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Clyde Othel Pope, 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. His passing occurred in his home surrounded by his family as he had wished. Clyde was born on October 16, 1931 in Maysville, Oklahoma. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pauls Valley for 54 years as a member of the Crusaders Sunday School Class. He graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1950 and then studied science and medical related courses for two years at East Central State University. He then graduated from the Gradwohl School of Medical Technology in St. Louis with a degree in Medical Technology. He served in the United States Navy as a Petty Officer on the USS Baltimore and was a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He received his Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy on January 11, 1955. Prior to that he worked for Precision Exploration Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma as a member of the seismic crew and also at the Wynnewood Oil Refinery. During his professional career he worked for 29 years as a medical technologist at the Lindsey Memorial and Pauls Valley General Hospitals and also in a related outpatient clinic. He was widely regarded by his work associates as knowledgeable and a great person to have on the health care team. Clyde Pope served for 9 years as director and board member of the Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma and was appointed by the governor of Oklahoma as a member of the Oklahoma Drug, Alcohol Abuse Coordination Board of Southern Oklahoma. He served as president of the Pauls Valley All Sports Club. He was preceded in death by an infant newborn son (Timothy Pope), his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Ivy Pope), his aunt and uncle (Mr. and Mrs. Olen Pope), brother (George Pope) and nephew (Garry Don Browning). Clyde is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Williams Pope; daughter and son-in-law (Jim and Stephenie Parks); sister and brother-in-law (Don and Joleen Browning, Oklahoma City, Okla.); a sister in-law and husband (Mr. and Mrs. Don McCortney, Farmers Branch, Texas); brothers-in-law and their wives (Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams, Grapevine, Texas), (Dr. and Mrs. James M. Williams, Elmhurst, IL); grandsons Brandon James Parks and his wife Sierra Parks and Jonathan Kyle Parks and his wife Lindsey Parks; 2 great grandchildren Grayson Gentry Parks and Isabella Hope Parks. In total he had 6 nieces and 10 great nieces and nephews. He was known as a quiet and humble man with an infectious smile and charm whose interests were broad and affections for others deep. To his family and friends he was known as a man who lived out his Christian faith in word and deed. He will be missed by all. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pauls Valley officiated by Dr. James McSpadden Williams. Services are under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family’s guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 9, 2016
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