Wednesday, November 9, 2016


M.K. Derrick, 88, of  Keota, OK was called home to be with Jesus on November 6, 2016.  He was born on February 24, 1928 in Howe, OK.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Sue (Anderson) Derrick, his dad Matt Kirksey Derrick; his mother, Maude (Hall) Campbell; stepdads, John Shipman and Lonnie Campbell; sister, Billye  Gavitt & Mary Jean Black.

He is survived by his brother Burell Shipman and wife Sandy of Poteau, OK; his three daughters, Debra Kaye Jennings and husband Paul of Keota, OK, Pamela Sue Hale and husband Lindsey of Cameron, OK, Wanda Faye Pickering and husband Chuck of Summerfield, OK; six grandchildren, Robyn Gillham and husband Bruce, Lafe Hale of Cameron, OK, Josh Helmert of Ft. Smith, AR, Shawna Smith of Stigler, OK, Ashley Pickering of Summerfield, OK, Crystal Jennings Schones and husband Gary of Tulsa, OK:  eight great grandchildren, Alex, Megan & Cooper Gillham of Cameron, OK, Saylee, Chloee, Cage, and Taft Smith of Stigler, OK, Bailey Helmert of Ft. Smith, AR; nephew/son, Ralph Gavitt of Poteau, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

M.K. was a former coach, teacher and principal at Tarby School in Poteau, OK and at Cameron, OK for 28 years.  He served in the US Army.  He was inducted into the Oklahoma High School Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989.  He was saved and baptized in 1944 at Summerfield Baptist Church in Summerfield, OK.  He loved to fish with family and friends, play the guitar, and gardening, but he loved his family more.

Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau, OK with Jim Cook and Rev. Charles Caughern officiating.  Interment will follow in Summerfield Cemetery, Summerfield, OK.   Pallbearers will be Ralph Gavitt, Lafe Hale, Josh Helmert, Bruce Gillham, Cooper Gillham, Ronnie Fox. 

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