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Submitted by: T.D.
Ewing Mack Bedwell of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2010, in Durant, Oklahoma, at the age of 73. Ewing was born Wednesday, September 29, 1937, in Utica, Oklahoma, to Robert Cecil and Nadine (Ewing) Bedwell. He graduated from Durant High School, BA and MA at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Juris Doctorate at OU Law School.
His lifetime occupations included radio disc jockey, Methodist minister, school teacher, band director, finance manager with All-State Insurance, mobile home dealer, restaurant owner, and last but not least, attorney. Ewing loved writing, music books, collecting antiques, photography and traveling. He loved talking about the Lord and sharing his faith with others.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Bedwell of Durant, Oklahoma; son, Mark Bedwell and wife Ana of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughters, Carrie Hogan and husband Matthew of Durant, Oklahoma, Lori Corsaut and husband Tony of Burkburnett, Texas; step-daughters, Alesha Powers of Duncan, Oklahoma, Christina Townsend and husband George of Humble,Texas; brothers, Bob Bedwell and wife LaMoyne of Edmond, Oklahoma, Gary Bedwell and wife Ginger of McAlester, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Joelle Bedwell of Temple, Texas. 10 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bedwell was preceded in death by his parents, Nadine and Robert Cecil Bedwell; brother, Michael Bedwell.
The family hour will be Sunday, October 17, 2010, at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Chapel Durant, Oklahoma from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, October, 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Victory Life Church in Durant, Oklahoma. Ann Lewis will be officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Colby Corsaut, Brian Johnson,David Bedwell, Blake Bedwell, Caleb Bedwell and Jonathan Townsend. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Oklahoma.
“The Minute Man” Dad was a minute man—He took Christ’s admonition to “Go into all the world” seriously—he was prepared and ready to witness for the Lord on the spot He founded LAPAF ministries—witnessed to ministers, sent food and clothing to help needy pastors and churches among Latin American peoples in El Salvador—prayed and ministered in the United States, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Cypress, Greece, Egypt, and Israel. He had weekly prayer sessions in Durant—prayed specifically for the leaders of our nation. He loved fried chicken and funny jokes; he loved to laugh and brag about his kids. He wrote and published several booklets that he gave away free: Overcoming in Tribulation, Seven Signs of Christian Authority, How to Win Against Impossible Odds, My Personal Testimony of How Jesus Healed Me, and What Is a Word of Knowledge? Some of his booklets have been distributed among some churches as far as Nigeria. He wrote and played many Christmas songs—made a record of Icky Icicle and Dopey. His favorite color: Blue Favorite childhood memory: Going squirrel hunting with his dad; liked to ride Old Ribbon Best friend: Eugene Slaughter, Jr.—deceased Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5 He liked to go to the movies at the Metro, Savage, or Plaza theatre as a kid: cowboy movies—Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Sunset Parson, Bob Steele, Hop-along Cassidy, serial movies. Liked to eat hamburgers at Bob’s Café on N. 2nd Accomplishments as a young man: Wrote all the band parts for Modern Rhapsody—performed it at an annual Christmas concert in high school—student conductor. Won American Legion Award in high school--Most Outstanding in Leadership; National and State Honor societies; Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; Blue Key; band president; Dean’s and President’s honor rolls Went to Boy’s State—voted him secretary; National and State honor societies; Who’s Who. Placed 4th Chair (clarinetist) in the state as a sophomore, sat 2nd Chair as a junior, placed 1st Chair in All-State band as a senior—Mr. Weger—instructor College debate: he and his best friend Gene—defeated OU in the finals—won the debate at Southeastern Tournament—runners-up at the SMU Tournament and SW Kansas State Tournament; 3 wins out of 6 at the Dartmouth Tournament in Hanover, New Hampshire, where they competed against some of the top debaters in the nation. Carrie Hogan—Mack Bedwell’s daughter To convey condolences or sign online registry, please visit www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
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