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Basil Vaughn Myers passed away on March 15, 2017 at 89 years of age. He was born in Osage Indian Territory to Julia E. Rice Myers and Orville Harvey Myers. Basil was a very accomplished and intelligent man. He attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) in the late 1940's and went on to get his master's degree in 1969. He spent a big part of his life working for the OSU Extension Service of the 4-H Program. Some of the programs still run today, such as: the 4-H Chick Embryo Program (where students watch chicks develop and hatch), the 4-H Horse Show at the Tulsa State Fair and a 4-H Dog Obedience Show that he started with his wife Beth.
Basil and Beth were born and raised together and in June of 1953, he made her his wife. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage before Beth passed away in May of 2005. They enjoyed doing many things together including traveling and raising Brangus cattle until 2000. Beth was the love of his life, as she was a brilliant partner for him.
Basil was a hard worker. He served on the Board of Directors of the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce for four years, and as National Chairman of the National County Agents Association, Association Director of the Oklahoma Rural Co-Op Board, on the Board of the Grand River Dam Authority for seven years and as Director in 1995. Even when Basil retired in 1990 as a County Extension Director in Muskogee County, his work did not stop. He spent a lot of time in Shrine service work driving vans with patients to the Shriners Hospital for Burned Children from Muskogee to Shreveport, LA which was a 325 mile trip one way. In Basil's free time he enjoyed fishing and playing Dominos. At the age of 83, he married Fern Waters and moved to Pawnee County, Oklahoma where he resided until his passing.
Basil was preceded in death by his wife, Beth Myers; parents, Julia and Orville Myers, and siblings, Douglas, Tracy, Troy Myers, Basil's twin (died at birth), Audrey Myers Picket and Gilda Myers Bear-Miller. He is survived by his siblings, Travis Myers, and Harvey Myers; children, Garry Myers and wife Susan of California, Gina Myers of Oklahoma and Gayla Patterson and husband Roger of Arkansas; grandchildren, Matthew McNeil and wife Rhonda, Clifford L. Taylor and wife Stephanie, Heather Patterson Thein and husband, Joshua and Michelle Rhodes, plus seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may wish to remember Basil by making donations to the Bedouin Shrine Temple Children's Burn Center, 201 S. 6th St. W., Muskogee, OK 74401.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 in Fosters' Ivory Chapel at Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com.
Published on March 17, 2017
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