Oklahoma State Rep. Terry Hyman dead at 56

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Funeral services have been set for Oklahoma State Representative Terry Hyman. Hyman was killed in an accident on Friday near Leon. Services are scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Ardmore Convention Center.

Hyman was found dead Friday night near Leon, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Hyman was standing near a tractor when it lunged forward and knocked him to the ground. A brush-hog implement attached to that tractor rolled on top of Hyman, who was able to pull himself out from underneath before he died.

OHP says Hyman was operating a 1964 International Farmall tractor sometime Friday, but his body wasn't discovered until 10:20 p.m.

As of Saturday morning, Troopers were not sure what caused the tractor to lunge forward, but the incident was still being investigated, reports state.

Hyman was born in Gainesville, Texas, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in agriculture from OSU. He returned to Love County after graduation and entered politics for the first time. He ran for election against a long-time incumbent for Love County Commissioner and won.

After a brief time in local politics, Hyman returned to his college town of Stillwater, where he spent 13 years as a rodeo coach. Hyman also advised the young democrats organization on campus, and was a coordinator for freshman programs for the university. In addition to a career with OSU, Hyman also earned a master's degree in political science and public administration.

Hyman was elected as a Democrat to the district 49 seat in the state House of Representatives in 2004, and was seeking re-election this year. District 49 includes Love, Marshall, and part of Carter County.

Hyman was 56 years old. His body was taken to Alexander Funeral Home in Wilson.

Memorials in Hyman's name are being accepted by Alexander Funeral Home in Wilson and Leon Baptist Church in Leon. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Baptist Girls Home of Madill. Donors as asked not to call the Girls Home directly.

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