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Service Saturday for Matt McCarn

Services for Matthew William McCarn, 18, are 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 21st, at the Allen School Auditorium, with Rev. Buddy Drake officiating.  Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery.  Family and friends may call at the Allen Chapel from 10:00 A.M. Friday until service time.

Matt died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in an auto accident south of Allen.  He was born October 3, 1994 in Oklahoma City to Michael Ray and Marsha Cross McCarn.  He graduated from Allen High School in 2013 and was a welder’s helper for R & R Pipeline. Matt enjoyed fishing, playing baseball and basketball.

Survivors are his parents, Mike and Marsha McCarn, Allen; twin sister, Heather McCarn, Allen; maternal grandmother, JoCleta Cross, Allen; paternal grandmother, Wanda McCarn, Allen; paternal grandfather, Carol Don McCarn and wife Ellen, Atwood; two aunts, Brenda Linker and husband James Sr, Allen and Linda Vines and husband Jack, Allen; and several cousins, Jodi, J.R., Jailynn and Jaren Porter, James “Bubba”, Lindsay, Kason and Jaxson Linker as well as Kimberly, Steffan, Brendan, Ricklyn, and Daxton Jasna all of Allen.

Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Homer “Papaw” William Cross.

Bearers are Zayne Erickson, Dakota Frazier, Martin Haney, Leslie Rinehart, Conner Johnson and Quinton Gordon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

 Service Saturday for Mary Vinson

Services for Mary Eva Leonard Vinson, 90, of Allen, formerly of Ada, are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21st, at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Randy Martin will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Ada.

Mrs. Vinson died Friday, September 13, 2013 at her home. She was born May 12, 1923 in Coyle, Oklahoma to Carl Ray and Alpha Mae Bentley Cowger. She graduated from Coyle High School and moved to Ada in the early 1950’s from Duncan.

She married Robert B. “Bob” Leonard in 1942. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1980. She later married James Vinson on December 12, 1986. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2005. Mrs. Vinson co-owned Bob’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Ada for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Ada.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Perry and husband Charles of Ada; a son, Dr. Robert Leonard and wife Adrienne of Edmond; her step-daughters, Jimmie Nell Hawkins, Pat Pennypacker and husband Jim, and Judy Carrol and husband Wayne, all of Duncan; three step-sons, Tim Vinson, Duncan, Steve Vinson and wife Carolyn, Davis, and Larry Vinson and wife Kay; two sisters, Hazel Dillen, Muskogee, and Anna Fay Gonsalves, Redwood City, California; three grandchildren, Laura Elisabeth Leonard, Brooke Erin Leonard and Jeffry Scott Perry; 12 step-grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Carl Vinson and R. L. Vinson, both of Allen; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Bolin, Ada and Ruth Davis, Conway, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; and a brother, George Cowger.

Bearers will be R. L. Vinson, Joe Don Harrison, Chris Gurley, Jack Noe and George Noe. Honorary bearers will be Carl Vinson and Gary Vinson.

Services are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

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sallyService Friday for Sally Graham

Services for Sally Ann Graham, 69, of Ada, are 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 19th, at the Chickasaw Community Center, Rev. Don Jacob will officiate. Burial will follow at Steedman Cemetery. A Wake service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Graham died Monday, July 15, 2013 at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born February 17, 1944 in Allen, Oklahoma to Simon and Pauline Alexander Walker. She attended Allen schools.

She married Bobby Don Graham in 1965. Mrs. Graham was a mould cleaner at Brockway Glass Company until her retirement. She was a member of Mitchell Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Graham, of the home; a son, Darrell Walker and wife Johnna of Ada; a daughter, Shirley Shelton and husband Jerry of Ada; five brothers, Wordley Walker, Ada, Herman Walker and wife Opal, Ada, Toni Walker and wife Carolyn, Mill Creek, Virgil Walker and wife Ramona, Allen, and Gary Walker and wife Laverna, Allen; three sisters, Rosie Postoak, Allen, Gladys Johnson and husband David, Ada, and Hazel Wallace and husband Joe, Ada; seven grandchildren, William Shelton and wife Audra, Chris Turner and wife Rebecca, Zach Shelton, Lindsey Shelton, Nacobi Walker, Alexis Walker and Dylan Walker; and seven great grandchildren.

Bearers will be Christopher Turner, Zachary Shelton, Thurman Walker, Tim Postoak, Eddie Postoak and Niki Walker.

