Published: December 14, 2012
Services for Adrian Allison will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Claremore. Burial will follow at Floral Haven under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 3-7 p.m. today and family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. Adrian passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at the age of 84. Born on Feb. 6, 1928 in Florence, Ark., to Emmet and Leona (Whitaker) Allison, Adrian was reared and educated in his birth community. He attended Draughon School of Business. Actively involved in a number of civic organizations, Adrian was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Pythias, and Claremore City Council. He was also a vital part of First Baptist Church in Claremore and served as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Markham Street Baptist Church for 25 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. Adrian loved his church family and loved being there. He was always the one to encourage others to get there on Sundays.
Adrian and Gail Birkes Herzler were married in Claremore, OK on March 7, 1987. Claremore was always their home thereafter. He was self-employed in sales and taught Gail many things about the products he sold. Adrian and Gail have been married for 25 years. As an avid Arkansas Razorback sports fan, he always enjoyed cheering on his favorite team with a hog call. Adrian also loved to watch the stock market and would hoot and holler as the stocks rose and fell. He also dearly loved his dog Odie and they spent much time together.
Adrian is survived by his wife, Gail Birkes Herzler Allison of their Claremore home; children Dean M. Kinney and wife, Pat, of Maumelle, Ark., Don M. Kinney and wife, Susan, of Little Rock, Ark., Sheila Kinney Brower and husband, Paul, of Atlanta, Ga., Roger Deane Herzler and wife, Chris, of Valley Center, Calif., and Kenneth Brian Herzler and wife, Angel, of Tulsa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and sister Madeline. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives Ruth and Carol, siblings Dayton, Harry, Glynn, Robert and Odell Allison and Ernestine Chesser, his granddaughter Kerry Lynn Stracener, grandson, John Kinney, and son-in-law, Gary Stracener.