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Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Darla S. Crowell Manager/Owner dcrowell65@yahoo.com

Darla grew up in the Oney/Fort Cobb area and has lived there all her life. She graduated from Oney High School in 1983. Her parents are the late Hershel Mathis and Jean (Mathis) Ross. She married Bruce Crowell and they have 2 boys, Kent and wife, Cassi and Preston and wife, Tabi. She and Bruce currently reside in Fort Cobb with their fur baby Corgi, Boston. 

Darla began working part time in the funeral industrty in 1985, working with her mother under the direction of Gerald and Gladys Gragg. She worked as an EMT with her husband for several years. After various jobs, she knew her calling was in the funeral industry and went full time in 1998 at the Gragg Funeral Home and Fort Cobb Funeral Home. She stayed with the company throughout many transitions and then bacame co-owner of Smith Funeral Home and Fort Cobb Funeral Home in 2006.

"Being a servant to families is a wonderful feeling. When someone you love passes, that moment is a very low time in their life and being there to help them is comforting. I just love to help and get to know people. I have met many wonderful families and appreciate all who have entrusted us to care for them".

When Darla's not at work, she enjoys camping, boating, gardening, chasing her 5 grandkids: Kaleb, Kendyll, Carter, Kutter and Paislynn at ballgames or whatever they may be doing, taking road trips with her husband Bruce, and spending time with family.

 

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Mary Butler Manager/Owner/Funeral Director

I was born in Carnegie, OK and have lived in Caddo County all of my life. I married Leo Butler in 1972. We have two children, Tammie and Jeffery; and grandchildren, Ashlee, Jarrett, Lane, and Dre. I began working in the funeral industry in 1989. I became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2009. In 2006, Darla Crowell and I purchased Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko and Fort Cobb Funeral Home in Fort Cobb. I am a member of the Caddo Nation of Okalahoma. I love spending time with my family and friends, and enjoy doing outdoor activities. For the past 30 years, I have had the honor to assist families through some of the darkest days of their lives; and hopefully I have been able to help them in some small way. For me, funeral service is a calling; not just a profession.

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Jeff Sutton Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jeff was born in Missouri but raised in Kansas. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1983. He joined the United States Marine Corp in 1984. He was stationed on the East Coast at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and also Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. He lived in California for 7 years. In 1991 he came back to the Mid-West. In 1995 he started funeral director and embalming school in Edmond and graduated from UCO in 1998 with a degree in Funeral Science. Jeff began working in the Oklahoma City area for approximately 10 years and then moved to North-eastern Oklahoma and finally to Anadarko in 2017 to work at Smith Funeral Home.

In Jeff’s spare time, he enjoys working on old cars and motorcycles.

“Being in the funeral industry gives me an opportunity to give back to the community by helping them through a difficult time”.

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Mark Johnson Funeral Director/Embalmer

Hi, my name is Mark Johnson. I was born-and-raised in Lawton, Oklahoma. I attended Lawton Senior High School, and graduated in 1968. I then attended Cameron State College. While attending college I was drafted into the U.S. Air Force where I became a photographer. Upon leaving the Air Force, I then attended Tulsa Junior College. While in Tulsa, I had a job at a local funeral home helping with funerals. As I began to learn more about the funeral service, I decided to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer. So, I chose to attend Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Upon graduating in 1984 and passing the Oklahoma Funeral Service examination, I became a funeral director/embalmer. I have worked in many funeral homes across Oklahoma - which included Tulsa, Muskogee, Ardmore, Ponca City, Lawton, Anadarko, and Chickasha. I have also worked in Alabama in Tuscaloose, Moundville, and Florence.

 

The reason funeral service is interesting to me is that in making arrangements with the families - I get to find out the life stories of not only the decease but of the families which makes me feel almost a part of them.

 

In my time away from the funeral services, my wife and I enjoy sailing (I have three sailboats) at Lake Lawtonka. I don't worry about falling overboard because I also scuba dive. We have been to wonderful locations such as Hawaii, Cozumel, Dominican Repulic, Nassau Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Martin, St. Kits, St. Thomas, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Barbados.