Services are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

 Service held for Bob Plunk

bobServices for Bobby Glynn “Bob” Plunk, 81, of Allen, were 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13th, at the Allen School Auditorium, Rev. Lonnie Palmer and Mr. Tommy McFerran officiated. Burial followed at the Allen Cemetery.

Mr. Plunk died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at an Ada hospital. He was born September 12, 1931 near Allen, Oklahoma to Coy Columbus and Ima Marie Burgess Plunk. He attended grade school at Leader and Allen, and graduated from Allen High School.

He married Mary Ann Gault in 1952. He later married Wanita Danley in 1996. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2007. Mr. Plunk owned several small businesses, including Plunk Service Company in 1965, Plunk’s Carwash, and the White Kitchen Café, later known as Bob’s Fast Pac.

Mr. Plunk served as the Mayor and City Manager of the City of Allen and had served as an Oklahoma State Representative for District #25 from 1995 until 2007. He served in the U. S. Air Force Strategic Air Command during the Korean Conflict, being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant.

Survivors include his son, Bruce Plunk and his wife Jessica of Ada; two grandchildren, Allie Plunk and her fiancé, Joey Gastineau, both of Allen, and Clay Plunk of Ada; and a sister, Pat Kelley of Allen.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack B. Plunk.

Bearers were Danny McDougal, Dick Wilkerson, Greg Mills, Byron Rowsey, Alan Simpson and Scott Fortner. Honorary bearers were Dexter Pruitt, Ed Harman, Gary Starns, members of the Allen Lodge #81 A.F. & A.M., and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Arrangements were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites held for Helen Boren

Obit - BORENHelen Dalene Graham Boren passed away to her Lord on July 9, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Helen was the eldest of four children born to educator William Woodson Graham and Verda Leona (Bland) Graham.

Helen was born October 19, 1931 on her grandparents’ Allen, Oklahoma farm. She received her first education in Hilltop community, then in Little River community of Hughes County. After graduating from Holdenville High School in 1948 she went on to East Central State Teachers College (now East Central University). There she met the love of her life, Jack Boren, and they were married in December, 1950. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1952.

Helen taught Home Economics at Hydro, Oklahoma as Jack completed his degree from Southwestern College in Weatherford. They then moved to Ponca City where Helen taught at the high school and Jack was employed with Conoco. Helen and Jack committed their life to Jesus when they were baptized into the Church of Christ in 1957. They were blessed with two daughters, Jana and Sara, and loved and educated them in Ponca City. Helen enjoyed life in Ponca City and loved teaching, not only in the public school but also in the church. She especially enjoyed teaching the kindergarten and first grade Bible classes.

When Jack retired, Helen retired and they were free to follow their hobbies of fishing (Jack) and oil painting (Helen) and, of course, grandchildren. After 40 years in Ponca City, they moved to Oklahoma City to be near their grandchildren. She is survived by her devoted husband Jack, daughters Jana Boren and Sara Jandreau (husband, Robert) of Oklahoma City, brother JR (wife, Rorie) of San Antonio, two sisters Charlotte Barnes of Houston and Verdonna Timmons (husband, Jack) of Tulsa, and five grandchildren (Jason and Alyssa Hand, Jackson, Hope, and Bennett Jandreau).

Her sweet spirit and unshakeable faith were an inspiration to us all. She faced death with courage and grace. She taught us how to live, and she showed us how to die.

A Memorial Service was held Monday, July 15th, 11 a.m., at Demuth Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

Rites held for Diana Moore

dianamooreServices for Diana Dawn Moore, 51, of Allen, were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 4th, at the Allen School Auditorium, Rev. Ed Rutherford and Rev. Chad Kaminski will officiate. Burial followed at Calvin Cemetery, Calvin, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Moore died Friday, May 31, 2013 at her home. She was born July 6, 1961 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Howard Franklin “Frankie” and Bonnie Belle Latham May. She attended Allen School.

Mrs. Moore had been the Admitting Director at Valley View Regional Hospital, a waitress and a home provider for Healthcare Innovations.

