Harold H. Mings, M.D., 84, of LeFlore, OK passed from this life Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
He graduated from LeFlore High School then went on to earn his baccalaureate and doctor medicine degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He completed his general surgery internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX and his surgery residency at St. Anthony's in Oklahoma City. From there he served in the Army medical unit at Ft. Chaffee in Fort Smith, AR and joined Holt Krock Clinic in 1962. He practiced general surgery at Sparks, St. Edwards, Crawford County and Sallisaw Hospitals.
He was a pioneer in gastric bypass surgery and was devoted to his patients and the practice of medicine. He had a distinguished career and served the community through his roles as CEO of Holt Krock Clinic and as a member of both Fort Smith and LeFlore school boards.
"Doc" lived an interesting life and was passionate about many things. He was a member of Snake Root Society fishing club, Wilderness Club, Deer Camp, the Brotherhood and LeFlore Cemetery Association. He was an active member of LeFlore First Baptist Church as Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader.
He enjoyed his cattle ranch, many weekends at Lake Ouachita with family and friends, and fishing adventures where he enjoyed enticing bass with his mastery of the plastic worm.
Harold was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend He loved his family with all his heart.
He is survived by his wife Marcella Sue and her grandchild Chris Wyatt, his daughters Michelle Gasaway and her husband, Jaya, of Witcherville, Marta Loyd and her husband Greg of Petit Jean Mountain, and his son Harold Mings Jr. of Fort Smith. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brandon Cassidy (Lisa), Jaye Gasaway (Brooke), Joel Gasaway, Susan McDonald (Jason), Scott Loyd (Krista), Bryan Loyd, Caroline Reynolds (Rustin), Michael Mings, Georganne Mings, and great grandchildren, Finn Cassidy, Annie McDonald, Meredith McDonald and Clair Reynolds, stepchildren, Debbie Biggs (Mark) of Blanchard, OK, Brett Turner (Lisa), Marty Turner of Spokane, seven step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruth and Harvey Mings and stepfather Cotton Allen.
The family wishes to express deep appreciation to his caregivers which included Mercy Hospital, Health South Rehab, Methodist Village, Memory Lane and Peachtree Hospice.
Memorial services will be 11:30 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the LeFlore Baptist Church, 40110 Line St., LeFlore, OK 74942 with burial at the LeFlore Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and son in laws.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeFlore Cemetery Association at PO Box 132, LeFlore, OK 74942.
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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home,Poteau, Oklahoma.