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Corinzo Ben Smith

Born: 3/6/1923

Died: 12/3/2007

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Corinzo Ben Smith passed away December 3, 2007. He was born March 6, 1923, in Vian where his mother, Callie Smith, lived with her parents, Ben and Elbie Smith. He professed faith in Christ at an early age, was baptized and united with the First Baptist Church in Vian. Corinzo enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during World War II.

In 1941, he met and married Flora Mae Critten. From this union, 10 children were added, four preceding him in death. He worked to provide for his family as a concrete finisher in the construction industry for many years.

Survivors include his mother, Callie Gladney of Muskogee; three sons, the Rev. Larry H. Smith Sr. and wife Delores and Corinzo Ben Smith Jr., all of Muskogee and Benjamin Smith of Sacramento, California; three daughters, Wyvette Anderson and husband Walter, Penny Smith and Loraine Smith, all of Muskogee; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Gladney and wife Barbara and Donald Gladney and wife Dorothy, all of Muskogee, and Raymond Gladney and wife Janice of Kansas City, Missouri; three aunts, Frances Finny of Vian, Gladys Hood of Camden, New Jersey, and Della James of Tulsa, along with a caravan of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.