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Charles Francis Smith
October 10, 1949 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Charles (Charlie,Chuck) Francis Smith went home to his Lord on October 17, 2023, surrounded by family and loved ones, at the age of 74.
Charles, the youngest of four children, was born on October 10, 1949 to parents Francis and Adelaide (Haupt) Smith in Beaumont, TX. He grew up in Syracuse, NY where he attended Catholic school at St. Lucy's Academy before going to public high school. Charles enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam war era. After his stint in the Navy he traveled across the United States hitchhiking from New York to California. He loved telling stories of his adventures. Charles moved to Oklahoma City in 1976 where he met his life partner, Eleanor Scheib, and they were together for 46 years. He helped raise Eleanor's daughters Sherry and Christy whom he loved very much.
Charles is survived by Eleanor, Sherry, Christy, and five grandchildren - Nura, Fatima, Sarah, Paige and Trevin. He leaves behind two sisters, Julianne Carlton of Elbridge, NY, and Catherine Connelly of Syracuse, NY, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles is preceded in death by his mother, father and brother Franklin Smith.
Throughout his life, Charles was known for his love of classic cars, his favorite was the 1957 Ford Fairlane. He worked at several jobs, including factory work, gas station attendant, a lawn mowing business, but he was mainly into "wheeling and dealing". What he loved most was buying, selling and working on classic cars.
Charles will be dearly missed by his family, friends and loved ones. Charles' life will be remembered on November 6, 2023 under the direction of Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary at 201 E Main St., Yukon, OK. A Viewing and Visitation will be from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and a Gathering Service will be from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Interment will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Jordan, NY, handled by the Bush Funeral Home in Elbridge, NY.
Charles was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved caring for local stray cats. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pets and People Humane Society of Yukon, OK or to your local humane society of your choice.