William Alva Maudlin
William Alva Maudlin was born Feb. 28, 1931 to Bessie (Vance) and William Lloyd Mauldin in Fort Cobb, Okla. He passed from this life on Feb. 9, 2020, at the age of 88.
William “Dub” Mauldin grew up in Gene Autry, and then moved to Ardmore where he attended school. From an early age he became an accurate marksman hunting for food to help his father provide for the family. He also enjoyed playing football and baseball. Dub graduated from Ardmore High School in the class of 1950. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy. On Aug. 21, 1951, he married the love of his life, Peggy Jean Gee, at the First Baptist Church in Ardmore. Dub served overseas on the USS Quincy (CA-71) and was a veteran of the Korean War. Dub worked as an electrician while in the Navy. During his enlistment, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. He was Honorably Discharged in 1955. After his discharge, he continued to work as an electrician throughout his career. He opened his own business, Mauldin Electric, in 1964. He then joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and his first union job was to help wire the Uniroyal (now Michelin) plant. Dub was extremely hardworking and dedicated to his family. He also enjoyed coaching his son’s sports teams, and he was a very talented pool player. After his children were grown, he and Peggy traveled the world while Dub worked as an electrician abroad. They lived in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, and 3 years in Venezuela when he worked for Fluor Arabia building refineries. After he retired in 1994, he and Peggy spent much of their time volunteering. They volunteered every chance they could at the Northwest Baptist Church and the Ardmore Veterans Center. He also volunteered as Eddie the Eagle where he traveled to area schools to do character education; he enjoyed keeping his identity as Eddie a secret, even from his family. Dub was entertaining, playful, fun, and could make anyone laugh. Dub loved spending time outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, gardening, and playing and coaching summer league softball. He loved spending time with his family. He also loved OU football and had been a season ticketholder since 1968. Dub was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and William Mauldin; sister Maxine Whitely; son Bill Mauldin; and granddaughter Amy Gatewood.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Mauldin; son Dewayne Mauldin and his wife Patty; daughter Kathy Mauldin; sister Hazel McMillan; grandchildren Jeremy Elrod; Aja Mauldin of Ft. Worth, Kari Holder and husband Josh of Newcastle; and Jeffrey Mauldin and Jerrica Taylor; and great-grandchildren Lydia Holder, Gracie Elrod, Charlie Holder, and Nash Mauldin.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 at the Craddock Memorial Chapel with Pastor Becky Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Craddock Funeral Home.
Jeffery Mauldin, Josh Holder, Mike Sullivan, Brian Sullivan, Dave Allen McMillan, and Randy Denham will serve as pallbearers. Honorary bearers are Nash Mauldin, Rodney Shields, Jarrel Allen, Johnny Gee, Ronnie Gee, and Phillip Vance.
Online condolences may be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.