Royce Smith of Stratford, was born September 5, 1935 in Stratford, to Charley and Irene (Holland) Smith. He passed away in the Artesian Nursing Center Sulphur, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 25 days. Royce graduated from Stratford High School in 1955. He married Betty Barton on October 29, 1954 in Sulphur. They made their home on a farm, north of Stratford, where he and his brothers ran Smith Brothers Farms. He was a member of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded by; his parents Charley and Irene Smith, one grand-daughter Cassie Wood, two brothers; Jerry and Charles Smith, and one sister Bobbie Key. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Redus and husband Tom of Stratford and Royceann Rumsey and husband Keith of Eufaula; special friend and partner, Francis Diacon of Sulphur; three grandchildren, Josh Wood & wife Tricia, Shanna Lovelace & husband Chad, Chris Rumsey and wife Jesica; step-grandchildren Leanna Mendoza, and Brady Redus; two sisters, Mona Watts of Stratford, Margreat Washman of Pauls Valley and one brother, Ed Smith of Moore. Pallbearers were Arnold Watts, Chad Lovelace, Glenn Murray, Toby Ellis, Branum Dempsey, and Colton Dempsey. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, at DeArman/ Pickard Chapel officiated by Rev. Lewis Perry. Burial was at McGee Cemetery in Stratford.