Clovis Ray Weatherford, of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away March 19, 2022, at the age of 86, surrounded by family at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
Clovis was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on May 20, 1935, to Troy and Eva Weatherford. He graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1953, and married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Weatherford, on Christmas Day of that year. Clovis attended East Central State College on a football scholarship and graduated in 1957, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. He went on to earn a Master of Education in Secondary School Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He continued graduate studies at Ohio State and Kansas State Universities before completing all course work toward a doctorate at OU.
Clovis served in the career and technical education field for 45 years at schools in Anadarko, Norman, Ponca City, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as well as Liberal and Coffeyville, Kansas and Columbus, Ohio. He started the Liberal, Kansas and Moore Norman Technology Centers and was the first Superintendent of Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Clovis was inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 2009. Clovis was also a successful realtor for seven years in the 1980s selling real estate with JoAnn in the Norman area.
After the death of his wife JoAnn, Clovis reacquainted with former career tech colleague, Dr. Millie Clarke, and they married on August 16, 2008. Clovis and Millie shared a loving companionship for thirteen years, enjoying a shared love of music and many years of travel, sporting events and activities, and bridge games with friends.
Affectionately known as “Poppy” by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Clovis was a dedicated father and grandfather. Family gatherings and holidays were always enlivened by his stories, jokes and laughter. He lived life fully and cherished time spent with friends and family traveling, fishing, boating, playing card games and eating wonderful meals. Clovis was a lifelong Oklahoma Sooner and passed his love of OU athletics on to his family.
Clovis is survived by wife, Millie of the home; sons, Steve Weatherford and wife Cathy of Loch Lloyd, Missouri, and Mark Weatherford and wife Paige of Grapevine, Texas; grandchildren, Holly Weatherford Pahulu and husband Alex, Kaitlyn Kasten and husband Cory, Ally Weatherford, Josh Lopez and wife Ashley, Caleb Weatherford, Chelsey Weatherford, and Abbe Weatherford; and six great grandchildren, Samani, Braylen, Soana, Sela, Kash and Elliana.
Clovis was a dedicated and faithful Christian servant and a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Norman. He served his church singing in the choir, leading various Sunday school classes and, in retirement, served as the interim Business Administrator.
Memorials may be made in memory of Clovis to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Research Foundation at http://www.okheart.com/research/make-a-donation, the Francis Tuttle Foundation at http://www.ftfinc.org/donors/, or the Stephenson Cancer Center at http://www.ouhealth.com/philanthropy-at-ou-health/our-philanthropic-priorities/cancer/.