Many gathered Friday in Ardmore to say good-bye one last time to a beloved district attorney. A man they say changed the five counties he covered forever.
Forty-five-year-old Mitch Sperry died suddenly Wednesday from a heart attack. During his life he touched thousands and Friday they came here to honor his great spirit, hard work and his never ending generosity.
"He was apart of everybody's life it didn't matter where you were from, your race, class, status it didn't matter he was your friend.”
Those friends quietly and in mourning packed the First United Methodist Church to say good-bye.
So many showed up in fact the entire ceremony was shown on the city of Ardmore’s cable channel-seven.
"Says a lot about him we had people from every end of the spectrum they'll be here because Mitch touched everybody,” says long time friend Chris Craddock.
“Everyone is feeling it because regardless of where you go people are talking about it everyone is hurt over this,” says friend Mae Scott.
Friends and coworkers say along with being a loving husband and father he was one of the 20th District's best crime fighters. As district attorney he was always trying to keep the people he served safe.
"The victims meant a great deal, and victims are what they are victims and he understood that he would always tried to put himself in their positions and they're shoes,” shares Chief Brian Huckabee, of Healdton PD.
No one will forget his demeanor in a courtroom; some say it was like watching a ballet.
All departments thought of Sperry as one of their own, and Friday they buried him with law enforcement honors, leaving him in their memory as their number one crime fighter.
It was Mitch Sperry’s daughter who actually played a major role in him running for district attorney the first time.His friends say she told him he needed to start putting the criminals behind bars instead of sometimes defending them. And that's what he did.
Along with serving as the 20th District DA, Mitch Sperry was also a legislator for the Chickasaw nation.
In 2004 he was named Oklahoma’s District Attorney of the Year.