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Submitted by: T.D.
Dalton "Ducky" Cavender a lifelong resident of Durant, Oklahoma, respected coach and loved one passed from this life on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the age of 76 years 7 months and 7 days. He was born in Durant, Oklahoma to L.D. and Mamie E. (Towns) Cavender on February 11, 1938. Ducky married Bettye Karen White (who preceded him in death on July 4, 1997) in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Dalton "Ducky" Cavender was born and raised in Durant, Oklahoma where from an early age he was a gifted athlete participating in football, basketball and baseball. He excelled in all sports and graduated with the Durant High School Class of 1957 an exceptional group who have remained very close friends choosing to get together at every opportunity. The class meets the first Thursday of every month at the Sherrer's Restaurant where Ducky was a favorite attendee. After high school he attended Southeastern State University and played basketball for the legendary coach Bloomer Sullivan. After college Ducky had a coaching career that spanned 35 plus years coaching basketball at; Choctaw, Jenks, Duncan, Durant and Colbert Oklahoma high schools. Ducky was an inspiration to all who knew him. In his later years his greatest joy was watching his grandchildren play ball. Ducky will be greatly missed especially by his family and the Durant High School Class of 1957.
Mr. Cavender is survived by his son, Mike Cavender of Burnet, Texas; daughter, Krista Cavender Hampton of Durant, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Cory Cavender of Burnet, Texas, Kyle Cavender of Burnet, Texas, Sydney Hampton of Durant, Oklahoma and Charley Hampton of Durant, Oklahoma; sisters, Billie Jean Hurst of Durant, Oklahoma and Martha Foell of Ponca City, Oklahoma; brother, Ed Cavender of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nephews, Chuck Downs of Durant, Oklahoma, Red Downs of Edmond, Oklahoma, Bobbie Downs of Durant, Oklahoma and niece Joyce Attaway of Durant, Oklahoma.
Mr. Cavender was preceded in death by his parents, L.D. and Mamie Cavender; wife, Bettye Karen Cavender; brothers, Clifford and George Cavender; sister, Alma Downs.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-4:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Holmes ~ Coffey ~ Murray Funeral Home in Durant, Oklahoma. A funeral service in honor of his memory will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church with Skip Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. The pallbearers will be John Carraway, Kevin Gordon, Kent Pickens, Chuck Downs, Bobbie Downs and Red Downs. Honorary pallbearers will be the Durant High School Class of 1957.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
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