Cross, Lester Dean

Services for Lester Dean Cross were held Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Pryor, Oklahoma with Pastor Keith McArton officiating. Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery in Pryor.
Lester Dean Cross was born February 29, 1932 in Elk City, Oklahoma to Dean Von and Jeffa (Hunt) Cross. He departed this life on August 11, 2010 at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a 51 year battle with diabete, at the age of 78 years, 5 months and 13 days.
Lester Dean had lived in Pryor since 1958. He was married to Shirley Louise Adams on June 17, 1954 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma; at the time of his death they had been married for 56 years. Lester Dean graduated from Cheyenne High School in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. After serving four year as a medical corpsman in the Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to Oklahoma. He then attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Lester Dean was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2001. After working for a short time as a Pharmacist in Shawnee. He moved to Pryor and managed the Professionl Phamacy. He worke for pharmcies in and around Pryor for a year then joined Beggs Pharmacy until his retiremt in 1999.
Lester Dean was an active member of the First Baptist Church. He also served the community of Pryor as a member of the Park Boar, Pryor Booster Club, American Legion, Pryor Chamber of Commerce, Pryor Lion Club, where he participated in the Lion’s Club’s many chaity evets, including Pryorzapoppin, pancake breakfast and Little Olympics. He was still an active member of Mayes County Board of Health. Lester Dean was one of the original directors of Century National Bank.
Lester Dean loved to play golf with his sons and friends and spent many weekends and evenings with them on the Pryor
Municipl Golf Course. While growing up in Cheyenne, a western Oklahoma farming and ranching community, he found great satisfaction in farming and raising cattle which he indulged untl his death by advising and assisting Doug in his cattle and pecan grafting operation.
Lester Dean love his God, his children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Shirley will greatly miss her life partner, the children will miss their Dad’s unwavering love, advice, encouragement and support, and the grandchildren will miss their Pawpaw’s love, kindness and affecion. The family is comforted with the knowledge that Lester Dean, with his faith in Jesus Christ, is at peace in Heaven.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley, of the home; sons Dean Bogle Cross and wife Apri of Miami Shores, Florida and Doug Adams Cross and wife Brenda of Pryor; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Nellye Ann (Cross) Meitsma of Edmond, Oklahoma and a host of other family and friends He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK 26-Aug-2010