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Carroll Dean Milner, 76, died Sept. 22, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Purcell. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery.
Carroll was the middle of five children, born Aug. 9, 1940, in Atwood to William Joel and Essie Pearl (Desheilde) Milner. He graduated from Healdton Public School in 1958. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Feb. 4, 1961. He served proudly and was honorably discharged Nov. 9, 1965. He married Frances Kay McClain March 30, 1965, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Carroll was a pastor and ministered for 43 years at three different churches. He was the pastor at Country Side Freewill Baptist in Velma for 17 years, at Center Freewill Baptist in Ada for 10 years and then Purcell Freewill Baptist for 10 years, retiring in 2013. During his ministry, he performed 78 marriages and numerous funerals. Carroll also served as manager of the Purcell Chamber of Commerce for 12 years. He was the builder of many creations, including a 40-foot children's train made for parades and a half-scale 1918 Junker War Plant, which were both featured on Channel 9's "Is This A Great State Or What." He also built a replica of a mid-1900s oil derrick and found the time to restore a fully functional Herald Hauler. Carroll loved to camp and travel and thoroughly enjoyed being at the trailer house on Lake Texhoma in Little Glasses resort. His wife, his 2 boys, his grandkids and his church family were the light of his life.
Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, W.J. and Essie Milner; his father and mother-in-law, Ray and Juhree McClain.
Survivors include his wife Frances (Frannie) of the home; his sons, Joel Ray Milner and his wife, Darla, of Purcell and William Clay Milner and his wife, Tracy, of Purcell; his grandchildren, Paige, Jackson, Mason, Reece, Owen and Hayden; his siblings, Linda Willougby and her husband, Tommy, Bill Milner and his wife, Jean, Ron Milner and his wife, Alberta, and Ken Milner and his wife, Fleta; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and host of church kids that he felt so privileged to have directed to the Lord, as well as many friends.
Published on September 26, 2016
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