Hiram Hi William Impson, Jr.

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Hiram "Hi" William Impson, Jr.

March 11, 1935 - October 04, 2018

Hiram Hi William Impson, Jr. Hiram "Hi" William Impson, Jr. was born to Hiram William Impson and Bess Hardaway Impson on March 11, 1935, at Albert Pike Hospital in McAlester. He was baptized at the family's church, Grand Avenue United Methodist.
Upon graduation from McAlester High School, Hi earned a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma Journalism School, as his father did in the very first Journalism class of 1915. Hi worked for the student newspaper The Oklahoma Daily at OU, along with The Daily Oklahoman during his time in school. He served his country in the US Army Reserve, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on January 31, 1964.
Upon graduation, Hi returned home to work in the family newspaper, The McAlester Democrat, which was established by his father in 1930. Upon the death of his father in 1962, he assumed the helm along with his mother. A few years later, they sold the newspaper and opened Impress Office Supply and Color Press. He continued to run Impress until a few weeks before his death. He also taught graphic arts for a short time at Kiamichi Area Technology Center in McAlester.
Hi loved his hometown and served in organizations too numerous to name. Some of them were: McAlester Rotary Club, McAlester BPOE #533, McAlester Chamber of Commerce, McAlester Economic Development, Salvation Army and the Boys Club. He was editor of the Rotary Club weekly newsletter, past president of the McAlester Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Salvation Army, twice chairman of the Italian Festival and involved in many capacities from the first year, chairman and board member of the McAlester Italian Festival Foundation, chairman of the Old Town Trade Fair, chairman of the McAlester Trade Show. He was a proud Choctaw Tribal Member, and served as Board Member of the Choctaw Boat Company.
On June 29, 1963, he married Lola Virginia Cox of McAlester and they had 3 children, Kimberlee Anne, Karen Lea and Robert Stanton. Virginia passed away in 1989. Hi married Ginger Brown Hunnicutt of McAlester on July 18, 1991. She predeceased him in 2011.
He enjoyed spending time outdoors, swimming, boating and traveling to the Broken Bow area, in addition to spending time with friends and family. He taught his kids, neighborhood kids and grandkids how to climb trees, and he was still climbing them into his 50s! Hi worked hard in his business and as a community volunteer, and expected everyone else to do the same. That work ethic lives on in his children and grandchildren. He was always a strong supporter of OU Football and never missed a game whether in person, on TV or AM Radio. Hi loved life, and his laugh was contagious. Hi was an honest, kind, humble and sometimes quiet man who had countless friends.
Hi is survived by his three children and spouses: Kim Bourgeois and Melvin, Karen Long and Rick, B-O-B Impson and girlfriend Becky Smedley; grandchildren and spouses Rachel Elwell and Ryan Giblin, Nathan Elwell and Taylor; 3 great-grandchildren Braxton and Nolan Elwell, Connor Giblin; brother Bob Impson and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, spouses and dear sister Irma Sue Allen.
Services will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Bishop Chapel of Memories, burial will follow in the Masonic Section of Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Service.
Published on October 5, 2018
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