A memorial service celebrating the life of Joe M. Sloan will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in the Chapel at Tulsa’s Memorial Park, 5111 South Yale, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145. Moore’s Funeral Home Southlawn is handling arrangements.
Joe M. Sloan was born in rural Carter County, near Ardmore, on Dec. 1, 1929, to the late Jess Lee Sloan and Jewell Williams Sloan. He died in Corona, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2017. His brother, Jack L. Sloan, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dolores Jean (Dee) Laws Sloan. Also surviving are sons and wives, Joe M. Sloan, Jr., and Claudia C. Sloan, and Robert Glen Sloan and Alisa Kay Ayers Sloan. He had five grandchildren: Michael Paul Sloan (wife, Amy), Thomas John Sloan, Philip Andrew Sloan, Olivia Kaye Sloan Ivey (husband, Russ) and Madelyn Marie Sloan Dickson (husband, Todd), and he had seven great-grandchildren: Luke Sloan, David Sloan, Grace Sloan, Wyatt Sloan, Kaydence Sloan, Danielle Dickson and Samantha Dickson.
He graduated from Ardmore High School in 1946 and then served the U.S. Army in Japan. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he enrolled in Oklahoma Baptist University where he met his wife to be, Dolores Jean (Dee) Laws. They were married in the First Baptist Church of Cabool, Missouri, on Sept. 9, 1950. Nine days after their wedding, Joe was recalled to the Army to serve in the Korean War. Following his second discharge from the military he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1956.
Joe spent his professional career in the oil industry, working as a corporate geologist for Visco, Schlumberger and Sunray in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. In 1961, Sunray transferred him to Tulsa, where he worked until founding Sloan Drilling Company in the early 1970s. He served as president at Sloan Drilling until retiring in the mid 1980s. His post-retirement jobs included managing oil production properties; serving as a mission service volunteer, along with Dee, for the Hawaii Baptist Academy in Honolulu; and serving as chaplain for Lindsay Contractors, Inc. in Waco, Texas.
As residents of Tulsa for over 35 years, Joe and his wife, Dee, were active members of First Baptist Church. They served the church in many capacities throughout the years, but a highlight for Joe was when he volunteered to go with a group of friends to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona where they built a home for the Navajo pastor’s family. Later, he was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. In addition to serving churches, he and Dee lived out their faith as frequent participants in Lay Renewal Weekends where he often led in singing, and as members of Hawaii Baptist Academy’s Mainland Advisory Council.
Joe’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, golf, private aviation and woodworking. For many years he was a regular on the links at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa, he enjoyed fishing - especially in Canada, and he hunted quail and pheasant. One of his favorite meals was Dee’s fried quail with biscuits and gravy. He owned and piloted small aircraft that he used for both business and ministry purposes. During the latter part of his retirement years he spent hours in his woodworking shop creating beautiful bowls, candlesticks, clocks and other items. It was his great delight to gift friends and loved ones with creations from his wood shop.
The defining hallmark of Joe and Dee’s life together was their faith in God. Every evening they had a time of devotion and prayer, guided by Billy Graham’s devotional book entitled “Hope for Each Day”. On the day Joe died, they read together these words: “We will see Him. Our days on earth are as a shadow.” 1 Corinthians 29:15.