Eli David Pumpkin
July 27, 1939  -  November 18, 2017

Eli David Pumpkin

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801 W Locust St
Stilwell, OK  74960
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
6-8 p.m.
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Oak Grove Cemetery
Stilwell, OK  74960
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Eli David Pumpkin, son of John Buffington and Violet Elizabeth (Thompson) Pumpkin was born July 27, 1939 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed this life surrounded by loved ones on November 18, 2017 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 22 days.

He married the love of his life Barbara Marie Davis on January 26, 1962 and to this union 2 children were born; Shelly and Eli David Jr. He enjoyed riding horses, time on the farm with his cattle, going to the sale barn and coop, drinking coffee with the guys at CV’s but most of all he enjoyed time spent with family especially his grandkids whom he had such a bond with.

Eli David was saved and baptized in 1952. He graduated from Cave Springs High School and attended Northeastern State University. Eli David also served in the Oklahoma National Guard. He retired as the Plant Manager from Mrs. Smith’s Bakery after over 42 years of employment.

He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Violet Pumpkin, brother; Charles Buffington Pumpkin and brother in law; Jimmy Earl Owens.

Eli David is survived by a very loving family that includes his wife of over 55 years; Barbara Pumpkin of the home, children; Shelly McClain of Stilwell, OK, Eli David Pumpkin Jr of Tulsa, OK, grandchildren; Jillian Marie Decker and husband Kyle, Chas David Eli McClain, great grandson; Kylan James Decker all of Stilwell, OK. Sisters; Mary Jane Owens of Proctor, OK, Elizabeth Ann Davis and husband Ross of Edmond, OK, bonus granddaughter; Misty Crittenden and her sons; Ethan and Evan, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends also survive him.

Graveside services were held at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Stilwell, Oklahoma with Bro. Eugene Kester officiating. Interment followed.


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  1. Paula (Baird) Bailey
    Fayetteville, AR

    So sorry for your loss.. May God comfort and keep you during this time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Shelly Denise Hampton-Eatmon
    Ratcliff, AR

    So sorry to hear about David. Prayers for all you.

  3. Danny Kindle

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  5. Saundra Miller
    Stilwell, OK

    Barbara, thinking of you and your family, so very sorry.

  6. Beth Essary
    Stilwell, OK

    So very sorry.... praying for all of you.

  7. Kurt and Beth Price
    Siloam Springs, AR

    He was one of the good guys. Bless the ones he left behind

  8. Rebecca Mitchell
    Tahlequah, OK

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for Mr. Pumpkin’s family.

  9. Barbie Adair
    Stilwell, OK

    Praying for comfort for your family

  10. Susan Warford
    Farmington, AR

    Eli was a great man. So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. The family will be in my prayers.

  11. David and Cindy Brown
    Stilwell, OK

    Sending prayers for you and your family

  12. David and Cindy Brown

    Praying for you and your family

  13. Carolyn Eubanks Cude

    Thinking of your family and Praying for comfort.

  14. Jerry and Debbie Knight

    Mr. Pumpkin was an awesome man and will be missed by all! Prayers for his family. 🙏🏼

  15. Barbara Worley
    Stilwell, OK

    Barbara & family: So sorry for your loss. Just wanting you to know I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Rachelle English
    Stilwell, OK

    Thoughts and prayers for the Pumpkin family. Thanks for your devotion to Stilwell Schools and your support. You will be greatly missed.

  17. Mary Harlin
    Van Buren, AR

    I wanted the family all to know that you have all been in my thoughts and prayers!! Eli was a very nice and friendly man! One day you will all see him again in Heaven what day of rejoicing that will be! 😇❤️ Love you all, Mary and family

  18. Odean and Leona Hamilton
    Westville, OK

    We are so saddened by your loss. Cherish your memories.

  19. Tim Barton

  20. Tim and Connie Hunt
    Stilwell, OK

    May God bless you in your time of loss. Eli was a good man and loved by many.

  21. Macky and Linda O'Neal
    Stilwell, OK

  22. Jimmy Baird
    Stilwell, OK

    Great man will be missed

  23. Jimmy Baird
    Stilwell, OK

    Great man will be missed

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