She married Kenneth Ray Moore on July 12, 1985 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Moore, of the home; two daughters, Shelby Denise Robertson and husband Paul of Gerty, Oklahoma, Ashley Nicole Earle and husband Derrek of Ada; a son, Chad Ray Moore and wife Misty of Ada; six grandchildren, Damian Robertson, Trenton Robertson, Emilee Diana-Belle Robertson, Isaiah Michael Merritt, Seth Boyd Lamb and Calvin Lamb;  her mother, Bonnie May of Gerty, Oklahoma; a sister, Debby Rippee and husband Odell of Calvin, Oklahoma; six nephews, Aaron, Nathan and Jacob Rippee, Charlie Moore, II, Zachery Boggess and Ryan Smith; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frankie May; brother-in-law, Charlie Moore; a nephew Trevor Smith; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bearers were Bruce Griffin, Roger Byrd, Jeffrey Stewart, David Stewart, Gary Howard and Keith Horn. Honorary bearers were Charles Sanders, Don Ray Sims, Darrell Darren, Shannon Bell and Terry Johnson.

Services were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Service Friday for Gary Krebbs

Gary Elton “Tiny” Krebbs passed away on June 3, 2013 in Ada, Oklahoma.  Gary was born on May 22, 1946 in Phoenix, Arizona to Luther Krebbs and Louvina (Fulsom) Krebbs. Gary graduated from Ravia High School and later attended Okmulgee Tech in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Gary married Betty Johnson in May of 1977. The couple had one daughter, Vada. Gary worked for the Chickasaw Nation for many years as a carpenter. He always enjoyed fishing, attending gospel singings, and family gatherings.

Gary is preceded in death by his wife Betty (December 2008), his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his daughter, Vada Johnson of Allen, as well as a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Friday, June 7th, at the Allen United Pentecostal Church in Allen, Oklahoma. Pastor Charles McNeely will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jay Johnson, Del Johnson, Bruce Williams, Jared Johnson, Jimmy Coody, Norman Johnson, Josh Riley, and Dave Reich. Interment will follow at the Allen Cemetery in Allen.

Services are under the direction of Smith-Phillips Funeral Home in Ada, Oklahoma.

Service held for Bert Barnes, Jr.

Bert Leroy Barnes Jr. passed away on March 2, 2013 in his home in Gerty, Oklahoma. Bert was born on July 22, 1957 to Bert Leroy Barnes Sr. and Peggy Lorine (Pardue) Barnes in Belleflower, California.

Bert is preceded in death by his father Bert Barnes Sr. and a daughter Brandy Koontz.

He is survived by his wife Diane Barnes of the home; three sisters Amanda Goodman of Allen, Neita Spears of Coalgate, and Brenda Breger; his mother Peggy Breger of Coalgate; two daughters Bridget Lindsey of Allen, and Mallory Barnes of Byng; one son Buddy Lee Barnes of Allen; two stepsons John Clement and Jake Gibson; one nephew Matthew Goodman of Allen; one grandson Sedrick Lindsey; one grand daughter Jaiden Lindsey; two step grandchildren, Alexz and Adler Gibson; one great niece Maelyn Goodman; and one great nephew Dyllan Goodman.

Funeral services for Bert will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 7th, at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville with Rev. Ed Rutherford officiating. Interment will follow at the Allen Cemetery in Allen.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Lee Barnes, Mike Allison, Matt P. Goodman, Matt Wilson, Tiny Blaylock, George Cramer, Willie Sanford and Terry Johnson.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Rites held for Jeanne Park Brewer

Norma Jeanne Parks Brewer was born May 12, 1928 to John Maynard and Jewel Parks.

She graduated from Holdenville High School in May 1947 and married Billy Darell Brewer on November 11, 1947 on Veterans Day. To this marriage five children were born, Bruce, Penny, Mike, Scott and Holly.

Norma worked at Burton’s IGA and the Komar Outlet store.  She and Bill enjoyed camping and fishing. Norma’s hobbies included cooking for her family, reading, shopping, attending her grandkids and great grandkids ballgames.  She loved the OU Sooners and the OKC Thunder, but most importantly she enjoyed being with her family.

Being an only child, Norma felt that being surrounded by family was of great importance.  Norma is survived by her five children, Bruce Brewer and wife Sue of Seminole, Penny Roberts of Holdenville, Mike Brewer and wife Sandra of Holdenville, Scott Brewer and wife Lisa of Purcell, and Holly Swayze and husband Terry of Holdenville; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; brother-in-law Jim Brewer and wife Eudena of Holdenville and sister-in-law Genevieve Henry of Clovis, California; several cousins and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral service was held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, February 13th, at the First Baptist Church of Holdenville, Oklahoma.  Rev. Roger McElroy and Rev. Roy Robertson officiated.  Pallbearers were Shaun Brewer, Darrin Brewer, Taylor Hignite, Ty Hignite, Landon Moody, Kooper Branum and Hayden Harp; honorary pallbearers were Robert Adams, Jason Moody, Monty Branum, Zach Harp, Roger Walkup and Chris Jones.  Interment followed at the Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.

