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Karl Edwin StonekingNovember 2, 1938 ~ August 29, 2017 (age 78)
Karl Edwin Stoneking was born November 2, 1938 in Ottawa, Kansas. His family moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma where he grew up, graduating from Sapulpa High School, where he was on the football and wrestling teams. He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry. His parents were natives of Kansas, his mother, Grace, was a homemaker and his father, Leroy, worked for the railroad. Both were active members of Sapulpa United Methodist Church.
Karl married Bettie Ann Ewert on June 9, 1962. They have two children, Chris and Stephanie.
Chris and his wife Heidi have two daughters, Emma, 22, is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and Sarah, 18, is a freshman at Flagler College.
Stephanie and her husband Jeff have a daughter, Lillie, 18, who is a freshman at UNG Gainesville, and a son John, 14, who is a freshman at Mountain View High School.
Karl served as a Sargent in the Marine Reserves. He had a 41 year career with the US Forest Service. During that career, he and Bettie lived in Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas, and Georgia.
During his career as a forester he served on the Timber Management staff on the Sylamore District in Arkansas, the Ocala District in Florida, on the Timber Management Staff in the Hot Springs office, as District Ranger in the Mina District in Oklahoma and on the Timber Management Staff at the Southeastern Regional office in Atlanta.
Karl and Bettie have been members of Duluth First United Methodist Church since they moved to Georgia in 1972. Karl and Bettie have also been members of Mountain View United Methodist Church in Arkansas, Ocala United Methodist Church in Florida, Grand Ave United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Arkansas, and Talihina United Methodist Church in Oklahoma.
Karl was a member of the church choir from 1972 until 2015, where, along with his singing, he worked in the music library in his spare time. Karl was a member of the Forum Sunday School Class, served as class president, taught Sunday School, and led class retreats. Karl has served as a Stephen Minister and then as a Stephen Leader for several years. He was also part of the Dinner Bells & Beaus, served on a number of committees and was a Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference for several years.
Karl was the Scout Master for the church Scout Troop for a number of years where he took the troop on monthly camp outs and hikes, and taught his scouts about being men and good citizens.
Karl had a number of hobbies, but his favorite was fishing. He also enjoyed woodworking, building several pieces of furniture, and loved to acquire and learn to use new tools. He also liked to read westerns and mysteries and loved music.
Karl’s favorite activity was spending time with his grandchildren. If there were games on the table, toys on the floor or a ball being tossed around in the backyard, that is where you would find him, playing with the kids. As the grandchildren got older, you would always find Karl at their ballgames and recitals, cheering in the stands and clapping in the audience.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday September 2, 2017 at the Duluth First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church gathering hall.