A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard line. Problem was, Garner made the stop after charging in from the ECU bench. East Central was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Whaley added an interception later in the third quarter that set up a Southeastern touchdown as the then-Savages rolled to a 26-2 victory. Whaley sandwiched his football career between stints in World War II and the Korean War.
Raymond Mitchell, 83, was a principal at several Oklahoma City elementary schools. The former Douglass High School basketball standout was also a physical education teacher and spent fall Friday nights as a football official. He also refereed prep basketball games.
Angela Spigner, 44, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Fox High School.
Kelly Johnson, 50, was a mat maid at Altus High School.
Garland Waldroop, 74, of Minot, N.D., owned a construction business. The former Oklahoma resident built Sooner International Raceway north of Altus in 1983.
Beula Combs, 88, of Tahlequah was scorebook keeper at Little League baseball games.
Larry Cotter, 73, of Oklahoma City was a body builder. He also enjoyed drag racing and snow skiing.
Laura Marble Arledge, 45, of Norman played tennis at Chickasha High School and Austin College. The attorney was a supporter of Norman High School athletics; she was named Fan of the Year for the 2012-13 school year.
Gene Hatfield, 67, of Oklahoma City played football and baseball at Crooked Oak High School. The Vietnam veteran was an OU and tennis fan.
Steven Smola, 74, of Oklahoma City played football at Kingfisher High School. Showed award-winning sheep as a youngster. A railroad company owner by trade.
William Kern, 93, of Lawton played adult league softball for Fairmont Foods. A member of the Lawton Bowling Club.
Joe Pete Pellerin Jr., 72, of Wilson played football for Mt. Saint Joseph Academy in his native Rutland, Vt.
Dr. Harold Stout, 80, of Norman played football, basketball and ran track at Waurika High School. The physician was involved with the Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Also hunted bear in Alaska.
Claudette Trigg Theimer, 81, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Northeast High School.
Weldon Roberson, 70, of Wichita Falls, Texas, lettered four years in football, basketball and track at Ryan High School.
Bob Graves, 72, of Poteau worked in the banking industry and coached Little League baseball.
Steve Robinson, 65, worked the chains at Owasso Rams football games. A golf enthusiast.
Bud Mulkey, 82, Durant worked as machinist — which came in handy with his hobby of building and racing stock cars.
Billy Little, 68, of Yukon was a manager for Southwestern Bell. Off time was spent working with Little League sports either as an official, director or coach.
Allen Cowdery, 71, of Tulsa was an attorney who coached and officiated soccer.
Sue Moore Corder, 70, of Midwest City played basketball at Mason High School.