Ernest Gathron, Sr. was born October18, 1932 in Colbert Oklahoma, the son of Jim and Willie Boykin. He received his education from the Colbert Public Schools. At the age of 25, Ernest enlisted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country. He worked as a Truck Driver for many years, then found employment with Midwest Machinery and eventually became self employed. “Jack” as he was affectionately known, enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends telling jokes and stories. On Wednesday April 3, 2013, Ernest “Jack” Gathron, Sr., moved from a life of labor, to an eternal life of reward. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; R.B. Brown, George Boykin, Cecil Boykin, J.A. Boykin and Ivory Joe Boykin, sister Pearlie McKay, grandson Michael Gathron and daughter-in-law Marsha K. Gathron. Those left to cherish his memories are his sons; Ernest Gathron, Jr., of Platter, OK. and Stephen Gathron of Oklahoma City, OK, daughters; James Etta Brown and husband George of ??????, Willie Ruth Campbell and husband Elliott, of Dallas, TX, Terrie Gathron of Aurora, CO, and Janice Webb and husband Wendell of Oklahoma City Oklahoma, brother James Edward Brown, of Las Angeles, CA, sister Colletta Meachum and husband Robert, Jr., of Fort Worth, TX, 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, along with many other relatives and friends.