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Bruce Crowell

Bruce Crowell was born and raised in Oney, Oklahoma. His parents are Melvin and Kay Crowell. He  graduated from Oney High School in 1980. He married Darla in 1983. They have 2 boys and 5 grandchildren. Bruce farmed for several years then started a career as an EMT-Paramedic, which he has done for over 25 years. He is currently the EMS director at Kirks Emergency Service in Lawton. Bruce actually holds many titles in the funeral home. He helps out with whatever is needed done at the time.

“Helping people is a calling. Whether helping to save a life or caring for a family who just lost a loved one. Hopefully I have helped make a difficult time a little easier for them”.

Bruce enjoys boating, camping, just about anything outdoors, watching his grandkids play sports and traveling.

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Leo Butler

Leo was born in Mountain View where he lived while growing up. He graduated from Mountain View High School.  He married Mary (Charles) Butler in 1972 and has made his home in Carnegie since that time. Leo began helping around the funeral homes in 2006. After his retirement from Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in 2014 he has continued to help out at the funeral home when needed.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, traveling and going to the grandchildren's numerous activities.

Leo is very grateful for the opportunities he has had to meet, visit and hopefully help many of the families we serve.

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Sally Hoeme

I was raised in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and attended school in Hooker, Oklahoma.

Married my high school sweetheart, Larry G. Hoeme, in Liberal, Kansas.

We have a blended family of 6 children, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grand children, and our very first great-great-granddaughter to arrive anytime now!

We moved to Fort Cobb in 2005. I went to work at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb in 2007, and retired after 10 years in 2017.

 

Two of the funniest and sweetest ladies asked if I would like to come to work for them at Smith Funeral Home in 2012. I said sure. It has been a great experience - both sad at times and wonderful. To watch these ladies comfort and care for the many families that came for help when they have lost a loved one. The respect they show each family in need is so beautiful.

 

Mary Butler and Darla Crowell have been wonderful to work for and know!

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Linda Love

My name is Linda Love. I was born in Ft. Cobb, OK. My family moved ot Anadarko when I was a small child. I am the 11th child of 13 children. I went to school in Anadarko, and graduated in 1964. While attending, high school, I worked at the old Anadarko Public Library for four years.

I worked at Hollytex Carpet Mills where I met my husband, Leroy Love. I also worked in the Anadarko Public School system as a Teachers Aid and Substitute Teacher for a number of years.

Leroy and I raised two sons, Joseph and Les. We have one grandson and two granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with our families and friends. We are members of the First United Methodist Church in Anadarko.

I find working at Smith's Funeral Home very fulfilling - being able to help people in Anadarko and surrounding areas in their time of need. We have a wonderful staff a wonderful staff and employers to work with.

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Leroy Love

Leroy was born and raised in Apache, OK. He graduated from Apache High School. He met his wife, Linda of forty eight years while working at Hollytex Carpet Mills where he made a career of twenty eight years before it closed. Leroy proudly served in the Army National Guard for six years. They married in 1971 and made their home in Anadarko where they raised two boys. They graduated from Anadarko High School and now have families of their own. Leroy enjoys working in his yard and spending time with family and friends.

“I enjoy working with all the great people at Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko. I feel very blessed to be able to have a small part in helping people during their difficult time of losing a loved one”.

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Doretha Marrow

Doretha Marrow is married to Roger.  They have two boys, Todd and Jace and daughter-in-law, Shanda.She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren, Everleigh and Noah. She has lived in Fort Cobb all her life. She has a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters degree in counseling. She has taught grades 1st  through 8th and one year as high school counselor.

My hobbies are enjoying my grandchildren and spending time with my family and friends.

“Working for the funeral home lets me stay connected to families in my community and surrounding area. I hope to be a comfort to those going through a difficult time”.

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Rita Niece

Rita (Orrell) was born in Caddo County, and has lived around Fort Cobb, OK all of her life. She married Ronnie Niece, and they raised three daughters. In 2005, her husband passed away after battling cancer.

 

She joined the team at Fort Cobb Funeral Home after retiring in 2017. She loves to read, quilting, making crafts, and enjoys spending quality time with her daughters; and loves being Nana to seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Rita says she enjoys working at the funeral home and "being on the team". She has a very sweet and caring heart.

