Harley Lloyd Pitcher of Springdale, Ark., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Purdy, Mo. He was 74.
Mr. Pitcher was born May 10, 1933, in Commerce, Okla., to Ernest and Julia (Smith) Pitcher. He had lived in Springdale since 1975, moving from Neosho, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from NEO A&M College in Miami, Okla., and from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., with a Masters Degree in education and later received his Doctorate in Education.
Mr. Pitcher served as Principal at Greenwood School District in Joplin, Mo., and later taught English, history and civics at Neosho High School from 1962 to 1974. He then worked for 10 years at Washington County Assessors office and was Assistant Librarian at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark. Mr. Pitcher, in his latter years, was a Rancher. He was a member of the Joplin Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ernestine Heiney.
Survivors include a sister, Vera Lawson of Miami, Okla.; his companion, Dennis Ash of the home; two nephews, Bill Patton of Joplin, Mo., Leslie Turner of Diamond, Mo.; four nieces, Jaylene Benedict of Miami, Okla., Julie Patton of Miami, Okla., Ada Roy of Mountain Home, Ark., Donna O'Conner of Jefferson City, Mo., and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla. The Rev. Dan Shackelford will officiate. Masonic Rites will be conducted by Miami Lodge No. 140 AF&M. Interment will be in the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami, Okla. Pallbearers will be Dan Nelson, Robert Pitcher, Brian Patton, Carl Smith, Bill Vanatta and Larry Delmont. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Gebhart, J.B. Vanatta, Harold Vanatta and Merle Ash.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, before the services at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla. Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.