Jacob Harold Almon, 87, of Marlow was freed from the struggles of this life and began his eternal walk in heaven with Jesus on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the veterans center in Lawton.
A celebration of Harold’s life and homegoing is planned during a graveside service on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Marlow Cemetery, with the Rev. Cliff Hawkins officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.
Harold was born Tuesday, June 1, 1926, on the family farm east of Seminole to John Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Croy) Almon. He graduated from Mountain View High School and served his country in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955. On Aug. 30, 1952, Harold married the former Bernice Oleta West in Seminole. In 1960, Harold moved his family to Marlow and began classes at the Oklahoma Missionary Baptist Institute. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in theology at the seminary. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in education from the University of Oklahoma.
Harold served as pastor and music minister of several churches throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas. He was an instructor at the seminary in Marlow for many years and derived great joy from encouraging and mentoring young ministers who attended the college. At the time of his retirement, Harold was serving as dean of the school.
Along with Bernice’s beautiful piano accompaniment, Harold loved sharing his musical talent and enjoyment of music. He had opportunities to sing with many quartets during his ministry and was especially proud of the albums recorded by the OMBI quartet. All who knew Harold will remember him as a genuine and compassionate man who loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord and those around him. He will be greatly missed.
Harold was preceded in death by Bernice, his beloved wife of 52 years; his parents; three brothers, Harry, Jay and Odell Almon; a sister, Mary Francis Davis; and a host of friends and other relatives.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Ann Almon of Duncan; a daughter, Marcella Williams of Marlow; four grandchildren, Miranda Lenocker and husband Jeff of Edmond, Bridgette Lancaster and husband Lee of Yukon, Chris Almon of Duncan, and Drew Williams and wife Christy of Stillwater; four great-granddaughters, Cheyenne Williams, Mary Lancaster, Lauren Lenocker and Allison Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Joyce Almon of Beebe, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, Chris Almon, Jeff Lenocker, Lee Lancaster and Drew Williams.
Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Baptist Church, 1725 Chisholm Drive, Duncan, OK 73533.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.callawaysmithcobb.com.
Jacob Harold Almon
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Jan 20, 2014 - 2:29:58 PM
Jan 20, 2014 - 2:29:58 PM
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