Garry Junior Whitman Sr. of Blackwell, Oklahoma, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at his home in Blackwell at the age of 80 years. Garry Junior Whitman Sr. was born on January 15, 1928, in Liscomb, Iowa, to Ray Rex and Marvel Truth (Bloom) Whitman. He grew up in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and attended Mountain Home Public Schools. Following his education he entered the United States Air Force on February 12, 1946, and served for twenty years retiring as a Sr. Master Sergeant. He was honorably discharged at Loring Air Force Base in Maine on February 28, 1966. He married Katherine Hackett on July 18, 1965, in Blackwell, Oklahoma, and they made their home in Blackwell. He served as mayor of Blackwell from 1979 through 1981 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blackwell.
He is survived by his wife Katherine of Blackwell; two daughters, Donna Rundel and husband Richard of Liano, Texas, and Kathy Spaen and husband David of Baslrop, Texas; three sons, Garry J. Whitman and wife Denise of Blackwell, Raymond Whitman of Ponca City, and Daryl Whitman of Blackwell; two step-sons, Kenny Hackett and wife Sondra of Blackwell and Kevin Hackett and wife Susan of Enid, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Keith Whitman.
Private services will be held.
A memorial has been established to the Kay County Fairgrounds Building Fund or the First Baptist Church in Blackwell in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.
Katherine (Dryer) Hackett Whitman of Blackwell, Oklahoma passed on to be with her Lord on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 9 am while in Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid, Oklahoma at the age of 90 years after a six month illness that took her away from her active life in Blackwell. Katherine Heuer Dryer was born on November 11, 1925 just before her twin brother, Kenneth, on the farm near Peace Valley, Missouri where all their siblings were born to James Dallas Dryer and Annie Mary (Heuer) Dryer. She grew up in Mountain Home, Arkansas after her family left the farm where she attended Mountain Home Public School graduating from High School in 1944. She went on to attend Central College in Conway, Arkansas, graduating with her teaching degree in 1947. While attending college, she met her first husband, Freed Hackett and they were married on July 7, 1947 in Mountain Home at her parentsí home. Together they had two sons; Kenneth and Kevin. Katherine and the boys came to Blackwell in June of 1956 where she and her older sister, Minnie (Dryer) VanNatta (who was stricken with polio at an early age) came to live with them, and together they had Dryerís Shoe Store in Blackwell for twenty years. She also had a Dryer's Shoe Store in Tonkawa, Oklahoma during the early 1970ís. In Blackwell on July 18, 1965, Katherine married the late Garry Junior Whitman; her high school sweetheart, who left high school to join the Air Force; and tracked her down 25 years later after his retirement from the Air Force. A few years after closing out the shoe stores in 1975 they were in the nursery business for eight years in Blackwell. Beginning in the late 1980ís Katherine was the co-owner and manager of the R&W Apartments in Blackwell for 25 plus years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Blackwell for nearly sixty years.
Katherine is survived by one son; Kevin Ralph Hackett, and wife Karen (Snow) Leachman-Hackett, of Enid, Oklahoma, Grandsons; Brian Hackett, of Blackwell, Brandon Kyle Hackett and wife Katie of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Cole Lawrence Hackett, and wife Jeni of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Katherine is also survived by three step-sons (Garry James, Daryl & Raymond), a step daughter (Donna) and four daughter in laws; (Debra, Toni, Sondra, and Deanna).
Katherine was preceded in death by her husbands, as well as her son, Kenneth Hackett, her six brothers; Boyd, Floyd, Lloyd, Ralph, J.D. Dryer Jr., and twin brother Kenneth Dryer, as well as their spouses, her four sisters; Winnie, Jennie, Minnie, and Alberta, as well as their spouses, a step daughter, Kathy , and a daughter in law, Susan (Schmidt) Hackett.
Katherine enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, and spending time with her friends, family and loved ones. Most of all Katherine enjoyed spending time at church including keeping up the flowers & shrubs, visiting with her church friends, serving her Lord & Savior, and studying her Bible.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Blackwell with Rev. Randy Ratliff officiating.
Honorary casketbearers will be Brian Hackett, Brandon Kyle Hackett, and Cole Lawrence Hackett.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the First Baptist Church of Blackwell Roofing Fund or the Next Generations Falls Creek Cabin Campaign of First Baptist Church of Enid c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.
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