Leroy Atkinson, a resident of Byars, Okla., was born on March 18, 1943 in Spokane, Washington to Minnie Mildred (Wade) and Earl Otis Atkinson. He passed away in Byars on Sunday June 2, 2019 at the age of 76. Leroy spent time as a youth traveling with his parents. He moved to Oklahoma in 1956 and spent the rest of his life here.

He married Melba Jo (Hicks)on March 18, 1987 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leroy had worked as a Hydraulic Technician for OG&E and as a rancher. He had attended the Byars Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; sisters , Mary Carol, Ruth, Shirley, Lillian and Louise and a brother, Bill.

Survived by his wife, Melba Jo of their home; five daughters, Teresa Atkinson of Oklahoma City, Lori Ann McNeil and husband, Chris, of Yukon, Okla., Pamela Jean Seyler of Orlando, Fla., Tammie Renae Hughes of Francis, Okla., and Maria Atkinson of Byars, Okla.; son, Mark Allen Hughes and wife, Renee, of Celina, Texas; 15 grandchildren, Lloyd, Katie, Scott, Roy Allen, Sean, Joshua, Hallie, Jacob, Danielle, Dillion, Sierra, Wyatt, Emma, Zoe and Zack; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Atkinson and Ray Atkinson; four sisters, Betty Marsh, Sharon Neill and husband, Harold, Faye Knight and Peggy Chappell and husband, Tim.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Gaultney, Roy Hughes, Sean Seyler, Joshua Hughes, Jacob Hughes, Dillion Davis and Landon Wood. Honorary Pallbearers were Katie Yarbrough, Hallie Scott, and Danielle LaGrange.

Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019 at DeArman-Pickard Funeral Chapel in Stratford, Okla., with the Rev. Lewis Perry officiating. Burial followed at the Byars Cemetery under the direction of DeArman-Pickard Funeral Home of Stratford, Okla.

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