TAHLEQUAH – In loving memory of Ralph Edward Hamby who was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Welling, and passed March 30, 2015, in Welling, at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 1 day. Ralph was the son of James “Jim” and Mary “Molly” (Wortham) Hamby. Brother to Mary Hamby Clay, Floyd Hamby, Emma Hamby-Goodnight, Ray Hamby, and Glenn Hamby. He was a loving husband, married to Elizabeth Ahnawake “Betty Ann” Keys on May 12, 1948, in Wagoner. All preceding his death, awaiting to be reunited. Those left behind to cherish his memory forever are his four children, Caroline Wilkinson, James Hamby, Keith Hamby and wife Sharie, Brenda Holderbee and husband Freeman. All of whom gave Ralph twelve wonderful grandchildren and twenty precious great-grandchildren. As a young man, Ralph loved and honored his mother and father. He soon joined the Army of the United States of America on Oct. 7, 1942, stationed with his company 495 Engineers, all overseas until Dec. 26, 1945, serving for W.W.II. Making his way back to Welling from overseas with an honorable discharge, Ralph sought employment as a rancher. During that time, he married the love of his life, “Betty Ann.” They began traveling, taking up construction/demolition work with his brothers, cousins and nephews. Becoming homesick from Welling and his family home, Ralph became a rancher for himself which later led to employment with Cherokee County District No. 3. Long after which he became a rancher for himself again, for he had a love for his Black Angus cattle. During his lifetime of experiences, Ralph had seen and lived it all. He had a wonderful and fulfilling life with his enormous family of his beloved wife, grandparents, parents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, his friends, all of whom he loved very much. Ralph was of Baptist faith, for which he took very serious. So educated by the Bible, we all were so amazed how he could quote word for word any verse at any given time. Ralph was a loving and compassionate man who thrived on meeting new people and making friends wherever he may go. He loved his social life with his extended family, church and all the shopping centers and sale barns. For being the man Ralph was, he was rewarded in his final days of still having great determination for which he was always in charge and control of his wishes, wants and needs. And still finding new friends for whom he and his family would like to thank, such as the Hospice of the Cherokees for their friendship, care and compassion. Thank you Lea, Amber, Laura, Keith, Jamie and Lindsay for you will never be forgotten. Ralph and his family would also like to acknowledge the continued friendship and fellowship so often, of longtime friend, Rev. Charles Duvall of Welling General Baptist Church. May God bless you! Services for Ralph will be held Saturday, April 4, with Rev. Charles Duvall and Rev. Frank Davis officiating, under the direction of his children and Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Tahlequah, at 10 a.m., uniting with his wife in Manus Cemetery in Welling. Pallbearers for Ralph include his grandsons, Clark Wilkinson, Billy Holderbee, Charlie Holderbee, Wes Holderbee, Jay Holderbee; and his nephew, Ray Hamby. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  April 2, 2015