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Services for Donald Thomas "Don" McKee, 83, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Wells will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Stonewall. The Chickasaw Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
Mr. McKee passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at a hospice in Oklahoma City. He was a God-fearing man who accepted Christ as his personal savior as a young boy. At age 17 he enrolled at Southeastern State Teachers' College (now known as Southeastern Oklahoma State University) and joined the Army Active Reserves immediately prior to his graduation in 1955. For almost two years he served as an aircraft mechanic at Simmons Army Air Field at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
After meeting Rose Mary Hammer Dec. 29, 1957, in Honobia, Mr. McKee proposed on their third date and years later joked, "I don't know why I waited so long!" The two married in August 1958 and recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
Mr. McKee is survived by his loving wife, Rose Mary; their son, Mike McKee and his wife, Cynthia, of Pontotoc; their daughter, Donna Carlton and her husband, William Carlton Jr., of Southern California; his brother William F. McKee and sister Ruth Ann McKee, both of Ada; and three grandchildren, Heaven Ann McKee, Mary Zoe McKee and Ronnie Michael Hontubby McKee.
Bearers will be Hunter Rose, Bryson Tuck, John Clawson, Stephen Kinsey and Bradley Carlton.
Active in the church throughout his life Mr. McKee has served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. In earlier years, he helped establish a ladies' church softball league in Dallas and coached a championship team on which his wife played. Well into his 60s, Mr. McKee worked alongside others to construct the current Honobia First Baptist Church building.
At the request of the family, those who wish may make memorials to Honobia First Baptist Church, HC 68 Box 405, Honobia, OK 74549.
Published on October 12, 2017
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