Service Wynonah Clifton

Wynonah Clifton of McAlester died Friday, February 8, 2013, at a local nursing home at the age of 90.

Wynonah was born October 16, 1922 in Haileyville, Oklahoma to Oville and Clara (Freeman) Wilder.  Wynonah graduated from Haileyville High School and then attended Business School.  She has worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. and was a rancher and bookkeeper, however, she will be remembered most as a loving wife, mother and neighbor.  Wynonah was a member of the Lone Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of twenty-three years, Fred Clifton of the home; sons Danny McDougal and wife, Nancy of Allen, and David McDougal and wife Phyllis of Moore; daughter Patsy Sparks and husband, Charles of Dustin; step-children, David Clifton and wife Mary, Rusty Clifton, Randy Clifton and wife Jeri, and Debra Blansett and husband Gary all of McAlester; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Wynonah was preceded in death by her parents, Oville and Clara Wilder; sisters Ouida Dixon and Juanita Davis; and brothers Harold Wilder, Billy Wilder and Horace Wilder.

Funeral service was held 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 11th, at the Lone Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Artie Hearod officiating. Interment followed at Hugh Low Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Clifton, Rusty Clifton, David Clifton, Charley Sparks and Craig McDougal.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Chaney Harkins Funeral Home, McAlester, OK.

 

Rites held for Larry Dodson

Obit - Dodson photoLarry Keith Dodson of Calvin, Oklahoma passed away on February 6, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Larry was born on September 11, 1950 in Richmond, California to Clarence Dodson and Treasie Wheat.

Larry attended and graduated from Calvin Schools. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad Company as a Mechanic.

Funeral Services for Larry were at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 9th, at the Non Freewill Baptist Church in Non, Oklahoma. Officiating was Rev. Gary Dodson. Interment followed at the Non Cemetery in Non, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers were Brent Blaylock, Troy Nix, Benny Jollett, Ray Dyer, Cory Martin and Ronnie Martin. Honorary Pallbearers were Wayne Jollett, Tyke Jollett, Kenny Nickell, Ronnie Nickell, Johnny Nickell, Henry Dodson and Rick Lee Scott.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Treasie Dodson, and one sister, Shirley Dodson Foster.

He is survived by his son, Shannon Dodson and grandson Trevor Dodson; six brothers James Dodson and wife Carol, Gary Dodson and wife Pat, Edward Dodson and wife Amanda, Ronald Nickell, Johnny Nickell and wife Diana and Kenny Nickell and wife Janet; and one sister Laura Nickell; 15 nieces and nephews and many cousins, great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Rites held for Karlene Nix

Services for R. Karlene Nix, 60, of Allen, are 10:00 a.m. today, Thursday, January 17th, at the Richmond Avenue Free Will Baptist Church, Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at Coalgate Cemetery.

Ms. Nix died Monday, January 14, 2013 at an Ada hospital. She was born October 7, 1952 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Roy Carl and Helen Summers Midkiff. She lived in the Coalgate and Allen area all her life.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Gutierrez and her husband Ambrosio of Ada, and LaDonna Nix of Allen; a son, Troy Nix of Gerty; three grandchildren, Jordan Alexander Gutierrez, Araceli Gutierrez, and Larry Lee Nix; one sister, Roylene Couey of Ada; and her best friend, Debbie Stacy of Coalgate.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Bearers will be Charles Stacey, Jeremy Hargis, Donnie Hightower, Darrell Byers, Ed Lee Dodson and Jason Nix.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Services held for Bill Howard

William David “Bill” Howard, 77, died January 9, 2013. He was born October 19, 1935 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to William and Millie (Bartodej) Howard.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was Stage Manager at KOCO television from 1960 – 1990. After retiring from KOCO, he was Stage Manager at OETA from 1990 – 1997. He is perhaps best remembered by the general public as the hilariously quirky “Pokey The Puppet” from the long-running children’s show “Lunch with Ho-Ho.”

