Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Joe Morris Nowlin

Born: 07/02/1968 Died: 05/27/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Veteran

Joe Morris Nowlin, 40, of McAlester passed away on May 27, 2009, in Butler, Missouri. He was born on July 2, 1968, to Morris and Barbara Barcus Nowlin. He attended school and graduated from Pittsburgh High School in 1986. He later attended Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton and received an associate degree in criminal justice in 1995. He married Kelli Urrutia in 1994 and they had two children. He also had a daughter from a previous marriage. He was employed with the Department of Corrections, where he spent 12 years at the Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester. For the last several years he was the chief of security at NOCC in Vinita. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, and spending time with his kids, family and friends. He also had an impressive military career as a member of the 445th Military Police Company for 10 years and then the Oklahoma Air National Guard where he was currently serving in the 219th Engineering and Installation Squadron in Tulsa. He was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and served two tours with Operation Enduring Freedom in both Iraq and Afghanistan with some time in Turkey. During his military career, he was presented with the following awards and decorations: Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, AF Overseas Ribbon Short, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, AF Longevity Service, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1’M’ Device, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle), Army Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Government of Kuwait, Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal, Oklahoma Active Service Award Ribbon, Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Ribbon and Oklahoma Good Conduct Ribbon. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Floyd and Ada Nowlin, and maternal grandmother, Artie Reyes. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Shipley and husband Al of Calera; his father, Morris Nowlin of Haileyville; two daughters, Alyssa Nowlin of the home and Felicia Dawn Humphreys of Wetumka; son, Cayden Nowlin of the home; two brothers, Eugene Nowlin of Wilburton and Alan Nowlin of Lexington; two sisters, Lawana Nowlin of Denton, Texas, and Priscilla Nowlin of Dallas, Texas; mother of Cayden and Alyssa, Kelli Nowlin of Alderson; mother-in-law, Patti McCullar of McAlester and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.