Born Sunday, April 15, 1934
Died Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Robert “Red” Scott Pannell was born April 15, 1934. Red was born in Deep Fork Bottom to Alva and Genever Pannell and departed this life on June 1, 2021, at the age of 87.
He had many different types of jobs during his life; he worked pulling cotton as a young boy at the age of 13 in Arizona, New Mexico, and different parts of Oklahoma. No matter the job he always made sure to send money home to help support the family.
Red was always talking about different adventures in his life, one that he talked about often was while in New Mexico during one of his tours picking cotton, he was locked in a house with a Mexican woman, and she had plans to keep him there so he could marry her. Eventually he was able to get free and at that point decided not to go back to New Mexico so instead he moved on to Arizona to continue picking cotton.
He also worked washing and detailing cars at McGowan Car Dealership. He worked with his brother, Junior, at the Alfalfa Mill and then later helping him pour cement. He drove the school bus for his father for a while. Red worked for the Sanford Brothers in Wichita, KS washing and buffing cars before eventually starting his own business, R & L Automotive Cleaning Service in Wichita, KS.
Red moved back to the country in Oklahoma near his brother Odell Sr. in 2009. Red loved going to church, he was an active member and became a part of “The Brotherhood” male choir, at his Church, St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lora Mae, Velda, and four brothers, Austin, A.W. Jr., Augustine, and Odell Sr.
Red is survived by the mother of his children, Ruth Ann, his children Letha (Greg) and Alva; his ex-wife, LaNita, his stepdaughter DiShon and his adopted son Brandon; five sisters Everlena (Lester), Naomi, Marie (Emual), Esther (James), and Ella, one brother Arthur (Edna), 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, a host of loving nieces and nephews and a special friend Mary and her daughter Sherry.
A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Union Baptist Church, 24075 Union St. Grayson,OK with Rev. McKinley Rice, of St Matthew Baptist Church, Okmulgee, OK, delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Hawkins cemetery, Hoffman, OK.
Public visitation, Friday, June 11th in the Precious Memories chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.