Roy Franklin Worley joined his beloved wife, Sue in heaven on February 14, Valentine's Day, 2013. A memorial service for Roy will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Trinity Baptist Church, 320 North Washington, Ardmore, Okla. Attendees will be given an opportunity during the service to briefly share a memory of Roy.
Roy was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on July 22, 1931, and lived in Ardmore all his life, except for a period in 1971-1972 when he and his family moved to Purcell, Okla. He was the youngest child of Albert and Maude Worley, and the brother of Gertrude Worley, Fern Landrum, Fay Gandy and Dan Worley, all who preceded him in death.
He married the love of his life, Sue Stewart, on February 7, 1951, in an early morning ceremony conducted by a one-armed Justice of the Peace in Gainesville, Texas. They remained married for 60 years until the passing of Sue in September of 2011. Roy and Sue raised two children: Glen who lives in Elgin, Texas, with his wife, Lisa and Carolyn who lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Andrew Soeldner. Carolyn and Andrew are the parents of Roy's two grandchildren: Tomas Soeldner, age 15 and Lucas Soeldner, age 6.
Roy lettered in football and basketball before he graduated from Ardmore High School in 1949. He served in the National Guard and the Army Reserves and earned his Combat Infantry Badge when he was sent to Korea in 1951 as a Forward Observer of a mortar unit as part of Company H, 179th Regiment, 45th Division. After returning from Korea, he stayed in the Reserves and became a Second Lieutenant until his honorable discharge. In 1952, he started work at Exchange National Bank, now BancFirst, as a bank teller and eventually rose in the company until he retired as a Vice-President of the bank in 1994. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Roy served on the Ardmore School Board and presided over the school board during the time that Ardmore schools were integrated.
An avid Sooner football fan, he loved sports and was very athletic. In the 1960s, Roy won the city-wide bowling championship and, having conquered the bowling alley, switched his interest to golf, which he played until his struggle with cancer prevented him from getting out on the links. Roy was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for over 50 years, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and a member of various church committees.
After retiring, Roy was a longtime volunteer at the Military Memorial Museum of Ardmore and for several years was the editor of their monthly newsletter, among other duties. He was very active in organizing reunions for the Ardmore Class of '49 and also for his army unit. He also became an amateur historian and was known for the presentations he gave on how Oklahoma got its borders and the Arlington National Cemetery. Roy, and Sue until her passing, acted as secretary for the Champion Station Homeowners Association until just before his death. He dearly loved music and musical performances and became known around town as one of the most avid Willie Nelson fans in Ardmore. He also supported the Goddard Center and attended many concerts there, as well as going to see musicals and performances in Dallas or Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in his name to the Military Memorial Museum, which is part of the Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore at 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore, OK 73401.
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