Raymond LaVon 'Ray' Singleton
Funeral for Raymond LeVon "Ray" Singleton, 86, Lawton, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Northwest Church of Christ with Gerry Armstrong and Perry Warren officiating.
Ray went to heaven Monday, March 17, 2014, at his home with family and friends at his side.
Burial with Navy honors will be in Highland Cemetery under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.
He was born Oct. 26, 1927, to James William and Ruby Mae Robison Singleton, in Rosedale. He moved to Shawnee at the age of 15 and was a 1945 graduate of Shawnee High School. He enrolled in Oklahoma A&M College which is now Oklahoma State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 23, 1946, and went to boot camp in San Diego. He married Anna Lou Bates in Shawnee on April 2, 1946, while on boot leave and following their marriage she traveled with him. On April 7, 1946, he started Yeoman school in San Diego, graduating on Aug. 11, 1946, and was sent to Key West, Fla., where he was stationed with the Naval Sonar School and submarine squadron. When President Truman visited the Little White House in Key West, Ray served as his aide. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 2, 1947, with a Third Class Petty Officer rating. After his discharge, he returned to Shawnee and began working in the office and bank supply business. In 1954, he was hired by Bob Scott and Ted Warkentin and began a 26-year-career with Southwestern Stationery and Bank Supply. In 1958, he transferred to Lawton, where he worked until his retirement in 1980. He started work in 1980 with the brokerage company that is today Morgan Stanley. While with Morgan Stanley he received many honors. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in Finance and Industry '81-'82, '85-'86 and '89-'90, Who's Who in the World '87-'88, Who's Who of American Business Leaders 1991, Who's Who Registry of Global Business Leaders '93-'94 and Personalities of the South '79-'80. He was a member of the Northwest Church of Christ, the Lawton Rotary Club and had served as president of the Lawton Country Club. He also served on the finance board for the Center for Creative Living. Ray enjoyed sports: tennis, fishing but most of all golf. He played tournaments and won several through the years. He had three holes in one and had won three Bowie knives besides other trophies.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law: Sherrie Lurea and Daniel Reddick, Archer City, Texas; and Gayla Jean and Dr. Greg Smith, Bethany; three grandchildren; Daniel Reddick Jr. and wife Jodi, Pearland, Texas; Jaret Ray Reddick, Highland Village, Texas; and Jessica Leanna Smith, Bethany; three great-grandchildren: Lindsey Nicole Reddick, Dallas; and Emma Kay Reddick and Jackson Ray Reddick, both of Highland Village; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Monty Singleton; as well as several aunts and uncles.
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Northwest Church of Christ or to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Parkinson's research.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.