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FRANKIE DUNIPHIN Obituary
September 4, 1930 - November 5, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Frankie Wilburn Duniphin, aka Jiggs, Papa, Bapa, Dad, Pop, peacefully disembarked this world, to gather with the Saints in Heaven, November 5, 2013. He left our world better than he found it gracefully and sincerely touching everyone's life he met. He shared 60 wondrous and loving years with his wife Birdie June Belt, Nana. He set the bar for living honestly, with integrity, and for enjoying all the little things that make life and family special.The example he lived by is espoused by his two daughters and sons-not-so-in-laws: Kathleen Fay Pelley (Kat/Kath) and husband Robert, Holly Elise McNutt (Hol) and husband Gary. His unwavering love and genuine passion blanketed his family, especially his grandchildren: Benjamin (Ben) Pelley and his wife Tiphani, Hayden Pelley and his girlfriend Allison Waldrip, Grant Ray McNutt, and Mary-Grace Kathleen McNutt, as well as his great grandson Tucker Steven Pelley. Jiggs was born to Sarah and Burl Duniphin September 4, 1930, in Blanchard, OK. He was raised by his mom Sarah, older sister Syble, his grandparents Rosetta Ulee and Robert Martin, along with extended family Irene and Hugh Pool and their children. The hardworking sharecropper life that he grew up in and the strong family that surrounded him as a child established the foundation for the way of life that Papa instilled in all of us. His passion for gardening was not contained in the backyard rows of earth; but, flourished as he sowed the seeds of love and integrity in all of us and in so many people's lives that he touched. Jiggs married Birdie June on June 23, 1953, after being drafted into the Army and prior to leaving to serve in the Korean War. When he returned to Birdie, they bought the home were they began an unbelievable and fulfilling life together. Birdie had 13 years to train Jiggs before they were blessed with Kathy, and in those years Jiggs was enthusiastically devoted to his family and all children; uncle Jiggs never missed an event and was always there with a smile and support. None of that love waned when Kathy was born or eight years later when they were blessed with Holly, or until his ascent home where he is watching over us now. Jiggs worked a few jobs, he delivered ice by horse and cart, at a filling station, as a meat packer at Armour Meat Packing Co until they closed, and then as a warehouse foreman at Bunte Candy Company for 37 years, until he retired in 1995. He loved to work with his hands and always worked with his heart. Papa loved Basketball and Rodeo, especially the PBR. He spent many a night watching the OCU "Chiefs" latter the "Stars". He loved to attend PBR events with his grandchildren. When Barry Switzer was at OU he was a devoted Sooner fan. Anyone who ever met Jiggs always felt a sincere appreciation for who they were and a genuine care for their well-being - they felt special. Everyone that spent any time with Papa has warm, cherished, and often funny Jiggs stories. Most stories are centered around events that went astray as Jiggs tried so hard to help someone or related to an impeccable feat of integrity, or love. Frankie enveloped us all with so much love and care. We are blessed and take great comfort in being a part of his world. We want to thank some special people who not only received the Jiggs experience but returned it with their gifts of compassion, friendship and love; Don Cordray beloved neighbor and friend for almost 60 years, Bill Pool cousin and close relative, loving sister-in-law Barbara Belt, and Dr. Marcus Shook the physician who showed much compassion and took special care of Papa. Visitation will be held Saturday from 12-8PM, and Sunday from 8AM-8PM, with family receiving friends from 2-4PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10AM in the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: New Life United Methodist Church, 1105 NW 27th Street, Moore, OK 73160. To share condolences, please visit: resthavenokc.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 10, 2013
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