Lloyd L. Emmons, of McAlester, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at McAlester Regional Health Center at the age of 91.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 9, at Central Christian Church of McAlester with Mr. Pat Hackler officiating. A private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jane Glenn, Susanne Carney, Clay Grossnicklaus, Jay Grossnicklaus, Jim Shannon, Scott Walker, Keith Fryer and the Men of Central Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Christian Church or the McAlester School Foundation.
Lloyd L. Emmons was born on Nov. 23, 1926, on the family farm near Eufaula. Lloyd was the youngest of seven children born to Jack and Nancy (Wyatt) Emmons. Lloyd received his GED following his tour of duty with the United States Navy during World War II. He entered the war at the age of 16 where he reached the rank of radioman 1st class. He served in Guam for two years.
Following his honorable discharge at the age of 19, he returned to Eufaula where he met Lynelle Mouser. They married on May 27, 1949. Following their marriage, they both continued their education at Connors State College.
Lloyd began working at the McAlester Navy Ammunition Depot in 1951. He was a management analyst until he retired in May 1986.
He always loved to work and continued to do so after retirement as a sales representative with KZBX radio and later as a courtesy driver with Fenton Car Dealership until December 2012.
Lloyd was a member of First Christian Church. He served as chairman of the church board, Elder and Sunday school teacher for nearly 60 years. He also served as Boy Scout Master of Troop 3.
Lloyd was known as "Grandad" to over 350 McAlester kindergarten and 1st grade students, volunteering in the classes of Mrs. Jane Glenn at Will Rogers Elementary School and Washington Early Childhood classes for 19 years. He loved being a reading volunteer and wrote stories using the children's names which were bound and given to each student at year's end. Lloyd also wrote and published his own autobiography entitled "King of the Hill". He will also be remembered for his faith, his love of family, friends and country.
Survivors included his wife, Lynelle Mouser Emmons, of the home; son, Mark and wife, LaDell, of McAlester; grandsons, David and wife, Andrea, of Oklahoma City, and Stephen, of McAlester; great-grandson, Thomas Mark; nieces, Phyllis Dillard, of Houston, Texas, and Kay Patterson, of Salinas, California, and nephew, Jim Shannon and wife, Anna, of Mounds.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Shannon; brothers, Virgil, Buster, Lawrence, Cecil and Jay, and, niece, Nancy Pickus.
Published on January 9, 2018