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Lawrence Charles McCullough was born on Oct 29 1913 in South of Fort Cobb, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA to Ernest Tony McCullough and Elisabeth Pohlman (McCullough).(2)
He grew up on his parents farm and attended the East Spring Valley and Alden Schools. He did well in school and was also on the wrestling team. He graduated from Alden High School at age 16, after which he attended Anadarko Business School.
On January 23, 1931 he married Thelma Imo Newton in Anadarko. He was 17 years old and Imo was 16, but Imo’s parents signed to allow them to be married.
Lawrence and Imo had three children by birth: Dosia Imo McCullough (Jackson), Tony Albert McCullough and Martha Lorraine McCullough (Branum), as well as a stillborn infant daughter, who was born at some point before Martha was born. Lawrence and Imo also had a foster daughter, Sue Hunter, and a foster granddaughter Sherrie Roberts.
Due to the tough times of the great depression, Lawrence and Imo moved to Guthrie where his sister Martha (and her husband Aubrey lived). Lawrence learned the trade of carpentry and worked as a milkman, but missed the farming life, so they later moved back to Caddo County, settling on a place that was 1-1/2 miles west of Pine Ridge, which would be their home for the rest of their lives, at first living in an old frame house (which was already on the property) but later building a nice brick house in the early 1960’s.
Lawrence farmed cotton (in the early days) and wheat, but also raised hereford cattle, and he served on the school board of East Spring Valley and Broxton for 30 years.
Religiously, we do not know much about his religious upbringing, but do know that he and Imo were part of the Green Valley Mennonite Church for a time, but later were both baptized in the churches of Christ. They were members at the Pine Ridge Church of Christ and later the Fort Cobb Church of Christ (the Pine Ridge congregation merged into the Fort Cobb congregation), where Lawrence served as an elder for more than 40 years.
Lawrence was healthy most of his life but in his old age he dealt with high blood pressure, glaucoma, heart disease and a stroke.
- 1. http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/b/r/a/James-M-Branum-OK/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0124.html
- 2. Lawton Constitution, Oct. 29, 2001, Page 9A “Lawrence Charles McCullough” (Obituary)
FORT COBB – Funeral for Lawrence Charles McCullough, 87, Fort Cobb, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Cobb Church of Christ.
Mr. McCullough died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at his home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Fort Cobb, under direction of Fort Cobb-Hackney Funeral Home. He was born Oct. 29, 1913, in Fort Cobb to Ernest Tony and Elisabeth Pohlman McCullough. He attended East Spring Valley and Alden schools, graduating at age 16. He attended Anadarko Business School. He married Thelma Imo Newton on Jan. 23, 1931, in Anadarko. She died July 5, 2000. They moved to Guthrie, where he learned carpentry. The moved south of Fort Cobb, where they farmed and ranched the rest of their lives. He had served on the school board of East Spring Valley and Broxton for 30 years. He was a member of Fort Cobb Church of Christ, and served as an elder for more than 40 years. Survivors include his children and their spouses: Dosia Imo and Paul Jackson, Apache; Tony Albert and Della McCullough, Fort Cobb; and Martha Lorraine and James Branum, Newcastle; a foster daughter, Sue Hunter, Gulfport, Miss.; a foster granddaughter, Sherrie Roberts, Tipton; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant daughter; a sister, Martha Mason; and two brothers: John E. and Wesley T. McCullough. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipton Home in Tipton or Hospice of Central Oklahoma in Chickasha.