MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 12, 2013

Calvin Lee McJunkins

1939-2013


— On December 25, 1939, Calvin Lee McJunkins was born to Author McJunkins and Levator Cunningham.

Better known to family and friends as Toby or Mac, he attended elementary school in Huttonville, Oklahoma and graduated from Rentiesville High School.  He also attended and graduated from Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma with a degree in Criminal Law.

Mac enlisted in the United States Air Force in April of 1963 during the Vietnam War.  He met and later married Gladys Marie Lewis and from this union, a son, Michael was born.  After more than 23 of active duty, Calvin retired from the Air Force and was employed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri for 12 years.

Mac retired from there and moved to Oklahoma to try his hand as a rancher, where he raised cattle.

Mac also enjoyed cooking, especially large pots of food for family, which they named the "Mac Junk Pot."  Calvin had faith and believed in God.  He was an active member of the D.A.V. Chapter in Muskogee, the American Legion Post 21 in Checotah and also the Rentiesville School Alumni Association, as well as  serving many years as a councilman for the township of Rentiesville.  He was also a member of the McIntosh County Cattleman's Association.

His favorite parting words were "take care", never saying goodbye.

Calvin Lee McJunkins, in his 73rd year, said "take care" to us on earth and was preceded in death by his mother and father, and  his hero and grandfather that raised him, D. . Cunningham.

He leaves to lament his death;  a son, Michael A. [Deidre]  McJunkins; his grandsons, Mychael Calvin and Christopher, St. Ann, Missouri;  his sister, Diana Lynn [Wesley] Mann, Wichita, Kansas;  his niece, Pamela Davis and his nephew, Jeremy, both of Wichita, Kansas;  four favorite Aunts, Euretha Harris, Raytown, Missouri, Alma Jean Davis, Huttonville, Oklahoma, Connie [Leon] Gilyard, Checotah, Oklahoma and Charlesetta [Lucious] Warrior, Rentiesville, Oklahoma;  two uncles, Elmer [Mary] Cunningham, Huttonville, Oklahoma and Charles Cunningham, Kansas City, Missouri; a classmate and friend, Alfonso Cooper; along with a caravan of other relatives and friends.

The Final Salute will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the First Baptist Church of Rentiesville  Rev. Donald Brown is the host Pastor and Rev.  Samuel Cunningham will officiate.   You may visit Mr. McJunkins, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc., on Friday from 10 AM until 6 PM.  Friends may convey condolences and sign the online register at www.biglowfunerals.com