NORMAN — Services for Marvin Houston McElrath, 90, of Norman, are 2 p.m. Monday at the Little Axe First Baptist Church in Little Axe. Dr. Sunny Stuart and the Rev. Jerry Holley will officiate.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman.
Mr. McElrath died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at an Ada nursing home. He was born May 11, 1923, in Malden, Mo. to Johnnie Ray and Laura Elizabeth Maben McElrath.
Marvin served in the U. S. Navy during World War II from March 30, 1942, until January 12, 1946.
He spent most of his time on board ship in the islands of the south Pacific.
Marvin watched the signing of the peace agreement between the United States and Japan.
He served in the U. S. Army from Sept. 23, 1950, until January 1, 1967. During those years, he spent two years in Pusan, Korea and two years in Wurzburg, Germany.
He retired and went to work for the State Department of Agriculture as a federal and state meat inspector on May 23, 1967, and retired on May 31, 1986.
He married Dorothy Pearl Williamson on March 19, 1977, in Stratford. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Little Axe. He served as a deacon at the church for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy McElrath, of the home; six daughters, Janey Ruth Idell of Haymarket, Va., Fran Earls and her husband Wayne of Oklahoma City, Jan Welch and her husband David of Gravette, Ark., La Rachel Nan and her husband the Rev. Jerry Holley of Bixby, Barbara Sheppard of Oklahoma City and Norma Beard and husband Mike of Wanette; two sons, David Hinkle and wife Rejane of El Paso, Texas and Brian Hinkle and wife Kelli of Stratford; one sister, Dora Ann Slusher of Benton, Mo.; one brother, Wayne McElrath and wife Emily Jo of Goodyear, Ariz.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Candice Sheppard; a sister, Viola Riggs; and four brothers, Raymond, Joy, Harold Dean and Roy McElrath.
Bearers will be grandsons, Walter Beard, Andy Hinkle, Adam Hinkle, Michael Hinkle, Jeremy Holley and Jason Holley. Honorary bearers will be Jordan Holley and Tracy Simmons.
The family says those who wish may make memorials to the First Baptist Church of Little Axe Building Fund, 3405 168th Ave. NE, Norman, OK 73026.
Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.
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