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Alton Livingston

FREDERICK  Funeral for Alton Livingston, 97, Frederick, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Frederick with the Rev. John Horton, pastor, officiating.
 
Mr. Livingston passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at his home.
 
Burial will be in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the funeral home.
 
He was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Hollister to Leva P. and Ova Winningham Livingston. He grew up and attended Hollister schools and graduated high school with the class of 1932. He attended Cameron College where he and his brother Denton won the Junior Collegiate Tennis Doubles Championship. From Cameron, he transferred to Oklahoma State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business in 1938.
 
He was united in marriage to Melba Frances Farley on Dec. 25, 1939, at Eldorado. He began a lifelong endeavor of farming in Tillman County. After being drafted into the Navy, he served honorably during WW II and returned home to continue farming and raising wheat, cotton and cattle. He loved math and had a passion for numbers; he worked as the office manager for numerous area sale barn and cattle auctions including Vernon, Walters, Hobart, Altus, Carnegie, Lawton, Big Pasture, Grandfield and Frederick. He had a quick sense of humor and was a devoted family man, never missing a game or activity that his children were involved in. He enjoyed playing dominoes and defeated many worthy opponents. After almost 45 years of marriage, his wife Melba preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 1984.
 
He later married Theresa Roberts Dugan on October 26, 1991. They shared 17 years together until she passed away on May 28, 2009. He loved to garden and especially enjoyed planting and giving away okra. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as the Sunday School secretary for more than 60 years, stepping down from that position just a few weeks ago.
 
In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by his wives; a sister, Esta Wagner; and a brother, Denton Livingston.
 
He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Livingston and her husband Joe Goggans of Dallas; a son: James Livingston and wife Lyn of Tulsa; stepchildren: Dale, Dean and Don Dugan, Debra Dugan Nicholas, Darla Woodruff and husband Chris; a sister, Thelma Dibble of Indiana; two grandchildren: Lee Livingston and wife Annie and Ann Hynecek and husband Bryan; two great-grandchildren: Holt Livingston and Cooper Hynecek and one on the way. He is also survived by special friends Terry and Fred Wyatt and Kathy Conley and Johnny Morrison.
 
Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 201 E. Grand, Frederick, OK 73542, in loving memory of Alton Livingston.
 
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.OrrGrayGishfuneralhome.com or www.Tiptonfuneralhome.com.

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