McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 28, 2013

Alvin Henry Harden

Submitted report

McALESTER — Alvin Henry Harden, of Calvin, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Freewill Baptist Church in Calvin with the Rev. Jim Lawrence officiating. Burial will be at Holdenville Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville.

Born Feb. 13, 1927, in Holdenville, he was the son of John William Harden and Hattie (Bell) Harden.

He was in the 40th Air Engineer Squadron in World War II, where he was a parachute rigger.

He married Norma McDonald on March 27, 1949, in Van Buren, Ark. and then moved to Calvin.

He enjoyed cattle, ranching, travel, cruise lines and snow skiing. He also enjoyed spending time on his farm and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife Norma Harden; his daughter, Sheila Crawshaw, of Calvin; and his son, Alvin Don Harden and wife, Ruth, of Oklahoma City.

Also, a grandson, Steven Don Crawshaw, of Calvin; granddaughters, Vicky Faye Harden and Amber Dawn Harden, of Oklahoma City; and great-grandson, Draven Sullivan.

And, his brothers, Ed Harden and wife, Doris, of Holdenville, and Joe Harden, of Holdenville; a sister, Evelyn Palin and husband, Ray, of Savanna, and numerous other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hattie (Bell) Harden; a daughter, Vicki Faye Harden; brothers, Arthur, Robert, Bill, Fred, Dudley and John Wesley, and sisters, Maybell Moffat and Vivian Moore.

Pallbearers will be Joe Henry Harden, Greg Harden, Phillip Yancey, John Wayne Smith, Phil Harden and David Glen Harden.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Willis, Tommy McCollum and Cleetis Lowe.