In memory of
J.W. MEANS
In memory of
J.W. MEANS
J.W. "Brodie" Means April 22, 1921 - November 7, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK J.W. "Brodie" Means, beloved father, grandfather, and great- grandfather, passed away November 7, 2020, at the age of 99. Brodie was born April 22, 1921, in Wilson, Okla- homa, to Lenna Belle (Harper) Means and Homer Erwin Means. He had one brother, Harwood F. Means (deceased), born in 1919. Brodie attended Ardmore High School, graduating in 1939. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and flew with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 326th Squadron, 1st Transport Group. His crew followed General Patton's troops across Europe, taking ammunition, gasoline, and supplies to the front lines and then returning to England or France with wounded soldiers. Brodie was honorably discharged as Technical Sergeant (E-7) in 1945 after WWII. He was married to Bette Anne Ray from 1942 until 1974. They had two children, Pamela Ray Means (1943) and James Michael Means (1944). After the war, Brodie held many jobs, including milkman. He attended a year of night school at Oklahoma City University and then joined the Veterans Administration (VA) as an accountant. He later worked as an accountant for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), taking early retirement in 1976 to enjoy his hobbies. While his children were young, Brodie bought and sold cars, including his son's favorite joyrides---a 1955 MG Sportster and a 1955 Ford V8 Convertible. After retiring, Brodie filled his home with Asian antiques, selling and buying, and giving special items to his family. He also enjoyed gambling at the local casino and trading stocks. Brodie lived independently until he passed away from natural causes. His family rejoices that Brodie's daughter, son, and grandson were by his side at the end. He is survived by his two children: Pamela Ray (Means) Gilley and James Michael Means; daughter-in-law Pamela Rae Means; five grandchildren: Tiffany Zachry, Joshua Gilley, Jeremy Gilley, Samuel Means, and Katelyn Means; and five great-grandchildren: Madalen and Audra Zachry, Lola Means, and Ellis and Julian Gilley. Brodie was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his granddaughter Brooke Anne Gilley. Brodie will be laid to rest at Griffin ~ Hillcrest Memorial Park in Ardmore, Oklahoma. At his request, no public memorial service will be held. The family will honor Brodie's life with a private ceremony next spring in honor of his 100th Birthday.
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In memory of
J.W. MEANS
J.W. "Brodie" Means April 22, 1921 - November 7, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK J.W. "Brodie" Means, beloved father, grandfather, and great- grandfather, passed away November 7, 2020, at the age of 99. Brodie was born April 22, 1921, in Wilson, Okla- homa, to Lenna Belle (Harper) Means and Homer Erwin Means. He had one brother, Harwood F. Means (deceased), born in 1919. Brodie attended Ardmore High School, graduating in 1939. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and flew with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 326th Squadron, 1st Transport Group. His crew followed General Patton's troops across Europe, taking ammunition, gasoline, and supplies to the front lines and then returning to England or France with wounded soldiers. Brodie was honorably discharged as Technical Sergeant (E-7) in 1945 after WWII. He was married to Bette Anne Ray from 1942 until 1974. They had two children, Pamela Ray Means (1943) and James Michael Means (1944). After the war, Brodie held many jobs, including milkman. He attended a year of night school at Oklahoma City University and then joined the Veterans Administration (VA) as an accountant. He later worked as an accountant for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), taking early retirement in 1976 to enjoy his hobbies. While his children were young, Brodie bought and sold cars, including his son's favorite joyrides---a 1955 MG Sportster and a 1955 Ford V8 Convertible. After retiring, Brodie filled his home with Asian antiques, selling and buying, and giving special items to his family. He also enjoyed gambling at the local casino and trading stocks. Brodie lived independently until he passed away from natural causes. His family rejoices that Brodie's daughter, son, and grandson were by his side at the end. He is survived by his two children: Pamela Ray (Means) Gilley and James Michael Means; daughter-in-law Pamela Rae Means; five grandchildren: Tiffany Zachry, Joshua Gilley, Jeremy Gilley, Samuel Means, and Katelyn Means; and five great-grandchildren: Madalen and Audra Zachry, Lola Means, and Ellis and Julian Gilley. Brodie was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his granddaughter Brooke Anne Gilley. Brodie will be laid to rest at Griffin ~ Hillcrest Memorial Park in Ardmore, Oklahoma. At his request, no public memorial service will be held. The family will honor Brodie's life with a private ceremony next spring in honor of his 100th Birthday.
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