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Larry Joe Brownfield
May 26, 1953 ~ June 26, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
Larry Joe Brownfield, age 70, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2023, in Hugo, Oklahoma in the presence of his devoted family, after a battle with cancer.
Larry was born in Talihina, Oklahoma on May 26, 1953, to Oscar and Betsy Jo (Nabors) Brownfield. He married Mayola "Kay" Thompson Brownfield on November 13, 1972, in Hugo, Oklahoma. He and Kay made their home in Valliant, Oklahoma where, together, they raised 3 sons.
Throughout his teen years, Larry lived with his foster parents, Arvey and Ollie Drinkard. Larry worked for Arvey and the couple loved him dearly and took him in as one of their own. Working for Arvey set him on a path to becoming a Millwright. He was able to provide for his family and be a blessing to many others throughout his successful career as a Millwright which he worked at for over 25 years at the Weyerhaeuser Wright City Plywood Mill. Larry also traveled around Oklahoma working in road construction building roads, including paving Highway 109, west of Hugo. Not wanting to be apart for too long, he often took Kay with him on these travels. Larry was a great provider for his family and not afraid of hard work. He was a vehicle mechanic at Cedar Hill Garage which he owned and operated. He would tell people, "We doze, but never close."
Larry enjoyed running trot lines and fishing, tinkering around on different projects, and building something cool from a pile of random parts.
He built buggies for his horses and donkey, who he called, "Donk" to pull around and taught granddaughter, Charis, how to drive the buggy. Spending time with his three favorite people, his granddaughters, Zandria, Charis, and Celia, was his favorite activity and "PopPop" was his most cherished name. He loved his granddaughters and enjoyed riding bikes with them and could easily make them laugh by telling jokes and singing silly songs. He had a fitting song for most every occasion including, "I've Got A Second Hand Organ" after a heart surgery.
Though Larry was sometimes tough on his boys, he loved them with all his heart and wanted the best for them. He believed in them and was proud of them. He spent endless hours with them in his garage teaching them and helping them to work on their own projects.
Larry thought the world of his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth. He considered her to be his actual daughter and held her in very high esteem. He was always so thankful for her and the way she took care of her own family and home, and still found the time to take care of him and Kay, especially in times of sickness and recovery from surgeries. He dearly loved his daughter and was protective of her as though he was her "dad."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Brownfield and Betsy Jo Aaron; foster parents, Arvey and Ollie Drinkard; his wife, Mayola Kay Brownfield; son, Joseph Todd Brownfield; baby Brownfield.
Larry is survived by his two sons, Jason Brownfield and wife, Elizabeth of Hugo, OK and Nathan Brownfield of Valliant, OK; three granddaughters, Zandria, Charis, and Celia Brownfield of Hugo, OK; aunt, Reita Campbell of Hugo, OK; numerous extended family members.
A memorial service honoring the life of Larry Joe Brownfield will be held Friday, June 30, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Prater-Lampton-Mills and Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Mayfield officiating.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family at www.mtolivefh.com.