George Vernon Isbell

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Rev. George Vernon Isbell, 90, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away with family by his side on February 25, 2018. He was born on March 31, 1927 in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, to Osborne Kieffer “O.K.” and Maudie (Matlage) Isbell. George attended school at Cloud Chief, graduating in 1945. He married Barbara Lou Simpson on April 18, 1945 at the United Methodist Church in Sayre, Oklahoma. To this union, 5 children were born. George served in the Navy with the Seabees in World War II. He was a man of many talents, including farming, carpentry, singing, and teaching. He had the ability to take an idea from concept to completion, inspiring others to contribute their talents. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. While attending Oklahoma A and M, he heard the call from God. He answered that call by serving a church while finishing his Bachelor’s Degree. Upon graduation in 1952, he continued his education at the Perkins School of Theology at SMU, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1957. “Brother George” was ordained elder of the Methodist Church in 1957, and continued a lifetime of service in ministry with Barbara by his side. He was especially good at sharing God’s love with children and youth, and was the Dean of many church camps. He served congregations in the following churches: Grainola of Webb City 1950 to 1953, Alvord of Sunset, Texas 1954 to 1956, Pickton of Pine Forest, TX 1956 to 1957, Atoka 1957 to 1960, Beaver 1960 to1963, Stilwell 1963 to 1965, Enid Christ UMC 1965 to 1969, Holdenville 1969 to 1971, Cordell - Dill City 1971 to 1976, Oklahoma City Asbury 1976 to 1978, Tulsa Sheridan Ave 1978 to 1979, Ponca City Albright 1979 to 1987, Harrah 1987 to 1990, Hollis of Gould 1990 to 1992, and filled ministry roles as needed after retirement. Following retirement in 1992, they moved to Dill City, Oklahoma, where they enjoyed traveling, camping, gardening and visits with family. George was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Edgar Louis Isbell, and an infant brother; Sisters: Laretha Vick, Fern Vermillion, Juhree Calvert, Adalou Penner; Brothers-in-law: Leroy Vick, Clyde Vermillion, Wayman Penner, Gene Simpson and Doyle Fenn. He was also preceded in death by Sisters-in-law: Marthalu Isbell, Maxine Isbell, Betty Vermillion, Oleta Isbell, Frances Simpson, Faye Simpson and Joan Simpson. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Isbell of the home; five children: Patricia Isbell Blackard and James of Bonham, Texas; Eddie Isbell and Peggy (Leggett) of Cordell, Oklahoma; Helen Isbell Henderson and Larry of Branson, Missouri; Annette Isbell Bell and Terrel of Follett, Texas; Paula Isbell Mann and Todd of Palmer, Alaska. Grandchildren include Lisa Blackard Ortiz and Ben, Kenneth Blackard and Ruth, Becky Isbell Phillips and Jon, Kyle Isbell and Rhiannon Anna Isbell Feltman and Levi, Samantha Henderson and Brad Gore, Joe Henderson and Adrianna, Sarah Henderson Wunderlich and Josh, Patrick Bell, Bryan Bell and Jessica, Amber Bell Kennedy and Neal, Audra Mann and Levi Mann. He is also survived by Great Grandchildren: Justin Blackard- Ortiz, Brittany Ortiz, Trevor Franklin, Jacob Phillips, Payton Phillips, Kylee Isbell, Jayce Isbell, McKenzy Isbell, Billie Wilson, Kendra Wilson, Hannah Smith, Eli Smith, Kimber Feltman, Milli Feltman, Soren Henderson, Beatrice Wunderlich, Simon George Wunderlich, Louisa Wunderlich, Jessa Bell, Alexis Bell, Kendall Bell, Brooklyn Bell, Melody Kennedy, Liam Kennedy Brother: W.H. “Bill” Isbell and Jan of Rogers, Arkansas, In-laws: Randall Calvert of Durham, Oklahoma; Betty Fenn of Houston, Texas; Darrell Simpson and Joy of Lawton, Oklahoma; Yvonne McManaman and Don, of Hinton, Oklahoma; Gwen Ware and Bob of Edmond, Oklahoma, Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. George leaves a legacy of faith, hard work, integrity, truth, and sharing Christ’s love to all. Well done, good and faithful servant! Funeral Service was held Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Cordell, Oklahom