RINGLING — Graveside inurnment services with military honors for Mr. Vernon Hilry Block, 85, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at the Ringling Memorial Cemetery Pavilion in Ringling, Okla., with Bro. Joe Taylor officiating. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home and Crematory of Ringling.
Vernon was born Nov. 26, 1932, at Roosevelt, Okla., to the late Mr. Samuel Block and Mrs. Effie (Watson) Block. He departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Ardmore.
Mr. Block was raised in Roosevelt and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.
Vernon and Lucille Pinkley were married on Nov. 1, 1981, in Ringling. Together, they made their home in Ringling, where they would take care of their family and raise many foster children. He was a rig supervisor and worked in the oilfields of southern Oklahoma. Mr. Block enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball. He faithfully attended his grandchildren’s sporting events. Vernon could be found playing bingo and dominoes at the Ardmore Veterans Center. He was dearly loved by his family and will be missed by all.
Mr. Block is preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Hilliard; brother-in-law, Dick Trout; and foster daughters, Barbara Collins and Heather Melton Moss.
He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Lucille, of the home; daughters, Gaye Wilson and husband, Randy, of Kingston; Stacey Longest and husband, Kim, of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Denise Baker and husband, James, of Ringling; stepson, Darrel Blackman of Healdton; grandchildren, Matt LaGrone and wife, Wendy, of Amarillo; Alex Wilson of Amarillo; Corey Longest of Edmond; Caleb Longest of Alva, Okla.; Clay Longest of Edmond; Stuart Baker and wife, Vanna, of Ada; Kalley Jo Byers and husband, Mark, of Ada; and Cheyennea Duke of Ardmore; great-grandchildren, Gunner and Brynlee Baker of Ada; sister, Betty Trout of Crescent, Okla.; brother, Kenneth Block and wife, Mary Helen, of Abilene, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.  
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