John Davis "J. D." Edmonson © Enid News & Eagle 8-10-11 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Funeral service for J. D. Edmonson, 101, will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at First United Methodist Church, Medford. Burial will be in Rose Mound Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Medford. Viewing will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with family present 6-8 p.m. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lanmanmemorials.com.
John Davis “J.D.” Edmonson was born Nov. 12, 1909, in Clinton and departed this life Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Enid.
He graduated from Navina High School in 1927 and entered Oklahoma A&M College in September 1930 in the school of agriculture. He was very active in many areas of college offerings while at A&M and won many honors. He was, and remained, an avid OSU fan throughout his life time.
After graduation he worked wheat harvest and did some custom work for neighbors. Then he took the job with the Federal Farm Program as an assistant agent in Newkirk in 1934.
On Oct. 5, 1935, J. D. and his college sweetheart Dorothy Burris were married.
October 1937, he was named County Extension Agent for Woodward County. While in Woodward, he was instrumental in establishing the Woodward County Soil Conservation District. He also was very involved in the 4-H Livestock Program helping, working and showing.
J. D. was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Woodward for 14 years. He also was a member of the Lions Club in Medford for 56 years, serving as president one year and as secretary for several years. He was honored by being named a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2005. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 65 years and served as Medford Lodge 108 secretary for 45 years. He was still an active member of the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge.
J. D. was also a member of First United Methodist Church, Medford, and served in most of the local offices.
Those who preceded him in death are his parents; wife, Dorothy; granddaughter, Linda Carol Schultz; brother, Robert Edmonson; and son-in-law, Dale Smith.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Eloise Schultz and husband Ron of Billings, and Eileen Smith of Edmond; grandchildren, David Schultz of Arlington, Texas, William Smith and wife Ann of Edmond and John Smith and wife Jeanne of Carmel, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Courtney and Daniel Smith of Edmond and Emily and Abigail Smith of Carmel, Ind.; one niece, Betty Ann Brayles of Apache Junction, Ariz.; nephew, John Edward Edmonson of Gilbert, Ariz.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation (Stillwater) or OSU Animal Science Department through the funeral home.
(Submitted by family)
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