The Duncan Banner


January 17, 2013

William James ‘Dub’ Smith Jr.

Aug. 17, 1921 — Jan. 11, 2013

COMANCHE — William James “Dub” Smith, Jr. passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his residence in Comanche, at the age of 91. A funeral service will be scheduled at a later date.

Dub was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Gainesville, Texas, to William James Sr. and Mary Vay Kirchenbauer Smith.

After serving in the Pacific theater during World War II in the Army Air Corps, Dub flew as a pilot for United Airlines until his retirement.

Being the “consummate pilot,” Dub mentored many young pilots at United Airlines until his retirement in 1981.

One of his many hobbies included the restoration and rebuilding of classic and antique cars (1930s and ’40s) as well as the “Ford Mustang.”

He enjoyed working with his hands—woodworking, building his own home and furniture, painting and working around the house.

Dub was a member of the Retired United Pilots Association and an active Mason for more than 50 years.

He was a charter member of the Burns Methodist Church of Aurora—started/founded in his own garage.

Dub moved to Comanche in 2002, from Aurora, Colo., to be with his daughter.

Dub is survived by a daughter, Traci Brennan, Comanche; a son, Hadyn William Smith, Aurora; a grandson, Mike Trenkle, Elizabeth, Colo.; a great-grandson, Cody Leming, Elizabeth; a brother, Paul E Smith and his wife, Imajean, Gainesville, Texas; a sister, Icylene Wainwright, Beaumont, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Elizabeth “Lee” McCaskill Smith.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to your church or to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

Online condolences may be sent to


Text Only
  • 4-16 Obit John Kaiser.jpeg John Henry Kaiser

    John Henry Kaiser, 86, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Country Club Care Nursing Home in Duncan, Oklahoma.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16 Obit John Humphrey.jpg John Leonard Humphrey

    John Leonard Humphrey, 81, of Norman passed away peacefully with family surrounding him on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Norman.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16 Obit Pearl Downey.jpg Pearl Dean Thomas Downey

    Pearl Dean Thomas Downey, 81, of Duncan, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at her home in Duncan.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16 Obit Jackie Bohannon.jpg Jacqueline Ann Bohannon

    A come and go “Celebration of Life” will be held for Jacqueline Ann Bohannon, 77, of Duncan, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ in Chickasha.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • James Franklin Griffin

    James Franklin Griffin was born May 17, 1931, in Claypool, to Elbert and Lois Simons Griffin. He was born and lived almost his entire life in Claypool. He attended Cameron college before being drafted in the Army. He served his country for two years in Korea.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15 Gary Housman.jpg Gary Housman

    Nov. 23, 1946-April 12, 2014

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 Opal Baum OBIT.jpg Opal Peters Baum

    Dec. 22, 1917-April 11, 2014

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Beverly Jean Ward

    Beverly Jean Ward, 54, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

    April 15, 2014

  • John Henry Kaiser

    John Henry Kaiser, 86, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Country Club Care Nursing Home in Duncan.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jerry Leon Henderson

    Jerry Leon Henderson passed from this life Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Duncan Regional Hospital at the age of 76.

    April 15, 2014


Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results
AP Video