NORMAN — Paul “PP” Edward Privett, 77, of Norman, died Oct. 26, 2013, at his home in Norman. Paul was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Purcell, to Ralph James Privett and Eva Mae Scott Privett.
He attended primary school at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and Purcell High School. He joined the Naval Reserve in 1953 and then active service, where he served 16 years. Paul joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1973 and served until his retirement. He retired as a master sergeant in 1984. Dad worked with his family in the meat business for many years until it closed in 1983. He worked as a butcher until his retirement in the late 90s.
Paul Edward Privett married Fern Janiel Arnold, of Norman, on June 17, 1954, in Norman.
Paul was preceded in death by his son, Larry Dean Privett; brother, Francis James Privett; father, Ralph James Privett; mother, Eva Mae Scott Privett; and wife, Fern Janiel Privett.
Paul is survived by two sisters, Maxine Valedon Privett of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Claudia Ferrer and husband Gonzalo of Midwest City. He is also survived by five children, Paula Diane Wines and husband Ron of Biloxi, Miss., Donna Laverne Stevens and husband Greg of Norman, Loretta Janiel Brown and husband Chuck of Midwest City, Michael Scott Privett and wife Ruby of Norman and Sandra Anne Newton and husband Dwayne of Norman. Paul is survived by 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Our dad loved his close family and used to tell stories about his childhood. He used to tell stories about learning to dance from his sister, Mackie, and how all the girls wanted to dance with him when he was in high school. His mother and father were self-made, and he always spoke of how hard they worked and how they taught that same discipline to him and his siblings.
PP was an avid fishermen and hunter and passed this skill to his son and his grandsons Larry and Jimmy. He loved teaching and had a great work ethic that he passed down to his children. He loved his lake property at Texoma. He loved hunting pheasant in Nebraska and visiting his friends, particularly Ron Elledge.
Our dad’s life was full of turmoil and strife, like most, but was also full of joy and happiness of which he shared with us. We have many fond memories and stories to tell. We will miss our dad because not only was he our father but was also our friend.
Our father is in God’s keeping with his family in heaven.
Private family services were hosted at an earlier date and were entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service. For more information or to leave condolences, please visit primrosefuneralservice.com.
Norman Transcript, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
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