Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Thomas Boyd Singleton, 100, was born on a small farm near Stigler, Oklahoma on April 19, 1913. The family moved to western Arkansas and continued farming but just barely got by financially.
At age 14, Tom left home to seek work in West Texas and New Mexico, taking whatever jobs were available. Throughout the Depression he was never out of work and would take any job and even work two or more if he could.
He eventually worked his way back to Tulsa, Oklahoma and was hired by Douglas Aircraft Company at the start of WW II.
There, he met and married Irene Renfrow. They continued their jobs with Douglas and also purchased an 80 acre farm south of Tulsa and were soon working 16 hours each day. In 1952, they purchased a dry cleaning plant in north Tulsa and sold the farm.
Tom always tried to work at least two jobs at any one time and included home building, a vending machine business and professional driving among his many skills.
In 1995, they moved to Pauls Valley where their nephew and only relative had a ranch. In 2002, his wife Irene died and Tom lived alone in his home next to his nephew’s ranch until the month before he died on June 23, 2013 at age 100.
He is survived by his nephew Dr. Joseph Kopta and his wife Susan.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday June 27, 2013 in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Roy Shave officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home.