Darla S. Crowell

Manager/Owner
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Darla grew up in the Oney/Fort Cobb area and has lived there all her life. She graduated from Oney High School in 1983. Her parents are the late Hershel Mathis and Jean (Mathis) Ross. She married Bruce Crowell and they have 2 boys, Kent and wife, Cassi and Preston and wife, Tabi. She and Bruce currently reside in Fort Cobb with their fur baby Corgi, Boston. 

Darla began working part time in the funeral industrty in 1985, working with her mother under the direction of Gerald and Gladys Gragg. She worked as an EMT with her husband for several years. After various jobs, she knew her calling was in the funeral industry and went full time in 1998 at the Gragg Funeral Home and Fort Cobb Funeral Home. She stayed with the company throughout many transitions and then bacame co-owner of Smith Funeral Home and Fort Cobb Funeral Home in 2006.

"Being a servant to families is a wonderful feeling. When someone you love passes, that moment is a very low time in their life and being there to help them is comforting. I just love to help and get to know people. I have met many wonderful families and appreciate all who have entrusted us to care for them".

When Darla's not at work, she enjoys camping, boating, gardening, chasing her 5 grandkids: Kaleb, Kendyll, Carter, Kutter and Paislynn at ballgames or whatever they may be doing, taking road trips with her husband Bruce, and spending time with family.

 

Mary Butler

Manager/Owner/Funeral Director
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I was born in Carnegie, OK and have lived in Caddo County all of my life. I married Leo Butler in 1972. We have two children, Tammie and Jeffery; and grandchildren, Ashlee, Jarrett, Lane, and Dre. I began working in the funeral industry in 1989. I became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2009. In 2006, Darla Crowell and I purchased Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko and Fort Cobb Funeral Home in Fort Cobb. I am a member of the Caddo Nation of Okalahoma. I love spending time with my family and friends, and enjoy doing outdoor activities. For the past 30 years, I have had the honor to assist families through some of the darkest days of their lives; and hopefully I have been able to help them in some small way. For me, funeral service is a calling; not just a profession.

Jeff Sutton

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Jeff was born in Missouri but raised in Kansas. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1983. He joined the United States Marine Corp in 1984. He was stationed on the East Coast at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and also Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. He lived in California for 7 years. In 1991 he came back to the Mid-West. In 1995 he started funeral director and embalming school in Edmond and graduated from UCO in 1998 with a degree in Funeral Science. Jeff began working in the Oklahoma City area for approximately 10 years and then moved to North-eastern Oklahoma and finally to Anadarko in 2017 to work at Smith Funeral Home.

In Jeff’s spare time, he enjoys working on old cars and motorcycles.

“Being in the funeral industry gives me an opportunity to give back to the community by helping them through a difficult time”.

Mark Johnson

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Hi, my name is Mark Johnson. I was born-and-raised in Lawton, Oklahoma. I attended Lawton Senior High School, and graduated in 1968. I then attended Cameron State College. While attending college I was drafted into the U.S. Air Force where I became a photographer. Upon leaving the Air Force, I then attended Tulsa Junior College. While in Tulsa, I had a job at a local funeral home helping with funerals. As I began to learn more about the funeral service, I decided to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer. So, I chose to attend Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Upon graduating in 1984 and passing the Oklahoma Funeral Service examination, I became a funeral director/embalmer. I have worked in many funeral homes across Oklahoma - which included Tulsa, Muskogee, Ardmore, Ponca City, Lawton, Anadarko, and Chickasha. I have also worked in Alabama in Tuscaloose, Moundville, and Florence.

 

The reason funeral service is interesting to me is that in making arrangements with the families - I get to find out the life stories of not only the decease but of the families which makes me feel almost a part of them.

 

In my time away from the funeral services, my wife and I enjoy sailing (I have three sailboats) at Lake Lawtonka. I don't worry about falling overboard because I also scuba dive. We have been to wonderful locations such as Hawaii, Cozumel, Dominican Repulic, Nassau Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Martin, St. Kits, St. Thomas, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Barbados.

