Clyde Thurman Stokes, 94, of McAlester, passed from this life on January 25, 2018.
Clyde was born on November 17, 1923, to Jess W. and Nancy (Bagley) Stokes, in Dierks, Arkansas. Clyde grew up on the family farm near McAlester.
Clyde, along with his twin brother, Claude, became renowned for their exploits while fighting across North Africa and Europe as members of a tank destroyer crew in the United States Army on a tank named the Oklahoma Wildcat. Clyde was awarded the Silver Star for heroic action in Salerno, Italy. The brothers spent 133 consecutive days in combat. Clyde was awarded the Silver Star Medal and the Bronze Star Medal, four Bronze Service Stars, one bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in Italy. Clyde was recognized as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the French government for helping liberate France from Nazi Germany.
Clyde married Betty Madden on August 22, 1958, in McAlester. He had worked as a McAlester city bus driver. He worked in road construction and was a heavy equipment operator for the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. Clyde has also owned and operated a Christian book store in Sherman, Texas.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of McAlester.
Clyde is survived by his daughter, Karen Dial and husband, Dan, of Springfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Stacey Cummings and husband, Greg, of Branson, Missouri, Jenny Fosdyck and husband, Ron, of Wright City, Missouri, and Michael Sennett and wife, Christi, of McAlester, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Emma Cummings, Lauren Cummings, Hayden Fosdyck, Matthew Sennett and wife, Christie, and Morgan Sennett; great-great-grandchild, Amberlei Sennett; twin brother, Claude (Harmon) Stokes and wife, Madlyn, of McAlester; sister, Eupole Harmon, of Mansfield, Texas, and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, Jess W. and Nancy Stokes; his wife, Betty Stokes, in 2009; step-daughter, Kaye Sennett; son-in-law, Bud Sennett; sisters, Jessie Stokes and LaVern Aldridge, and a brother, Carl Stokes.
The family will greet friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, at Bishop Funeral Service.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 2, at First Baptist Church officiated by the Rev. Rodney Briggs. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army Honors Team.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Samaritans Purse or the charity of choice.
Published on January 30, 2018