Jeffry Russell Tribble
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Jeffry Russell Tribble
One of four children, Russ took on the role of protector, defender, champion and peace-maker within his family, relationships and in every other endeavor big or small. His nature was one of effortless gentleness, integrity, extraordinary strength and an enigmatic ability to cultivate a far-reaching network of friendships. As a classmate, a tenacious and revered football teammate, brother, devoted husband, doting father, most loyal friend, coach, teacher, leader and mentor, his impact was as a beacon shines. There is no dark side of the moon with his kind of humble radiance and it has no end.
After making several moves common among military families, the decision was made to establish a permanent home in Midwest City, Okla. Russ attended West Side Elementary, Jarman Junior High and graduated with the Midwest City High School class of 1971 where he is, to this day, held in the highest regard for his part in what was high school football royalty of its time. Among multiple offers, Russ accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the only Razorback sophomore to be in the starting lineup every single football game of the 1973 season, Russ was living what would be one of his most favored chapters, topped off with a 1976 Southwest Conference Championship and Cotton Bowl victory then subsequent start of his family and teaching and coaching career at NC State, Texarkana, Ark., Midwest City, Okla., Baylor University, University of Central Oklahoma and Edmond Memorial High School. It is no exaggeration, however; he was a man of so many talents and such spirit, he would tell you there is no one favorite chapter as each part was its own trophy.
His children, wife, Vicki, extended family, students and friends will attest, if Russ wasn't explaining lyrics by any number of music artists, he was sharing copied music albums. There was a song for every situation, a deep intrigue at the mystery of faith, near involuntary Starbucks habit, corny quips, political convictions, books by the stacks, harmonica playing, artistic expressions, miles and miles on bicycle, catch phrases for ages, games of chess, and students by generations. The one uniting factor was Russ. He was compelled to propagate the most pure and unconditional love both by word and in action and we are all better for it.
Russ is preceded in death by both parents, Jim and Maxine Tribble.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki Tribble, son Taylor Tribble and wife Kyla with his four granddaughters Veyana, Lilian, Emery and Mary Claire, daughter Ashley Tribble Simmons and husband Brent with his three grandchildren, Jack, Micah and Ruby, step-children Christopher, Sara Jean with his granddaughter Rowan Elizabeth Foster, Katie and Megan Beshoner, his three siblings, Larry Tribble, Cheryl Winters and Jimmie H Tribble, many nieces and nephews and countless friends and extended family.
Jeffry Russell Tribble was the best of us and the charge he would give us is to press on, pass it on, and to live long and prosper.
A memorial service in his honor will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Midwest City, 705 East Rickenbacker Drive.
Contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to: Salvation Army Bucks for Bikes, 1001 N. Penn Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73107 and Special Care Inc., 12201 N. Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73114.
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