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Oliver Clark, 88, of Muskogee, formerly of McAlester, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at the Muskogee V.A. Hospital.
The family will receive friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home today from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Brumley-Mills Chapel. Oliver's son-in-law, Larry Norman, will officiate, assisted by Oliver's grandsons, Quade and Quinn Norman. Burial will follow at Ash Creek Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard.
Pallbearers will be Quinn Norman, Quade Norman, Ronnie Smith, Randy Gilbert, Joe David Grubis and Mark Russell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Stone, Wayne Golding, Glenn Grubis, Andy Marco, Kenneth Haile, Lewis Johnson, Kenneth Johnson and Bill Wilson.
Oliver Clark was born on Dec. 18, 1928, in Denning, Arkansas, to Roy A. and Walsie (Holt) Clark. His family moved to McAlester when he was young, so this became his home. Oliver only had an eighth grade education, but he could do about anything and could fix anything that needed fixing. He was also a pretty good whittler, and he loved to go fishing at Blue Creek.
He married the love of his life, Norma Jean Johnson, on June 3, 1950, in Altus, Arkansa. Oliver worked in the propane business, working as a serviceman for Waboo and Synergy Gas until his retirement.
Oliver also served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska, serving as a corporal with the 96th AAA Gun Battalion.
After his discharge, Oliver and Norma settled in McAlester, until about 15 years ago when they moved to Fort Gibson.
Oliver was a 32nd degree Mason with the McAlester Lodge No. 9. He was also a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, where he had served as deacon for several years.
Oliver loved the Lord, his wife, Norma, his family and grandchildren.
Oliver is survived by one son, Russell Clark, of Tulsa; one daughter and son-in-law, LaDawn and Larry Norman, of Fort Gibson; two grandsons, Quade Norman and wife, Haley, of Fort Gibson, and Quinn Norman and wife, Paige, of Broken Arrow; two great-granddaughters, Hadley and Avery Norman, of Fort Gibson, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Walsie Clark; his wife, Norma; a sister, Margie Clark, and three infant children, Dusty, Keri and Sherri.
Published on October 11, 2017
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