Quinton Meade Ghormley, 84, of Claremore, Oklahoma died June 4, 2012, 24 days shy of his 85th birthday, in the Veteran’s Center of Claremore, Claremore, Oklahoma. Born June 28, 1927 in Moodys, Oklahoma, he was the son of Walter Franklin and Artie Brown Ghormley
Quinton grew up in Watts, OK where he graduated from high school in 1946. The day after graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served 2 years. Quinton returned to Oklahoma and began his college career that took him to Panhandle A&M, Oklahoma State University, The University of Arkansas, Northeastern State University and Sterling College in Kansas. He earned degrees in Education/Administration, Agricultural Science and several continuing education certifications. Quinton worked as a public school teacher, administrator and managed CO-OP’s for Farmland Industries.
Quinton met Pauline in 1953 and they married in Tahlequah, OK on April 30, 1955. They shared wedding anniversaries with Pauline’s parents, Ida and Quince, who were also married on April 30.
Quinton was baptized in a summer gospel meeting at the Colcord Church of Christ soon after he and Pauline were married. They planted churches across Kansas, sometimes bringing the church to the town they lived in for the first time. Quinton was a member of the Church of Christ in Claremore.
Quinton and Pauline began their married life in Arlington, KS teaching school. They lived in Oklahoma and Kansas throughout their working careers. In the summer of 1995 they retired to Claremore. Retirement for Quinton and Pauline was a busy schedule of visiting family and friends, antiquing together across northeastern Oklahoma, and playing pitch with friends.
Quinton is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline Porter Ghormley of Claremore, OK. Son Steve Ghormley and wife Jessica of Savannah, GA. Daughter Dixie and son Tyler Perry of Garland, TX, and son Christopher and wife Mistie of Jacksonville, NC. Brothers Mark Ghormley and Barney Ghormley.
Quinton will also be missed by many close family members and friends.
Quinton will be remembered, by all who met him, for his never-ending supply of stories and jokes. He was quick witted and loved to visit with people. He truly never met a stranger. In all of the travels with family and later in life with Pauline, if he wandered off, she could count on finding him talking with someone.
Services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Colcord Church of Christ, Colcord, Oklahoma with Mr. Larry Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in Row Cemetery at Colcord, Oklahoma. Visitation will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.