Gerald Ray Edmonson was born September 22, 1933, in Temple, Oklahoma to Aubrey Altus and Maggie Marie (Parkey) Edmonson. He met his Lord on Sunday, April 19, 2020, in Lawton at the age of 86.
Limited viewing will begin on Tuesday, April 21, 9AM-7PM. A private family graveside is scheduled. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home.
Ray graduated from Empire High School. On February 10, 1954, Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was sent to Aberdeen, Maryland for 8 weeks of schooling on weapons. While there his classification was a private. When he completed this school, he was shipped to Fort Bliss, Texas. After 3 days, he and 30 more men were chosen and sent to White Sands Proving Grounds to work with Honest John surface-to-surface missiles. Each man had to have a clearance by the FBI. While at White Sands, his classification changed to Specialist 3rd Class. On February 10, 1956, he was mustered out of the Army with an honorable discharge. He married the love of his life, Martha “Janell” Farrar, on August 31, 1956. They raised three children – Michelle, Tim and Scott.
He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church West where he served as a deacon. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. Ray volunteered to coach baseball, umpired baseball games, refereed basketball games, and he announced football games for 15 years. He served for 10 years on the Empire school board. He loved to garden and was always working on something.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Janell; children: Michelle and husband Mark Myers, Tim Edmonson, and Scott and wife Maela Edmonson; grandchildren: Derek and wife Kalyn Myers, Lindy and husband Brandon Arrington, Jordan and husband Blake Nally, Aubrey Edmonson, Phillip Edmonson, James Edmonson, Tristan Fulford, and Baylee Fulford; great grandchildren: Kingston Myers, Lyncoln Myers, and Evie Dale Arrington; and sister, Doris McReynolds.
Along with his parents, he was preceded by his brothers: Wayne Edmonson and Alvis Edmonson; sisters, Mary Dale Bond and Marilyan Edmonson; and great granddaughter, Ella Michelle Arrington.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at https://www.apdaparkinson.org/1907d31/.
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