Jeffery “Jeff” Wade Sewell
Funeral services for Jeffery “Jeff” Wade Sewell, age 58 years, 10 months and 23 days, an Atoka resident, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at the Atoka Football Field, in Atoka, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chaplain Sam Garner, Brother Joe Chapin and Brother John Mixon officiating.
Interment will be in Green Meadows Cemetery, at Atoka.
Services are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, in Atoka.
Sewell passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020, in Denison, Texas.
He was born on Friday, November 3, 1961, to Max Lee and Billye Sue (Thomas) Sewell, in Oklahoma City. Sewell was raised in Oklahoma City in his early years, moved to Coalgate in grade school and then moved to Atoka his freshman year in high school.
Sewell attended Telstar, Oak Ridge, his favorite elementary school Little Axe, Coalgate, and Atoka High School, where he graduated in 1980. He graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and went on to attend the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy in 1988, and graduating in July, 1988 from the 43rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
Sewell was the junior high quarterback, linebacker, tight end and defensive end for Atoka High School. He was named All District and All Area football player for Atoka and was said to be one of the toughest players Atoka produced.
He married Ellen Denise Ring on Saturday, July 24, 1982, at Ada. They celebrated 38 years of marriage before his passing.
Sewell was a rancher and enjoyed his cattle and baling hay.
He refereed football 35 years, before he retired from refereeing. Sewell worked for Breeden Texaco, Morris Cochran Equipment, Bill Flowers Construction, Mechanical Services and then he began his career in law enforcement with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, where he worked his way to Captain.
Sewell served the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in numerous locations throughout Oklahoma. He was shot in the line of duty in November, 1988, while serving the OHP in Roger Mills County. Sewell received Trooper of the Year in 1988.
He was a longtime member of the Atoka First Baptist Church, where he was very involved and served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School through the years. Sewell was a DARE instructor for several area schools, active with the Cadet Lawmen Academy, was TAC Supervisor with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol 55th Academy, in 2005.
Sewell was very involved in the local Special Olympics and Tip-A-Cop, always attended the Special Olympics summer games in Stillwater, was very passionate about football, was a several time marathon finisher, ran the Oklahoma City Bombing Marathon three different times, and a volunteer fireman for Atoka seven and a half years. Sewell was Firefighter of the Year in 1995. He was actively involved in Celebrate Recovery – Atoka, The Sarah House, a recovery program, and got the most enjoyment entertaining the old coffee drinkers at the Atoka Truck Stop at table 12. More than anything, he loved being “Pa” to his five grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Denise (Ring) Sewell of the home, in Atoka; mother, Sue Flowers of Atoka; children, Jenni Allen and husband, Tommy, of Bentley; Randi Sue Hauff and husband, Casey of Atoka; five grandchildren, Mady Hauff and Kamri Hauff, both of Atoka; Kamrynn Allen of Bentley; Logan Joy Sewell of Atoka; Kasen Max Allen of Bentley; siblings, Tom Sewell and wife, Debbie, of Plano, Texas; Wayne Sewell and wife, Maria, of Atoka; Tammi Miller and husband, Danny, of Atoka; Hugh Sewell and friend, Diane Durant, of Atoka; Dennis Flowers and wife, Debra, of Coleman; Jerry Flowers and wife, Maressa, of Union City; Rhonda Lacy and husband, Don, of Clinton; mother-in-law, Joy Ring of Holdenville; brother-in-law, Russell Ring and wife, Tina, of Holdenville; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Preceding him in death were his father, Max Lee Sewell; father, Bill Flowers; father-in-law, John Ring; brother-in-law, John Randall Ring; and a nephew, Benji Sewell.
Pallbearers are Lieutenant Shawn Pierce #125, Lieutenant Shane Allen #143, Trooper Russell Knoke #738, Trooper Scott King #634, Captain Jansen Idlett #41, Trooper Jamey Miller #568, Trooper Kevin Miller #824 and Clifton Miller.
Honorary pallbearers are fellow referees, Bruce Usher, David Durbin, Brian Walker, Butch Vietta, Rusty Daniel, Mike Granger, Larry Woods, Ronnie Faulkenberry, James Brown and Gary McCool; special kids he loved, Jesse Burrage, Carson McCall, Ryder Hurt, Fisher Hurt, Shyler Hurt, Tucker Potts, Tanner Allen and Skylar Burrage; along with his Atoka First Baptist Church Sunday School Class.
Family night will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at Brown’s Funeral Service, in Atoka.
Condolences may be sent to the family by email to: BROWNS@ATOKA.NET. Please reference the name of the deceased in your correspondence.