Wesley Parham, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at his home in Haywood.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Darren Schoggins and the Rev. Clint Gray officiating. Burial will be at Ash Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Levi Parham, Michael Parham, Joshua Parham, Matthew Parham, Samual Parham and Issac Moody.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Trammell, Raymond Trammell, Joe Brown, Danny Jabara, Jim Gibson and Billy Don Smith.
Wesley was born on Dec. 30, 1931, to Gailard and Mildred Kuykendall Parham. He attended Ash Creek schools and then graduated from Haileyville High School in 1950.
He married Rosemary Giaudrone on May 19, 1953. After high school he worked at the Shipley Baking Company.
He then joined the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War between 1953 and 1955.
Wesley attended and graduated from Eastern Oklahoma State College with an associates degree in education and then attended Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in education. He later received a masters degree from East Central State College in education. Wesley later received his Superintendents Certification from the University of Oklahoma.
He taught school and was superintendent at Haywood for 29 years before retiring in 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary, of the home; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Sue Parham; four sons and wives, Roger and Jill Parham, of Eufaula, Mark and Donna Parham, of McAlester, Randy Parham, of Haywood, and Michael Parham, also of Haywood; two aunts, Addith Doughty, of Santa Maria, California, and Geraldine Bennett, of Santa Maria; eight grandchildren and spouses, Desarae Moody, Levi Parham, Michael and Liz Parham, Josh Parham, Rachael and Talan Weaver, Allie Parham, Matthew Parham and Samual Parham; four great-grandchildren, Issac Moody, Caleb Whitfield, Ames Weaver and John Weaver, and several nieces, nephew, cousins and other relatives.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wilma Stansel, and grandparents, Will and Birdie Parham, and John and Bell Kuykendall.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that any donations be made to Oklahoma Medical Research, specifically to respiratory research, 825 Northeast 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104.
Published on January 29, 2017