He was a loving husband and father, and an irrepressible raconteur who never met a person he couldn’t regale with a laugh and a smile. He delighted in helping others. He enjoyed working in the yard and traveling the byways of Oklahoma in search of unique people, places and food.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Louise; daughter (Lisa) Dawn St. Clare and husband Raeyn; son, Chris Howard and wife Mary; brother Don Howard; two grandchildren, Aaron and Cole; two daughters-of-his-heart, Donna Zamaria and Jennifer Dierker; two grandchildren-of-his-heart, Hope and Noah; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Howard were held on Friday, January 11th, at 1:00 PM in the Gerty Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 19th, at 10:00 a.m. at Mayfair Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to either The American Cancer Society or the Mayfair Church of Christ Building Fund.

 

Service held for Patricia Reynolds

Services for Patricia Ann Reynolds, 67, Konawa, were 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16th, at Richmond Avenue Free Will Baptist Church, Allen, the Rev. Wes Flaugh officiating. Burial followed at Allen Cemetery.

Ms. Reynolds died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Allen nursing center. She was born December 29, 1945, to Bernard and Lois Morrow Tipton at Oklahoma City. She attended McClain High School in Tulsa and moved to the Allen area in 1971 from Tulsa. She was a secretary and bookkeeper at Ada Welding and Superior Tank Trucks.

Survivors include two daughters, Kerry Hooser and husband Darrell, Allen, and Vicki Brogdon and husband Jesse, Konawa; five grandchildren, Joey Gastineau, Robert McMillin, Mackenzie Brogdon, Makayla Brogdon and Matthew Brogdon; one brother, Gary Tipton, Catoosa; and three sisters, Glenda Henderson and husband Richard, Owasso, Phyllis Flaugh and husband Mike, Owasso, and Lynne LeMoine, Broken Arrow.

Arrangements were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites held for Drucilla Astourian

Beatrice Drucilla Davis Astourian was born March 28, 1937 in Allen, OK to Ancil E.and Mary D. (Williams) Davis.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 22, 2012 in Oklahoma.

Bea attended school in the Allen and Atwood area until the age of sixteen when she moved with her parents from their farm in Allen, Oklahoma to Stockton, California.  While in school both in Oklahoma and California she was active in sports including softball, track, archery and field hockey.

Shortly after graduating from high school she relocated to the Los Angeles area where she resided for 40 years.  She married the love of her life Gerald Astourian on May 26, 1972. After his death in 1998 she relocated to Elk Grove, California where she resided until January 2012 when she came back to Oklahoma due to declining health.

Bea tried many things throughout her life and believed in never wasting a moment.  She was an avid horseback rider, raced go-carts and cars, and flew small planes.  Bea worked as an Optician and an Electrician, but her most enjoyable occupation was in the Movie Industry where she spent more than twenty years in acting, writing and administration.  She appeared in several sitcoms, movies, documentaries, and live theatre productions using the stage name, Bea Davis.  She was very involved with Women in Film and the Screen Actors Guild.  She attended many glamorous functions and was friends with many actors, writers, producers and directors, whom she continued to be in contact with until her death.  She use to say, “Who would have thought a scrawny little farm girl from Oklahoma would have traveled the world, met and become friends with so many famous people. I have been so fortunate!”

She loved to write and corresponded with many family and friends.  She also wrote stories and had two of her romance novels published under the pen name Mary Quinn.  Her first novel was debuted at the Borders bookstore in Norman, OK with a book signing.

Bea never met a stranger and had numerous friends throughout the world. She loved to travel and her favorite destination was London, England, where she visited many friends and always seemed to make new ones to visit the next year.  But, no matter where she went or how long she was away she always remembered her roots began in Allen, Oklahoma.   Because of her deep family ties and friendships she faithfully returned to Oklahoma every other year to visit family and friends and to attend the Atwood School Reunion.

Bea was extremely interest in genealogy which she incorporated into her travels in Europe. She discovered her European background and also that her family settled in and around the Allen area in the early 1900’s, beginning with her Great-grandfather Davis.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gerald; her parents; and sisters, Erma, Bobbie, Hope and Peggy.

She is survived by her step-children, Frank Astourian of Missouri, Craig, Jerry, and Lisa Astourian of California; three granddaughters; two grandsons; several great grandchildren; her brother Ancil and wife Betty Davis of Texas; brother-in-law, Norman Booth of Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews and her lifelong friends, Dee Ellis of Oklahoma City, and Evelyn Baker of Los Angeles, CA.  A private service was held in California.

