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In Memory of

Ralph Edward Hamby

August 29, 1920 - March 30, 2015

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In loving memory of Ralph Edward Hamby.
Born August 29, 1920 in Welling, OK. Deceased March 30, 2015 in Welling, OK at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 1 day.
Ralph was the Son of James "Jim" and Mary "Molly" (Wortham) Hamby. Brother to Mary Hamby Clay, Floyd Hamby, Emma Hamby-Goodnight, Ray Hamby, and Glenn Hamby. Loving Husband, married to Elizabeth Ahnawake "Betty Ann" Keys, May 12, 1948 in Wagoner, OK. All preceding his death, awaiting to be reunited.
Those left behind to cherish his memory forever are his four children,...

In loving memory of Ralph Edward Hamby.
Born August 29, 1920 in Welling, OK. Deceased March 30, 2015 in Welling, OK at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 1 day.
Ralph was the Son of James "Jim" and Mary "Molly" (Wortham) Hamby. Brother to Mary Hamby Clay, Floyd Hamby, Emma Hamby-Goodnight, Ray Hamby, and Glenn Hamby. Loving Husband, married to Elizabeth Ahnawake "Betty Ann" Keys, May 12, 1948 in Wagoner, OK. All preceding his death, awaiting to be reunited.
Those left behind to cherish his memory forever are his four children, Caroline Wilkinson, James Hamby, Keith Hamby and wife Sharie, Brenda Holderbee and husband Freeman. All of whom gave Ralph twelve wonderful grandchildren and twenty precious great grandchildren.
As a young man, Ralph loved and honored his mother and father. He soon joined the Army of the United States of America on October 7, 1942 stationed with his company 495 Engineers, all overseas until December 26, 1945, serving for WWII. Making his way back to Welling from overseas with an honorable discharge, Ralph sought employment as a rancher. During that time, he married the love of his life "Betty Ann". They began traveling, taking up construction/demolition work with his brothers, cousins and nephews. Becoming homesick from Welling and his family home, Ralph became a rancher for himself which later led to employment with Cherokee Co. District #3. Long after which he became a rancher for himself again, for he had a love for his Black Angus Cattle. During his lifetime of experiences, Ralph had seen and lived it all. He had a wonderful and fulfilling life with his enormous family of his beloved wife, grandparents, parents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, daughter-in-laws, son-in-laws, his friends, all of whom he loved very much. Ralph was of Baptist faith, for which he took very serious. So educated by the bible, we all were so amazed how he could quote word for word any verse at any given time.
Ralph was a loving and compassionate man who thrived on meeting new people and making friends wherever he may go. He loved his social life with his extended family, church and all the shopping centers and sale barns. For being the man Ralph was, he was rewarded in his final days of still having great DETERMINATION for which he was always in charge and control of his wishes, wants and needs. And still finding new friends for whom he would and his family would like to thank the Hospice of the Cherokees for their friendship, care and compassion. Thank you Lea, Amber, Laura, Keith, Jamie and Lindsay for you will never be forgotten. Ralph and his family would also like to acknowledge the continued friendship and fellowship so often, of longtime friend, Rev. Charles Duvall of Welling General Baptist Church. May God bless you!
Services for Ralph will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 with Rev. Charles Duvall and Rev. Frank Davis officiating, under the direction of his children and Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Tahlequah, OK at 10:00 am, united with his wife in Manus Cemetery in Welling, OK. Pallbearers for Ralph include his grandsons, Clark Wilkinson, Billy Holderbee, Charlie Holderbee, Wes Holderbee, Jay Holderbee, and his nephew, Ray Hamby.