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Charles Okley "Okey" Lighthizer

Published: April 11, 2010 12:02 AM

NEW CONCORD -- Charles Okley "Okey" Lighthizer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 30, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Cambridge, in 1931, the son of the late W.O. and Volena (Bell) Lighthizer, Okey grew up on a farm amassing a herd of 50 Herford cattle by the time he was 18.

In 1951, he married the love of his life, Patricia I. Darner of Adamsville, whom he met on a blind date to the Muskingum County Fair.

Together they raised three daughters, Cindy Brandfass, Kim Mattox and Becky Lighthizer.

Okey spent time serving his country in the Army Reserves in the early 1950s. He then went on to become a certified master plumber at which time he opened his first of many businesses, Okley Plumbing and Heating in 1964. Two years later the company expanded and became Best Way Mechanical. He later developed Charlie O. Oil and Gas and Salt Creek Materials, just to name a few. He was a deeply religious man who loved the Lord, his family, and his community. With the abilities God gave him he was able to help in many ways to further the Lord's work. With the donation of land for the home of East Forty Church of Christ and tireless hours of knowledge and labor, his love for the Lord never wavered.

He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 58 years. In addition to his wife and daughters, Okey leaves behind his brothers, Robert (Elaine) Lighthizer, Harold (Jean) Lighthizer and Melvin "Pudd" (Marlene) Lighthizer; and sister, Shirley (Bill) Little. He also leave eight beloved grandchildren and seven beloved great-grandchildren, including Gabe Brandfass (Tracy), Sydney and Seth; Tiffany Starcher (David) and Garrett; Megann Mattox, Justin Brandfass (Crystal) and Moses; Ryan Mattox; Kristin Mattox; Devin Mattox (Ashley), Camden and Chloe; Tyler Sturtz (Allissa Hamilton) and Alexis. He also leaves many special friends including a cherished hunting buddy, Sie Wheeler.

Funeral services were April 3, 2010, at the East Forty Church of Christ. Pastor Kenny Thomas officiated.

Burial was in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to East Forty Church of Christ.

Mock-Miller Funeral Home, New Concord, is entrusted with the services.

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