Service held for Max Wainscott

Services for Max Wainscott, 66, of Francis are 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Earl Hood will officiate. Burial will follow at Pine Cemetery in Coal County.

Mr. Wainscott died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at an Allen nursing home. He was born July 15, 1946 at Stuart, Oklahoma to Charlie E. “Pete” and Annie Virgie Cross Wainscott. He lived most of his life in this area and attended school at Gerty.

He married Frances Vaughn. He later married Carol Wainscott. Mr. Wainscott was a farmer and rancher. He also trained horses and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Maxie Wainscott, Pittsburg, OK, and Annie May Suter and husband Ron, Pittsburg, OK; 7 grandchildren, Chance and Mikal Wainscott, Pittsburg, OK; Trevan, Zachery and Maggie Suter, Pittsburg, OK; and Robert and Alyssa Suter, Mustang, OK; four sisters, Lemesa Chenney and husband Dexter, Atwood, Lou Janda, Ada, Margie Kerr and husband Don, Ada, and Ailene Brooks and husband Jim, Wilson; and four brothers, Mearl Wainscott and wife Jacqueline, Whitesboro, TX, Millard Wainscott and wife Allene, Non, Ben Wainscott and wife Nina, Gerty, and Morris Wainscott, Allen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lucas Bowdy Wainscott on June 1, 2009; and a brother, Ferman Wainscott on October 14, 2006.

Bearers will be Kenneth Kerr, Keith Kerr, Donald Byrd, Roger Byrd, Cecil Wainscott and Billy Don Wainscott.

Services under the direction Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

Rites held for Dorothy Bailey

Services for Dorothy Ann Bailey, 83, of the Francis area, were 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 24th, at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, her son, Rev. Richard Bailey, officiated assisted by Rev. Jimmy Hoffman. Burial followed at Oakman Cemetery.

Mrs. Bailey died Thursday, December 20, 2012 near Francis. She was born January 16, 1929 near Francis, Oklahoma to Jacob Hughie and Ola Mae Whisenant Horn. She attended Cedar Grove school and graduated from Francis High School.

She married Ted C. Bailey on May 23, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2003. Mrs. Bailey was a homemaker. She was active in the Homemakers Club, Trappers, the Pontotoc County Fair and the Pontotoc County Election Board. She was a longtime member of Homer Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Steve Bailey and his wife Beverly of Tulsa, Richard Bailey and his wife Cinda of Allen, and Joe Bailey and his wife Debra of Allen; two daughters, Sandra Compton and her husband Ken of Calvin, and Virginia Holcomb and her husband Ervin of Allen; 17 grandchildren, Annette Valentino, Alyse Bailey, Rick Bailey, Rob Bailey, Ryan Bailey, Lacy Chandler, Kristi Libich, Jonathan Bailey, John Stovall, Karen Jones, Steven Stovall, Matt Maxwell, Tim Wilson, John Wilson, Eric Holcomb, Toby Holcomb and Mallory Hays; 25 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ted; brothers, Bob Horn and Alfred Horn; sisters, Ruth Bottoms and Lillian Kidwell; and grandsons, Randy Stovall and Jonathon Stovall.

Bearers were her grandsons, Rick Bailey, Rob Bailey, Ryan Bailey, Jonathan Bailey, John Wilson, Tim Wilson, Matt Maxwell, Steven Stovall, and John Stovall.

Services under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Cody Clemens Passes Away

Cody Carol Clemens passed away in Holdenville, Oklahoma on December 23, 2012.  Funeral service has been scheduled for 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 27th, at the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Holdenville, Oklahoma with pastor Rick Madron officiating.  Pallbearers will be Ty Goodman, Chawn Apala, William Apala, Harley Hendrix, Cody Ryan Clemens, Royce Ferris, Charlie Cope, and Justin O’Kelly.  Interment will follow at the Blue Ridge Cemetery in Calvin, Oklahoma.

Cody was born on March 23, 1939 in Calvin, Oklahoma to Harold Clemens and Dixie Hunnicutt Clemens.  He later married Wanda Carter and the couple celebrated 31 years of marriage.  Cody worked for many years as a dozer operator before his retirement.  He loved to fish and hunt and pipelining.

