Class of 1935

George Howard Bocox

September 7, 1918 – November 17, 1993

Funeral for George H. Bocox, 75, a former Perryan, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian church of Medford.

Bocox died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1993, at Bass Memorial Baptist hospital at Enid. Rev. John Flemmons will officiate at the service. Burial will be at Grace Hill cemetery at Perry under direction of Hills Funeral home of Medford. United States Naval Reserve officers of Oklahoma City will be in charge of military rites. Memorials may be made at the funeral home to benefit the Medford Ambulance Fund or the American Diabetes association.

Bocox was born at Orlando, Sept. 7, 1918, the son of Orie and Evelynn (Huffer) Bocox. He was a graduate of Perry high school and attended Phillips university at Enid and Ponca City Business College.

He and Mary Kirtley were married on Dec. 30, 1939. The couple made their home in Perry where he began his career working for AAA Farm Program. Mr. and Mrs. Bocox moved to the Medford community in 1943.

Bocox entered the military in December, 1943 and served with the U.S. Navy Reserve until March, 1946. He returned to Grant county and remained there as county executive director until retiring in June, 1979. He then began a full-time farming, and wheat and cattle raising business.

He was past president of the Medford Lions, had served as zone chairman and deputy district governor of the Lions club, an elder and chairman of the board of trustees of the First Christian church. Bocox was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, chairman of the Red Cross and the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Bocox served 10 years as a member of the Medford board of education and received the governor’s conservation award from the Soil Conservation District in 1984.

Bocox was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, George Jr. of Lenexa, Kan., and Tom, of Caldwell, Kan.; two daughters, Marilyn Kay O’Rourke, Houston, Texas; and Kathy Marquis, Oklahoma City; two brothers, Jack, of Perry, and Don, of Talihina; two sisters, Ruth Bocox, Ponca City, and Fran Palm, Tulsa; nine grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.