Funeral services for Bob Colston will be at 10 a.m., on Monday, July 8, 2013, in the First Baptist Church, Ardmore, with Brother Rick Lane officiating. Bob went to be in Heaven July 4, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Services are under the direction of Craddock Funeral Home. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta.
Bob was born to Dabney and Thelma Jacobs Colston June 7, 1930, in Love County. Bob grew up on a farm in the Shady Dale community of Love County and was a graduate of Marietta High School in 1948. He began his business career while still in high school at the Marietta Abstract Company. After high school, Bob attended Draughn's Business College in Ardmore.
He married the former Maxine Links on September 22, 1951, in Gainesville, Texas. They moved to Ardmore in 1955 when he began working as a land man with Samedan Oil Corporation. While working here he acquired the nickname "Tiger" (Bob was a quiet, unassuming man, but when it came down to business the "Tiger" came out!)
After 26 years of employment, he retired to start business ventures of his own. In 1975, Bob and longtime friend, Tom Jobe, purchased the Colston Building located in downtown Ardmore. He was one of the founding members of Citizens Bank & Trust of Ardmore in 1978 and served as a board member for as long as his health permitted.
He attended First Baptist Church of Ardmore. Bob was a smart businessman and loved working, but above all he loved God and being with his family. He enjoyed spending time at the family farm at Shady Dale, whether it was raising cattle or simply driving or walking through the pastures. Bob especially enjoyed taking family vacations with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Maxine Colston, Ardmore; son, Ronnie and wife, Cindy Colston, Marietta; daughters, Lisa Wallace, Ardmore, and Leah and husband, Matt Johnson, Edmond: sister, LaNell and husband, Bobby Michael, Marietta; grandchildren, Tiffany and husband, Zach Nichols, Gainesville, Texas, Derek Wallace, Norman, Jacey and husband, Preston Alford, Oklahoma City, Cara and husband, Josh Wilkins, Sulphur, Garrett Johnson and Ella Johnson both of Edmond.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Billy Colston and Joe Colston.
Serving as pall bearers will be Bill Robertson, Guy Kiker, Walter McAnally, Bud Hill, Billy Wallace and T.C. Craighead. Honorary pall bearers will be the board members of Citizens Bank and employees of the Colston Building.
Family will receive friends at Craddock Funeral Home this evening from 6-7 p.m.
The family sincerely appreciates all of the caregivers for their care, love and attention that was provided over the past years.
Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice, 207 "C" Street NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Online condolence may be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.