Bruce Crowell

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Bruce Crowell was born and raised in Oney, Oklahoma. His parents are Melvin and Kay Crowell. He  graduated from Oney High School in 1980. He married Darla in 1983. They have 2 boys and 5 grandchildren. Bruce farmed for several years then started a career as an EMT-Paramedic, which he has done for over 25 years. He is currently the EMS director at Kirks Emergency Service in Lawton. Bruce actually holds many titles in the funeral home. He helps out with whatever is needed done at the time.

“Helping people is a calling. Whether helping to save a life or caring for a family who just lost a loved one. Hopefully I have helped make a difficult time a little easier for them”.

Bruce enjoys boating, camping, just about anything outdoors, watching his grandkids play sports and traveling.

Leo Butler

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Leo was born in Mountain View where he lived while growing up. He graduated from Mountain View High School.  He married Mary (Charles) Butler in 1972 and has made his home in Carnegie since that time. Leo began helping around the funeral homes in 2006. After his retirement from Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in 2014 he has continued to help out at the funeral home when needed.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, traveling and going to the grandchildren's numerous activities.

Leo is very grateful for the opportunities he has had to meet, visit and hopefully help many of the families we serve.

Sally Hoeme

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I was raised in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and attended school in Hooker, Oklahoma.

Married my high school sweetheart, Larry G. Hoeme, in Liberal, Kansas.

We have a blended family of 6 children, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grand children, and our very first great-great-granddaughter to arrive anytime now!

We moved to Fort Cobb in 2005. I went to work at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb in 2007, and retired after 10 years in 2017.

 

Two of the funniest and sweetest ladies asked if I would like to come to work for them at Smith Funeral Home in 2012. I said sure. It has been a great experience - both sad at times and wonderful. To watch these ladies comfort and care for the many families that came for help when they have lost a loved one. The respect they show each family in need is so beautiful.

 

Mary Butler and Darla Crowell have been wonderful to work for and know!

Linda Love

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My name is Linda Love. I was born in Ft. Cobb, OK. My family moved ot Anadarko when I was a small child. I am the 11th child of 13 children. I went to school in Anadarko, and graduated in 1964. While attending, high school, I worked at the old Anadarko Public Library for four years.

I worked at Hollytex Carpet Mills where I met my husband, Leroy Love. I also worked in the Anadarko Public School system as a Teachers Aid and Substitute Teacher for a number of years.

Leroy and I raised two sons, Joseph and Les. We have one grandson and two granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with our families and friends. We are members of the First United Methodist Church in Anadarko.

I find working at Smith's Funeral Home very fulfilling - being able to help people in Anadarko and surrounding areas in their time of need. We have a wonderful staff a wonderful staff and employers to work with.

Leroy Love

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Leroy was born and raised in Apache, OK. He graduated from Apache High School. He met his wife, Linda of forty eight years while working at Hollytex Carpet Mills where he made a career of twenty eight years before it closed. Leroy proudly served in the Army National Guard for six years. They married in 1971 and made their home in Anadarko where they raised two boys. They graduated from Anadarko High School and now have families of their own. Leroy enjoys working in his yard and spending time with family and friends.

“I enjoy working with all the great people at Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko. I feel very blessed to be able to have a small part in helping people during their difficult time of losing a loved one”.

Doretha Marrow

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Doretha Marrow is married to Roger.  They have two boys, Todd and Jace and daughter-in-law, Shanda.She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren, Everleigh and Noah. She has lived in Fort Cobb all her life. She has a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters degree in counseling. She has taught grades 1st  through 8th and one year as high school counselor.

My hobbies are enjoying my grandchildren and spending time with my family and friends.

“Working for the funeral home lets me stay connected to families in my community and surrounding area. I hope to be a comfort to those going through a difficult time”.

Rita Niece

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Rita (Orrell) was born in Caddo County, and has lived around Fort Cobb, OK all of her life. She married Ronnie Niece, and they raised three daughters. In 2005, her husband passed away after battling cancer.

 

She joined the team at Fort Cobb Funeral Home after retiring in 2017. She loves to read, quilting, making crafts, and enjoys spending quality time with her daughters; and loves being Nana to seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Rita says she enjoys working at the funeral home and "being on the team". She has a very sweet and caring heart.