Funeral services for Jimmie Loyd Duvall will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at the New Home Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Charles Duvall officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 30, from noon until 6 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will take place at New Home Cemetery in Peggs. Online condolences may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Jimmie Loyd Duvall was born on Dec. 11, 1924, in Lost City, the son of William Colum and Deliah (Cole) Duvall. He attended school at Bug Scuffle and Lost City and Baggley High School.
He went to California working in the ship yards during WWII and also worked in the fields bringing in the crops. He then worked at Gulf Stream making airplanes and built the Aero Commander plane as his first plane. He would later retire as an Inspector for Gulf Stream/Lockheed Aviation International.
Jimmie was known for his flower gardens. He has been awarded Yard Of The Month three times since 2001. He loved roses, zinnias, periwinkles, and cannas. He loved being outdoors and working in the yard. He enjoyed leisurely rides in the country, and gathering with the family to share a meal and spend the afternoon talking. He liked time spent in the chair with his canine companion, Buzzy. There was nothing better than a day spent fishing or a cup of coffee with a friend. He enjoyed traveling to Eureka Springs, Ark., and Branson, Mo., to see a show or ride the trolley.
A Christian by faith, he attended Northside Baptist Church. He shared his love of the Lord by bringing his guitar and singing the old time gospel favorites of his youth on Sunday mornings. He loved his church family dearly. Any chance to say hi and share a cup of coffee with members of his church was special for Jimmie.
On Nov. 2, 1990, he married the love of his life, Linda Kay Bales, in Bentonville, Ark.. They enjoyed 24 years of happiness and memories. Jimmie was happy and loved people. He was able to enter a room and make friends instantly. He retired and went to work for Cherokee Nation doing maintenance, carpentry, and anything else that needed fixing.
He was the father of three children, Tommy, Larry, and Sherry, and had three stepchildren he enjoyed time with. He always took interest in their activities and enjoyed anytime spent with them. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great source of pride.
Jimmie’s health began to fail him in 2009 and Jimmie retired to his home to enjoy the remainder of his days. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home on Sunday, April 27, at his home in Tahlequah. He was 89 years old. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Jimmie is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lillie Duvall; sister, Pearl Wing; brother, Fred Duvall; sister, Frona Duvall; brother, Edgar Duvall; brother, Floyd Duvall; and sister, Florence Rhodes. He lost his son, Bill Ray Duvall, in 2003.
His memory lives on in his wife, Linda Duvall of the home; and his three children, Tommy Loyd Duvall of Wagoner, Sherry Barrera and husband Hector of Stilwell, and Larry J. Duvall and wife Debbie of Wagoner; and three adored stepchildren, Marty Poyner of Tahlequah, Sherri Johnson and husband Ronny of Briggs, and Timothy Poyner of Tahlequah. His legacy in life lives on in his eight grandchildren, Michael Creel, Mark Creel, Melisa Creel, Athena Duvall, Jimmie Loyd Duvall, Laura Duvall, Lisa Duvall, Jennifer Duvall, and stepgrandchildren, Linda Johnson and Rebecca Johnson, James Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Adam Johnson, and Carolyn Johnson. He also leaves 20 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.