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In Memory of

Donald Ray Suggs

February 14, 1936 - June 18, 2017

Obituary


Memorial services for Donald Ray Suggs Sr. will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Sam Keener officiating. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Donald Ray Suggs Sr., "Sonny" or "Don" as many called him, was born on Valentines Day, February 14th, 1936, in Claremore, OK, the son of Betty Mae Osage. He grew up in the Tahlequah area and was the youngest of six children, and lived most of his childhood with his sister, Frances Smith. He graduated from...

Memorial services for Donald Ray Suggs Sr. will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Sam Keener officiating. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Donald Ray Suggs Sr., "Sonny" or "Don" as many called him, was born on Valentines Day, February 14th, 1936, in Claremore, OK, the son of Betty Mae Osage. He grew up in the Tahlequah area and was the youngest of six children, and lived most of his childhood with his sister, Frances Smith. He graduated from Tahlequah High School, then moved to Broken Arrow with his family. He began his working career in the Broken Arrow and Tulsa areas. He worked at RC Cola Bottling for 25 years prior to his retirement. Later he began a second career as a sales representative for Proctor and Gamble, retiring in 2000 after 15 years. Don and his companion Bonnie moved to Lost City in 1999 and remained there until 2016. Don was a dedicated OU fan, never failing to wear his OU hat and shirt for every game. He was meticulous with his yard and his home, always taking great care of anything he owned. His nephews Kenneth and Ryan built a porch on his home and he enjoyed hours of relaxing on the porch and watching the day go by. He loved to spend a day at the fishing hole or out hunting. The country life was perfect for Don, and he shared his days with his canine companion Shadow and Misty the cat. He was very proud of his Cherokee heritage, and attended every Cherokee Nation event he could. He nieces and nephews were always sure to get a Christmas present and a soda pop from Uncle Don. Don adored his family and was happy with every chance he had to spend a day with them. He had a wonderful sense of humor and quite the collection of clichés, one of his favorite being "Have A Day" as he was leaving you. He passed from this life on June 18th, 2017 at the age of 81 years. He will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved him.

Don is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Mae Osage, and five siblings, Viola Ramsey, Frances Lee Suggs Smith, Juanita Suggs Allen, Hugh Burse "Buster" Suggs, and Charles Eugene Suggs.

Those left to cherish his memory include his faithful companion and best friend, Bonnie Lefevre of the home, two sons, Donnie Suggs of Broken Arrow and Michael Suggs and wife Dana of Owasso, OK. He lives on in his seven grandchildren, Austin, Chandler, Brooklyn, Lizzie, Jaxson, Jeremiah, and Jack, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.