On March 7, 2020, Donald "Eugene" Nottingham, lifelong resident of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 73, having waged a valiant battle against cancer.
He attended Tahlequah High School and studied at Northeastern State University. He had a forty-year career with Northeastern Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority, starting at the bottom and retiring as Executive Director. He served as a Captain of Tahlequah's Volunteer Fire Department and retired after twenty-four years. Running cattle was a passion that Eugene enjoyed for the greater part of his life as well.
The Bedouin Shrine Mounted Patrol was a big part of Eugene's life, and he was a charter member of the Tahlequah Elks Lodge. He enjoyed sports as a young man and was a talented athlete. Hunting trips and trail riding were adventures he enjoyed and planned all year.
He is preceded in death by his father, Charlie O. Nottingham, his mother Mamie Medlin Nottingham, and brothers Charlie and Eddie Nottingham.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Sharon Bray Nottingham; three daughters, Tammie Harris, Lea Ann Gordon, and Shalyn (Matt) Crossland; two stepsons, Gary Sizemore and Hoyt (Jaimee) Sizemore; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brother, Bill (Juanita) Nottingham.
Pallbearers are grandsons: Billy Gibson, Hayden Harris, Andrew Sizemore, Conner Crossland, Brett Crossland, and Landon Fields. Honorary pallbearers are Tahlequah City Firemen and NOPFA employees.
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