deep love for purchasing light weight cattle from the Woodward Livestock Auction and other auction barns. He enjoyed doctoring them back to health and reselling them. For many years he had a portable welder and would weld for many people in the area. He designed and built several grain carts. He loved sharing his stories with friends, family members, and strangers! Some other interests of his were wine making, hunting with bird dogs, and collecting guns and coins. He also loved those grandchildren and great-grandchildren coming out to the farm. He is survived by his children Cindy Fields and husband, Joe of Mooreland, Ira Smith and wife, Cathy of Mooreland, Debra Rounds and husband, Kenny of Leedey. Six grandchildren Sierra Elsey and husband, Mike, Jocelyn Rounds and Fiancé, Kaleb Humphrey of Edmond, Allison Fields of Edmond, Morgan Plummer and friend, Seth Lady of Leedey, Kyle Noble, Sheldon Rounds and wife Chelsie of Leedey, Hope Smith of Oklahoma City and Courtney Noble. Great-grandchildren Ethan Plummer, Grady Smith, Lucas Elsey, Aliyah Smith and Fallyn Plummer. One sister, Jane Highfill of Mooreland and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Smith, mother, Myrle Eilers, sister, Elva Hain, step-brother, Tom Clark, step-sister, Laura Mae Harper, niece, Myrna Nicholson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mooreland FFA or the Mooreland First Baptist Church New Building Fund with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  January 11, 2016
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