Beverly W. Brock
A funeral celebration will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, Lawton, for Beverly W. Brock, 84. The Rev. Dr. John Helgeson will be presiding.
Arrangements are under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.
Beverly passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at 3 a.m. at Oklahoma Heart Hospital after an extended illness.
Beverly, a native of Lawton, was born Nov. 4, 1932, to Walter T. Whitener and Ella Jo Fraser. She was an only child. She attended Emerson Elementary School, and Lawton Junior and Senior High School, from which she graduated in 1950.
She went to work for KSWO radio while attending Cameron University and achieving her associate's degree in business administration. She left KSWO to work for the government in civil service, where she met her husband, James H. Brock, who was serving his two-year enlistment in the United States Army. During this time, she left the civil service and went to work at KSWO television as an executive secretary. Beverly and Jim got engaged, they were married Feb. 12, 1954, shortly before Jim was discharged from the Army. They moved to Odessa, Texas, where they raised three children over the next 14 years. While in Texas, she was very involved with the Texas League of Women Voters, serving on the state board. She was also active in the local chapter of the Tri Hi Y, as well as being a member of the Junior League, a philanthropic women's organization helping children with learning disabilities.
The family returned to Lawton in 1969 so Jim could finish his degree at Cameron University. Beverly went to work for Aetna Insurance. Once Jim began working full-time as a teacher in the Lawton Public School system, Beverly began pursuing other interests: she served as executive secretary for Lawton Arts for All for several years; she was on the board of the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council; she was very active in her chapter of PEO, over time, serving as every officer, including president. This year, she became a "Golden Girl," a holder of a 50-year pen in the organization. Through this all, she remained very active and involved with the Presbyterian church, eventually becoming an elder at First Presbyterian.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of the home of 64 years, James; three children: Rene Fuller and husband Don of Herndon Va., Steven of Lawton, and Phillip of Los Angeles; three grandchildren: Cory Fuller and wife Jennifer of Herndon, Va., Reagan McCarthy and husband Clark of Huntsville, Ala., and Sullivan Brock of Los Angeles; four great-grandchildren: Brock and Evelyn Fuller of Herndon, Va., and Hannah and Caroline McCarthy of Huntsville Ala.; niece, Lyn Brock of Lawton; and nephew, Barry Brock of New Wales, Pa.; and cousins: Sue Abrams of Edmond, and Lyn Abrams of Seattle.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Oklahoma Heart Hospital, 4200 W. Memorial Rd., Oklahoma City 73120.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.