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Donald Ray Lunsford
© Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
May 24, 2010
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH -- Services for Donald Ray Lunsford will be held on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the South College Church of Christ, with David Deffenbaugh and Granville Clapp officiating. Interment will follow at Pettit Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Pallbearers for Don include Phil Kay, Lyn Trammel, Jimmie Trammel, Justin Young, Scott Jennings and Brandon Trammel. Honorary pallbearers include Bill Kay, Jim Kaufman, Calvin McCoy, John Gwin and Larry Trammel, Don and Betty's pizza buddies.

Donald Ray Lunsford was born on Thursday, Dec. 28, 1933, at Morningside Hospital in Tulsa, the son of Ross Harvey Lunsford and Eula Mattie (Carver) Lunsford. He attended and graduated from Kinta High School and attended Southwestern College in Oklahoma City.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and served until his honorable discharge in 1958, serving in the capacity of clerk-typist, with service in Korea. On May 25, 1963, he married the love of his life, Betty Lou Young, at the Church of Christ in Kingfisher. This union was blessed with two sons and 46 years of happiness.

Don earned his living with a career in the oil and gas business in various positions, including many years as a division order analyst. Don retired in 1996 from Western Farmers Electric CO-OP. He was a member of the Certified Association of Division Order Analysts (CAPDOA), and National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA), where he served as president of both organizations during his career.

When he wasn't working, Don enjoyed gardening and raised beautiful tomatoes, which he readily shared with others. He also worked in his yard and was known to enjoy the occasional book and western on TV. The most important thing to Don was his wife and family. He was warm and loving and interested in every aspect of their lives. A Christian by faith, Don was a member of the South College Church of Christ.

On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, the Lord called Don home. He passed peacefully in Tahlequah with his wife and family at his side. Don will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends. He was 76 years old. Preceding Don in death are his parents; three brothers, Ross Lunsford Jr., Darrell Lunsford, and Ben Lunsford; and two sisters, Jane Carder and Imolyn Cummings.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Betty, of the home, and his two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Katie Lunsford of Plano, Texas and Joshua and Cherry Lunsford of Silver City, N.M. His legacy lives on in his two grandchildren, Joseph Lunsford and Natalie Lunsford; one sister, Carol Beth Foulke of Maroa, Ill.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Those wishing to send an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Burnt Cabin Christian Camp, P.O. Box 97, Tahlequah, Okla. 74465-0097 or the "In Search of the Lord's Way" program, P.O. Box 371, Edmond, Okla. 73083.

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