A funeral ceremony honoring Alvin will be held 11 AM Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the First Assembly of God in Bixby. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Alvin will be cremated and buried at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Alvin Doyle Christian was born May 8, 1944 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was the son of Arthur C. And Lottie Reeder Christian. He passed from this life December 5, 2021, also in Stillwater. The family lived east of Stillwater in the Glencoe area where Alvin started school at Council Valley, a one room country school that taught students through the eighth grade with only one teacher.
The family later moved to the Bixby area where Alvin attended school and graduated from high school. Upon graduation, Alvin joined the United States Air Force where he served four years in France and Germany during the early years of the Vietnam War. He was a crypto operator which encoded and decoded messages to and from the war zone for the Commanders.
During Alvin’s high school years, he worked for Beans Jessie at the Bean’s Grocery Store in Bixby. Following his military service, Alvin was hired on as a dispatcher for the Tulsa Police Department in 1968. He moved to Irving, Texas in 1974 to attend photography school. His desire was to learn to take photos the right way. He also learned to repair the cameras on sight should they break down. Alvin’s desire was to gain employment in the filming, movie, and video making industry. He did a lot of video production from home following his classroom instruction.
Alvin then worked for a number of years for the Kroger grocery store chain and was the produce manager at the store in Irving. He retired from Kroger and moved back to Stillwater to live and assist his aunt Dorothy in taking care of his uncle Jim. Alvin remained in Stillwater until his death.
Alvin was born while his father Arthur was serving in the Navy during World War II and like so many other fathers, he didn’t see his new baby boy until the war was over.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Douglas Christian, sister, Charlotte Christian, and his sister-in-laws, Jonna and Kathy Christian.
Surviving family members include his brothers, Arthur Christian of Boynton, Donald Christian of Jenks, James Christian of Decatur, Alabama, Freddy Christian and wife, Sharlene, of Pryor, Lyndal Christian of Corvallis, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Alvin was always interested in photography and was always taking pictures of friends and family. During his retirement years, he took up crocheting and knitting as a hobby and to pass the time. He got very good at both and started making all kinds of items. This became a nice supplement to his income. Alvin claimed that it went very well as he sold a lot of his work to relatives, friends, and to people he didn’t even know.
The family would like to thank the Payne County Sherriff’s office for finding Alvin after he passed away and for handling things locally while his family lived elsewhere.
Alvin was loved by his family members and will be missed greatly. We find comfort in knowing that he is in a better place and no longer in any pain. Alvin is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.