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Roy is now reunited in Heaven with the love of his life, his wife Nana who passed away on May 10, after 51 years of glorious marriage. Roy began farming with his father and brothers while still in grade school. Over the years they farmed thousands of acres of wheat, soybeans and corn. The Essary family was one of the top watermelon growers in the state of Oklahoma through the s and s.
He served in Vietnam as an infantryman from Consistently volunteering to walk point and constantly placing his life in danger in order to protect his fellow troopers, Roy earned the Bronze Star as well as two Purple Hearts. Roy spent 25 years as a rural mail carrier, handling mail each day on a mile dirt road throughout Route 1, Porter. Upon retirement, Roy settled back onto his farm with his wife, Nana.
Together they accumulated a near exotic animal farm with miniature ponies, llamas, cats, dogs, Muscovy ducks and their prized pet year old steer, Brownie. Not one to sit idle, Roy began working summers and falls for Livesay Orchard. He made numerous trips around the region delivering peaches, apples, watermelons and cantaloupes.
He also became a consistent face under the retail shed, greeting customers and making new friends.
Each fall, Roy drove the hay wagon for schools and groups going to the pumpkin patch. He was a lifelong, faithful member of the Porter Church of Christ, served as a church elder and deacon for many years and enjoyed teaching young adult Sunday school classes as well as delivering numerous sermons and devotionals.
He is also survived by four miniature ponies, one llama and his pet steer, Brownie, who has grazed the Essary farm property since A celebration of his life will be conducted on Saturday, January 2nd, at pm at the Porter Church of Christ with his son, Michael Essary officiating. You are also welcome to meet us in and around the shelter at the Porter Greenwood Cemetery around 2PM as our dad will be honored by a military color guard. We will have a song, a prayer and a short service there as well. Many of the family members will remain there during that time.
But unfortunately we will not be able to hug and greet you as we would love to do. We also plan to livestream it on Facebook details to follow and have a recorded version ed onto the funeral home website for viewing at any time.
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