Oaklawn Hero

Elderly man in T-shirt sits on the front porch of a house with white siding.

Oklahoma native and Air Force veteran Melvin Mewborn, 80, moved to Oaklawn in 1980. Although dilapidated homes pockmark the neighborhood, his home – which he owns free and clear – is not among them. In fact, he’s grown used to fending off agents’ offers. Credit: Jeff Tuttle