Gerald's Story

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Gerald Willis Gragg arrived on March 12th, 1931, in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, the only child of Jewell Francis (Smith) and Albert Willis Gragg. Gerald attended Sooner Elementary School with Gladys Genzer. He then went to Northeast High School in Oklahoma City and was a member of the Golden Gloves Boxing Club. He became a Golden Gloves champion and wore his jacket proudly. He graduated with the class of 1948. After graduation, while his sweetheart, Gladys, was attending the University of Oklahoma, he attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, TX, where he was the class photographer. Upon graduating, Jerry returned home to Oklahoma and went to work at Guardian Funeral Home in downtown Oklahoma City. Gladys and Jerry were married June 28th, 1952 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and started their lives together there until Jerry was drafted into the United States Army. The newly weds moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana and Gladys worked on base while Jerry served his country. After their return to Oklahoma they resumed their former jobs, bought a house, and started a family. Lisa and Deuce were born in Oklahoma City and then the young family moved to Binger when Jerry and Gladys bought a funeral home there. Gerald, along with being a funeral director, mortician, and ambulance driver, was the Binger tag agent, and sold insurance and used cars. Jerry also served as the Mayor of Binger. Soon their third child, Jeff, arrived to complete the family. They moved to Fort Cobb when Gladys and Jerry purchased the funeral home there because it had better living quarters. The Gragg family attended the Fort Cobb United Methodist Church where Gerald served on multiple committees over the years. He enjoyed tinkering, inventing, cars, trucks, riding motorcycles with his sons, and yard work. He continued to sell used cars in Fort Cobb and sold many local teenagers their first car. He loved animals and took in any stray that came along. He also loved the water and enjoyed swimming and boating. Jerry spent countless hours at the lake with his children, grandchildren and friend, J.H. Niece. He drove many miles pulling the kids on a tube and skis. Gladys and Jerry served the Caddo County area for nearly 40 years with compassion and professionalism. Jerry was well respected as an outstanding mortician and often called upon by others in his profession in difficult situations. Gladys and Jerry retired in 1999 and moved to rural Anadarko to be near their granddaughters. Jerry loved his children but adored his grandchildren and provided a lifetime of memories and adventures. In retirement Jerry enjoyed fishing, boating, OU football and basketball, Thunder basketball, mowing his acreage and battling the gophers. Just when he thought life couldn't get better along came his great-grandchildren, who called him Pawpa.
Gerald left us Sunday, February 25th, at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital surrounded by his "darlings." He spent that day listening to Elvis gospel music with family. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa, of Anadarko, son, Deuce of Lawton, granddaughters Tory Crawford and husband Kent of Chickasha, Jerica Hester of Chickasha, and great-grandchildren Mylie, Adlee, and Brydon Crawford and Bryar Hughes all of Chickasha. Gerald adored his care taker Tama Gilbreath and she took loving care of him. Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, son Jeff who was taken too soon by ALS, and his parents.
Gerald will be laid to rest at a private family graveside service at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Cobb. Services under the direction of Fort Cobb Funeral Home.
Published on March 1, 2018
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