Services for Marvin Liddell, 82, of Ardmore, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Mr. Liddell was born August 19, 1917, in Love County, the son of Vernon and Minnie Keel Liddell. He died Monday, April 3, 2000, in Marietta.
He graduated from Chilocco Indian School in 1936. While in high school and college he was the Kansas City Golden Glove Champion in 1934 and 1935-36 and Oklahoma Welterweight Champion in 1937-38. Mr. Liddell was also New York Intercity Champion and International Champion in Welterweight in 1938. In 1934, he was Oklahoma State and Missouri Valley Champion. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame as one of Oklahoma's all time greats in boxing. Mr. Liddell attended Murray State College and Oklahoma State University. He served in the Army during World War II. He and Doris Pruitt were married September 16, 1944, at Fort Smith, Arkansas. She preceded him in death July 12, 1999.
After the war he completed college and received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University Law School. Mr. Liddell was the first attorney for the Legal Aid Program in the State of Oklahoma, serving three counties in eastern Oklahoma. He also served as the attorney for Oklahomans for Indian Opportunity and the Chickasaw Housing Authority. Mr. Liddell was a member of the Chickasaw Tribal Council and the Inter-tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes from 1963 to 1974.
Mr. Liddell served as County Attorney in Love County and Delaware County and as an attorney for the Oklahoma ABC Board. Before his retirement he was in private law practice in Ardmore. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ardmore.
Survivors include one daughter, Sue Estes of Ardmore; one son, Mark Liddell of Dallas; four sisters, Betty Galloway and Emma Dean, both of Marietta, Jane Pipin of Arizona and Jean Cochran of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Iverson Liddell of Gladewater, Texas and Billy Liddell of Marietta; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kay Doris Thompson; three brothers and one sister.
Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Carter County Bar Association.
Source: Marietta Monitor, Love County, April 7, 2000, page 4.