- Ada, Oklahoma


April 3, 2014

Justice Rudolph Hargrave

Ada — Graveside services for Justice Rudolph Hargrave, 89, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka. The Rev. Susan Rice will officiate. 

Mr. Hargrave died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Ada.

He was born on Feb. 15, 1925, in Shawnee to John Hubert Hargrave and Daisy (Holmes) Hargrave.

Mr. Hargrave attended schools in Wewoka and continued to make his home in Wewoka with his wife of more than 60 years, Madeline (Shipley) Hargrave, where they also chose to raise their three children.

Mr. Hargrave attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received his law degree in 1949. He began his private practice of law in Wewoka until 1964. Afterward he became the county judge for Seminole County from 1964 to 1967.  From 1967-1969, Mr. Hargrave was Seminole County Superior Court judge. and was Seminole County District judge from 1969-1978.  

In 1978, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Gov. David L. Boren.  Mr. Hargrave was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 1989.  

He was also named Distinguished Alumnus from East Central University in 1989.

While serving as chief justice he was elected by the National Conference of Chief Justices as vice-president of the conference, the only Oklahoma Supreme Court justice to ever serve in that position.  He is also a member of the Seminole County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Oklahoma Judicial Conference.  He continued his service to Oklahoma on the Supreme Court until his retirement in 2010.  

Mr. Hargrave was honored by the namesake “Hargrave Prize” award, first given in 2013 as an annual recognition of the best three faculty papers of the Sovereignty Symposium.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the United Methodist Men’s group.  

Mr. Hargrave is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mickey Herron.

Survivors include his wife, Madeline of the home; children Cindy Keefer and husband, Paul, of Ada, John Hargrave and wife, Kay, of Ada and Jana Howard and husband, Mike, of Ardmore; grandchildren Jeff Hargrave, Robert Hargrave, Lora Alexander, Melissa Raymond, Kirby Bolitho, Evan Keefer, Kaycee Rider, Robin Freer and Clayton Howard; 10 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Honorary bearers will be Michael Howard, Paul Keefer, Jeff Hargrave, Robert Hargrave, Evan Keefer and Clayton Howard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Seminole Nation Museum, First United Methodist Church of Wewoka or the East Central University Foundation. 


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