Lewis Earl Thetford, 78, passed from this life on March 16, 2013, in Tulsa.
Lewis was born in Coal County on Nov. 26, 1934, to Elmer Vernon and Mabel Estelle (Young) Thetford. He was the former owner of Allied Treating.
Lewis met and married O’Conita Tolbert on March 23, 1957, in McAlester, and they shared many memorable years together.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lewis is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Nita Thetford; children, Debra Shackelford and Kaila Smith and husband, Ron; grandchildren, Rachel and Renae Alexander and Jeff Smith; siblings, Dillard Thetford and wife, JoAnn, Buck Thetford and wife, Jeanne, June Lanham, Travis Thetford and wife, Darlene, Jimmy Thetford and Jo Thetford and wife, Rhonda; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Friendship Church of the Nazarene in Stuart.
Floral Haven Funeral Home, Broken Arrow