McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


June 27, 2014

Sweet centenarian from Hartshorne

HARTSHORNE — Hershel Osborne, 101, of Hartshorne, married Theda Turner on Oct. 12, 1948.

Osborne’s family said he never got too angry. His family describes him as laid-back and carefree.

One thing he truly enjoyed was coon hunting and only stopped about a decade ago, according to family. They added how active he was up until just recently. At nearly 100 years old, he pushed-mowed the lawn.

Osborne worked most of his life as a truck driver. His wife Theda says he worked for a number of companies such as OK Transfer, Allied Van Lines, Seampruf, Meeco and at one point he even worked for her father, Frank Turner, at his service station. She adds when Hershel worked for OK Transfer he moved items for politicians and celebrities, including Cary Grant.

“Drove 400,000 miles,” Hershel Osborne said when discussing his service as a truck driver.

His wife mentioned he drove Route 66 to California before it was completely paved.

He retired in the late ‘70s while working in the tool room at Meeco in McAlester.

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