Tahlequah Daily Press

October 9, 2013

Tommie Earl Deckard


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Tommie Earl Deckard, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Reed-Culver Funeral Chapel, with Brother Jimmy Briggs officiating. Interment will follow at Ross Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Danny Deckard, Jimmy Washington, Mark Washington, Jerry Hastings, Jerry Hammons and Edward Deckard. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Kindell, Kyle Willige, Chris Asher, Fred Easter and Junior Lynch.

Services have been entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Tommie Earl Deckard was born on Sept. 20, 1935, in Welling, the son of Luther and Edna Mae (Davis) Deckard. On March 10, 1963, he married Sue Pack and they began a life journey that would bring him great joy.

Tommie enjoyed spending his days horseback riding, coon hunting and gardening with the mules. He was a great man and loved to have fun at other people’s expense.

Tommie worked 30 years as an electrician for Hammons Electric and then 20 years for Tahlequah Public Schools where he retired.

His wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought great joy into his life.

Tommie passed from this life on Oct. 4, 2013, in Tahlequah, at the age of 78.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Dustin Lee “Buster” Deckard; a sister, Nancy Deckard; and four brothers, Frank, Edward, Arnie, and James Deckard.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, Sue Deckard of the home; two sons, Tommy Glen Deckard of Tahlequah, and Darrell Wayne Deckard and wife Yvonne of Briggs; a daughter, Mae Jean Edmisten and husband Rick of Keys; three brothers, John Deckard and wife Alisha of Moody, William Deckard and wife Joyce of Tahlequah, and Rick Deckard and wife Connie of Boudinot; four sisters, Edith Christie of Welling, Nellie Matlock and husband Loyd of Etta Bend, Glenda Hodge and husband Ralph of Welling, and Janice Washington of Tahlequah; a grandson, Kevin Southard of the home; seven granddaughters, Stacey Asher and husband Chris of Wagoner, Amber Willige and husband Kyle of Tahlequah, Heather Deckard of Briggs, Brittany Deckard of Wagoner, Emily Deckard of Tahlequah, Samantha Deckard of Tahlequah, and Rosa Garcia of Tahlequah; four great-grandchildren, Colten and Heath Asher of Wagoner, Kaydence Willige of Tahlequah, and Halana Ruzo of Tahlequah; and a host of other family and loved ones.

The family of Tommie would like to say a special thank-ou to W.W. Hastings Hospital staff and Nora Fields for the care and love that was shown to him.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.