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Old 07-09-2013, 04:15   #101
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:18   #102
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Aaah, that really sucs. RIP Mr. Mayor. You will be missed.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:21   #103
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:22   #104
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Sad news, RIP Okie
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:25   #105
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Okie was one of a kind, GT will never be the same. RIP Mark.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:27   #106
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Well, crap.

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Old 07-09-2013, 04:32   #107
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Rest in peace Okie. Okie was always there for everyone, Glocktalk's mayor. I looked forward to his posts because he was so genuine, always comforting anyone that went through life's difficult times. He was a truly positive influence on this place where we gather after work, during work for some of us. Okie you will be missed. The lover of people, dogs, 1911's and Alf.

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Old 07-09-2013, 04:42   #108
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This news really made me cry , ,,
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:49   #109
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:00   #110
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:02   #111
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Rest in peace Okie. Okie was always there for everyone, Glocktalk's mayor. I looked forward to his posts because he was so genuine, always comforting anyone that went through life's difficult times. He was a truly positive influence on this place where we gather after work, during work for some of us. Okie you will be missed. The lover of people, dogs, 1911's and Alf.

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:04   #112
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OMG...

RIP Okie... You were one of a kind.

Thoughts and prayers to your loved ones.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:06   #113
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To Okie's(Mark) family, my sincerest regrets. I reach out with the hope of healing. RIP Mayor!
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:08   #114
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He didn't post great revelations, he wasn't a genious, he didn't make a lot of money or change the world. He just had a kind heart, and it showed in his posts. He had a kind and encouraging word for everyone.
Take it from one who spent a week with him in a cabin on a cruise ship. A more accurate description couldn't be written by G-d himself.
It was an awkward and humbling honor when Mark claimed me as his best friend and I remember getting phone calls seeking mentorship on various matters of the heart over the years. He was one who needed a little coaxing at times but I ran down many a cell phone battery.

I will look for and post (if we can still post pics) a pic of Okie sleeping onboard the ship and he is NOT in camo. This is a pic he asked me not to post until after he passed. I teased and threaten him with it for years.

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Mark was the epitome of unconditional love. A kind, polite man with manners that would shame a nun. That said, he did have his own demons and there are a couple of folks that still frequent this board who will have to reconcile on the "other side" for the way they treated Mark circa 2007ish.
You will never again need to avoid him or feel embarrassed in his presence but you still suck for being so stuck up.

He really wanted to get out of Muskogee and move to Vegas but the employment opportunities were just not here for him and the cost of living made it not possible even with the lodging offers and options I gave him. There was talk of getting in one more cruise vacation, but it looks like time won.
Mark had few close friends and when he felt "wronged", it really cut him deeply. I got an earful of some of his deepest personal feelings and it saddened me when he felt slighted.
You'd never know it though. Not a word in public. That was the "Way of the Okie".

FWIW, he was very afraid. Personally, I think he was also relieved in his own way. He became kind of reclusive with me lately. I feel just a little ripped off that I didn't get to say goodbye but at least we said "I love you" in earnest at the end of each conversation. Not "okay, luv ya man" but..."I love you". Different. Know whadda mean, Vern?

To Mark:
"Don't RIP, bro'. Cut it up. You are free now. I will notify Golden Corral. I hope the pocket watch still keeps good time. Thanks for being my best man. Thanks for being muh friend, brutha.
Yes, of course you can play with Digit and Minnie. I'll see you again, Slim. Don't worry about me. My face will dry out in a couple of days. Now I can post that picture. Right?
I love you."

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BTW:
It wasn't the tumor that killed Mark. It was the blood clot in his leg that freed up during the surgery procedure he was undergoing to have it filtered so this very thing wouldn't happen. He died as he was being anesthetized.

