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Headed to Tulsa for Tisdale funeral

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm •  Published: May 20, 2009

I admit to a little surprise at the national response to the death of Wayman Tisdale. It garnered much more attention than I would have thought.

Here in Oklahoma, Tisdale’s death at the age of 44 was a huge story and remains so. But ESPN, the leader in forging the national sports landscape, gave Tisdale’s death a big ride.

I’m sure other funerals have been staged in massive arenas, but frankly none come to mind. Heads of state. Princess Di. Mickey Mantle. None were in a building like the BOK Center, where Thursday morning no telling how many visitors will pay their respect.

I’m going to the funeral, but I wish I had been at the reflection service Wednesday night at Friendship Church, where Wayman’s father pastored and where his brother, Weldon, now pastors. I’ll bet that was a beautiful service, full of spirit and music and honor to the beloved man.

I’m hoping much of that spirit carries over Thursday to the BOK Center.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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