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March 20, 2014

Obituary- Noland

PRYOR, OK — Funeral services for Harmon H. Noland are Friday, March 21, 10 a.m., at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Pryor. Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Cemetery in Pea Ridge, Ark. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.

Harmon was born on June 1, 1929, in Monte Ne, Ark. to Damas Haden and Mary Francis (Sharp) Noland. He died Monday, March 17, in Tulsa. He was 84.

Harmon grew up and attended school in Monte Ne, Ark.; he was one of 14 children and his father died when he was 14 so he left school early to work and help support his family. He joined the United States Army in 1951, serving during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. He returned home to Arkansas where he would soon marry the love of his life, Celia Jo Green. Harmon and Celia married on June 20, 1954, in Monte Ne and lived there for a few years. They had one daughter, Vicki, then in 1960 they moved to Pryor where they have made their home ever since.

Harmon went to work for Oklahoma Cement, which later became Lonestar Industries. He worked there from 1960 until 1991, retiring at the age of 62. After his retirement, he spent his days golfing or taking care of his granddaughters who he loved dearly.

Harmon was a longtime member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Pryor. He loved Jesus and never missed an opportunity to talk to someone about him. He loved studying his Bible and fellowshipping with church friends. He put Jesus first in his life followed by his family and he led them by example. He was a true blue friend, a wonderful father and grandfather and devoted man of God.

In his free time, he loved golfing and would go for runs to keep fit. He also enjoyed going on an annual camping trip with his siblings for the past many years at War Eagle. He loved college football and watching the Arkansas Razorbacks was his favorite; he was also an avid coin collector.

He is survived by his daughter Vicki Peters and husband Jim of Catoosa; two granddaughters, Julie Huse and husband Brooks of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Raegan Peters of Catoosa; one sister, Norma Felder and husband Ray of Amarillo, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Noland and Wilma Bridges. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and 12 siblings.

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