Military veteran

Larry Ancil Whitehair, 61, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

He was born April 19, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Okla., son of Ancil E. and Doris E. Larison Whitehair.

He was christened as an infant at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla., and was later confirmed and baptized. He was active in church life from nursery, Sunday school, children’s choir, vacation bible school and youth activates until he joined the Army Signal Corps after high school graduation. After the service, he attended Edmond Oklahoma Methodist Church and Houston United Methodist Church.

He attended Mayfair, Ridgeview and Pleasant Hill elementary schools and Oklahoma City Northeast High School. He was the photographer for the school weekly and yearbook.

He enlisted in the Army for three years and was a photographer. He attended Ft. Monenorth Signal Corps School and was a student instructor one year before deploying to Vietnam. His assignment was to design, supervise the building and then direct the operation of a large photo lab with a platoon of trained assistants. Often the assignments were to take and develop photos of downed aircraft, army vehicles.

Following the theft of his I.D. in Vietnam, he worked with the FBI and later Sen. Talent to stop the use of Social Security I.D. on driver’s licenses to protect privacy.

He enjoyed watching, feeding and photographing birds. He loved growing and sharing plants, especially roses and lilies. He enjoyed watching history movies.

He returned to Oklahoma City in 1971 and moved with his parents to Houston in 1984. He was aiding in building a home equipped for senior living at their Echo Valley Farm.

He was preceded in death by his father on June 14, 1996.

Survivors include his mother, Doris of Houston.

Services were Friday, Feb. 11, at Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Tomlinson and Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in Hickory Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to

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