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Alan Sewell, 81, of McAlester, died Monday, March 6, 2017, at his home.
The family will receive friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home today from 6 to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Brumley-Mills Chapel with the Rev. Scott Vandenheuvel officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Alan Sewell was born on Jan. 11, 1936, in McAlester, to Wallace and Sylvia (Dempsey) Sewell. He grew up here and graduated from McAlester High School in 1955.
Alan worked as a mechanic, with his father, at Sewell's Auto Service and then went to work at Southern Supply. After that, Alan had the Western Auto franchise here and later changed it to Western Automotive.
He worked for a short time at Quality Olds and Cadillac before going into the restaurant business with Western Bar-B-Q. Alan and his wife, Pat, have operated the restaurant for a number of years and recently added Custom Picture Framing to the family business.
Alan has been a supporter and sponsor of the McAlester Boys and Girls Club for many years and was an avid bowler, bowling in tournaments in various states.
He also enjoyed traveling with his daughter, Debbie, to her art shows and attending Oklahoma University football games. Alan will be remembered by his family and restaurant patrons as a huge OU football fan with all his OU memorabilia on the wall of his restaurant.
Alan was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Sewell, of the home; children, Kathy Crowl and husband, Jimmy, of McAlester, Mike Sewell and wife, Rhonda, of Colcord, and Debbie Sewell, of Krebs; grandchildren, Jennifer Haak and husband, Jake, Jamie McAlester and husband, Matt, and Russell Sewell; great-grandchildren, Amelia, Claire and Kate Haak, and Garrett and Hayden McAlester; brother, Bruce Sewell and wife, Kathy, of Wagoner; brother-in-law, Tony Barney and wife, Julie, of Vero Beach, Florida, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Steve Sewell.
Pallbearers will be Jason Sewell, Mike Meeker, Greg Stipe, Jimmy Crowl, Matt McAlester and Jake Haak.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Sunshine School and Development Center Respite Program, in care of Hasky McCool, at 3400 Woods Lane, Rogers, Arkansas, 72756.
Published on March 9, 2017
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