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:09   #115
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Rest in peace Mark you will be missed. Very nice gesture to rename GNG to The Okie Corral. Well done Eric.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:10   #116
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Truly sad news,.............
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:15   #117
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Always a kind word. Always a smile to read his stories. He will be missed.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:24   #118
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Take it from one who spent a week with him in a cabin on a cruise ship. A more accurate description couldn't be written by G-d himself.
It was an awkward and humbling honor when Mark claimed me as his best friend and I remember getting phone calls seeking mentorship on various matters of the heart over the years. He was one who needed a little coaxing at times but I ran down many a cell phone battery.

I will look for and post (if we can still post pics) a pic of Okie sleeping onboard the ship and he is NOT in camo. This is a pic he asked me not to post until after he passed. I teased and threaten him with it for years.

Eulogy:
Mark was the epitome of unconditional love. A kind, polite man with manners that would shame a nun. That said, he did have his own demons and there are a couple of folks that still frequent this board who will have to reconcile on the "other side" for the way they treated Mark circa 2007ish.
You will never again need to avoid him or feel embarrassed in his presence but you still suck for being so stuck up.

He really wanted to get out of Muskogee and move to Vegas but the employment opportunities were just not here for him and the cost of living made it not possible even with the lodging offers and options I gave him. There was talk of getting in one more cruise vacation, but it looks like time won.
Mark had few close friends and when he felt "wronged", it really cut him deeply. I got an earful of some of deepest personal feelings and it saddened me when he felt slighted.
You'd never know it though. Not a word in public. That was the was of the Okie.

FWIW, he was very afraid. Personally, I think he was also relieved in his own way. He became kind of reclusive with me lately. I feel just a little ripped off that I didn't get to say goodbye but at least we said "I love you" in earnest at the end of each conversation. Not "okay, luv ya man" but..."I love you". Different. Know whadda mean, Vern?

To Mark:
"Don't RIP, bro'. Cut it up. You are free now. I will notify Golden Corral. I hope the pocket watch still keeps good time. Thanks for being my best man. Thanks for being muh friend, brutha.
Yes, of course you can play with Digit and Minnie. I'll see you again, Slim. Don't worry about me. My face will dry out in a couple of days. Now I can post that picture. Right? I love you."

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:24   #119
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:25   #120
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This is so unexpected. I always enjoyed reading his posts.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:27   #121
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Man I'm still trying to wrap my head around this...

I hadn't seen where he posted it was a tumor... I knew he said he fell a couple times at work, and they ordered tests... and never heard anything else.

This has been a really rough year for GT... Jack, Skidoo, SilentRunner, CJ, and now okie... and I think I missed a few in that list (no disrespect, those are just the ones I remember right off the top of my head)...

Be thinking of you okie...

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:30   #122
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This sucks. I'm gonna miss tearing up the Vegas buffets with him when he comes to town. I still remember when I met him after Kurt and Linda got married. We went to the Orleans buffet and he was wearing a camo shirt that said "I beat anorexia." It's a damn shame, prayers and condolences to his family. Gonna miss you Mark. See you on the other side.
Yeppir. He really tore up that seafood buffet, didn't he? I have a pic to post of us in the parking lot in front of that case of Spam he gave me.
Freakin' Jim Bianchi makes Okie look like Peter Dinklage in that photo. IIRC, it was you, me, Jim, John (Bates Motel), Tony, and Mark in that pic. I'll have to find it. Now I can post (with Mark's blessing) a never before seen candid shot of the Okster OUT OF UNIFORM!(No camo)

Perhaps, some of us here should do a buffet in honor. You, Jim, me and Tony if he's in town. What say you?

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:35   #123
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R.I.P. Mr. Mayor. You will be GREATLY missed.

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:35   #124
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When we had a thread for 2013 New Year's Resolutions, mine was to be more like Okie. No matter what it was, always supportive and kind. I've never seen a negative word from him.

He may not have liked everyone here but I think he had love in his heart for all of us. He was truly one of a kind.

And thanks for the fitting tribute, Eric.
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Okie...you will be missed my friend. You were always the voice of reason and compassion. RIP
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