O.E. "Eddie" Mayfield(1943-2012)

O.E. "Eddie" Mayfield went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family in his home on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:17A.M. Eddie was born 11/03/1943 to James William "Willie" and Edna Mildred (Jones) Mayfield in the family home of his great-grandmother in rural Shady Point, Oklahoma.
Eddie and his parents moved to Barnsdall when he was 6 months old. He grew up in the rural Barnsdall community and attended Nelagony schools. He graduated with the class of 1962. He attended Northeastern State College in Tahlequah.
Eddie has been around cattle and horses his whole life. When he was an infant he used to ride in the buckboard wagon while his parents fed the cows. His very first job was picking cotton at the age of 4. He began Mayfield Ranch while still in high school and continued to grow it until he was able to work for himself. As a young man he worked for Codding and Armour Ranch at Foraker, OK. He learned how to drive a team of mules to feed cake to cows. He was working there when his first daughter was born and almost missed the birth because he was out in the pasture. He came in smelling of manure from working cattle. He then worked at Bareco in Barnsdall from 1964-1975. In 1975 he became the ramrod of the Diamond A Ranch and still continued his own ranching operations. In 1989 he went to work full time for himself running cattle. He retired from ranching in 2001 and turned the reins over to his grandson Tyler. But he couldn't stay away from it and went to work for Holcomb Ranch 2002 until 2009 until he was forced to retire again due to health reasons. He spent his last months attending the "Board Meetings" at the Wells feed store in Barnsdall. He and his "think tank" were able to solve all the world's problems and keep the town of Barnsdall running in the 2 hours they met each day.
He was a proud member of the Nazarene church and served on the board of directors.
Eddie is survived by his wife of the home, Ceceilia "Celie" Swan Mayfield; one sister Freeda and husband Jack Wilcox of Bartlesville, one aunt Patsy and husband Troy Smith of Bartlesville; 5 daughters Cheryl and husband Richard Herard of Barnsdall, Pam and husband Boop Williams of Skiatook, Lori and husband Joe Scharnhorst of Barnsdall; Kim and husband Richard Tafoya of Skiatook, and Sheri Long of Avant. Grandchildren Tyler and wife Beth Mayfield of Barnsdall, Crystal and husband Steven Edwards of Pawhuska, Jessica and husband Jim Strickland of Skiatook, Jessica and husband Brandon Eckert of Dewey, Ashley Riley of Seattle, Washington, Jacoty Holt of Skiatook, Ashten and husband Derrick Martz of Owasso, Brittany and husband Matt Earl of Skiatook, Candace Polson of Fayetteville, AR, Derrick Herard of Barnsdall, DJ Polson of Skiatook, Bailey Mayfield of Barnsdall, Georgia Scharnhorst of Barnsdall, Cayden Gary of Cleveland, Colby Cleveland, Peggy Ross of Bartlesville. Great grandchildren: Dax and Devin Agnew, Parker, Sierra, and Shayla Strickland of Skiatook, Will Mayfield of Barnsdall, Brody Eckert of Dewey, Jameson Allen of Skiatook, Hunter, Addie, and Aydan Earl of Skiatook; and Emma Polson of Skiatook. Nephews: Jon and wife Angela Wilcox of Bartlesville and Mark and wife Sarah Wilcox of Durango, CO. and a whole host of cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents Willie and Mildred Mayfield, grandparents Elbert and Zadah (Garland) Jones and Robert and Laura (Newcomb) Mayfield.
Honorary Pall Bearers: Bruce Ramsay, Carl Taylor, Bubba McCauley, Steve Neff and Randy Dildine.
Pall Bearers: Jasin and Josh Johnson, Benny Ortiz, Michael McGill, Donnie Bruce, and Justin Taylor.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, September 24, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Barnsdall Nazarene Church with Pastor Jim Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers Eddie requested donations be made to the Barnsdall Nazarene Church building fund, P.O. Box 210, Barnsdall, OK. 74002. Funeral services are under the direction of the Stumpff-Barnsdall Funeral Home.

Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Sept. 23 to Oct. 23, 2012