ADA — Eldon Herman Moffitt was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Hugo to Woodford Grady Moffitt and Mary Tinsley Shackleford Moffitt. Eldon, 85, died March 4, 2014, in his home surrounded by loved ones.
After graduating from Grant High School in 1948, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served four years as a signalman during the Korean War. Eldon served on the USS Blue, USS Frank Knox, USS Picking, USS Preston, USS Maddox and the USS Commodore.
After a brief hiatus, Eldon enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served 10 years from October 1955 to October 1965. He was stationed at Charleston AFB in Charleston, S.C.; McClellan AFB in Sacramento, Calif.; Warner Robbins AFB in Warner Robbins, Ga.; McChord AFB in Tacoma, Wash.; and Izmir Air Station in Izmir, Turkey. During his service, he served as an airborne radio controller in the Military Transport Service and the Air Weather Service. He also received his air traffic controller certification. While in the Air Force, Eldon continued working on his education at California School of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and the University of Pugent Sound in Tacoma, Wash.
On Feb. 21, 1958, Eldon married Monica Dale Moses of Hugo. Eldon and Monica shared 55 beautiful years together.
In October 1965, Eldon was honorably discharged from the Air Force, and he returned to Oklahoma to complete his education. He received his B.S. in science and his master’s in education from East Central University in Ada. In 1971, he received his certificate of administration from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.
In 1967, he began his career as an educator at Doyle Public Schools in Foster. During his tenure as an educator, he coached, taught in the classroom and served as an administrator. In 1995, Eldon retired from his high school alma mater, Grant Public Schools in Grant.
He was a member of AASA and COSSA. He was active throughout the years in civic groups, such as the Rotary, the Lions and Kiwanis clubs.
Eldon was preceded in death by his wife, Monica, on Sept. 4, 2013; his granddaughter, Lauren Pickett; his parents, Woodford and Mary Moffitt; seven brothers, his twin Alton, Carl, Dois, Henry Wayne, Johnny, Odas and Alvin; and a sister, Jimmie Gaynell.
Eldon is survived by his five daughters, Allison Turner and husband, Wayne, of Marlow, Donna Smith and partner, Craig Smith, of Wynnewood, Diane Mays and Curt Gajewski of Pauls Valley, Jody Miller of Roff, and Marion Meadows and husband, Daryl, of Ardmore. Seven grandchildren, Kevin Pickett and wife, Amber, of Pauls Valley, Jeff Cox of Marlow, T.J. Cox and wife, Krystal, of Marlow, Michael Cox and wife, Sarah, of Marlow, Chad Mays of Pauls Valley, LaTisha and Monica Miller of Roff. Eight great-grandchildren, Mekayla, Curtis and Hannah Cox; Ethan Gonzales, Eli and Kash Pickett; Garrett Cox; and Weston Cox, along with several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Donald and Thomas Moffitt of Powderly, Texas, and sister, Joan Hamm of Morgan, Texas.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, Ada.
Smith-Phillips Funeral Home, Ada