John Steve Whitmire passed from this life on June 24, 2021, at the age of 73. He was born on March 12, 1948 to Clarence Eugene and Loise Louise (Stanley) Whitmire in Kenefic, Oklahoma. He married the love of his life, June Stanfield on January 30, 1970 in Caddo, Oklahoma.
John Steve was a farmer and rancher all of his life, but loved to hunt, fish, and go to family gatherings. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He proudly served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Durant Church of Christ.
Left behind to cherish John Steve’s memory is his wife of 51 years, June of the home, and his two daughters Amanda Brister and husband Brian of Kingston, Oklahoma and Stephanie Hall and husband Marc of Durant, Oklahoma. Grandsons Conner Brister and Brady Brister both of Kingston, Oklahoma, and only granddaughter Khloe Hall of Durant, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his brother Merle Whitmire of McDavid, Florida and his three sisters Jan Morton of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Cindy James of Durant, Oklahoma, and Reba Evans of Durant, Oklahoma.
John Steve was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Eugene Whitmire and mother Loise Louise Whitmire.
Family hour will be held at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10:00am at the Durant Church of Christ, located at 5312 N 1st Avenue, Durant, Oklahoma 74701 with Logan Cates and Layne Heitz officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery in Caddo, Oklahoma.
Serving as pallbearers will be JD Culbreath, Jimmy Culbreath, Jerry Goodwin, James Stanfield, Chad Stanley, James Whitmire, Stacey Watkins, and Richie Morton. Honorary pallbearers will be Chad Watkins, Aaron Williams, Thomas Evans, Hunter Evans, Aubrey Stanfield, and Donnie Simmons.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at 1359 Broadway Suite 1509 New York, NY 10018, or Nicaragua Ministries through the Durant Church of Christ.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant, Oklahoma. www.holmescoffeymurray.com
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