Having lived a long and blessed life, Benjamin Franklin (Frank) McCartney died at age 98 on Nov. 1, 2016, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. He was born July 29, 1918, at Ara (Claud), Oklahoma, to Emanuel M. and Frances Russell McCartney. He graduated from Alma High School in 1937 and then operated a farm on Bear Creek near Claud. After a tornado struck the farm, he began working as a telephone lineman for the Alma Telephone Company. Later, he operated a general store at the Alma Corner on Highway 7, a laundry in Velma, and a commercial laundry in Duncan. In 1957, he began working for Skelly Oil Company and retired in 1982. In all of these occupations and in life, Frank took pride in his self-reliance and adaptability.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Imogene Haines McCartney; his second wife, LaNell Thompson Collins McCartney, a daughter, Linda Ruth Allen; a brother, Harvey McCartney, and two sisters, Pearl Pruitt and Marie Layn. He is lovingly remembered by his children, Jesse McCartney and wife Kay of Salisbury, NC, and Kay Whitefield and husband Wayne of Wynnewood; a son-in-law, Lanny Allen, of Amarillo, Texas; two sisters, Beth Enloe of Duncan, and Louise Blakemore and her husband Neal of Lindsay; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Mr. McCartney was ordained as a deacon at Velma Baptist Church and was later a member of First Baptist Church of Duncan. Until his health declined, Mr. McCartney greatly enjoyed the fellowship of friends at First Baptist Church of Pauls Valley.
The family will receive friends at the Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home in Pauls Valley on Thursday from 6-7 pm.
Pastor Randy Southerland will conduct a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at the New Velma Cemetery. The family will also greet friends at Velma Baptist Church following this service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church of Pauls Valley or the charity of the donor's choice.
Family and Friends are invited to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 1, 2016