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Charles Thomas Prigmore, Sr.

Birth Date: December 28, 1925
Death Date: September 11, 2017

Dr. Charles Thomas Prigmore, age 91, passed away Monday morning, September 11, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Charles was born on December 28,1925 in Granby, MO to Thomas Frances and Betty Virginia (Vance) Prigmore.

Charles graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1944. Six days later he was drafted and served as a medic in the US Army during World War II. Upon his return home from the war, Charles attended the University of Tulsa before transferring to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK where he played football and baseball. Charles graduated from NSU with a BS degree in 1950. He went on to earn a Masters degree from the University of Tulsa in 1961 and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1968.

A lifelong educator and inspiring coach, Charles taught and coached at East Central High School in Tulsa, OK from 1950-1957; Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, OK from 1957-1961, Del City High School in Del City, OK  from 1961-1963, and served as Assistant Principal at Midwest City High School in Midwest City, OK from 1963-1968. After receiving his Doctorate of Education from OU in 1968, Dr. Prigmore served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Graduate Dean at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, AR for the next 15 years. Dr. Prigmore returned home to his Alma Mater in 1982 where he served as the Academic Vice President before retiring in December of 1987.

Charles always declared that he was the luckiest man in the world when he attended a fraternity dance after playing a baseball game in Arkansas during his senior year at NSU. It was at this “hobo dance” that he saw a redhead who absolutely knocked him off his feet with her fast-moving jitterbug dance. Two months and one day later, on June 2, 1950, Charles Prigmore and Bille Dean Monks walked down the aisle. Their life together consisted of many more dances, songs, and great accomplishments. An article, ‘This is reality’, appeared in the Tulsa World on May 9, 2016, detailing accounts of Charles’ time as a medic during WWII and his experiences on and off the field in the years following. Some of his accomplishments include being recognized as Northeast Oklahoma Conference Coach of the Year four times, and being recognized in the Hall of Fame for high school football and wrestling. Dr. Prigmore was honored by the Governor of Arkansas for his outstanding administrative services at UAMS. Not only is Dr. Prigmore honored by the awards he received throughout his administrative, teaching, and coaching career, but he is honored by the many young men he influenced on and off the field. Coach Prigmore exemplified what it means to be a good, fair man. He taught others what it means to be a winner, on and off the field,

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Frances Prigmore and Betty Virginia (Vance) Prigmore.

Charles is survived by his beautiful bride of 67 years, Billie Dean Monks Prigmore, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his son, Charles Thomas Prigmore, Jr. and wife, Kathy of Elverson, Pennsylvania; his daughter, Carla Saddler Rix, and husband Curtis of Southlake, TX; his sister, Rosemary Arrington of Tulsa, OK; his grandchildren Lauren Merrill and husband Jeremy, Allison Prigmore, Emily Prigmore, Morgan Prigmore, Megan Janes and husband Brandon, Brooke Saddler, Aylor Rix, and Carter Rix; his great-grandchildren Gage, Adelyn, & Halle Merrill and Grant & Ava Janes; as well as many nieces, nephews,and other relatives; many friends as well as former students and athletes are also considered like family.

Charles’ life was celebrated by his family friends on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1115 South Boulder Ave. W., Tulsa, OK 74119 or NSU Alumni Association, 812 N. Cedar Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464. Condolences may be left on Charles Thomas Prigmore, Sr.’s online guest book at

September 13, 2017
4:00 pm
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Floral Haven Funeral Home
6500 S. 129th E. Ave. Broken Arrow OK, 74012
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Funeral Service
September 14, 2017
10:30 am
First United Methodist Church
1115 S Boulder Ave Tulsa OK, 74119-2418
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  1. Sweet Billie,
    All of us at the St. John pool are saddened by the loss of Coach Chuck. But we know from your devotion to each other that your memories will sustain you. It is so obvious how much you loved and admired each other. We wish you peace and comfort. “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

    Your 10 and 11 o’clock pool pals

  2. Mrs. Prigmore
    I heard about our loss this past Saturday. I tried to reach you by phone but have been unable to reach you. I would have been at his services if I had known. I am so glad I was able to let both of you know in person my heartfelt feelings for him. He paved the way for me to have a very successful life.

  3. Great Man

    Written by: Lynn Cyert

    Dearest Billie, I am so sorry for your loss. Working with your husband at NSU when I was acting dean of the college of optometry was one of the real joys of my work life. He was such a good boss and I learned so much from him. He was one of the really talented academic administrators I have ever known. He was a wonderful, generous man. I wish you all the best coping with your loss.

  4. A Wonderful Man.

    Written by: Paul Westbrook (NSU)

    Dear Billie. I think we were away during Charlie’s ceremony and we didnt learn until today that he had passed. I had the greatest respect for him as an academic leader and as a human being. He was a model to aspire to emulate.

  5. Charles Prigmore

    Written by: Charles Prigmore

    Dear Billy,
    Sorry for your loss.
    Loved you both.God Bless you always.
    Shirley Gibson

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