Memorial services for Tommy H. McArtor,will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday, June 23, 2008 at the Adair United Methodist Church in Adair, OK.
Tommy Harwood McArtor went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at his home in Pryor, Oklahoma after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. He was 71. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Arthur and Bessie Locke McArtor, two older brothers, William Peter McArtor and Charles Arthur “Mutt” McArtor, and two grandchildren, Ashley Sword and Richard McArtor. He is survived by his wife, Joyce McArtor of the home, five children, Keith O. McArtor and wife Melani of Tulsa, Kathy McArtor Rutledge of Claremore, Kim Sword and husband Darryl of Chouteau, Traci Jensen and husband Derrick of Houston, Texas and Malisa Pierce of Tulsa, one older brother John McArtor, Jr., two older sisters, Mary Porterfield and Kathryn Venamon of Pryor, ten grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and numerous friends and well wishers.
Tommy McArtor was born in Pryor on May 26, 1937 in the home his father purchased in 1919. He graduated from Pryor High School in 1955 and enrolled in Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. In early 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, eventually joining the 101st Airborne Division, and served in the Army Reserves until 1960. Returning to Pryor, he began a long career as a draftsman, first with the John Deere, Co. and then successively with Nipak Corp., Cherokee Nitrogen and Protein Technologies, Inc. In the early 1970’s, he entered the mobile home construction industry, managing a plant outside of Pryor. In 1977, he married the former Joyce Gwartney and they were happily married until his death, soul mates all the way. In 1995, he started McArtor Maintenance Company, a construction business, which he managed until his retirement in 2002.
During his busy and productive life, he served his community as a Pryor City Councilman, a member of the Lions Club, a football and softball coach for his children’s teams, and taught Sunday School class for sixth grade boys at the First United Methodist Church of Pryor. In later years, he served as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Building Committee and Treasurer of the First United Methodist Church, Adair, Oklahoma.
Courageous, kind and fiercely loyal to his family and friends, he left a legacy of honor, faith and endurance that will live in the hearts of others long after his name is forgotten.