Wilson - Funeral services for Mr. Claud Raymond Green, 77, of Ardmore OK, will be held 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 at Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gene Gormier, Jr. officiating. Interment follow to Bomar Point Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Gray Funeral Home in Wilson.
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Claud passed away on April 28th, 2021, when he finally ran out of stories to tell. Claud was born on May 26th, 1943 to Claud Harley Green and Eula Faye Williams in Oklahoma City. After a four-year stint at Ponca City Military Academy, he went on to graduate from Stillwater High School in 1962, then earned his BA in History at Central State College in 1971.
In 1964 he wed Sandy Frizzell, eventually producing their two children Amber and Chris before divorcing in 1983. In 1995, while working the gates at a University of Oklahoma football game, his wife Terri and her daughter Julie came in to his life. Claud and Terri married on August 31st, 1996 and were best friends for the next 25 years.
As everyone who knows Claud can attest, his first love was really “speed”. From an early age he developed a passion for racing cars, dirt bikes, and dragsters. When he wasn’t driving, he was working on motors and acting as pit crew. His years at Tinker Air Force Base as a civilian contractor also gave him the vicarious high of watching jet fighters and lumbering tankers alike as they flew in and out.
In his later years, Claud slowed down to “just” a Goldwing bike, and became a passionate NASCAR fan. His knowledge of drivers, teams, and performance was extensive. He loved to regale his family and friends with stories about his favorite drivers, from his work life, and day to day activities as well.
Claud was preceded in death by his mother Eula Faye and father Claud, as well as many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Terri (Ham) Green, sisters Bobbie Stuart and Elizabeth Munson, children Amber and Brad Barber, Chris and Anne Green, and Julie Shilling, as well as five grandchildren, Bailey Barber, Carson and Joelle Barber, Garrison Barber, and Rachel Longstreet.
The family expresses deep appreciation for the helping hands and care provided to Claud by Elara and Valir hospice services, Heritage Skilled Nursing home in Tecumseh, OK, and Stephanie Christian of Healdton, OK.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Conyers, Charles Cormier, Jack Blount, Rachel Longstreet, and Carson Barber. Honorary bearers will be the late Adrian Rumbaugh and Erin Cormier.
Visitation will be Monday, May 3rd from 6pm to 8pm at Alexander Gray Funeral Home in Wilson, OK. The family requests that flowers be sent to the funeral home. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.