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April 30, 2013

Joy Fountain McMasters

March 30, 1917 — April 29, 2013

DUNCAN — Joy Fountain McMasters, known mostly by “Mac,” was set free of his pain Monday, April 29, 2013, at Country Club Care Nursing Home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tracy L. Wilson officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Comanche, under direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mac was born March 30, 1917, in Comanche, the sixth child born of 10 children to Walter William and Molly Pearl McMasters. His father was killed when he was only 7, and Joy became very independent and hard working. With 10 mouths to feed, all the children had to help on the farm, thus, schooling ended for him at the seventh grade.

As soon as he was old enough, he worked in the CCC Camps and sent most of his money home to his family. After he married and got out of the Navy, he became a meat cutter in the Los Angeles area. He retired after 40 years and moved back to Duncan. He was a member of Eastside Church of Christ.

Mac married Ruth Lee McCutchen on July 5, 1939, in Norman. She preceded him in death on February 16, 2011, and he has missed her every day since. They were married 71 plus years.

He was drafted during World War II, and served in the US Navy on a mine sweeper ship called USS Scrimage. He received the WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign, Philippines Liberation with two bronze stars and the American Area Campaign Medal.

To him the greatest medal he received was from his commanding officer, a special five dollar bill with Hawaii printed on it. He carried that bill in his billfold from 1941 to 2010, wrapped up in the flap of an envelope. He never really got out of the Navy as the lunch room at the nursing home was always “the Mess Hall.”

Mac was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor, and had so much love for Ruth and all of his family. He and Ruth were never blessed with children, but all of his nieces and nephews filled that void.

Mac is survived by a brother, W.E. McMasters, age 99, of the Meridian Nursing Home; two sisters-in-law: Mamie McMasters of Duncan, and Joan McMasters of Anaheim, Calif.; a nephew and wife that were his care givers: Lowell and Minnie McMasters of Duncan. He is also survived by nieces: Suzie Hall, Molly Luttrell, Jerlene Gillispie and Gracalee Johns, and a nephew, Keith McMasters, all of Duncan; and a host of other family members in Oklahoma, Texas and California.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Herring, Larry Martin, Frank Hall, Mark Johns, Jeff Denney, Larry McMasters and Carl Coffman.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at:

Another WW II veteran has passed from this life and he will be missed by so many.  We thank him for his service.

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