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A graveside service celebrating and honoring the life of Johnnie G. Sunday will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at Wards Grove Cemetery under the direction of DeLozier Funeral Service. Visitation will be Monday, from 4-8 at the funeral home. Johnnie passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. He was 76.
Born in Eucha, Okla. on March 13, 1940, Johnnie was one of ten children gifted to John and Ella Mae Fallingpot (Starr) Sunday.
He was raised and educated in his birth community and received his GED in the military. Johnnie married the love of his life Mary Kiper on Nov. 18, 1958 in a Miami, Okla. ceremony. Together they raised 5 children and Johnnie provided for his family by working in the automobile repair industry.
He then went on to serve his country in the United States Army, where he received an honorable discharge in 1977. After his service to his country, Johnnie began working as a mechanic and that career lasted until his retirement.
Johnnie loved being a father and spending time with his family. His children still talk about the camping trips and the hours he spent playing ball with them. Johnnie was a talented musician and loved all kinds of music, especially gospel and country. He often played at nursing homes, the Claremore Veterans Center and would provide music for benefits when asked.
This appreciation of music is a part of his legacy that will live on in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Johnnie also loved to fish and when time allowed he would pack up and head back to Eucha Lake, one of his favorite fishing spots since his childhood.
This loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Johnnie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary, children, Mike Sunday and wife Jera, Wayne Sunday and wife Dee, Cheryl Butler, Lenora Hipp, and Coowesta Timmerman and husband Danny, grandchildren, Micah Sunday and wife Britany, Matthew Sunday and wife Kayla, Marcus Sunday, Debra Armstrong and husband Jayson, Dayna Mabe and husband Joey, Devyn Timmons and husband David, Andrew Sunday and Melissa, Aaron Sunday and wife Bethany, Alyssa Sunday, Amanda Ellis, Rebecca Cowan, and Bryce Timmerman and Jessie, 10 great grandchildren, brothers, Ronald Sunday, Billy Sunday and Nora Lee, Leroy Sunday and wife Shirley, sisters, Shirley Cook and husband Jeff, Mary Whitehead, and Margie Scott. Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Patricia Hipp, sister Betty Mae Sunday, brother McKenzie Sunday, brother Brewster Sunday and son-in-law Kenny Hipp, brothers-in-law Don Scott and Howard Whitehead.
Please view and sign Johnnie's online tribute at www.delozierfuneralservice.com.
Published on November 26, 2016
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