OBITUARY: Emmett Victor Rathbone Jr.

OBITUARY: Emmett Victor Rathbone Jr.

On Thursday, March 19th, 2020, Emmett Victor Rathbone Jr., loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 96. Emmett was born on March 8th, 1924 in Chetopa, KS to Emmett Victor Rathbone Sr. and Ruby Mae Rathbone.

Emmett graduated from Aurora High School in 1942 and attended William Jewell College briefly before joining the US Navy in 1943. Emmett served aboard the U.S.S. Nassau, a Carrier in the Pacific Fleet until 1946. After WWII Emmett came home to Aurora and married Georgia Imogene Berry November 24th, 1947. They raised two sons, Mike and Matt.

Emmett followed his father in retail business and opened a Ben Franklin variety store in Mt. Vernon, MO. Later they moved to Tulsa, Ok and opened their first store in Tulsa near Cincinnati and Pine and soon after opened several others including one at 5119 S. Lewis in Tulsa.

In the 1960’s that location became Rathbone’s Flair Flowers and Gifts. An arts and crafts store that Tulsans enjoyed for many years. Rathbone’s today is in Jenks, OK and he worked there in until he retired. Emmett played football in High School and enjoyed the Oklahoma Sooners as a season ticket holder for many years. He loved his wife, Imogene, married for 73 years, they were rarely separated until her passing in February of this year. Emmett and Imogene loved the Lord and are reunited in heaven today. Emmett enjoyed his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

He is survived by his two sons, Mike and his wife Barbara and Matt and his wife Becky of Tulsa, OK.  Seven grandchildren; Benjamin Rathbone and wife Brandy of Jenks, OK, Lydia Thomas and husband Bobby of Glenpool, OK, Joshua Rathbone of Tulsa, OK, Sarah Potter and husband Bryan of Bixby, OK, Chris Rathbone and wife Cara of Lowell, AR, Brian Rathbone and wife Meredith of Amarillo, TX and Greg Rathbone and wife Stacy of Collinsville, OK, twenty great- grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife Georgia Imogene, his father, Emmett Sr. and mother, Ruby.

The funeral service was previously held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Hargrove-Marker Funeral Home in Jenks located at 815 West Main.


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