Rites set for former senator Al Terrill
By Staff Reports
Saturday, August 23, 2008
8/23/08 at 2:51 AM
LAWTON — Albert L. "Al" Terrill, an Oklahoma senator who served for 22 years, died Wednesday. He was 71.
Terrill's casket will be placed outside the Senate chamber from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
He was born March 8, 1937, to Ruth (Elliot) and Albert Terrill in Walters. Terrill received his bachelor's degree in English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
He married Sandra Kay Cullar on March 29, 1956, in Abilene, Texas.
In 1964 he was the youngest member to be elected to the Senate, where he served until 1986.
Terrill was a majority floor leader under Republican Gov. Dewey Bartlett and Democratic Gov. David Hall from 1969-72.
He was among the founders of the state's CareerTech system while serving as chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Also, Terrill was named to the "Top Ten Legislators" list six times during his tenure.
In addition to his political career, Terrill owned a construction business, an insurance agency and rental properties.
He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Terrill-Johnson of Denver and Leah Terrill-NesSmith of Lawton; two sons, Todd Terrill of Bethany and Tony Terrill of Lawton; and eight grandchildren.
Friends are making memorial contributions to the Al Terrill Charitable Trust in care of Peoples State Bank in Lawton.
SALUTE FROM THE SENATE
Albert L. "Al" Terrill: His casket will be placed outside the Senate chamber from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Capitol. In 1964, Terrill was the youngest person to be elected to the state Senate and became one of the founders of the CareerTech system.