John Harold Roady
John Harold Roady was born July 20, 1930 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to the late John Albert, Jr. and Nancy Adeline (Thompson) Roady. He died Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City at the age of 89 years, 3 months, and 13 days.
Harold graduated from Woodland High School in 1948. He then studied at Oklahoma A & M. Later, he was a recruit in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. He worked with his parents in their general store at Hoover, Oklahoma, until he was elected Murray County Sheriff. Harold served as sheriff from 1964 to 1972. Dedicated and hardworking, Harold was very proud of his commitment to public service. His stories to tell about his experiences as a law enforcement officer were many.
Harold later owned and operated Roady & Lanoy Gulf Station near Interstate 35 west of Davis. He and Helen Pritchard were married in 1976, and they worked together at the station until they retired. They enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas in their spare time.
Harold is survived by his wife, Helen of Oklahoma City; his children, Harold Gibson (Lenny) of Norman; Gerald Roady (Debi)) of McLoud; and Jill Smith (Eddy) of Norman; stepsons, Gene Pritchard of Midwest City; and Dean Pritchard (Kathy) of Oklahoma City; 6 grandsons, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 5 step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, and a step daughter-in-law, Lanelle Pritchard.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Jack Cottrell. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family’s guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.