The Edmond Sun


July 6, 2012

Floyd Keith Underhill Sr.

EDMOND —     Floyd Keith Underhill Sr., 89, died July 5, 2012. He was born August 25, 1922 at his parent’s home in Johnston County, Okla.

    It was programmed into his DNA that he would become a cowboy, rodeo performer and rancher. His father, Henry Keith Underhill, was a steer roper and rancher and staged the first steer roping contest in southern Oklahoma at Bromide in 1908.

    After graduating from High School in Pontotoc, Okla., Floyd lived with his sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Dick Truitt, from Stonewall for a time and traveled with them on the Rodeo circuit. Dick was the 1939 World Champion Steer Roper. They also traveled some with Dick’s sister from Stonewall, Nell Shaw, and her husband, Everett Shaw, who was a six time World Champion Steer Roper between 1945 and 1962.

    After his rodeo days, Floyd worked in construction laying pipeline in California before settling down in Ada, He co-founded the Ada Floral Shop with his first wife, Jean.

    He later married and spent 62 years with the love of his life, Norma, in Stonewall, where he raised Brahmas and feeder cattle before he retired.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Keith Underhill and Georgia Chambers Underhill, his sister Juanita Truitt, his brother, Hagen Cole Underhill, his wife Norma Underhill, and his step-son, Roy Don Holland.

    He is survived by his two daughters, Luci Mason and Suzanne Clemmons of Ada, Okla., and his son, Floyd Keith Underhill M.D., of Edmond, Okla. He is also survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and his loving niece Colene Alexander and great-granddaughter Nicole Sturgill.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

    Graveside services and interment will be 2 p.m. Monday July 9, 2012 at the Pontotoc Cemetery in Pontotoc Okla. Richard Dickerson, Pastor at Stonewall First Baptist Church will preside.

    Services under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.

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