Elmer Jo Markes of Afton died on July 1, 2007, after a lengthy illness. He was 78.
Mr. Markes was born April 9, 1929, in Enid, Okla., to Earl and Jewell (Brink) Markes.
He moved to Afton with his grandparents, Elmer and Bessie Brink in 1938. He graduated from Afton High School in 1947. After attending NEO for one semester, he joined the Navy in December 1947 and served four years.
He married Dorene Wilmoth in 1951 and moved to a farm south of Afton, where he farmed and raised cattle. He was employed by the Afton Post Office in 1987 as a rural letter carrier, where he worked for 18 years, retiring in January 2006.
He was a charter member of the Trinity Southern Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his baby brother James, his father, and his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Dorene; two daughters, Jolene Robinson and Earlene Hildebrand and husband Matt, and one son, David Jo Markes and wife Tami.
He also has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud. Grandchildren include Matthew Gibson and wife Des, Jeff Robinson and wife Kathrine, Leslie McGuire and husband Brandon, Michael Robinson, Amanda Davis, Jenny Robinson, Zach Davis, Ryan Markes, and Bradley Markes, one step-granddaughter, Kelsey Hildebrand. Great-grandchildren include Quentin Gibson and Brady Robinson, and step-great-granddaughter Taylor Mattson.
A funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at Trinity Southern Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gerald Dyer officiating. Burial will be at Sixkiller Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Wesley Wilmoth, Charles Gibson, Brian Gibson, Grant Victor, Jerry Springer, and Phil Oakley. Honorary pallbearers will be Dean Fisher, David Dillingham, Doug Klaus, Henry Frellick, Tyson Eubanks and Ted Winn.
A vistitation for family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, at Adcock Funeral Home in Afton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to either Regency Hospice, American Cancer Society, or Trinity Southern Baptist Church.