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William James Smith

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William James Smith was born July 3, 1930 in Rush Springs, OK and died January 11, 2009. Jim graduated from High School in Marlow, OK. After high school he joined the US Army. Upon his return he married Joyce, and fathered one son Kevin Charles Smith. Jim attended Kansas State College at Pittsburg, KS, where he received both a BA and MA degree in English. After his bachelors degree, started working for Tulsa Jr. High School as an English Teacher. Three years later, they asked him to go into Administration. In 1970 he was recruited by Ortega Jr. High School in Pacifica CA to be their Principal. He served in that capacity from 1970 to 1985, when he retired. Jim Smith outlived three partners: Bobby, Jim and Robert were partners for many years in CA and in 1985 they moved to Oklahoma. Robert died in 1992. In 1997, he met Gene Steiger. Gene passed away February 2006. Jim met Steven Dubois at Labor Day Weekend 2006, and they were together from that time on until his death January 11, 2009. Jim & Steven had a ring commitment ceremony August 25, 2007. Jim Smith asked that donations in his memory be made to Tulsa Prime Timers.

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