Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Bennie Martin Harkins

Born: 7/21/1926

Died: 2/5/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Bennie Martin Harkins, 77, passed away February 5, 2004, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The eldest of four children, he was born July 21, 1926, in Shady Point, Oklahoma, to original Choctaw enrollees Adam Harkins and Lena (Whistler) Harkins. He lived in the LeFlore County area until moving to Broken Arrow in the fall of 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He was a member of the Masonic Order, Grottos of North America, Amrita Grotto in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Saba Grotto of Tulsa where he served as Monarch in 1973. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Club of Tulsa and Cosmopolitan Club of Tulsa.

Mr. Harkins was a retired teacher of 30 years, 16 in Broken Arrow public schools. The remainder of those years were in LeFlore and Haskell counties. He married Oleta Maxwell on August 30, 1948.

His parents, and brothers, Troy and Jackie Dean Harkins, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Oleta, of the home; daughter, Joyce Farrimond of Checotah; grandchildren, Kari Rowe and Daniel Farrimond; sister, Lela Gaston of Ft. Smith, several nieces and nephews, and a large number of dear friends and relatives.

Bennie Martin Harkins