Ollie Franklin Langham, age 72, son of Oran and Sybel (Harvey) Langham, was born May 30, 1936, in Paragould, Ark. He passed away on March 6, 2009, at Houston House, Houston, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven; and one sister, Kate Masters.
He is survived by his wife, Marivonne of the home; two granddaughters, Stephanie and husband Ram Luna of Brownsville, Texas, Amanda and husband Adam Kuehl of Salem, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Sissy Lynn and Steven Matthew Luna and MiKayla Kuehl; one brother, James Doyle and wife Nelda Langham of Lewisburg, Tenn.; two sisters, June and husband Carroll Towell of Manila, Ark., and Jane and Husband James “Hoot” Graves of Hayti, Mo.; and one brother-in-law, Ben Masters of Lewisburg, Tenn.
Frank married Marivonne Johnson on February 7, 1970. They had one son, Steven Paul. He and Marivonne also raised their two granddaughters, Stephanie and Amanda.
He served in the U.S. Army from September 4, 1958 to August 26, 1960,
stationed in Germany. After his tour of duty, he went to work for General Motors in St. Louis, Mo. Frank suffered heart attacks in 1972 and 1973. He soon retired in 1974, and he and Marivonne moved to Raymondville, Mo.
Frank loved the outdoors. He would hunt turkey and deer and enjoyed fishing. He loved going to his grandchildren’s volleyball games and other school functions that they were involved in. He was part of the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department. He also loved working with Bingo every week with his great friend Don Smith, and of course he loved Christmas time and playing Santa Claus.
Frank had accepted Christ as His Savior and loved being involved with his church. You would often find him listening to his Bible tapes.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or the Raymondville Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.evanfh.com.
Services were 2 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2009, at the Raymondville United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Brown officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Allen Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Carl Ray Barnes Sr.; Carl Ray Barnes; Jr.; Joey Waicekauskas; Billy Bilderback; Alan Hackey; and Dennis Newkirk. Honorary pallbearers were; Joe and Tilitha Waicekauskas; Billy Joe Driesel; Dr. Eugene and Carol Honeywell; and Jerry and Acleda Mentz.
Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.