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OCTOBER 2016 PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF EAST CENTRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


A Lineman's Goodbye ECE loses "larger than life" employee


he booming voice alone was enough to separate him from the crowd, but it was only a small part of East Central Electric Lineman Rex


Young's big personality. Young, 51, died August 31, 2016, following a six-month battle with lung cancer. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of family and coworkers who will miss his gregarious spirit, gentle heart and giant voice crackling over the dispatch radio.


Born and raised in Okmulgee, Young worked for East Central Electric for 26 years. As senior lineman in charge of maintenance, he dedicated himself to his position and took great pride in serving co-op members.


In tribute to Young, co-op employees attending his funeral on September 3 wore ribbons bearing his name and unit number, #54. Co-op employees spoke at the service while linemen from ECE and other friends served as pallbearers. Co-op bucket trucks led the procession from the funeral to the grave site, where Young's co-op truck was parked. At the conclusion of the graveside ceremony, ECE General Superintendent Steve Shrum gave Young the perfect lineman's goodbye. From the dispatch room at ECE, Shrum's voice broadcast through the radio in Young's truck.


"Unit 54 is 10-7," Shrum said.


Young is survived by his wife, Deidra; two children, Danielle Young and Reid Young, both of Glenpool; two step-daughters, Devin Davis of Stillwater, and KayDee Davis of Okmulgee; mother, Carolyn McCullar and her husband Jessie "Skip" McCullar of


operation roundup update


Operation Roundup funds support local charitable organizations, civic groups, youth programs, community services, and needy families and individuals. For more information on this voluntary bill roundup program, please visit www.ecoec.com.


An assortment of Young's lineman tools and his photo displayed at the funeral.


Henryetta; two brothers, Wesley Young and wife Janet of Tulsa, and Timothy Young of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and a host of family and friends. Rex was preceded in death by his father, Willie Ray.


Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Rex Young's


tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com.


Figures to date: Applications reviewed...........................816 Applications granted..............................573 Applications denied................................231 Applications tabled...................................16 Scholarships awarded..................$169,000


Total Disbursements.........$1,374,170.45 Average member contribution............44¢


East Central Electric Cooperative PO Box 1178 • 2001 S. Wood Drive Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447-1178 (918) 756-0833 www.ecoec.com


OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm.


POWER OUTAGE HOT LINE (918) 756-0833


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Lowell Hobbs, President


Larry Harvey, Vice President Dwight Luther, Secretary Treasurer Jim Hall, Asst. Sec. Treasurer Ed Kloeckler Michael Vernnon Max Shoemake


Tim Smith, General Manager PAYMENT OPTIONS


• Pay online at www.ecoec.com using SmartHub, or download the app.


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• Pay using our drive-through window or lobby, Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.


• Pay via automatic draft of your checking or savings account. Sign up online or download the ebill form for easy automatic payments at www.ecoec.com.


Country Living is published monthly by East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2001 S. Wood Drive, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447. Second class postage paid at Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447 and at additional mailing office. Subscription price: 60 cents /year. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to


ECE Country Living, PO Box 1178, Okmulgee, OK 74447. country living | OCTOBER 2016 | 1


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