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In Memory of

Hugh Dale Fowlkes

January 30, 1934 - March 16, 2015

Obituary


Hugh Dale Fowlkes passed from this life on Monday, March 16, 2015 after a courageous battle with Alzheimers.

Dale was born in Amarillo, Texas to Vivian and Jasper Fowlkes and died in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated from Amarillo High School and attended Texas Tech University. Dale was an accomplished musician and led a swing band for many years. The band often spent summers playing in Yellowstone National Park and it was there in 1955 that he met his future bride Judee (Judith Orr). They were married in Denver, Colorado on October 19, 1956 and...

Hugh Dale Fowlkes passed from this life on Monday, March 16, 2015 after a courageous battle with Alzheimers.

Dale was born in Amarillo, Texas to Vivian and Jasper Fowlkes and died in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated from Amarillo High School and attended Texas Tech University. Dale was an accomplished musician and led a swing band for many years. The band often spent summers playing in Yellowstone National Park and it was there in 1955 that he met his future bride Judee (Judith Orr). They were married in Denver, Colorado on October 19, 1956 and shared their love and lives until Judee's passing in December of 2003. Dale was employed for 32 years in the US Postal Service, beginning as a letter carrier then advancing as an operations manager, postal inspector, and ultimately to his final assignment as the postmaster in Edmond, OK. He had many interests outside of work and counted being a founding member of the Elks Lodge 2578 in Edmond among his favorite. Retirement allowed him time to do volunteering for Project Read and as a passionate Civil War enthusiast, he dedicated considerable energy to his book collection, The Order of the Stars and Bars, and to battlefield reenactments.

"Papa" as he was known to his grandchildren, will be remembered for his merciless mastery of Monopoly, Chickenfoot, cherry limeade sherbet always available in the freezer, the painting and naming of turtles who ventured into the yard, and for his love for Christmas decorations. Friends and family will always remember his love of playing cards and his incredible people skills, seldom meeting a stranger and always quick with a creme saver candy to hand out to everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his wife Judith Orr Fowlkes. In 2005 Dale married Betty Jean Burns in Amarillo, Texas and after briefly making their home in Tyler, Texas they relocated to Edmond, OK.

Dale is survived by his wife Betty Burns-Fowlkes of Amarillo, TX and by his brother Charles G. Fowlkes of Amarillo, TX. He is also survived by his devoted daughters Cindy Jones (husband Mike Jones) of Edmond and Alicia Vanhooser MD (husband Ross Vanhooser MD) of Enid OK. Surviving grandchildren include Jessica Jones MD (husband Trevor Rhoads) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Alex Jones MD (wife Blair Jones) of Columbia, MO, Sydney Rogers (husband Kyle Rogers) of Oklahoma City, Shelby Vanhooser of Enid and Colby Vanhooser of Enid.

Even in the last stages of his illness Dale would still find a way to share the twinkle of his eyes and a mischievous wink with all of us who loved him.

The family would like to thank his physicians, caregivers at Touchmark Memory Care, his newest friends at Autumn Leaves of Edmond, and the kind people at Faith Hospice.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Dale's life on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The service will be at The Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel at 13400 N. Kelley in Oklahoma City, OK with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Dale's memory to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.