Johnny Walter DeHart, age 83, passed away at his home on Nov. 26, 2018.
Johnny was born at home in Chickasha, Okla., to J.W. and Aline DeHart on Sept. 29, 1935. J.W. moved his family to Ardmore in 1950 and started DeHart Roofing and Sheet Metal Company. Johnny graduated from Ardmore High School in 1954 and attended two years at Oklahoma A&M before marrying Carol Faye Lively on July 26, 1956. They celebrated 46 years of marriage before she passed away on Aug. 1, 2002.
Johnny remarried on Jan. 29, 2005 to Patsy Gay Harkins. Johnny was a member of First Baptist Church. He served as the director of the Senior Adult Sunday School class for 25 years. He served as an usher each Sunday for over 30 years and for the last 29 years he looked forward to serving children and families as the greeter for the ‘annual harvest party”. When his daughters were elementary age, he served in Camp Fire Girls and other community activities.
Johnny loved his family very much. He cherished his children and grandchildren, and his first great-grandchild to arrive in February. He answered to many names through his lifetime — Johnny, Daddy, Mr. DeHart, Uncle Johnny, John, but his most “heart-tugging” names were Poppa and Poppa John. In 1961, Johnny built their first family home. He was always a good builder and could fix just about anything! He loved to garden — planting flowers in the front of his business. Early in his life he enjoyed many days on Lake Murray with his family camping and boating. On Friday nights you could hear him cheering for The Ardmore Tiger’s football team with life-long friends as well as the Sooners on Saturdays. Traveling with family and friends to Mexico and other destinations — many fun memories were made. Johnny was fascinated with flying and was a small plane enthusiast. Along with his work with the roofing company he was also in the cattle business, but in 1979, he connected with John Hoard — a friend and geologist as they partnered together to start his life-time-love of “wild-catting” in the oil business. This was his “happy place” for the rest of his life. He never gave up, he never retired and his children and family will continue to carry on his legacy.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his first wife.
John is survived by his wife of their home, Patsy Gay DeHart. Children: Theresa DeHart, Laura DeHart, Judith Schofield and husband Jeff, and Susan DeHart Aitson all of Ardmore. Carter Harkins and wife Kelly, Nashville,Tenn., Austin Harkins  and wife Bridgette, San Antonio,Texas, Barrett Harkins and wife Victoria, Uppsala, Sweden. Seven grandchildren: Savannah Petty and husband Joe, Charity Volino and husband Jordan, Reagan Harkins, Hudson Harkins, Layken Harkins, Quinn Harkins, and Riley Harkins. One great-grandchild: Eliza Carol Petty
Funeral services for Johnny will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at First Baptist church with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Schofield, Joe Petty, Jordan Volino, Jay Swindell, Mike Chandler, and Phil Jantz.
Honorary pallbearers: Charles Swindell, Jim Patton, Clayton Fields, and E. Don Flanagan.
Visitation of friends and family will be held from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, at Craddock Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Baptist Homes for Girls and Cross Timbers Hospice.
Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.