Willard Randolph Qualls
September 11, 1915 – April 27, 2021
At 105 years, the oldest living man in Oklahoma now resides eternally with his blessed Savior, Jesus and loving wife, Hazel.
From a very young age, Willard Randolph Qualls began milking cows with his brothers and helped in every way he could on the farm where they lived. “W.R.” as he preferred to be called, dearly loved his Christian parents, Tom and Dora, and enjoyed the farm life immensely. In 1926, the family moved by train from Wister, OK to Shawnee, OK. Everything changed for W.R. in 1939, when he met and married Hazel McCarter who he always referred to as a “beautiful girl.” For many years, they enjoyed singing duets in church, funerals, and hospitals.
W.R. had a 25 year career as a custodian in a Santa Ana, CA school district but also loved umping baseball games. After 14 years of umping area games, he was scouted by the major leagues. He made it through rounds of tryouts but was ultimately disqualified during an interview when they realized that the young whipper-snapper was actually in his late 40s and was “too old” for them.
W.R. was well known for his orneriness. Each granddaughter was told she was his favorite and each grandson was told he was the ugliest. New members to the family would be asked if they wanted to “wrassle” him. He was a tidy guy who kept his white carpet looking brand new for decades.
W.R. would randomly shout “PRRRRRAISE THE LORD!” and was prone to break into song at any given moment. “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and especially “Love Lifted Me” were among his favorites. Playing guitar and worshipping were two of the great loves of his life, but his greatest love was his precious wife, Hazel McCarter Qualls and their 3 children, Don, Robbie, and Roddy. After 45 years of loving, living, and singing praises together, Hazel changed her address to Heaven in 1984 and W.R. grieved her absence each day since.
W.R. was a hopeless romantic and found love again in his sweet girlfriend of 25+ years, Marjorie Wood. Marjorie beat W.R. to Heaven and surely joined Hazel in his welcome party on April 27, 2021. Unless of course, to repay him for his cantankerousness, they opted to skip it for some other Heavenly event.
His only daughter, Robbie and her husband, Al Wright have been W.R.’s faithful caregivers during the final three years of his life. Never before has a man received such devoted attention and pampering than W.R. did at “the last house on Tough Street.”
W.R. is survived by his 3 children, Don Corbett of Shawnee, Robbie Wright and her husband, Al of Shawnee, and Roddy Qualls and wife Trish of Colorado; 8 grandchildren and their spouses, 20 great-grandchildren, 35 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild. W.R. was visited often by his devoted nephew Hoyt Qualls.
W.R. was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, as well as one great-great-grandchild, Cohen Davidson.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 1st, from 9-3 PM at Resthaven, and Sunday, May 2nd, from 9-4, at Resthaven. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3rd, at 2pm, at Resthaven Funeral Home in Shawnee, OK.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Willard Randolph Qualls
May 3, 2021
One of my favorite memories was as a young girl in Oklahoma waking up at Grandma and Grandpa’s in Shawnee on the weekends. It would always be way earlier than any ten year old wanted to wake up on a Saturday, but it would be well worth it.I remember hearing all the different house sounds as Grandpa would be doing his early morning exercises in the living room.The Bible would be opened, often to Psalms, and Grandpa would burst into song as Grandma was making biscuits and eggs.There would always be honey, maple syrup, and of course sorghum on the table, along with grape juice and a cup of piping hot water for Grandma. We would eat our fill, be filled with the Spirit, and get the spirit teased out of us with his easy smile all in a day.We’d often take long drives in the country to nowhere in particular, or walk to McDonald’s for lunch and some play time, and then finish our day at Brahms.To a ten year old kid, it was a perfect Saturday with her beloved grandparents!Thanks Grandpa for always keeping me on my toes.I love you, miss you, and can’t wait to see you and Grandma in Heaven!