Services for Ralph Houston Sullivan, 87, of Wilson will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2008, in First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Hewitt Cemetery with military honors. 


Services for Ralph Houston Sullivan, 87, of Wilson will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2008, in First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Hewitt Cemetery with military honors.  


Born Aug. 30, 1920, to John Riley and Molissa Belle Bradford Sullivan at Spring Creek near Tishomingo, he died on Monday, May 26, 2008, in Oklahoma City. He married Dorsie F. Overby on Dec. 23, 1941, in Ringling. His wife preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Billy Ralph on Dec. 21, 1974, and James Allen on April 5, 1997; 12 siblings; and two very best friends, Red Steele and Jesse St. Clair.


Ralph moved to the Rexroat community at the age of 7. He attended school at Rexroat, where he also played basketball. He was drafted into the U.S. Air Force during World War II and served honorably for three years as an engine mechanic on B-47 airplanes.

Returning to Wilson after the war was over, Ralph found employment with Daube Oil Company. He was employed with the oil company for 35 years, working as a rig operator and later as a pumper. Retiring in 1985, Ralph enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was always an avid outdoorsman, loving to coon hunt with all his “huntin’ buddies.” Ralph was a longtime member of the Oklahoma Coon Hunters Association. He was also a member of First Baptist Church of Wilson. 


Survivors include two daughters, Judy Warren and husband, Ken, of Choctaw, and Ruby Garrett and husband, Tommy, of Falconhead; a son, Lynn Sullivan and wife, Tina, of Poteau; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Delana Tate and her daughter, Susan Tate, of Ardmore; his two very best friends Dale Vernon and Wayne Allison; and numerous other nieces and nephews and other relatives.


Bearers will be Dale Vernon, Wayne Allison, Dewey Teague, Donnie Taylor, David Vernon and Tom Adams. Honorary bearers will be all Daube Oil Company co-workers, the Oklahoma Coon Hunters Association members, any and all coon hunters, Arville Williams, Calvin Wade, Bob Stevens, Cecil Williams, Jerry Williams and C.L. Williams.


Family visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today in Alexander Funeral Home, Wilson. An online book of memories is available at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.