Hello Kissee researchers. Darrell Kissee was my uncle by marriage to my mother's younger sister, (Vera Darter). He recently passed away, and I have many fond memories of him.
As a child, I remember my father buying cars from him, and as an adult, I also purchased a car from him. We never lived near the family, so our visits were about every four-five years.
I thought I would pass on the text from his obituary that appeared in the Miami News-Record, Miami, Oklahoma on March 31, 2002,
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Obituary from the Miami News-Record, March 31, 2002
Darrell D. Kissee of Miami at 2:50 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2002 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers, Ark., where he had been a patient for a short time. He was 75.
Kissee was born in Hoxie, Ark., Sept 16, 1926. His parents were Till and Essie Nellie McElfresh Kissee. He attended school in Hoxie. Before finishing high school in August of 1944, he enlisted in the Navy.
A veteran of World War II, Kisse served in the Pacific as an armed guard and gunnery captain. He was awarded the victory medal, Amercian area medal and the Asiatic Pacific medal. After receiving an honorable discharge in December of 1945, he returned to high school in Hoxie and was awarded his high school diploma.
On December 24, 1949, Kissee married Vera Darter. She preceded him in death March 17, 1990.
In 1947, Kissee was first introduced to the car business, which became a life-long career. He was employed at the Norton Littleton Chevrolet in Miami as a salesman and within the first year of selling he became the number one salesman and the only salesman outside the metropolitan area to join the 100-Car Club. He was promoted to manager, transferred to Vinita and returned to Miami to be general manager of the Lincoln Mercury dealership.
In 1955, Darrell went into a dealer partnership with Jack Marshall and Opened the Kissee Marshall Chevrolet in Claremore.
In 1957, Darrell opened the Kissee Ford Motor Company in Miami.
Kissee also had an interest in horses. Buying his first race horse from L.K. Newell, founder of Newell Couch in Miami, Kissee set up is own program of breeding horses. Highlighting his career in the quarter horse racing industry in 1985 "Mr. Trucka Jet" coowned with Bob Raser, came in first, winning the $1 million purse in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
Kissee continued with his horses and car dealerships, until retiring in 1995.
Kissee spent many years promoting the Miami area. He was a member of the Miami Country Club and served on the Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for several years. Other organizations included Rotary Club, Lions Club, Governing Board of the Baptist Hospital, V.F.W., American Legion and the City of Miami Development of Low Income Housing Board.
Kissee was a Christian throughout his life. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Miami for 51 years and has belonged to the First Assembly of God Church in Miami since 2001.
On October 18, 1997, Kissee married Alene Law of Joplin.
His is survived by wife, Alene; two sons, Darrell of Kenner, LA., and Ron of Galena, KS; one daughter, Mary Beth Kissee of Miami; three stepsons, Terry Law of Rogers, Ark., Rodger Law of Miami and Ronnie Law of Bentonville, Ark; two stepdaughters Pat Kwapiseki of Mustang, Okla., and Rita Auman of Riverton, Kan.; two brothers, Jim Kissee of Richardson, Texas, and Larry Kissee of Tulsa; two sisters, Imogene Fitzgerald of Miami and Linda Wallace of Tulsa, 23 granchildren, several greatgrandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service is at the First Assembly of God Church in Miami, at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Cary Monroe will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Paul Dilts and the Rev. Dave Robinson. Serving as pallbearers are Craig Kissee, Steve Kissee, Dee Wallace, Alan Kissee, Dave Fitzgerald, and Charles McMillian.
Internment is in GAR cemetery in Miami.
Visitation for family anad friends is at Guilford Thomas Funeral Home in Miami Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. where Kissee will lie in state.
Service are under the direction of the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.
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