The Norman Transcript


February 21, 2014

Franklin Braxton Seratte

NORMAN — Franklin Braxton Seratte, 76, of Norman, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Norman. He was born Jan. 28, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ark., to Finnis Edward and Margaret Temple (Galbraith) Seratte.

Frank grew up in and around Westville. His first job was delivering two newspaper routes. He lived in the Westville area until he was 16, then his family moved to Wichita, Kan., where he graduated from Wichita North High School. Frank was the fifth child of a family of 10 children, including one brother and eight sisters. He loved his large family. Frank and a cousin organized his mother’s family reunion more than 20 years ago, and they are still meeting today.

Frank met Carolyn Anderson at Olivet Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan., in 1961. Their first date was Feb. 11, 1961, to the church Sweetheart Banquet on Feb. 11, 1961. They were married March 17, 1962, at Olivet Baptist Church.

Frank made a profession of faith at age 5 in a Sunbeams class. He was raised attending church and was given the opportunity to speak at various functions at a young age. He taught several classes for young boys, men and young married couples. Frank was ordained as a Southern Baptist deacon in 1971 at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Dodge City, Kan., where he served as Sunday School director. While living in Wichita, he served as commissioner for sports for the Sedgwick County Southern Baptist Churches. He has also served as chairman of the deacons, served on the committee for committees for the Southern Baptist Convention and headed a church building campaign.

Frank’s priorities in life consisted of God, family, church, softball, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. He loved to laugh. Frank enjoyed telling long and involved stories that had funny endings as well as playing softball and basketball. Frank coached Jon’s baseball and softball teams. He also enjoyed music. He did not have a good singing voice, but he sang to his children and never missed Cindy and Jon’s singing performances and piano recitals.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Sylvia G. Martin and Ralph C. Martin

    The long and full lives of Sylvia G. Martin and Ralph C. Martin will be remembered at a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Appleyard’s Home for Funerals in Rice Lake, Wis., with burial following at Nora ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Kathryn Jeanette ‘Jan’ Monk

    Norman resident, Kathryn Jeanette “Jan” Monk, 74, stepped into heaven Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was born July 29, 1939, in Ada, to Pat and Esther Harington....

    April 20, 2014

  • William Howard Atkins II

    William Howard Atkins II, who in his earthly life played French horn in both the Denver Concert Band and in the Mostly Strauss Orchestra, is now making music on the highest of plains. Born on May 14, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Howard made his ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Loretta Kathryn Hasenfratz Witt

    Loretta Kathryn Hasenfratz Witt was born April 9, 1927, to parents Ignatl Hasenfratz and Teressia G. (Bower) Hazenfratz in Covington....

    April 20, 2014

  • Lloyd Prescott Williams

    Lloyd Prescott Williams, best known to family and friends as Scott, entered the kingdom of heaven Thursday, April 17, 2014, after a sudden illness. Scott was born in Norman, the youngest son of Lloyd P. and Louise M. Williams....

    April 20, 2014

  • Patty J. Bouse

    Patty J. Bouse, 64, was born Sept. 10, 1949, in St. John, Kan., to Frank Cocagnour and Wilma Rader. Patty passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, in Norman. She was well known for being an independent woman with a good sense of humor. She ...

    April 20, 2014

  • John Raymond ‘Ray’ Cobb

    John Raymond “Ray” Cobb was a life of excellence. Born Aug. 3, 1927, in Norman, passed away March 19, 2014, in Los Gatos, Calif., where he had been a vital part of the community for over 50 years....

    April 20, 2014

  • Patte Wallace

    Patte Wallace, 85, of Norman, passed away April 16, 2014. She was born Sept. 12, 1928, to Will and Allye Abbott in Sherman, Texas. Patte grew up in Durant....

    April 20, 2014

  • Otis David Faulkner

    Services for Otis David Faulkner, 65, will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Little Chapel of the Roses at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens....

    April 19, 2014

  • Lora M. Dodd

    Lora M. Dodd, life-long resident of Norman, passed away peacefully Monday, April 14, 2014, at Norman Regional Hospital at the age of 91. She was born Oct. 7, 1922, the first of six children born to Harry L. McFarland and Emma (Brown) ...

    April 17, 2014