Funeral services for Bobby Lynn Rose will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at CrystalRock Cathedral, with Dr. Walt Spradling officiating. A private family inurnment will be at the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.

 


Funeral services for Bobby Lynn Rose will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at CrystalRock Cathedral, with Dr. Walt Spradling officiating. A private family inurnment will be at the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.

 

Bobby was born to Clarence John and Maxine (Cornish) Rose on March 27, 1938, in Healdton, Oklahoma. Bobby passed peacefully from this life on February 18, 2011, during a weekend camping trip with friends to Beavers Bend, Oklahoma.

 

Bobby graduated from Dickson High School in 1956. He received a business degree from Chicago Institute of Accounting in 1961, and an accounting degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

Bobby Lynn Rose and Betty Jean Davis were married on August 26, 1957, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Bobby and Betty lived in Ardmore all of their lives, except for a brief time away in Texas. Together, they started and operated The Camper’s Friend RV repairs in August, 1976.

 

Bobby lived his life in loving service to others. His greatest passion was taking care of his family, especially his grandkids. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and serving his community.

 

On December 1, 1990, Bobby was honored as Grand Marshal of the 13th Annual Southern Oklahoma Children’s Christmas Parade. Bobby and his Co-Marshal, Rose Solomon were chosen from nominations sent by individuals in surrounding communities in recognition of their compassionate service to children in need. At that time, Bobby was serving as Mayor of Dickson, Oklahoma. Bobby and Betty were instrumental in organizing the Dickson Children’s Christmas Fund to help hundreds of less fortunate children and their families not only during the holidays, but year round, with clothing, food, eye glasses, toys and other needs. Bobby was excited but humbled about being chosen one of the year’s parade grand marshals. Of his recognition, Bobby said he could not take sole credit for the venture. He gave credit to all who worked hard to make the program a success, in particular a core group of his closest friends and volunteers. During an interview, Bobby said, “None of us got into this with the goal of being grand marshal. I accepted the [honor] only as a representative of all the people who have helped us do this over the past years.

 

There’s no way we could have accomplished it on our own. This work humbles you. Seeing these kids around Santa Claus getting their presents was reward enough and being chosen grand marshal is just icing on the cake.”

 

Survivors include his mother, Maxine Rose of Ardmore, Oklahoma; his brother, Don Rose and his wife, Kathy of Ardmore, Oklahoma; his three daughters, Tammy Lynn Stanley and her husband, Jim of Sperry, Oklahoma, Sherry Lynn Johnson and her husband, Tom of Round Rock, Texas, and Mindy Lynn Mayo and Ricky Lee Mayo of Ardmore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Melisalyn Marie Harris of Kansas City, Kansas, Crystallynn Jean McBride and her husband, Larry of Perkins, Oklahoma, Cody Alen Mayo and Jaccilynn Nacole Mayo of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Matt Johnson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Nick Johnson of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Johnson of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and the twinkle of his eye, Kayla Marie; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, sisters- and brother-in-law.

 

Bobby was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty Jean Rose (December 22, 1939 – January 31, 2011); his father, Clarence J. Rose; his brother, Clarence Gilbert “Rosie” Rose; his parents-in-law, Marjorie and Jim Orsack, and Vernon Arthel Davis; his sister-in-law, Marilyn Ellis; and his grandsons, Jeremy Riley Shaw and Charlie Johnson.

 

Bearers will be Bobby’s sons-in-law, his grandson, and a dear friend: Jim Stanley, Tom Johnson, Ricky Mayo, Cody Mayo, Larry McBride and James Green.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3000 United Founders Boulevard, Suite 108, Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or to the American Heart Association, 3545 NW 58th, Suite 400C, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

 

Online condolences may be sent to www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.