Jack Leroy (Chief) Whitfield
Jack Leroy Whitfield, age 92, of Loco, OK, passed away suddenly early Monday morning, October 29, 2018 at his home.A funeral service was be held Friday, November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at Praise Assembly of God Church. Burial followed at Addington Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.
Jack was born November 22, 1925 in Ardmore, OK to Alphaeus L. and Alice Jane (Lavers) Whitfield. Jack left school to join the Navy in November of 1942 during World War II Jack served as an Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class Petty Officer. He was awarded the Victory Medal, Asisatic Pacific Campaign Medal. Jack was standing on his ship, the USS Salamonie watching the signing of the peace treaty with Japan, on Tokyo Bay.Upon his honorable discharge in February 1946 he returned to and graduate from Addington High School. On March 19, 1948 he and Dorothy Faye Pitts were united in marriage at the First Assembly of God Church in Comanche.They made their home in California, Washington, and Texas where he worked as a manager of Quester Corporation of Toledo, Ohio and then a flooring installer as well as ordained minister pastoring churches in both California and Washington before moving back to Comanche in 1993 to retire. Jack was a citizen of the Chickasaw Tribe and was very proud of his Native American heritage as well as his military service.A particularily proud moment for him was being a part of the Chickasaw Honors Flight to Washington, DC with his Native American brothers in service. His mother, Alice Lavers was Chickasaw and was an original enrollee of the Dawes Commission.She is from the tribal lineage of Edmund Pickens, the first Chickasaw Chief. He was a member of the Duncan Chickasaw Nation Senior Center. Jack loved watching all sports, working in his garden, and attending church where he also taught Sunday School for many years. He and Dorothy were active members of Praise Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Dorothy, of the home; five children: Karin Myer and husband Edward, Oklahoma City, OK; Jack Whitfield Jr, Chehalis, WA; Sherry Franks and husband Steve, Ardmore, OK; Lynn Whitfield and wife Sharon, Loco, OK; and Larry Whitfield and wife Carmen, Comanche; eleven grandchildren: Fred Myer, Faye Trostle, James Whitfield Jr, Matt Franks, Michael Whitfield, Jack Franks, Larry Whitfield Jr, Zenna Lewis, Melissa Rose, Stephanie Dery, and Tony Whitfield; forty great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and close friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Marion Whitfield and Bill Whitfield, one sister, Gwendolyn Leahy, and one grandchild, Wendy Palmer.
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