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Lonnie Leroy Capps
© Tahlequah Daily Press
Mar 12, 2012
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH Services for Lonnie Leroy Capps will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday March 13, 2012, at the Hart Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Nancy Pittman Officiating. Interment will follow at the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home Tahlequah.

Viewing will be Monday March 12, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sign the online guestbook at www.hartfuneralhome.net.

Lonnie Leroy Capps was born June 29, 1937, in Tahlequah, to Ed W. Capps and Nora Anne Jarvis Capps, and departed this life on March 10, 2012, at his home in Tahlequah at the age of 74 years, eight months and 10 days.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Lavada Spears, Helen Carter, and Betty Draper.

A graduate of Tahlequah High School, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from NSU in 1958. In 1970, he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to begin his master's degree in sociology, while also serving as assistant dean of men at NSU.

Mr. Capps served as state president of the of the California Teachers Association for two years.

He served as director of the summer youth program in Fairfield, Calif., Parks and Recreation Deptartment for six years. He was director of guidance for the Tahlequah for eight years, executive director of CETA and assistant director of EPIC for 17 years.

He returned to counseling at Coweta Public Schools un -til his retirement in 1999.

He was a little league coach and referee of both football and basketball for over 35 years.

He was an elder emeritus at the First Christian Church of Tahlequah, where he also taught adult Sunday school class for over 35 years.

He is survived by Mary Lou, his wife of 53 years; sons, Charles Edwards (Ched) Capps and wife, Ann, of Grand Lake, and Matthew Hayden Capps of Tulsa; daughter Anne Colleen Capps Harper and husband Lecil, of Tahlequah; grandchildren, Chelsea Capps Smith of Springdale, Ark., Landon Blake Capps and wife Alexandra of Boston, Mass., Ryan Metzger of Tulsa, Hayden Metzger of Tahlequah, and Madison and Hayden Capps of Hot Springs, Ark.; great-grandchildren, Hendrix and Crosby Smith of Springdale, Ark.; brothers-in-law, Virgil Carter, A.C. Taylor and David Tharp; sisters-in-law, Connie Sue Taylor, Doris Tharp, and Linda Felts; a special mother-in-law, Pat Tharp Kirkbride; as well as a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Neal Jarvis, Alan Jarvis, Reed Felts, Jake Duvall, Don staiger and Herman Augerhole. Honorary pallbearers are Phil Baker, Roy Gammon, Wilson Fargo, Dr. Jack Dobbins, Lecil Harper, Dr. Don Studebaker, and Dr. James Brixey.

A special thank-you goes to Rosa of Cornerstone Home Health, and to Horizon Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Tahlequah CARE Food Pantry, or the American Diabetes Assoc.

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