Cody is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Susan Waterbury.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda of the home; sons Cody Harold Clemens and wife Darla Sue, Ty Goodman and wife Precilla, and C. P. Apala and wife Tammy; daughters Tammy Hendrix and husband Harley, and Regina Newman; grandchildren Heather Briscoe, Amber Apala, Chawn Apala, Alishia Waterbury, Charlie Cope, Cody Ryan Clemens, and Jenny Lee Clemens; great-grandchildren Joel, Bailey, Alyssa, Jocoby, Tristin, Emily, Mackenna, Mason and Colton.

Services are under the direction of Hudson Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Service held for Alfreda Marler 

Services for Alfreda Georgene Stout Marler, 86, of Allen, were 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5th, at the Allen First Baptist Church, Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at the Allen Cemetery.

Mrs. Marler died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at a Purcell assisted living center. She was born May 15, 1926 in Ada, Oklahoma to Sammie Franklin and Vesta Rebecca Luke Stout. She graduated from Allen High School.

She married Harold Marler on March 9, 1950. He preceded her in death on September 14, 2009.  Mrs. Marler was a homemaker and a member of the Allen First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Philip L. Marler and his wife Leura of Purcell; two grandsons, David Bret Marler and Michelle Matthews of Ardmore, and Kirk Marler and Heather Strohmeyer of Norman; a sister, Mary Louise Pogue of Ada; her brothers-in-law, James A. Marler and his wife Elizabeth of Stillwater, and Howard Marler and his wife Doris of Oklahoma City; a nephew, Marcus Pogue and his wife Debbie of Ada; great-nephew, Tyler Pogue and his wife Kacie, and their son, Stran; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold Marler.

Bearers were Jimmy Nix, Chad Nix, Doug Stinson, Tommy Peay, Benny Prentice and H. C. Spain.

Arrangements were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites held for Joe Anderson

Services for Joe David Anderson, 76, of Allen are 2:00 p.m. today, Thursday, December 6th, at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada, Rev. Don Jacob will officiate. Burial will follow at Steedman Cemetery.

Mr. Anderson died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at an Ada hospital. He was born April 4, 1936 in Stuart, Oklahoma to Walter and Maggie Huffman Anderson. He lived in this area all his life.

Mr. Anderson was a roughneck in the oilfield industry and had served in the U. S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lillie Ann Neeley Anderson, of the home; a son, Joe David Anderson, Jr. and his wife Colleen of Paola, Kansas; a daughter, Sue Kraft and her husband Steve and Abilene, Kansas; a step-son, Roger Neeley of Bartlesville; five grandchildren, Jeremy Anderson, Tisha Peasley, Heidi Karl, Wendy Kraft, and Jessica Kraft; nine great grandchildren, Aiden Anderson, Alexia Peasley, Benjamin Peasley, Blade Overturf, Kimber Kraft, Briggar Karl, Brosnar Karl, Cole Kraft and Ian Grades; numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Rocky Anderson and Tom Anderson, both of Ada; and a half-brother, Johnny Randolph of Ardmore.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Davis and Ada Draughbaugh; and five brothers, Wallie Anderson, Dean Anderson, Jake Anderson, Roy Anderson and Raymond Anderson.

Bearers will be Jason Neeley, Justin Neeley, Ricky Johnson, Donivan Smith, Mike Thompson, Robert Tatum.

Service Pending for Robbie Kelley

Robbie Lynn Kelley passed away at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City on Monday, December 3, 2012, at the age of 52 years.  Services are pending with Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.  www.fisherfh.net

Service Held for Ron Jared

Services for Ronald Joe “Ron” Jared were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 27th, at East Cross United Methodist Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with Reverend Chad Perceful officiating. Interment was at 3:00 p.m. in the Allen Cemetery, Allen, Oklahoma.  Arrangements were under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.

Ronald Joe Jared was born March 29, 1941 in Ada, Oklahoma.  He was the son of Howard and Bonnie Jared of Allen.  After suffering a stroke on Thanksgiving night, Ron passed away at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Ron was 71 years old and resided in Bartlesville.

Ron attended Allen Public Schools and was active in the marching band and the football team. After high school, Ron attended East Central University in Ada. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He later received principal and superintendent certifications from the University of Oklahoma. Ron also was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard for fifteen years.

