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Lofton Gene Colburn
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
June 1, 2010
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH -- Funeral services for Lofton Gene Colburn, 83, of Proctor, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in the Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Brother Sam Andrews.

Pallbearers are Larry Lockwood, Mac Hampton, Wade Hampton, C.W. Hampton, Joe Don Eaves, and Charles Hix. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Cherokee County Cattlemen's Association. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery at Westville under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Gene Colburn was born April 16, 1927, in Russellville, Ark., to Earshel Lofton and Tempie (Russell) Colburn. Gene passed away in Muskogee on May 27, 2010.

At the age of three Gene's family moved to Checotah, before relocating to the Grand River bottom area.

In Hulbert, he married Phyllis Lorene Collins on June 4, 1948.

They shared over 61 years of marriage. In 1952, they moved to the Oil Springs Community, where he began doing things he loved: building his farm, raising a family, working his cattle. Gene was a lifelong farmer and rancher.

Gene helped organize the Cherokee County Cattlemen's Association in 1969 and was a board member until he passed. He served on the school boards of Combs, Oil Springs, and Skelly with over 25 years' combined service. He helped organize the Oklahoma Scenic River Commission in 1970, serving as a board member. Gene also served on the Farm Bureau board for several years.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, E.L. and Tempie Colburn; and brothers, James Ray, Raymond, and Floyd Colburn.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Lorene, of the home; daughters Lavonne Hastings and husband Jerry of Proctor, and Phyllis Hill and husband Jerry of Tahlequah; granddaughter, Stacie Gene Hammons and husband Tim of Proctor; grandson, U.G. Turney and wife Tana of Colcord; four great-grandsons, Jake and Josh Hammons, and James and Tyler Turney; and other relatives, friends and loved ones.

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