Tahlequah Daily Press

Obituaries

May 2, 2014

Hal Chapin ‘Skeet’ Sammons

TAHLEQUAH — Services for Hal Chapin “Skeet” Sammons are 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Green Country Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Glenn Blakly, Taylor Swanson, Brad Lewellen, Jack Robert Sammons, Wesley Hayes and Dean Harris.

Honorary pallbearers are Robert Slagel and Larry Hayes.

Interment will be held in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Hal was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Fields, La., to Robert “Jake” Sammons and Lillian (Ross) Sammons. He passed from this life on April 29, 2014, from Tahlequah at the age of 79.

Skeet and his family moved to Tahlequah from Fields, La., at an early age. His family opened and ran the Black and White Tire Shop.

Skeet attended Tahlequah Public Schools, going to Sequoyah Grade School and was a 1951 graduate of Tahlequah High School. Skeet loved baseball and played catcher for several local teams, including the Briggs Braves, the Tahlequah Chiefs, and while attending Northeastern State University, he played on the Redmen Baseball Team.

After college, he enrolled at the Colorado School of Trades, taking gunsmithing. Upon his return to Tahlequah, he opened Skeets Gun Shop beginning in town and eventually moving to the county.

Skeet held patents on gun parts that he had invented.

He also ran the Tahlequah Gun Club for over 37 years and also kept busy helping with the family farm as a cattle rancher.

Hal was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Jack Sammons.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby, of over 57 years; his daughter, Kara Beth Chapman and her husband, Alan, of Tahlequah; grandchildren, Kalan Leigh Lloyd and husband Grant of Tulsa,  and Tara Ashley Kirkes and husband Vince also of Tulsa; four great-grandchildren, and many other friends and loved ones.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.

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