John Enloe, 79, of Blanco, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, in McAlester.
Funeral services will be today, June 27, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in McAlester with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will follow at Blanco Cemetery, where the United States Navy Honor Guard will provide military honors.
Pallbearers are Ronnie Fennewald, Cory Enloe, Chad Enloe, Darr Freeman, Trevor Davis, Cody Enloe, Garrett Enloe, Texas Pascale, Canyon Pascale and Brody Pascale.
Honorary pallbearers are Sarah Fennewald, Susie Freeman, Heather Davis and Gracie Enloe.
John Enloe was born on April 30, 1938, in Blanco, to Berry and Elsie Mae (Hamontree) Enloe. He grew up there and graduated from Pittsburg High School. He then attended Eastern State College before going to Southeastern in Durant, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He then attended Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University, receiving his master's degree, then his superintendent certification.
John and Melba Maxwell were married on Aug. 5, 1961, in Pittsburg, and were about to celebrate their 56th anniversary. Also in 1961, John joined the U.S. Navy, where one of his assignments was on the USS John R. Pierce, which was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis quarantine.
John started his career in education at Oakwood as principal and coach before moving to Loyal/Lomega as principal and coach. He then was hired as superintendent at Marshall, then at Fox, before coming to McAlester as assistant superintendent. He completed his career as the superintendent at Hartshorne.
He was then able to fulfill his dream of becoming a full-time rancher, raising cattle and working on the ranch.
John was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of McAlester, and had served as deacon in other churches as well. He was also a member of the Gideon's and the Pittsburg County Retired Teachers Association.
In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
John is survived by his wife, Melba Enloe, of the home; four children, Donald Glenn and wife, Mona Enloe, of Blanco, William Frank Enloe, of Lindsay, Shelly Dawn Davis and husband, Jon, of Canyon, Texas, and Kevin John Enloe and wife, Crystal, of Blanco; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Enloe, of Nowata, and Sam Enloe, of Velma, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Denny Enloe, and a special aunt and uncle, Mamie and Quant Scherer.
Published on June 27, 2017