Trail, John Harvey

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John Harvey Trail, 82, of Fletcher, Okla. and formerly of Floyd, Va., died on Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton, Okla.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church of Elgin. Burial will follow at the Fletcher Cemetery in Fletcher, Okla. Officiating will be the Rev. Ginny Hathaway and the Rev. Joe Stewart.

The family will receive guests on Friday, January 18, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral Home. Pallbearers are George Trail, Ron Trail, John Trail Jr., Chad Jones, Clay Trail, Michael Branch and Greg Warmink. Honorary Pallbearers are Don Mullenix, Jerry Watson, Leon Louthen, Ray Dove, Brian Morris, Harvey Miller, Marvin Seymour and Bob Sims.

John was born to John Henry and Lizzie Mae Farris Trail on September 19, 1925, in Floyd, Va. He married Emily Vernette Rider on November 26, 1947, in Wichita Falls, Texas. John was a charter member and helped start the Cyril Methodist Church, a longtime Superintendent and member of the Fletcher Methodist Church, and a current active member at the Elgin Methodist Church.

He was a World War II Veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and Lions Club. John was a master welder who consulted on the construction of The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. He retired Civil Service after active duty in the Army Air Corp and the Navy. He enjoyed being a barber and owning his own welding and auto repair business. He loved visiting with his coffee buddies in Fletcher, playing dominoes, and cooking breakfast, bacon, eggs, biscuits and coffee, for his family.

He is survived by three sons, John Harvey Trail Jr., of Fletcher, George Dale Trail, of Austin, Texas, and Ronald Edward Trail, of Syracuse, Utah; one daughter, Bonnie Elizabeth Winner, of College Station, Texas; five sisters, Bessie Knoll, of Strongsfield, Ohio, Gladys Petrie, of Floyd, Va., Millie Sowers and Katie Lester, of Christianburg, Va., and Margaret Todd, of Salem, Va. He is preceded in death by his wife, Emily Vernette Trail; his parents; and nine of his brothers and sisters, George, Rangley, Ella, Louise, Billy, Edward, Pauline, Kathleen and Virginia. John will be dearly missed by his ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.