Edward F. Cagle
Edward "Big Ed" F. Cagle, 94, Lawton, left us one day short of his 95th birthday. His legacy includes three living sons and a family tree that extends from coast to coast. Ed was born July 22, 1923, on a farm east of Geronimo and north of Walters.
Ed attended school in Walters before the family moved to Lawton, where Ed graduated in 1941 from Lawton High School. He attended Cameron Junior College for one year and Oklahoma University for three semesters before volunteering for the Air Cadets during World War II.
He trained as a B-29 navigator and attended schools at Sheppard Field in Sacramento and at Washington State University. He met Hazel Holloway after being assigned to Selman Field in Monroe, La., and after a whirlwind courtship, they were married on March 31, 1944, and remained for 66 years.
The Cagles moved to Lawton where Ed borrowed enough money to buy his first little grocery store on the north side at 16th and Cache Road. He then bought the Corner Grocery across the street and later in 1962 built a new building. The business grew into seven stores and developed into a wholesale grocery and meat company that serviced businesses in a 60-mile radius of Lawton.
Ed excelled at duplicate tournament bridge; he was a Gold Life Master, which is the top 6 percent in the nation; played fantasy football, where he researched each player and their tendencies. He was always involved with the University of Oklahoma's sports programs and he helped many young athletes gain scholarships to a spectrum of universities.
He was one of the city's more successful coaches in the elementary football and baseball programs for 35 years and served as chairman of the City of Lawton Recreation Commission for several years. Big Ed mentored many high school athletes from Lawton High. He believed athletic competition helped many of the players become better students and citizens. He also served as president of the Dad's Association at the University of Oklahoma and he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame as a sponsor.
His participation in civic organizations was always a part of his life. He was the president of the Northwest Kiwanis Club, and he and Hazel were presidents of the PTAs at Whittier Elementary School and B. C. Sweeney Elementary School. He participated on the General's Leadership Board at the Military Advanced School at Fort Sill for several years.
Ed Cagle left a legacy for his family and friends. He is survived by three of his four sons and their spouses, including Gene and Nancy Cagle, Nacodoches, Texas; Fielding Cagle, of Lawton; and Stephen and Ruthanna Cagle, of Jones. He is survived by 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his son, Ashley; and his parents and siblings.
A celebration of Ed Cagle's life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Southwest 7th and D in Lawton. The family asks that donations be made to his church home of 77 years in lieu of flowers.
"Matthew 25:23: "Well done good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."