Jeffery Lee “Jeff” Smith, a long time member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club in Oklahoma, a sometime contributor to Brothers Behind Bars and a friend of this page, died Monday, February 17 of an undisclosed ailment.
Smith, a physically small, thin man was born in Delaware, Ohio on January 28, 1952. He joined the Mongols in 1978. Three years later, on June 28, 1981 Smith and several of his club brothers were in a bar in Tulsa when a fight broke out. Within seconds and for unknown reasons, a doorman began shooting at customers. Smith and two other Mongols charged the doorman and tried to disarm him. All three were shot. One Mongol died. Smith was left paralyzed and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
Smith dedicated the last 33 years of his life to his club brothers. A welder by trade, he was well known for helping both Mongols and members of other clubs. He was elected president of the Tulsa chapter multiple times. One of his club brothers described him as a “symbol of the Mongols MC in Oklahoma.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. There will be a gathering of friends and family members to celebrate Jeff Smith’s life this Saturday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moore Funeral Home’s Rosewood Chapel, 2570 South Harvard Avenue in Tulsa. Motorcyclists who wish to ride to this celebration with Jeff’s friends and brothers are advised that the pack will assemble at the Tulsa Fairgrounds at noon.
Jeffery Lee “Jeff” Smith had just turned 62. There was no better friend. There was no more fearsome enemy.
Requiscant In Pace