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Carmal J. Risley

February 9, 1937 — February 8, 2023

Graveside service for Carmal Risley, 85 of Vian, Oklahoma will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 13, 2023 at Box Cemetery in Vian, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

He was born on February 9, 1937 in Mesa, Arizona to Maude Elizabeth (Ross) Risley and Clifton Willis Risley and passed away on February 8, 2023 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was married to Betty Fern (Yancey) Risley on December 31, 1980 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on March 31, 2022. Carmal was a very outgoing person who loved to sing and play music with his brothers and sisters at the log house and even had his own band. He worked as a ranch hand and owned a trash service company. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and going to Karaoke at Blue Ribbon Diner with his wife and sister, Shirley. Most of all, he loved traveling and going to music shows with the love of his life, Betty. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Marksman (pistol), 1st Class Gunner and Sharpshooter (rifle) medals.

Survivors are two daughters, Tanya Johnson of Sallisaw, OK and Kristie Mowery and Britton of El Reno, OK; one son, Zackery Risley of Sallisaw, OK; four grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley (Kellogg) Malone of Vian, OK and Allene Laymon of Vian, OK; one brother, Robert Risley of Vian, OK; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one sister, Florene Risley Carey and three brothers, Norman Risley, Donald Risley and Roy Risley, Sr.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Zackery Risley, Mark Risley, Charles Risley, Logan Mowery, Robert Risley and Johnny Risley.

Viewing will be 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 2 – 8 pm Sunday at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw where the family will greet 2 – 4 pm Sunday.

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