Sam Henry Ahtone, 71, of Madill, Okla., passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at his home in Madill. He was born on Sept. 4, 1949 in Hugo, Okla., to the late Henry Ahtone and Lucille Wesley. Sam was raised in Hugo and attended Hugo Schools until his junior year when he moved to Sulphur, Okla., where he graduated high school. While in Sulphur, Sam played baseball and met his high school sweetheart, Donna. The newlymarried couple moved to Edmond where he would continue to play baseball and receive a Bachelor’s Degree at Central State College. He later attended Southeastern University where he received his Master’s Degree. Sam and Donna had four children together: Sam, Steve, Chandra and Jeri Kaye. Sam would go on to work in public education, teaching in several schools, coaching sports and even working as a principal. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kingston. He enjoyed golfing, watching golf, OU football, sharing recipes with his daughters, attending sports games with his sons, joking with his grandkids, as well as spending time and antique hunting with his love, Marjorie.
Surviving relatives include: Children: Sam Ahtone of Madill, Steve Ahtone of Madill, Chandra Arnold and husband, Brent of Kingston and Jeri Kaye Fernandez and husband, Will of Norman; grandchildren: Hank, Jack , Wesley, Zachary, Sadie, Elias, Lucas and BK; great-grandchildren: Carter, Cooper and one on the way; brothers: Homer G. Homer of Chicago, Ill., Jeral Ahtone of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters: Mary Ahtone of Ada, Okla., and Fanae “Fannie” Shields of Ardmore, Okla.; life companion, Marjorie Alsup.
Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at the Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill, Okla. Services were under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.