Services for Rex Paul Harrill of Burneyville, Okla., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 18, 2010, in Marietta’s First Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Gunnels and Rev. John R. Silver officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.

 


Services for Rex Paul Harrill of Burneyville, Okla., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 18, 2010, in Marietta’s First Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Gunnels and Rev. John R. Silver officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.

 

Mr. Harrill was born March 11, 1924, at Burneyville, the son of W.L. Kay and Kate Hays Harrill. He passed away Monday, November 15, 2010, in Lake Country Nursing Center, Marietta, at the age of 86.

 

A resident of the Burneyville community all of his life, Mr. Harrill graduated from Burneyville High School. He and the former Neva Joyce Autrey were married on September 26, 1947, in Gainesville, Texas.

 

Mr. Harrill was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy for three years and attaining the rank of Boatswain’s Mate Second Class. In addition, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

 

After returning to Love County, Mr. Harrill followed the occupation of farmer/rancher and also was employed by Waco Turner, Dolese and the Cookie Shop. He served on the Love County Farm Bureau Board for many years and also was a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association. Known as a fascinating storyteller, he also enjoyed showing people old Indian tricks. Mr. Harrill was a wonderful dad who especially enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren. He also liked paint horses and roosters. His work ethics were second to none ... he had absolutely no patience for slackers. A good Christian man, Mr. Harrill had been a member of the Burneyville Baptist Church for 63 years and attended church as long as his health permitted.

 

Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Billy Joe Harrill; sister, Bobbie Sue Hallum; and brother-in-law, Dale Hallum.

 

He is survived by his wife, Neva Joyce Harrill of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Rick Harrill and Linda Ortiz of Overbrook, Okla.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Odis Chitwood of Bedford, Texas, Mary Jane Bruning of Leasburg, Mo., Cathy and Curtis Carlile of Burneyville, and Paula and Jim Bob Hendrickson of Adair, Okla.; daughter-in-law, Pam Harrill Smith and husband, Roy of Shady Shores, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nephew, Mike Hallum of Marietta.

 

Casket bearers will be Tim Bone, Danny Bone, Adolfo Ramon, Larry Dale Gilcrease, Neil Robnett, John Kirkpatrick, Burt Kirkpatrick and Monte Dinwiddie. Honorary bearers are Billy Bob Taylor, Sonny Mobley, Marion Hicks, Corky Cartwright, Willie Hart, Frank Lornes Sr., Sam Barrick, John Nipp and Dr. Tom O’Connor.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burneyville Baptist Church Building Fund or Faith Hospice, c/o Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Marietta, OK 73448.

 

Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.