Claude H. Stokes
Claude H. Stokes, 95, went to his eternal home in heaven on September 29, 2019.
Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard.
Following the interment, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Briggs officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Kenneth Miller, J.A. Alford, Neal Leffler and Marvin Navratil.
Claude was born on November 17, 1923, to Jess and Nancy Stokes, in Dierks, Arkansas. Claude grew up on the family farm near McAlester.
Claude enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 18, 1942, and served his country during World War II until June 7, 1945. With special written permission from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Claude and his twin brother, Clyde, were allowed to serve together in the U.S. Army 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion supporting the 36th Division during WW II. Claude was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in Italy. On August 13, 2017, Claude and Clyde were awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor Medal from the French government for their service in the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.
After his military service, Claude returned to McAlester where he married Madlyn V. Epps on March 27, 1945. In 2003, Madlyn wrote and published a book "The Stokes Twins Ride the Oklahoma Wildcat", a biography of Claude's life.
In June 1945, Claude began working at the McAlester Naval Ammunition Depot where he worked for 38 years.
In 1947, Claude understood why his life had been spared on so many occasions; it was then he trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Claude has faithfully served the Lord since that date.
Claude was a member of First Baptist Church of McAlester where he taught Sunday School for 58 years and served as a Deacon and Deacon Emeritus.
Claude is survived by his wife, Madlyn; his daughter, Kay Stokes Harris, of Sherman, Texas; his daughter, Lana Stokes, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandson, Chad Harris and wife, Daria, with their three children, Daniel, Hope and David; grandson, Brent Harris and wife, Tiffani, of Waco, Texas, with their three children, Hannah, Emma and Drew; his sister, Eupal Harmon, of Mansfield, Texas; Sister-in-law, Lucille Stokes, of Purcell, and other family members and friends.
Claude was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Nancy Stoke; his twin brother, Clyde Stokes; his older brother, Carl Stokes; his older sister, LaVern Aldridge, and his son-in-law, Vern Harris.
Published on September 30, 2019


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Bruce & Jan Epps
Oct 01, 2019
So sorry for your loss you are in our prayers.