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Franklin D. Cullum

December 7, 1942 - November 15, 2019

Burial Date November 20, 2019

Funeral service for Franklin D. Cullum, 76 of Sallisaw, Oklahoma will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at First Christian Church in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Fleetwood Cemetery in Sallisaw, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

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Funeral service for Franklin D. Cullum, 76 of Sallisaw, Oklahoma will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at First Christian Church in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Fleetwood Cemetery in Sallisaw, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

He was born on December 7, 1942 in Hanson community, Oklahoma to Ruby (Anderson) Cullum and James Everett Cullum and passed away on November 15, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Mr. Cullum graduated from Warner and Northeastern. While at Northeastern, he spent the summer of 1965 in Washington DC as an intern for Congressman Ed Edmondson. After graduation, he taught elementary education for 10 years for the Gallup McKinley County School District on the Navajo Reservation at Tohatchi, NM. There he met another teacher, Sue Matthews and they were married on December 22, 1970 in Gallup, NM. Frank moved his family back to Sallisaw to begin teaching at Muldrow Elementary in 1976. In 2002, he was selected as Muldrow Teacher of the Year. He taught 28 years at Muldrow. He believed in community service, he served as Boy Scout Leader of Sallisaw Troop 742 several years. Both his sons earned Eagle Scout rank and he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. Following Boy Scouts, he joined Trans Mississippi Rifles and reenacted in many Civil War Battles honoring his confederate great grandfathers. He was a background artist with TMR in the movie Gettysburg. He was a volunteer fireman, was active on the Board of Central Fire Department, was the President of Rural Water District 3 Board, a member of Cookson Hills Electric Coop Operation Roundup Board and was active in Sequoyah County Historical Society. He loved and collected old Maytag motors, old garden tractors and lawn mowers. He was a loving husband and father.

Survivors are:

wife: Sue of the home;

2 sons: Peter of Ft. Smith, AR and Matthew and Cindy of Denton, TX;

2 granddaughters: Molly and Macie;

2 sisters: Theresa Comer of Sallisaw, OK and Gladys Jeanene Adamson of California;

numerous nieces, nephews and cousins;

and 1 old cat;

He was preceded in death by his parents: Buck and Ruby Cullum, 4 sisters: Euna Coker, Mary Turner, Eva Gillam and Betty Bradshaw and 3 brothers: Carl, James and Freddie.

Active Pallbearers will be Max Cullum, Gary Don Cullum, John George, Doug McEver, Cliff Cullum and Barry Orendorff.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Don Nead, Larry Vincent, Earl Strebeck, Roger Lockhart, Jr. and Max Yancy.

Viewing will be 10 am – 8 pm Monday and 10 am – 8 pm Tuesday at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw, OK where the family will greet 6 – 8 pm Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Sequoyah County Historical Society, P.O. Box 503 – Sallisaw, OK 74955 or Fleetwood Cemetery, P.O. Box 343 – Sallisaw, OK 74955.