Jimmy Dean McGowin

Jimmy Dean McGowin, 57, longtime resident of rural Dewar, passed away at his home Tuesday, July 3. Jimmy was born March 2, 1961, in Tahlequah to Arvin McGowin and Virginia Faye Stidman McGowin.

Jimmy grew up attending Dewar Public Schools and was a member of Salem Baptist Church. He married Renee Love on September 27, 1981, in Dewar and they remained happily married for 37 years until his death. Jimmy worked in maintenance at OSU-Okmulgee. He was a strong family man and he will be remembered fondly by the many who knew and loved him.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father and mother; two sisters, Sally Pollard and Cathy Strong; nephew, Token Spears; and nephew, Arvin Lee McGowin II.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Renee McGowin of the home; two daughters, Tabitha Russell Thomas of Henryetta and Christina Reynolds and husband Matthew of Bryant; four grandchildren, Zachary Russell, Dalton Thomas, Brayden Reynolds, and Aubree Thomas; a son-in-law, Derrick Thomas of Henryetta; son-in-law, Dee Russell of Wilson; siblings, Arvin Lee McGowin and wife Faye of Dewar, Gary McGowin and wife Ann of Dewar, Johnny McGowin of Dewar, Ronnie McGowin and wife Christy of Dewar, David Thomas and wife Teresa of Dewar, Vicky Szarwinski of Dewar, and Dana Wells and husband Carl of Dewar; as well as other extended family and many good friends.

Visitation was from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7 and was from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Integrity Funeral Service.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, at the Dewar First Baptist Church were Rev. Ryan Wells, Rev. Scott Wolfe, and Rev. Suzie Stephens officiated. Interment followed immediately at the McGowin family Cemetery in Weleetka under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Randy Campbell, Ethan Been, Zachary Russell, Gary McGowin II, Chad McGowin, Ricky J. Sturman, Matt Reynolds, Jeremy Shatswell, T.J. Pollard, Jason Williamson, Hunter Williamson, and John Evans. Honorary pallbearers were Dee Russell, Bill Russell, and Eric (Ping) Cunningham.


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