Tim J. Hataway was born to Thelma and James Hataway on May 26, 1944 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tim graduated from John Marshall High School in 1962 and was a star wrestler. He and his wife-to-be, Barbara Stubblefield, met on June 7, 1964 and were married on November 7, 1964. They were married more than 51 years at the time of his death. Tim served in the US Navy for three years in Olathe, Kan. While there they had their daughter Shawna Ann, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 47.
Tim joined the OKC fire department in 1971 retiring in 2000 at the rank of Major. He was given the honor of Firefighter of the Year in 1991 and was also honored by the Committee of 100 with a special recognition the same year.
First and always he was a Christian and was a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. He was ordained as a deacon at the age of 27 and served faithfully in that capacity for many years. He was one of the heroes at the time of the OKC bombing where he was one of the leading forces in creating OKC's own Critical Incident Stress Management team. He also spent 10 days at Ground Zero in New York City and helped many of the FDNY firefighters deal with the losses they had sustained. He visited over 35 fire stations in NYC.
He was a hero to many, but none more than his family. After retirement, Tim served on the Oklahoma Council on Aging as chairman for many years and was able to get a lot accomplished to help the elderly. He was also an ombudsmen at Grace Living Center in Edmond and served on the State Board for the Ombudsmen.
At the age of 64 he began woodcarving and found his true love for carving. He did caricatures, human busts and figures, firefighters and cowboys and Indians. He has many blue ribbons in his craft and was highly thought of by woodcarver's across the U.S. He was quick to help others and gained a reputation for his expertise in woodcarving. Tim was a member of the OKC Woodcarver's Club.
Tim is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Shawna, and his brother Jim Hataway.
He is survived by his loving wife Barbara of the home; his daughters Madison and Meridith Hataway and his grandson Brock Neely and his grandson's father Jon Neely. He also had many nephews, nieces and great nephews and nieces and a host of friends, firefighters and church family that loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation for Tim will be 1 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Crawford Funeral Service, 610 NW 178th St., Edmond, Okla., with the family greeting friends at a come-and-go reception from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Tim will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134.
Published on March 14, 2016