jerry david smitherman

Pastor Jerry David Smitherman, 70, died Dec. 9, 2003, at the Seiling Hospital in Seiling, Okla.

He was born Oct. 10, 1933, to David Leon and Travis M. Kendrick Smitherman in Stephens, Ark.

He married Betty J. Rogers June 24, 1955, in Angelton, Texas. She survives.

He graduated from the De Leon, Texas High School in 1952. He worked for the Phillips Petroleum Company in Alvin and Odessa, Texas. He moved to Kismet to work for the National Helium Company and later Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, working in Pawnee, Ill. and Seiling. In 1978, he began his own electrical contracting company, which he operated until 2001. He moved to Kismet in 1985. He served in the Texas National Guard for four years. He graduated from the Rhema Bible Training Center, in Broken Arrow, Okla. in May 1990.

He organized and founded the Faith Bible Church in Kismet. He was a member of the Faith Bible Church, Ministerial Alliance of Kismet and Plains, a charter member of the Kismet Lions Club and the Rhema Ministerial International Association.

Others survivors include one son, Bob Smitherman and wife, Kathy, Sublette; two daughters, Stacey Steckel and husband, John, Kismet, and Starla Bromlow and husband Quincy, Seiling; step-father, Lloyd Dixon, De Leon, Texas; one brother, Roy Smitherman and wife, Nancy, De Leon, Texas; one sister, Ellen Kea and husband, Delmer, De Leon, Texas; seven grandchildren, Deyna Rouse and husband, Derrick, Jared Smitherman, Teri and Whitney Bromlow, Betsy, Brad and Trey Steckel; one great-grandson, Truman Rouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

* Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Faith Bible Church in Kismet with Pastors Bob Deacon and Michael Brien presiding.

Burial will be at the Kismet Cemetery in Kismet.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Miller Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Jerry D. Smitherman Memorial Fund, Plains State Bank in care of the mortuary.
(Southwest Daily Times ~ Liberal, KS ~ December 11, 2003 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)