Funeral services for Reverend Donald Raymond “Don” Queen, 84, of Sperry, were held Friday, August 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Sperry, OK and Saturday, August 19, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Blanchard, OK. Pastor Phil Dark and Reverend Ray Sims officiated and burial was in Blanchard Cemetery in Blanchard, OK. Casket bearers were Isaac Queen, Jim Queen, C.J. Queen, Greg Queen, Daniel Queen, Charles Queen, Ben Griffis and Allen Yanik. Honorary casket bearers were Josh Griffis, Caleb Griffis and Chuck Beeson.
Don was born November 9, 1932 in Tulsa, OK to Jack Raymond and Thelma Maxine (Wood) Queen. He passed away August 15, 2017 in Owasso, OK.
Don, a voice preaching God’s love for over 60 years, was the first born child of Jack and Thelma Queen. Don graduated from Tulsa Central High School Class of 1951 and attended Oklahoma Baptist University to study for the ministry. Don and Mildred met in a night Bible class at Tulsa Hillcrest Baptist Church. They were married June 8, 1951 and just recently celebrated their 66th anniversary with their children at Oxford Glenn Memory Care Center in Owasso, OK. Hillcrest Baptist recognized Don’s call to the ministry and ordained him as a Baptist Minister in August 1951. Don pastored five churches throughout his 60-year ministry as a Southern Baptist Minister: Faith Baptist in Chelsea. OK, Lynn Lane Baptist in Tulsa, OK, First Baptist in Blanchard, OK, First Baptist in Sperry, OK, and Immanuel Baptist in Tulsa, OK. He served 41 of those 60 years at FBC Blanchard and FBC Sperry. He retired from FBC Sperry but was called to Immanuel for 12 years of additional service to God. Don played the violin, loved to build with his hands, and gave and received much love from his extended family in addition to his service to his beloved church families.
He is survived by his wife Mildred (Beeson) Queen of the home; children, James Queen of Tulsa, Greg Queen and wife Kelly of Blanchard, Charles Queen of Bridgeport, TX and Paula Queen-Yanik and husband Allen of Yukon; grandchildren, Jennifer Queen, Jack Queen, Becca Whitson, Josh Griffis, Hannah Saballa, Rachel Cain, Caleb Griffis, Leah Corbin, Ben Griffis, Rachel Swires, Isaac Queen, C.J. Queen, Daniel Queen, Lindsey Queen, Sarah Faglie, and Lauren Faglie; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rebecca Sager and husband Bob of Sugarland, TX, and Martha Hughes and husband Buryl of Sperry; brothers, Phillip Queen and wife Jeanne of The Woodlands, TX, and Mark Queen and wife Cathy of Sperry; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his children, Donald Raymond Queen Jr. and Teresa Lynn Griffis; parents, Jack and Thema Queen; and brother, Jerry Queen.