Shala Dawn Martin-Smalley

Born: Wed., Dec. 4, 1968
Died: Fri., Oct. 11, 2013

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Location: First Baptist Church

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Shala Dawn Martin-Smalley was born in Del City December 4, 1968 to Don Martin and Barbara Ann (Howard) Martin.  She passed away October 11, 2013 West of Perkins at the age of 44.

Shala was a minister, pastor, and a barrel racer with a desire to make a difference in the world she lived in, the industry she competed in, and the youth that carry our future.  She was the founder and president of Angelsong Ministries celebrating its 10 year anniversary January 1st 2014.  Shala was an ordained minister under the covering of Pastors Roy and Clara Hayes of Successful Word Church in Warwick where she and her husband Bruce Smalley served as Youth Pastors for the last two years.  She served as president of the Chandler Ministerial Alliance consecutively in 2011 and 2012.  She worked at the Lincoln County Assessor’s office for 12 years followed by an additional 7 years at the Payne County Assessor’s office.

Shala was a mother of 6 children and 6 grandchildren.  She was a graduate of Victory by Virtue for Women at Successful Word Church where she later taught.  She ministered at the Lincoln County Jail and nursing homes.  She produced races such as “He Paid Your Fees Barrel Race”, and hosted many clinics and youth camps at home facilities.  She was co-pastor of Cowboy Church at BBR in Oklahoma City for 5+ years and currently worked at the First Christian Church in Chandler.

Shala was survived by her husband Bruce Smalley of the home; children, Britney Thompson of Cushing, Niki Thompson of Ponca City, Melissa Thompson of Chandler, Josiah Smalley of the home; parents, Don and Barbara Martin of Shawnee; step-children, Jason Smalley and Barbie Smalley of Stroud; grandchildren, Alexis, Landon, Connor, Levi, Gideon, and Emma.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday October 17, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Chandler with interment following in the Carney Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston.

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Pamela J. Anderson
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Shala was a remarkable woman, with an awesome spirit. May you sense His tender words being spoken to your heart. "I am your God, and I will be your comfort." You are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. "Bless be God, even the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort." II Corinthians 1:3

Bruce & Joyce Newby
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
Bruce and family,
Words are not enough to express our sympathy in your loss of Shala. We do know that God will supply strength, comfort and peace, even though we don't understand. We are keeping you in our thoughts.

Fred and Donna Hackworth
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
You are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead...asking God to bless you with His peace. Psalm 61:1-4

Vickie Keith
   Posted Tue October 15, 2013
Britney, Nikki, Melissa, Josiah and family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, wife and daughter. There are no words to express what you are feeling because I've been there before and words just don't really help ease the pain in your heart. Even though we know she would love to have stayed here with you, we know she was prepared spiritually for where she is now. Take comfort in knowing she is where she taught other people to prepare themselves for. Her name was written in the book of life and she dances with the Angels.

Pastor David Burgess
   Posted Tue October 15, 2013
A many of angels have come into our life unaware. God loaned an angel, Shala, to us for 44 years. It has been an honor and privilege to know someone of great inner strength and such a sweet spirit. Brother Bruce and family, words cannot express my heart felt sorrow in your loss. I pray that you allow God to comfort you in your times of grieving and wrap His tender loving arms around you that He may quicken your spirit and bring you assurance that Shala is in the hands of the Almighty God.

Pastor Chris Stanfield
   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
Shala meant so much to so many people! I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve the community of Chandler with her for the past few years! She was a very special person to me and my family. May the peace of our God surround her friends but especially her family during this time of grief and suffering. We are praying for each of you!

Cheryl Rozell-Raper
   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
The news has been heartbreaking for those of us left here to try and make sense of such a tragic loss. Her smile, her electric for our Lord was consuming for anyone who ever spent just a few minutes with her. I am going to miss every bit of her "electric". She has made the journey we all hope to make some day- May God comfort you Bruce and your entire family, may he give you the strength to hold up your family and let the prayers of many hold you and lift you up. Many prayers for many days, weeks and months are sent your way. Thank you for sharing her with us as well.

Brad Springfield
   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
Bruce and family:

Please accept my prayers and heartfelt condolences for your loss. Shala was a great friend and source of inspiration to many. My prayers will continue for you all.

Debra( Mccollough )Bratvold
   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
Our Prayers go out to all family and friends, Shala will be missed by many she touched so many lives in a positive way. Shala was a classmate and close friend of mine and many others we will treasure many wonderful memories we have shared , our entire class of 87 love her and will miss her dearly.

Anthony Bradshaw
   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
I pray that all of Shala's family and friends not grieve the tremendous loss, but to rejoice that she is in a place of no sorrow or pain, but with our Almighty Lord Jesus Christ. We will all see her again one day. She was a inspiration to me and I 'll miss her terribly.

Darla Riley
   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
Shala, so many of us mourn the loss of such a beautiful angel here on earth. But rejoicing w/your family & friends knowing of the homecoming you had there in Heaven. What a wonderful legacy you have left here starting with such strong Christian Values, character, & a love of all!!! To each of your family & friends, we pray along with you for Peace. Rest in the memories.....God Bless
Darla Riley, Jerrod Smith

Danielle Taylor
   Posted Thu October 17, 2013
The passage of time and the path of life may have put a distance between us in recent years, however, the distance was never in my heart. My life was incontrovertibly changed for the better because of the love and kindness Shala gave to me. Absent she may be but never will she be forgotten and never will the memories of her dim.

   Posted Thu October 17, 2013
I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express what you are feeling. Shala truly touched and everyone’s lives very inspiring and always up lifting. My the Lord be with you.

Cyndi & Steve Heath
   Posted Thu October 17, 2013
Dear Family,

May God bring you peace! We all don't understand, but we know one thing. An angel received her wings!! She will always be with us and waiting to greet us when it is our turn. Love you all!!

Bishop Kenneth and Patrick Sims
   Posted Fri October 18, 2013
We so wanted to be with you today, and truly regret that we were unable to attend. We extend our heartfelt prayers to all members of the family and will continue to do so. Bishop said that Shala is not in your past. She is in your future. She was very special to us and he still has the spurs that she gave him. She said that she won them in a rodeo and had them hanging up, but that he was the reason that she had held on to them. We will hold her in our hearts until me meet in eternity. We love you all very much.

Isaiah 57:1 57 The righteous perishes,
And no man takes it to heart;
Merciful men are taken away,
While no one considers
That the righteous is taken away from evil.
2 He shall enter into peace;

Pastor Christopher and Janet Colbert
   Posted Sat October 19, 2013
We send our love and prayers to you all. She will be missed! You are all loved by us greatly! God bless you all.

Rene, Bobby and Sierra TallChief
   Posted Thu October 24, 2013
Our prayers go out to your family. Shala touched the lives of many in the horse world. We will always remember her messages and the beautiful smile she had for everyone she met! Our Prayers are with you all!

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