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Discussion in 'Okie Memorial Area' started by Eric, Jul 9, 2013.
A fine pledge... Count me in.
I took this a couple of weeks ago in Fayetteville, AR, intending to send it to Mark. He would have gotten a laugh over seeing Muskogee listed on anyone's road signs. I never got to send it.
Okie and I joined GT within a few weeks of each other. As can be seen by my post count of ~ 40 posts over those 12+ years, I am as prolific at lurking as Mark was at posting. I never had the opportunity to meet him, and dont believe I ever posted in one of his threads, or him in one of mine, but I have read and respected almost everything he wrote over the years.
I dont believe that I have ever been as devastated over the loss of a person that I have never met, but honestly feel like I knew him better than most of the people that I interact with on a daily basis. RIP Okie, I hope you find all of the peace that you deserve.
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This is sad news. I didn't know Okie very well, but I do know one thing about that gentle soul, he was loved by pretty much everyone who posts on GT.
What more can one say about him. A man is known by the company he keeps and is remembered by those who loved him. Okie will be long remembered.
If I know anything about him, I know he will be there at St. Peter's gate to greet each and everyone of us.
Rest in peace, Okie and God bless your family.
Rest in peace Mark.
I did not realize I still had an old email on the system. I have now updated it.
What a shock I haven't been active on this forum in ages, Okie was such a fixture and a genuinely nice guy. He will be missed.
Mark and I are both from Kansas and the same age. Way too young. He will be missed and remembered by many for the man he was.
I met Okie at the Digit's parents wedding. I always felt that he was the big brother my husband should have had. I'll miss him a ton.
Uh-oh! We don't want a peeved okie!
Damn....I haven't posted here for long time, but I just saw the news letter. Now I'm sitting along in a 24 hour diner trying not to tear up. Matter of fact, I was just talking to a guy sitting next to me about how short life is and that was no more than 5 minutes before I saw the news.
I never met him in person, but you couldn't help but feel the amount of love he had for the GT community and how much we loved him. I can't say for sure if I believe in heaven or hell, but if they exist, heaven just got that much nicer with him there. RIP friend.
Rest in Peace, Okie...
He was a gentle, kind man. Everybody liked him.
I think, also, he would appreciate my observation that this is a real-life Far Side cartoon, waiting for a caption.
Okie was/is one of the good ones on this planet!
Peace be with you brother.
it's been quite some time since I last posted on GT, but the news of Okie's passing prompted me to share my own story.
many, many, many (many!) years ago - when we finally had enough Oklahoma members to get our own Oklahoma Forum on GT - it was decided that all the Oklahoma members should all get together and meet up and celebrate and shoot! so we picked a spot that was basically central to all of the participating members at the time, the Okmulgee Public Shooting Range. we planned for a couple of weeks about who was coming and what they were bringing (to shoot and to eat!).
finally the day came and I packed up my truck to meet everyone and started the 1 hour drive. i arrived a little late only to find that i was the first one there! I unpacked my things and waited about 45 minutes - and here comes a white dodge truck - it was Okie. he was about as shocked as I was that we were the only two people that were there. I helped him unpack his stuff and we started to shoot and chat. as it turned out - we were the only two that made it that day! we talked. and shot. and talked some more. and shot some more. we spend about 3 hours that afternoon just talking and shooting. we shot every round of ammo we had brought and discussed just about every subject you could think of.
after that we'd pass eachother at the local gun shows and have a good laugh about our Oklahoma memebers "get-together" in Okmulgee. it was a pretty funny inside joke between the two of us. Mark was truly was of the most down-to-earth and truly genuine kind of guys I've ever met. his presence online and in person will be missed.
A while back one of the members of this site was auctioning off a silver membership to the highest bidder with GT Casino Cash. I asked if we could nominate someone and donate my $ to the person who I thought deserved it most, and I was given the go ahead.
I PM'ed Okie and asked if he wanted in.
After he won this is what he sent me.
After he won, the first thing on his mind was giving back to the people that helped. That's the kind of person Okie was, and that's why all those people chipped in to help him.
Rest in Peace my Friend.
ETA: I beleive I was also responsible for nominating Okie for Mayor of GT. And a thanks to Shoeless for helping me contact Okie and helping him get the membership.
Things that make you smile.