Rickey Alan Womack
Overbrook - Rickey Alan Womack, 75, passed away May 20th, 2021, at his home in Overbrook after a long fight with cancer.
Rick was born March 4, 1946 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He lived there with his parents, Avis and Elmer Womack until the first grade when they moved to a small oil camp outside of Stafford, Kansas. There he attended first through sixth grade in a small, one room school in the rural community where they lived. After that, the students were bused to Stafford city schools to attend junior high school, where Rick played football and ran track. It was there that he met his best and lifelong friend Doyle King.
In 1960 his father's job moved the family to Ardmore, Oklahoma. Rick attended Ardmore High School, graduating in 1964. While in high school he was a sprinter and ran hurdles on the track team and was described in the yearbook as "carefree, but hard working."
After high school, Rick attended Murray State College, receiving his Associate of Science Degree in 1967. That summer after graduation he and Loma Steele were married and both attended Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. After one year of pharmacy school, he decided he was not suited to an indoor job, so in 1968 they moved to Wichita, Kansas where Rick went to work for Floair, an aircraft modification company. Rick loved his job there, especially when the workers were required to go on the test flight for the aircraft that they had just modified.
When the slowing economy put Floair out of business Rick was left without a job. At the same time, Uniroyal opened its new plant in Ardmore where his parents still lived. He went to work there in 1971, wearing badge number 364, and retired after putting in thirty years and two days.
In 1974 he and Loma bought forty acres south of Lone Grove and built a track for training racehorses. Through the years he continued to purchase property, ultimately accumulating 200 acres, and dedicated his time to clearing and beautifying the land.
By 1989 he was working the weekend crew at Uniroyal, so to occupy his time during the week he and his friend Ben Moxley started M&C Battery, where they manufactured and sold a full range of automotive and heavy equipment batteries. After three years of operation they both decided working seven days a week was too much so they sold the business, but their batteries had the reputation of being the best in the state.
Rick spent many years traveling the country watching his two sons and their teammates run track and cross country, always providing cold towels at the finish line. In 1995 he built steeplechase barriers for the Plainview summer track team, which are still in use today. In retirement Rick enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson trike, the first to be built by Longhorn Scooters, worked to accumulate an extensive coin collection which he meticulously sorted and documented, and enjoyed visiting with his friends and neighbors Harry and Rene McClintick. He continued to work the land he loved so much up until his death.
Rick is survived by his former spouse, Loma Womack of Ardmore; sons, Wes Womack of Ardmore, and Randy Womack and wife Dayna of Overbrook; three grandchildren, Austin Womack, Mason Hernandez, and Kambry Womack.
Rick will be honored in a celebration of life at a future date. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Craddock Funeral Home of Ardmore. Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.
Posted online on May 26, 2021