Military veteran

Delmar Lee Surby, 89, of Liberty, died Friday, April 2011.

He was born Oct. 31, 1921, in Yukon, son of George Henry and Ethel Evelyn Gray Surby. He and Ruby Fern Grogan were married April 20, 1946.

He grew up in the Big Creek community. He was a World War II veteran. He was a farmer, drove a school bus for Cabool Schools, and many years delivered bulk feed for MFA. He retired in 1983.

He worked alongside his girls on their farm east of Cabool. They cut firewood, fixed fence, put up hay and worked in the garden. He whittled while milking the cows. He made whistles out of hickory. He enjoyed fishing, gigging for bullfrogs and coon hunting.

He became a Christian at an early age and was baptized into the Southern Baptist faith. He was ordained as a deacon by First Baptist Church of Cabool. In 2003, he and his wife moved to Liberty to be near their daughters. They found a church home and church family at Liberty Manor Baptist Church, where they became members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Edith Grogan Bowen and Maxine Surby Kruse.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Sharon Ocker and Karon Surby of Liberty; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Services were Tuesday, May 3 at Liberty Manor Baptist Church with Joe Crossett officiating. Burial was in Glenridge Cemetery in Liberty. Services were under the direction of Park Lawn Northland Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Liberty Hospital Hospice.

Messages may be sent to the family online at

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