Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Lewis Oliver Whitfield

Born: 8/24/1916

Died: 8/9/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Lewis Oliver Whitfield, better known as L.O., of Golden, Oklahoma, passed away on August 9, 2004. He was born August 24, 1916, at Glover, Oklahoma, the #1 son of O.C. Whitfield and Ida May Merry Whitfield.

The family moved to Golden where Lewis began his school years and finished the eighth grade. He rode the school bus to Broken Bow High School. After finishing the eleventh grade, he dropped out of school in order to work and help support the family. Previously, he had gone to Folsom Training School at Smithville. At Folsom, he learned what farm work, dairy work, yard work and goofing off was all about.

His real lesson in hard work was learned when he went to work as maintenance supervisor at Wheelock Academy. He often considered that job much more rewarding than he had expected. Here he met the love of his life, Miss Violet Box. They were married on March 6, 1937. Their home was blessed with one boy, Robert, and three girls, Alfreda, Sue and Anna Mae.

While living at Wheelock, he was inducted into the Army. When he returned home from the Army, he worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. The company transferred him to California to work for approximately two years. When he left California, he returned to his home at Golden, where he spent most of his life as a child, an adult, a church member, and an owner of a small general merchandise business, which he established and managed. Years later, he sold the business.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, caring for cattle and spending time on the ranch. Due to failing health, he was homebound and spent much of his time watching TV.

He was a dad and granddad who truly enjoyed loving and spoiling his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Anna Mae, and one brother, Omagene, who was killed while serving in World War II.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Susie Whitfield of Golden; daughters and sons-in-law, Alfreda and Larry Sandridge and Sue and Ronnie Severn, all of Wright City, Oklahoma; sisters, Elma Severn of Valliant, Oklahoma, and Ouida Carroll of Golden; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.