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John Alcide Hairford
April 17, 1935 ~ March 3, 2011 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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John A. Hairford, 75, of Hooker, Oklahoma passed away March 3, 2011 at on the family farm near Hooker. A resident of Hooker since 1960, John was born in Plaucheville, LA, on April 17, 1935 to Herman (Hayes) Hairford and Allie Barr. He lived in Louisiana until his enlistment in the United States Air Force where he served as crew chief on a B-47 Bomber and as an instructor. While stationed in Amarillo, TX, he met his future wife Verna Rae Bostwick, whom he married on March 14, 1956. The couple later settled in Hooker, and John started his successful business, Tri-State Gas Lift Co., an oilfield equipment sales and service company. John was always an innovator, designing a system to automatically remove liquids from gas and oil wells. He also owned and operated wells in the Hugoton Gas Field. John farmed the land his wifes family homesteaded as well as Foran, Cone, and Lambert land he rented, raising wheat and milo. Throughout the years, he also restored vintage Corvettes, started Accelerated Compressor Technology Systems to assist area farmers who needed to increase gas pressure for irrigation use, and began ranching raising cow calf pairs. The Masonic Lodge remained a vital part of his life along with the Order of the Eastern Star. He served as Past Patron of OES, Worshipful Master of Hookers Lodge, and two terms as District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officer, and 32nd Degree Mason in the Guthrie Scottish Rite. He was a member of the 31st degree team for nearly two decades and was a member of the India Shrine and Panhandle Shrine Club. Through his efforts as a Mason, he supported numerous fund-raisers for patients needing liver and kidney transplants, cancer patients, and children in need in conjunction with the Shriners hospitals. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he and friends built an arena east of Hooker where roping and riding activities, rodeos, and a youth showdeo were held. John was also instrumental in working along with other local aviation advocates to make the Hooker Municipal Airport a reality. Other organizations in which he played substantial roles were Texas County Irrigation Association, American Agriculture Movement, Safe Oklahoma Resources Development, and Rural Residents for Natural Gas Rights. Additional areas benefitting from his hard work ethic and determination included the Hooker Booster Club, where he served as president in the 1970s, Little League Football and Baseball, and All Star Kids, Inc. Football. He also was involved with the American Legion, No Mans Land Rifle and Pistol Club, as well as U.S.P.S.A., where he served as National Range Officer, and the National Rifle Association. John and others initiated the 5-State Friends of the NRA, which recently held its 17th annual banquet. John also dedicated time to youth shooting events including Kinsley Kids Klassic, summer youth trap shoots, and FFA sporting clays. The Foran Scholarship Fund, Hooker Musical Ministry, Mens Prayer Breakfast, Hooker Hedgers, and Oklahoma Young Farmers, and Texas County Republican Party were also activities he enjoyed. John faithfully attended the Hooker United Methodist Church. Although he traveled across the U.S. installing gas lift equipment, he rarely missed a Hooker Bulldog event throughout the years as he enjoyed watching his children participate in school and church activities. As grandchildren became a part of his life, he continued his avid fan status at games, meets, and stock shows. During the last several years, a special joy was his granddaughters rodeo events ranging from barrel racing and goat tying to team roping and breakaway roping. This encouraged John to pursue a philanthropic barrel race through the Hooker Masonic Lodge, which has raised funds to support local projects. With the next generation of Texhoma Red Devil great grandchildren, he enjoyed their games and stock shows. Preceding him in death were his parents. He is survived by his wife Verna Rae of the home, his daughter Kathy Harrison and husband David of rural Tyrone, and his son Matt Hairford and wife Cricket of Aubrey, TX. Grandchildren are Ashley Harrison and wife Scotty of Texhoma, Riley Harrison and wife Kylee of rural Hooker, Melanie Harrison of Stillwater, Sasha Sanders and husband Jonathan of Grand Prairie, TX, and Sadie Hairford of Aubrey, TX. Great grandchildren are Ashton, Avery, and Ella Harrison of Texhoma. Also surviving John are his brothers, Robert Hairford and wife Wilda of Dupont, LA, and Roger Hairford and wife Nika of Baton Rouge, LA. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or Youth Trap Shooting c/o No Mans Rifle and Pistol Club and left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Hooker with Rev. Les Bussell and Rev. Kim Domnick officiating. Interment will be in the Hooker Cemetery directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home in Hooker, Oklahoma.