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  • Carl Thomas Melhorn

  • Funeral services for Carl Thomas Melhorn, 82, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel. Viewing and Interment will be at Evans Funeral Home and Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Tenn.
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  • Funeral services for Carl Thomas Melhorn, 82, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel. Viewing and Interment will be at Evans Funeral Home and Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Tenn.
    The son of the late Henry T. Melhorn and Maggie (Main) Melhorn, Carl was born June 24, 1930 in Rockwood, Tenn. and passed away in Ardmore on Nov. 3, 2012 at home with his family.
    Carl grew up in Rockwood where he graduated from Rockwood High School. He received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. He obtained his Master's Degree in Education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. He worked on his Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of West Virginia.
    Carl moved his family and went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita Kan. after completion of his Bachelor's Degree. He was at Boeing for about a year and decided "I don't want to be just a pencil pusher" and embarked on a career in education. He loved teaching. Carl's teaching career expanded over 30 years having taught at Hutchinson Kansas Junior College, Eastern State College in Wilburton, Okla., Pittsburg State College of Pittsburg, Kan. and Montgomery County Vocational School in Dayton, Ohio.
    Carl enjoyed fishing, playing cards and camping. He also loved being with his daughters and their families especially with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    Carl served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War, receiving the Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, China Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal and an honorable discharge. Carl was a lifetime member of the VFW Post # 4782, where he was Post Commander and Post #5018 in Dayton where he served as Post Surgeon.
    Survivors include his daughters and their families: Linda Lea Vaughn and husband Lloyd of Ardmore. Their children and grandchildren: Brent and wife Aimee Murphree, children Brock Murphree, MacKenzie Murphree, Brooke Murphree, Chance Murphree: Kent Murphree and wife Sue Murphree, children Jackson Murphree, Reid Murphree and Garette Murphree: Danyelle Vaughn, children Blake Faulkner and Nikki (Missy) Faulkner: Lindsey Vaughn and wife Rommye Vaughn, child Kaitlyn Vaughn: Randy Germany and wife Peggy Germany, children Bradley Germany and Karamee Germany: Donna Gail Banks and husband Ron of Oklahoma City. Their children and grandchildren: Todd Akins and wife Tonya, children Ashley Cameron, Jonathan Cameron and Whitney Akins. Ella Jean (Jeannie) Messina and husband Louis (Butch) Messina of Katy, Texas: Their children and grandchildren: Michael Messina, child Liv Messina, Jamie Messina Beller and husband Josh, children Garette Beller, Sophia Beller, Graham Beller. Sisters Margie Henderson and husband Frank, Jasper, Tenn.; Dorothy Arms, Poteau, Okla.; Brother Richard Melhorn, Las Vegas. Numerous nieces and nephews he loved so much. Special People: Lawrence Greger, guardian and friend; Nancy and Tony Sullivan who helped care for him throughout his illness. Many special friends he made during his time in Ardmore. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Wayne Pattison; sister Jean Majors; grandparents, Gus and Martha Melhorn.
    Page 2 of 2 - Honorary pallbears will be: (grandsons) Brent Murphree, Kent Murphree, Todd Akins, Michael Messina, Lindsey Vaughn, Randy Germany. Pallbears at graveside services will be members of VFW Post #4782.
    If anyone wishes, contributions may be made to CrossTimbers Hospice, Ardmore, Oklahoma or the Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma.
    Condolences may be made to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com

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