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Elmer David Chaffin, 97, longtime resident of Woodward, Oklahoma, Hopeton, Oklahoma, and Alva, Oklahoma, departed this life at Beacon Hill Transitional Center in Denison, Texas on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Funeral services for Mr. Chaffin will be held at the Church of Christ in Woodward, Oklahoma on Saturday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. with Jim Rucker, former minister of the church, officiating. The family of Mr. Chaffin will be available to greet friends in the fellowship hall of the church beginning at 1:00 p.m. Billings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Elmer was born July 21, 1917, in Garlington, Oklahoma, the youngest of seven children of David Kay Chaffin and Ova L. Sliger Chaffin. He attended public schools in and near Boise City, Oklahoma and graduated from high school at Mooreland, Oklahoma. He later attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. In August, 1938 Elmer married Lula Marie Lucas in Woodward, Oklahoma. They were married 51 years and had two sons, Dwain and Dwight. Lula departed this life in March of 1990. In May 1991, Elmer married Mabel Allen. They resided in Woodward, Oklahoma and Hopeton, Oklahoma during their marriage. Mabel departed this life in November 2004. In May 2005 Elmer married Alice Acord. They made their home in Alva, Oklahoma. Elmer worked at the U.S. Government Dairy Experimental Station in Woodward, Oklahoma from 1943 to 1953 serving as Superintendent of the Station the last four years. From 1953 to his retirement in 1980 he was employed by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company in Woodward with his primary responsibilities being as Line Crew Warehouse Manager and Office Manager. Elmer was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Woodward, serving as an Elder, Deacon and bible class teacher. He also provided both full-time and temporary ministerial services to Church of Christ locations surrounding Woodward including the Canton Y, Buffalo, Laverne, Leedey, Watonga, Gage and South Flats congregations. He was an active supporter of Kids Incorporated in Woodward serving as a volunteer coach, a member of the Kids Incorporated Board of Directors, and as a president of the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1980. Elmer is survived by his wife Alice of Enid; two sons Dwain Chaffin and wife Loretta of Sherman, Texas; Dwight Chaffin and wife Linda of Los Fresnos, Texas; five grandchildren: Alan Chaffin and wife Dolly of San Antonio, Texas; Ashly Chaffin and wife Shae of Prosper, Texas; Cristy Chaffin of Los Fresnos, Texas; Shawn Chaffin of Los Fresnos, Texas; David Chaffin of College Station, Texas; five great grandchildren: Savannah McLeod and husband Caleb of San Antonio, Texas; Kyle Chaffin of Edmond, Oklahoma; Tate Chaffin of Prosper, Texas; Hunter Chaffin of Prosper, Texas and Benjamin Chaffin of Prosper, Texas. He is also survived by two step sons, eight step grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren.
Published on  March 11, 2015
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