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Wanda Joyce Epperson, 73-year-old former Coalgate resident, passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Durant.
Wanda was born Dec. 26, 1943, in Atoka, to Floyd and Ruby (Marlow) Watson. Wanda attended Atoka High School, where she met the love of her life.
She was united in marriage to Jim Epperson on Aug. 31, 1959, in Durant. The couple moved in 1972 to Coalgate, where they owned and operated the Jim Epperson Funeral Service. A few years later, they purchased Coalgate Flowers & Gifts, which Wanda operated for many years.
Wanda is survived by a son, Bob Epperson of Owasso; a daughter, Christy Epperson of Durant; a daughter-in-law, Mitzi Epperson of Owasso; a brother, Duane Watson and wife, Carol, of Camino, California; sisters Kathy Haworth and husband, Jerry, of Coalgate, and Karen House and husband, Wade, of Holdenville; a sister-in-law, Cindy Burks and husband, John, of Atoka; six grandchildren, Jimmy Epperson of Norman, Kelsey Turner and husband, Emory, of Owasso, Hunter Young of Norman, Alexis Young of Stillwater, Melissa Sigler and husband, Jared, of Bartlesville and Christa Morton and husband, Anthony, of Portland, Oregon; special friends and caretakers Tonja Russell and MaryAnn Bell, Kimber Rowan, Debbie Rackley, Kristy Countryman, Aldean Carter, LPN, Casi Norton, RN; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years, Jim Epperson; a precious son, Todd Epperson; three brothers, Harlon Essman, Carrol and Ricky Watson; a sister, Geraldean Adaway; nephews Michael Jones and Mark Cochran; and a niece, Annette Watson.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, both at the First Baptist Church, Coalgate. Chaplain David Kautt and Pastor Will Clark will officiate. Interment will be in Coalgate Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Epperson, Hunter Young, Emory Turner, Michael Cochran, Blake Barron and Jeremy Burris. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Haworth, John Burks, Bobby George Lee, Russell Wilson, J.D. Smith, Bobby Thomas, Dr. John Linton and Vince Haney.
Published on October 23, 2017
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