Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ada Oklahoma Notable Persons

  1. Dennis Fritz - Former teacher, who along with Ron Williamson, was wrongfully convicted of murder and was the other subject of John Grisham's The Innocent Man. Author of an autobiography titled Journey Towards Justice, published by Seven Locks Press in 2006, which is the story of Dennis' life and the twelve years he spent wronfully incarcerated in the Oklahoma prison system.
  2. Ron Williamson - Former Minor League Baseball player who was wrongfully convicted of murder and was the main subject of John Grisham's The Innocent Man.
  3. Don B. Billingsley - Billingsley, who graduated from East Central University in 1993 , previously played high school football in Odessa, Texas for the Permian Panthers. He is portrayed by Garrett Hedlund in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights as tortured tailback who has to try and live up to the expectations of his father.
  4. Jeremy Castle, a country music star, was born in Blanchard, OK, and attended East Central University.
  5. Charles "Chuckie" Caufield - Professional baseball player and former outfielder for Oklahoma Sooners, Charles was born in Ada and graduated from Ada High School. He earned All-State honors in basketball as a senior
  6. Dan Cody, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens was born in Ada.
  7. Lowell Fulson - guitarist, moved to Ada in 1938.
  8. Mark Gastineau - National Football League all-star, ECU graduate.
  9. David Jimenez - Professional comedian ECU graduate
  10. M.G. Kelly - Nationally syndicated disc jockey.
  11. Kristian Bergsnes - Professional songwriter.
  12. Robert S. Kerr - Former Oklahoma Governor and long-time US Senator, born in Ada.
  13. Jane Lawton - Delegate, Maryland General Assembly.
  14. Zac Maloy - Singer and founding member of post-grunge band The Nixons.
  15. Jody Newberry - Professional Bull Rider, 2003 PBR Rookie of the Year and 2003 PBR Finals Event Winner.
  16. Dwayne O'Brien - Singer and founding member of country band Little Texas.
  17. William Peterson - Pontotoc County district attorney .
  18. Oral Roberts - Evangelist, born in Ada.
  19. Blake Shelton – Rising country music star. Has had several top 10 hits.
  20. Jeremy Shockey – National Football League tight end, born in Ada.
  21. Leon Polk Smith - Abstract artist known for his work with geometric painting, graduate of East Central University.
  22. Harland Stonecipher - Founder and CEO of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

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