Jerry Clinton


Jerry Clinton "HB" Hickingbottom, departed this life on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in Duncan. He was 71.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Marlow High School Auditorium, with Rev. Jerry Couch and Rev. David Woods officiating. A family visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 4, from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. and all are invited to attend. All arrangements have been entrusted to Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow.

HB was born Tuesday, February 4, 1947 in Helena, AR, to Clinton and Oba (Maynard) Hickingbottom. He was a well known teacher and cheerleading coach for many years at the Marlow High School. He had received numerous honors on both the National and State levels in both areas. His teaching career alone, spanned more than 45 years in five different states. He held a Master's degree in both education and psychology and did advanced studies in brain abnormalities. He believed each person should use their talents and resources to make life better for others, especially children and teens. He affected countless other in the most positive way; always helping, counseling, and guiding. His impact on Marlow and the surrounding communities cannot be overstated; he unfailingly gave himself and his personal resources to better the lives of innumerable people. In his life his sense of modesty and discretion kept him from ever claiming credit or recognition for his actions. His colleagues are quick to acknowledge the high standard of honor he set. He was a National level Women's Gymnastics Judge, a director of three Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Local pageants, field director and involved in the Miss America/Miss Oklahoma/Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program for more than thirty-eight years, and was the score keeper for Marlow basketball and baseball. To say he will be missed by many is an understatement.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Sharits of Duncan, 4 sons, Tony Borden, Jay Ward and wife Yamam of Arlington,VA, Jodie Britt and wife Barbara of Katy, TX, Jody Rash and wife Billie of Duncan, 3 grandchildren, Parker Britt, Lawrence Madi, Dayton Rash, 2 sisters, Jane Darr of West Memphis, AR, Shirley Baker and husband Herbert of Roanoake, VA, a sister-in-law, Landi and husband Antonio, a nephew, Tim Darr, 2 nieces, Paula Baker-Gibson, Pam Baker-Edminston. Along with a host of great friends that were more like family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mildred Ganong, a brother-in-law, Delbert Darr, and a niece, Lisa Darr-Winburn.

In leu of flowers, HB's wishes were that you continue his tradition of helping others in need by making a donation in his honor to any organization that will benefit the lives of children.

Pallbearers will be: Jeremy Gage, Brian Atterberry, Pat Scott, Greg Tanaka, Jeff Prater, and Bryan Brantley.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Michael Richey, Jody Rash, Gary Plunkett, James Brown, Brendon Davis, and George Coffman.

Online condolences may be made to

Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home and Cremation Service
415 W. Main, Marlow, OK 73055
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