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Rudia Halliburton, 86 of McAlester, Sunday, at McAlester. Funeral services will be, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Hartshorne First Christian Church. Burial will be in Blanco Cemetery. Rudia Haliburton, Jr. was born to Rudia and Oral (Cable) Halliburton at Jack Fork December 31, 1929. Rudia graduated from McAlester High School. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from Phillips University at Enid and a Master's degree in History from Oklahoma State University. He married Helen LaVonne McCollum February 14, 1949 at Enid. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Rudia worked as a history professor for Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and retired from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in 1991. He authored several books and a myriad of published historical papers. He was responsible for the first Black History program in the State of Oklahoma. In 1970 he was awarded "Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year" the last university professor to receive this honor. He was an ordained Christian Church Disciples of Christ minister and after retiring pastored the Hartshorne First Christian Church for fourteen years. He was an active member of the Silver Hair Legislature and was a member of the Savanna Senior Citizens. Survived by: Wife: Helen Halliburton of the home; Daughters: Judith Colburn and husband, Charles of Tahlequah, Janet Roloff of McAlester; Grandchildren: Carrie Colburn of Tahlequah, James Eric Colburn and wife, Brynn of Bentonville, Arkansas, Robert Roloff of Virginia; Great grandchildren: Gavin, Hanna, Ethan, Jaxon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudia and Oral Halliburton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hartshorne First Christian Church, 127 S. 10th St., Hartshorne, Ok 74547.
Published on May 24, 2016
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