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Jacob H. Almon

Friday, January 17, 2014

Jacob Harold Almon was freed from the struggles of this life and began his eternal walk in heaven with Jesus on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Veteran’s Center in Lawton. A celebration of Harold’s life and homegoing will be held at a graveside service at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at the Marlow Cemetery with Rev. Cliff Hawkins offi- ciating. Burial will be under the direction of Callaway- Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow. Family visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon at the funeral home. Harold was born Tuesday, June 1, 1926, on the family farm east of Seminole, to John Henry and Mary Eliza- beth (Croy) Almon. He graduated from Moun- tain View High School and served his country in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955. On Aug. 30, 1952, Harold married Bernice Oleta West in Seminole. In 1960, Harold moved his family to Marlow, and began classes at the Oklahoma Mis- sionary Baptist Institute. Harold earned his bache- lor’s, masters’ and doctorate degrees in theology at the college. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in educa- tion from the University of Science and Arts of Okla- homa and a masters’ degree in education from the Univer- sity of Oklahoma. Harold served as pastor and music minister of several churches throughout Okla- homa and Arkansas. He was an instructor at the seminary in Marlow for many years and found great joy in encouraging and men- toring young ministers who attended the college. At the time of his retire- ment, Harold was serving as Dean of the school. Along with Bernice’s beautiful piano accompani- ment, Harold loved to share his musical talent and enjoy- ment of music. He had the opportunity to sing with many quartets during his ministry and was especially proud of the albums recorded by the OMBI quartet. All who knew Harold will remember his as a genuine and compassionate man who loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord and those around him. He will be greatly missed. Those left on this earth to cherish his memory include, son, Billy Almon and his wife Ann of Duncan; one daughter, Marcella Williams of Marlow; four grandchil- dren, Miranda Lenocker and her husband Jeff of Edmond, Bridgette Lancaster and her husband Lee of Yukon, Chris Almon of Duncan and Drew Williams and his wife Christy of Stillwater; four great granddaughters, Cheyenne Williams, Mary Lancaster, Lauren Lenocker, Allison Lancaster; sister-in- law, Joyce Almon of Beebe, Ark.; numerous nieces and nephews. Waiting to welcome him to heaven were Bernice, his beloved wife of fifty-two years; his parents; three brothers, Harry, Jay and Odell Almon; sister, Mary Francis Davis; and a host of friends and other relatives. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Chris Almon, Jeff Lenocker, Lee Lancaster, Drew Williams. Memorial contribu- tions may be made to the Unity Baptist Church, 1725 Chisholm, Duncan, OK. Online condolences may be made to www.callawaysm ithcobb.com