Thursday, May 5, 2011

Services for Arthur H. "Junior" Axley, 88, of Claremore, Okla., passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service, 631 E. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, Okla., (918) 341-0376. Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery in Stonebluff, Okla. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, with family receiving visitors from 4 to 7 p.m.

He was born in Kiefer, Okla., on Nov. 13, 1922, to Arthur Allen and Rosa Harrison (Kingston) Axley. He grew up and received his education in Bixby, Okla. Following his high school years he joined the Army, serving in the 2nd Infantry and Company A, 1301 Engineer Regiment.

Art and Armintie Tindle married on April 25, 1959, in Mount Vernon, Ill. In 1974, they left the farm and made a new home in Cassville where they owned and operated Axley's funeral home for 17 years. He later purchased land and built an auditorium, turning it into the location for a country music show and later added a buffet-style restaurant.

In 1997, after having sold both the funeral home and the auditorium and restaurant, the Axleys returned to Oklahoma. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was also involved with the Rotary Club and other service organizations.

Survivors include: his wife, Armintie, of the home; four of his five children, son Gary Lee Axley and wife, Debbie, of Arkansas, daughters Barbara Fox, of Claremore, Okla., Roberta Draeger and husband, Gary, and Judy Robertson, all of Chelsea, Okla.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Edith Fann, of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Clydia Leroi Needham; one brother, Cecil Axley; and two sisters, Sarah Tharp and Jo Dean Wheeler.

memorial gifts may contribute to either the Corinth Baptist Church, P. O. Box 513, Cassville, MO 65625 or the Pythagoras Masonic Lodge #383 A.F.&A.M., 1704 Main Street, Cassville, MO 65625