"Dignity without Compromise"


Sherman Graham Smith

Sherman Graham Smith, 95, one of the Okmulgeeís treasured citizens died in Tulsa on Thursday, November 25, 2004. He was born in Okmulgee on October 25, 1909 to David Merriman and Amelia "Corley" Smith. Graham was the youngest of three sons. His parents, two brothers, David and Corley and his wives, Helen in 1989 and Martha in 2002, preceded him in death. He was married to Helen Stiles in 1932 for 57 years and later married Martha Milroy for 11 years.

Mr. Smith was a graduate of Okmulgee High School in 1926 and the University of Oklahoma in 1930. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1937. He was a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Smith established his practice in downtown Okmulgee, where he practiced for over 60 years. As a devoted philanthropist, through the years Graham was associated with the Girl Scouts of America and the Lionís International for more than 60 years and served as president and District 3-0 governor. He sang with the Lion minstrel group from Okmulgee. He was known as "Rosebud". He was a benefactor of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and a founder of the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital Foundation, which has a scholarship in his name for the student of Okmulgee that demonstrates Mr. Smithís degree of integrity, dedication and honor. Graham was a devoted University of Oklahoma Alumni, as well as, an avid Sooner fan. During his years at OU, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and a Sooner Ruf-Nek. He also sang in the OU Glee club. Following in his fatherís footsteps, he served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and itís Holding Company. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Okmulgee.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Kay Wendell Burnett and Marion Louise Borchardt and husband Vic, grandchildren, Kevin Wendell Burnett, Leslie Kay Burnett, Bryan Mack Burnett, Michael Wayne McCoy and Jeffrey Graham McCoy and six great grandchildren, Brooke Lauren Burnett, Alex Graham Burnett, Adam Riley Burnett, Andrew Bryan Burnett, Bridgette Ann Burnett, and Zachary Graham McCoy.

Funeral services were Monday, November 29, 2004 at 2 pm at the First Christian Church with Rev. Charles Green officiating. Burial was in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jim Milroy, John Milroy, Dr. Tom Alexander, Robert Inglish, Mike Bailey and Nevyle Cable.

The family suggests memorials be made in Graham Smithís name to the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1401 New Morris Highway, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447.