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Vernon Leon Rider
Obituary for
Vernon Leon Rider
Submitted by: Bob Chada


© The Guthrie News Leader
Friday, May 26, 2006

Vernon Leon Rider was born June 16, 1944 to James A. and Joanna Letha Liggins Rider in Chouteau, Oklahoma. Both parents three brothers Larcell, James "Sonny", and Herbert and two sisters, Barbara Jean and Mattie Rider Miller preceded him in death.
During his early childhood, he united with the Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Chouteau, Oklahoma. He attended Brushy Creek Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln High School in Wagoner, Oklahoma. Vernon received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma in 1966 and in 1978; he received his Master's Degree from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma.
Drafter into the United States Army in 1967, Vernon Honestly and Faithfully served his country for two years. For his tour of duty in South Viet-Nam he received distinguished honors: Good Conduct Medal and he received the Purple Heart April 12, 1968. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army on the 1st Day of July 1973.
In July 2, 1970 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Lula M. Ware. To this union, three sons were born Vernon Tyrone; Toure Amon William , and Teremun Franklin Jabri Rider. Vernon was proud that his wife and three sons were all graduates of Langston University.
Vernon was a faithful and diligent member of St. Paul Baptist church in Meridian, Oklahoma. As a faithful servant, he was ordained as a Decon under the leadership of Rev. Frank Dewberry in 1974. He was active member of the Brotherhood, Sunday School Superintendent for over 25 years, and he served as an instructor for Vacation Bible School.
Vernon was an avid reader with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Classical music was his favorite genre of music. He was often requested and graciously accepted inviations to speak at Black heritage programs because of his depth of knowledge regarding Africa and the African American culture. In August 1992, Vernon traveled to West Africia, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bessau. He had a passion for knowledge and educating himself and others. Vernon often said, "When people don't know their own history, they can be told anything and will believe anything." He could hold an intelligent conversation on a wide variety of subjects, and he had an opinion, based upon factual information, about numerous topics. He never met a stranger.
He taught in public schools in Orange County Florida and taught for Oklahoma City Public Schools for 25 years. Vernon was an outstanding educator and his colleagues, students loved and respected him. He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers. He taught Science at Hoover and retired from his teaching career at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City Public Schools in 2002.
Vernon leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of 35 years, Lula; three sons, Tyrone (Ekaterina) of Oklahoma City, OK; Toure (Monica) Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Teremum Rider of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two nieces who were like daughters Carla Jacobs (Chris), Karlon James (Kenneth); two great nephews and a niece, like his grandchildren, Christopher and Carmen Jacobs and Brandon Miller-Cammon; three sisters, Lydia Maxine Brown of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Doris Lee Jones (Cecil) and Dellana Baker (Tony) all of Richmond California; Five brothers, John Rider (Pearline) of Kansas City, Missouri; William A. Rider of Wagoner, Oklahoma; Kenneth Rider, Sacramento, California; Alfonzo Rider, Chouteau, Oklahoma and Larry D. Rider, Kansas City, Missouri; aunts, Ruby Nunley Williams and Geraldine Amey both of Oklahoma City, OK and Dorothy Bishop of Midwest City, Oklahoma; uncles Joe Liggins, Frank Liggins, Harold Liggins all of Kansas City, Missouri, and Joseph Ware of Meridian, Oklahoma and sisters and brothers-in-laws; Vernora McKinney (Lafayette), Joyce Doolin, Opal Fox, Margaret Gentle, George W. Wared, Rafael White (Stanford), LaVerne Broiles, Linda Ware Toure (Opio), Vonnie Ware Roberts (Alvin) and Mae Williams (Stewart); a very special person Margaret Dewberry, a host of Nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and freinds. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27 at St. Paul Baptist church in Meridian, Oklahoma.


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