Jerry George Noley
Born: 11/02/1934 Died: 02/11/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: SMSGT USAF
Jerry George Noley, SMSgt USAF (Ret.) of Wilburton passed away on February 11, 2009, following a prolonged illness. He was born on November 2, 1934, in Quinton and was named for his great-grandfather and grandfather, Jerry Folsom and George Carney. A 1954 graduate of Wilburton High School and former high school athlete, Jerry continued playing football in the Air Force until his early 30s. Jerry also had an Associate of Arts Degree from Eastern Oklahoma A&M (now Eastern State) College. Jerry enjoyed all spectator sports, especially football, and liked to talk politics. He tinkered with mechanical and electronic gadgets of all types as hobby and enjoyed photography throughout his life. In his youth, he was an artist of note although his work was mostly for his own enjoyment and relaxation. Jerry was a proud veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He retired in 1982 after a 26-year career, including more than 100 missions over North Vietnam. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and took great pride in his service to his country during which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two air medals in addition to numerous other medals of recognition. He visited and served in many countries including Thailand, Russia, China, Guam, Korea and locations in Europe. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Jerry served the State of Oklahoma as a park ranger for 15 years with assignments at Robbers Cave, Lake Tenkiller and Keystone State Parks. His loyalty to family and country was unequaled. His apt attention to others while in conversation, his subtle sense of humor, his practical outlook on life and his love for the Choctaw Nation and his country makes his loss especially notable. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Grayson B. Noley Sr. and Anna Mae Carney Noley; his brother, Lamont, and one infant brother. He is survived by three brothers, the Rev. Homer R. Noley of Wilburton, James Marvin Noley and wife Joyce of Wilburton, and Grayson Noley Jr. and wife Sharon of Norman; one sister, Sylvia A. Carver and husband Jim of Vian; two children, Jeri Lynn Masteller and husband Dale of Ulster, Pennsylvania, and Jeffrey Charles Noley of Pennsylvania, three grandchildren, numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He will be missed by many.