Leonard Martin "Catfish" Smith
”1954 - 2012”

    Leonard Martin "Catfish" Smith

    "On the day when death will knock at thy door
    what wilt thou offer to him?
    Oh, I will set before my guest the full vessel of my life
    I will never let him go with empty hands.
    All the sweet vintage of all my autumn days and summer nights,
    all the earnings and gleanings of my busy life will I place
    before him at the close of my days when death will knock at my door."

      Leonard Martin "Catfish" Smith
      Leonard Martin "Catfish" Smith Birth: Mar. 21, 1954 Claremore Rogers County Oklahoma, USA Death: Sep. 22, 2012 Miami Ottawa County Oklahoma, USA Miami - Leonard Martin Smith, 58, former bingo hall manager, died Saturday. Services were held Tuesday. Paul Thomas. (Tulsa World) -------------------- Leonard Martin Smith a Spiritual Leader for many Native Americans, affectionately known as "Catfish" passed from this earth to glory on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at his home in Miami, Oklahoma. Catfish was born March 21, 1954 to Martin Winford and Maude Emaline (Quapaw) in Claremore, Oklahoma he was 58 years old. He had lived in the area all his life and served his tribes with great pride as a former Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe, 3 Chair of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, Business Committee member for both Quapaw and Seneca, Pow Wow Committee Chairman, and Spiritual Leader. He was manager of the Bingo Hall for many years. Catfish is preceded in death by his wife Dusty, his parents, a brother: George Skye and two sisters: Dorie Morris and Mahdeena TeeHee. Leonard leaves to mourn is passing: two sons: Jeffery Sanders of the home, Jimmy H. Bowin of Parsons, KS, one daughter: Ashlee Strickland of Austin, TX, one brother: Harry Smith of Quapaw, OK, and one sister: Lois Franklin of Baxter Springs, KS. 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who he loved dearly. Services will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. September 25, 2012 at the Quapaw Tribal Building with Rev. Geoff Buffalo officiating. Interment will follow in the Quapaw Cemetery in Quapaw, Oklahoma with Kevin Dawes honoring him with Native American Rites. Pallbearers will be Darren Mosher, Aaron Grant, Bill Bailey, Tommy Bailey, Calvin Justice, and Samson Hart. Services will under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, Oklahoma. Family links: Parents: Maude Emeline Quapaw Smith (1917 - 2007) Sibling: Leonard Martin Smith (1954 - 2012) Harold Jule Smith (1957 - 2012)* Burial: Quapaw's Cemetery Quapaw
      Resource:Miami News Record, (2012) Tulsa World

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