Memorial service is planned for Oklahoma City homeless man

A United Methodist minister is spearheading a memorial service for a homeless man who died under an Oklahoma City overpass in December.
by Carla Hinton Published: February 12, 2014
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A United Methodist minister is spearheading a memorial service for a homeless man who died under an Oklahoma City overpass in December.

The Rev. Adam Shahan, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Moore, said the memorial for Terry Myrks is set for 5 p.m. Thursday in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave.

Oklahoma City police found Myrks dead under the Interstate 235 overpass at NE 23 on Dec. 5. At the time his body was found, police said they thought his death was related to the frigid temperatures of a wintry storm.

Shahan said he was shocked and saddened when he heard about the man's death and kept waiting for information about a memorial service for him. Shahan, a student at OCU's St. Paul's School of Theology, said he decided to coordinate a service himself when he realized that one had not been planned.

“This happened on our doorstep — we have to address it — and if we don't, it will go unnoticed,” he said.

“The fact that this was a cause of death for anyone in our community is unfortunate and tragic.”

Shahan said he wants the service to make people more aware of the homeless among them — people in need of tangible aid like shelter and food, but also compassion and love.

“The service is to honor Terry's life, but it's also to highlight the mission of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance. It's also to shed some light on our complicity in things like this and it's a call to action to use our resources to address the problems of homelessness in Oklahoma City,” he said.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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