Loyal Lee Waitley

Lee Waitley, 79, of Anadarko, OK the Lord called him home on October 25th, 2021, after many years of illness at Comanche Memorial Hospital, Lawton, OK. He was born December 31, 1941, in Independence, Missouri to John Lesley and Neoma Ella (Gilbert) Waitley.
 Loyal grew up in the Independence area of Missouri along with two sisters Zelma May and Deborah Jean Waitley. 
 At the age of 19 he joined the United States Marine Corp where he proudly served his country for 10 years including two tours of active duty in Vietnam. His proudest achievement of his military career was receiving the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallentry. The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry was a decoration presented by South Vietnam to recognize valor and gallantry while serving in active combat against enemy forces
 In the ‘60’s Loyal met and married his first wife, Janice Kay McCullough. Together they had three children: Loyal Lee Jr., Pamela Lyn and Denise Kay Waitley. Loyal was reunited with two of his children in 1995 after decades of separation.
 Loyal met his current wife, Patricia Ann (Hoyt) Waitley in the late 60’s. Together They had one daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth born in December 1970. Loyal and Pat were married on August 11, 1977.
 After being discharged from the Marines they decided to move back home to Warsaw Missouri. In 1972 they made the move to Caddo County Oklahoma. First living in Oney, then Fort Cobb for 35 years before finally moving to Anadarko in 2010.
 He is preceded in death by his parents John and Neoma Waitley of Fort Cobb, Ok. His Oldest sister Zelma Shepard of Missouri, his middle daughter Denise Waitley of Missouri and a baby lost to miscarriage.
 Loyal is survived by his wife, Patricia of the home, Daughters: Carolyn and husband, Trent Lumpkin, Anadarko, OK, Pamela and husband, Jerome Hilbert, Lee’s, Summit MO, Son Loyal Waitley, Jr, Lee’s Summit, MO, Sister Debi and husband, Brian Bourland, Lawry City, MO. and 6 grandchilden.
 Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, Anadarko, OK. Graveside service was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, OK, under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home-Anadarko, OK.