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PARK HILL – Services for Bride Franklin “Frank” Box Jr. will be held on Tuesday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Rob Pierce officiating. Visitation was held June 15. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Frank include Harvey Ragland, Roger Box, James Sitsler Jr., Josh Luper, Kyle Luper and Dylan Luper. Frank Box Jr. was born on July 28, 1943, in Tahlequah, the son of Bride Franklin and Nannie Myrtle (Garrison) Box Sr. As a young man, he attended school at Stone Chapel, South of Tahlequah. On Feb. 18, 1975, he married the love of his life and constant companion, Beulah Teany at South Bethel. Together they shared five children, James, Troy, Patricia, Joyce and Ruby. Frank was an inspiration to all who knew him. Even from a wheelchair he was determined to provide for his family and he succeeded. He was the owner/operator of Frank’s Wood Yard and was constantly out doors cutting wood. He was also a very gifted handyman and could fix about anything he set his mind to. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed working in the yard, playing with his dogs, or visiting with the many friends that would stop by. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a laugh that warmed a room. He was kind, considerate and would go out of his way to help people whenever he could. He was the happiest man in the world just to spend an afternoon with his family, he loved them dearly and was so very proud of them. Evenings were spent watching comedies with his wife and faithful canine companion Crackerjack at his feet. Frank never tired, but his body grew weak, and Frank went to his eternal rest on Friday, June 12, 2015, in Salina, with his family by his side. Frank was 71 years old. This loved and familiar face in the Keys community will be greatly missed. Frank is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ruby lee Ragland; and by two brothers, Roscoe Matthews and his wife Nita, and Doyle Matthews and his wife Georgie. He joins his sisters, Doris Bivin and her husband Richard, Bobbie Goff and her husband Raymond, and Bettie Matthews; his half brother, Claude Box and wives Nicki and Ruth; half sister, Mary Louise Slape; brother-in-law, Edward Daniels; and his beloved grandson, Dustin Mitchell. Those left here to cherish Frank’s memory include his wife, Beulah of the home and his adored children, James Harvey Ragland of Grand View, Patricia Randall and husband Richard of Peggs, Troy Ragland of Tahlequah, and Joyce Sitsler and husband James of Locust Grove. He leaves one brother, Art Box and wife June of Ketchum; and his sisters, Betty Nanette Daniels of Tulsa, Paula Sissom and husband Granville of Cleveland, and Clara Shipman and husband George of Sand Springs. Frank lives on in his seven grandchildren, Kandy Luper and husband Josh of Locust Grove, Kimberly Tomlin and husband Phillip of Missouri, James Sitsler of Locust Grove, John Randall of Peggs, Tina Harbert and husband J.J. of Owasso, and Jessie Randall of Oklahoma City. He leaves eight great-grandchildren, Jayden and Ella Mae Harbert of Owasso, Cody Ragland of Texas, Dylan, Kyle and Makayla Luper of Locust Grove, Bradley and Ally Tomlin of Missouri; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  June 15, 2015
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