A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
Jerry Roquemore of Shawnee died of heart failure at age 79. The native Texan was a competitive body builder who won several awards, including Mr. Southwest USA. An Army veteran who was a member of the International Parachuting Team.
Earl Abram, 76, of White Oak was an avid outdoorsman who hunted bear, mountain lion and wild hogs. In 1977, he set the record for the biggest bear taken in Idaho.
Longtime Vinita resident Charles Dirickson participated in several rodeos. He won a calf-roping title at the Will Rogers Rodeo held in Vinita. A World War II veteran who served on the American Legion Rodeo Committee. By trade, Dirickson was senior vice president of the First National Bank of Vinita. He was 93 at the time of death.
*Bill Parris, 78, of Tulsa played football and baseball at Sand Springs High School. He held season tickets for University of Tulsa football and basketball teams for 23 years. By trade, Parris was a military man. He was a major in the Air Force, coordinating four interceptor units and 14 long-range radar squadrons.
*Carl Hamilton, 79, was a star athlete at Goodwell High School. He played football, basketball and baseball at Panhandle State, which inducted Hamilton into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. Hamilton went into coaching after his university days; he spent time at Goodwell and Hardesty high schools in Oklahoma. He also had coaching stops in Texas, Kansas and California.
*Marshall Smith, 87, of Miami, OK, played golf at Northeastern A&M Junior College and the University of Mississippi. The Quapaw High graduate was a PGA teaching professional.