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January 22, 2013

Milburn Jarrell Dowling

Milburn Jarrell Dowling, 91, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Eufaula

McALESTER — Milburn Jarrell Dowling, 91, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Eufaula, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kelley Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mike Brannon officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory.

Born Sept. 22, 1921, in Greenville, Texas, he was the son of Ralph and Ora Long Dowling. He moved to Brady, Texas in 1929, where he graduated high school. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas for two years with a business administration major.

He worked at Frost National Bank and the Duncan Field Army Base in San Antonio. He later moved to Oklahoma City choosing to go to Tinker Field because of advancement opportunities.  He was supervisor of supply branch 1 that oversaw the Norden Bomb Site facility (among other things) for four years.

He met Emogene Burdine, who became his secretary, and they were married Jan. 29, 1944, at Grace Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. In 1945, they moved to Eufaula.

He and his brother-in-law purchased and operated the Chief and Palace movie theaters in Eufaula for 30 years.

He served on Eufaula’s school board for five years. He was elected Eufaula’s first Chamber of Commerce president. During his tenure, the Eufaula County Fair was established and Lake Eufaula was officially opened. He received two community achievement awards, one of which was presented to him by aspiring actor, Ronald Reagan.

In 1958, he and his brother-in-law established Decoy Sporting Goods, where they worked for 25 years. He loved to golf.

He moved to Broken Arrow after his wife preceded him in death in 2002 to be closer to his daughter.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn Chronister and Dr. Gary Chronister, of Broken Arrow; his grandson, Dr. Justin Chronister and wife, Dr. Stacy Chronister, Corpus Christi, Texas, and his great grandson, Cade Chronister, also of Corpus Christi.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emogene Dowling; his parents, Ralph and Ora L. Dowling; his sister, Augusta Hughes, and his brother, Ralph Dowling.

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