Gary Loyd Hart

July 21, 1947 ~ March 30, 2021 (age 73)


A Celebration of Life for Gary Loyd Hart, age 73, of Duncan, OK, will be at 9:00 A.M. Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathy Gibson officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Whitt Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Whitt Funeral Home on Friday, April 2nd, from 6:30-8:00 P.M. The family asks those who would like to attend in person to please wear a mask and be respectful of others.

Live streaming of Gary's service can be found at, click the link titled FUMC Live!.

Gary Loyd Hart was born July 21, 1947 in Farmington, New Mexico, to Loyd and Bessie Hart, and went to his Heavenly home in Duncan Tuesday, March 30, 2021. He was baptized in 1957 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Duncan. He graduated from Pond Creek High School in 1966, and went on to receive a degree in drafting from OSU Technical School in Okmulgee, OK, in 1968. He later received a technical certification in Auto Cad from Duncan Red River Technology Center. Upon graduation, he began his drafting career at Forrest and Cotton in Dallas, Texas. During his time in Dallas, he met and married his wife, Shirley “Witzsche” Hart in 1973, and they formed a union of marriage that has lasted 47 years. From this union, a beautiful family of three children was formed. After a number of years in Texas, in 1977, the family decided to relocate to his boyhood home of Duncan, Oklahoma where he and Shirley have since resided for 44 years. His drafting career in Duncan began at J.B. Howell, where he was employed for a number of years before joining the Halliburton team. He was later employed with Midwest Cooling Towers of Chickasha. Then he worked at Hydra Rig in Duncan where he retired in 2009. After retirement, he enjoyed substitute teaching in multiple departments (even nursing) at Red River Technology Center.

Gary and his wife were members of the First United Methodist Church for 36 years and members of the choir for over 34 years. He also served as coordinator of the children’s department for multiple years. He served as the Boy Scot leader for his son’s troop and enjoyed supporting Shelby’s dirt bike competitions over the years. He was a very good mechanic and loved working on his vehicles, changing the oil, changing out the brakes and anything else that needed attention. He enjoyed creating wood artwork for his family, oil paintings, and stress-relieving coloring books. He loved attending reunions and get-togethers with family and friends in Texas and Oklahoma.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Loyd Lafayette Hart; his mother, Bessie Ruth “Little” Hart; his friend and brother-in-law, Bill Martin; and a host of aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley Ann Hart; his daughters, Becky Hamil (Mike) of Oklahoma City; Sherry Ruth Hart of Oklahoma; son, Shelby Loyd Hart (Kaylin) and grandson Kylar, of Cypress “Houston”, Texas; brothers, Dan Hart (Ann) of Jenks; Steve Hart (Jennifer) of Enid; Randy Hart (Linda) of Norman; sister-in-law, Oda Ruth Martin of Eustace, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials in memory of Gary may be made to First United Methodist Church Choir of Duncan, Red River Technology Center Scholarship Fund or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made to Whitt Funeral Home, 4748 North 81 Highway, 4748 North 81 Highway, Duncan, OK 73533 or online at

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April 2, 2021

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Whitt Funeral Home
4748 N. Highway 81
Duncan, OK 73533

April 3, 2021

Time: TBD
Duncan Municipal Cemetery
1910 W. Cypress
Duncan, OK 73533

Celebration of Life
April 3, 2021

9:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
2300 Country Club Road
Duncan, OK 73533

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