Ron married Linda Kay Walker on January 31, 1964 in Allen. They established their family home in Maud, where he was High School Band Director. They moved to Wynnewood, spending thirteen years, where Ron served as Band Director, Counselor and Middle School Principal. In 1977 Ron and Kay, with daughter Rachel, moved to Bartlesville where Ron began work at Jared Homes. Ron was also involved in real estate before returning to education as Assistant High School Principal at Bartlesville Public Schools and then Mid-High Principal for ten years. Following his retirement from Bartlesville, Ron was hired as Assistant Superintendent for the Public Schools in Fayetteville, Arkansas serving for five years. Returning to Oklahoma, Ron worked for one year as Bartlesville Schools Assistant Superintendant and filled in as a High School Counselor. In 2001, Ron, his brother Roger and sister Phyllis, established Jareds’ Frozen Custard where Ron had great fun interacting with employees and customers.

Ron was an avid lover of music and supporter of music education in the public schools. In the 1990’s, he was named State Administrator of the Year for OMEA. He was an active member of East Cross United Methodist Church and served as a choir member for many years. Ron recently began volunteering with “Bridges out of Poverty” and was an adoptive grandpa at Oak Park Elementary School. Ron worked hard to support young people working to further their education and enjoyed helping others in the community. He was a mentor and friend to many young educators and students.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of forty-eight years, Kay; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Randy Gurule, and Rebekah and Adam Dorris; four grandchildren, Haley and Ada Gurule, Clark and June Dorris all of Bartlesville. One sister, Phyllis Jarrett of Dewey and one brother and sister-in-law, Roger Jared and Sharon Lewis of Tulsa; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Bob Vandegriff of Owasso; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ron is also survived by uncle and aunts, Clive and Ovella Jared, Betty McKenzie and Lois Lillard, along with many who consider him to be an adopted father and grandfather, as well as his loving dachshund, Otto.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother and father, Howard and Bonnie Jared.

Rites Wednesday for Carl Watts

Carl August Watts, 78, of Springtown, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20th, in Mount Olivet Funeral Home Chapel in Ft. Worth, Texas. Interment will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, the 21st, in the Allen Cemetery in Allen, Oklahoma.

Carl was born August 15, 1934, in Atwood, Oklahoma; he was a veteran in the Army, a longtime resident of Azle, Texas and a member of Turning Point Church.

Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Patricia Watts, of the home; daughters, Dhana Cooper and husband Andy of Stonewall, Oklahoma, Shannon Brown of Azle Texas, Twila Randles of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Tammy Frederick and husband Richard of Allen, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Rites hed for Grover Miller

Grover Lee Miller, 70, passed away on October 4, 2012 in Caddo, Oklahoma.  He was born to Ray Benson Miller and Myrtle Obadiah (Wilson) Miller in Round Prairie (near Allen, Oklahoma) on July 4, 1942.

He graduated from Gerty High School.  Grover served his country in the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam conflict as a staff sergeant. Grover graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Electrical Engineering.  He worked most of his life as an auto mechanic.

Grover is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Beverly Miller, children Eric Miller and Michelle Miller.

Survivors include his children and step-children, Charlott Morris, Big Greggory Miller, Yvonne Miller, Michael Hargues, Randy Hargues, Little Greggory Miller, Nannette Lewis (Miller), Brian Whitlock, Angel Hargues-Miller, Jennifer Hargues-Miller, and Stephanie Hargues-Miller; 30 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brothers Rev. Randall Miller and Benny Miller; aunt Darlene Lowe; several sisters and brothers-in-law; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 7th, at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville, Oklahoma with Rev. Randall Miller officiating.  Pallbearers were Gary Morris, Greg Miller, Randy Hargues, Shannon Armor, Rance Miller, Denny Looney.  Interment followed at the Gerty Cemetery in Gerty, Oklahoma.  Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.

Rites held for Jerry Ishmael

Jerry Zane Ishmael passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012, at the age of 72, in Tulsa, surrounded by family. He was born March 21, 1940, in Drumright, Oklahoma.

He attended Drumright Public Schools before entering the United State Air Force. He married Helen Benton, there were three daughters born to the union, Sheri, Michelle, and Trina. Throughout his 50 year career in the pipeline industry he worked at the following companies: Williams Brothers Engineering as a Welder, Inspector and Manager; Vice President at CRC Evans Pipeline Company; Vice President with Gulf Interstate Field Services Inc. based in Tulsa; and recently retired as Manager of Inspection with Golden Field Services of Tulsa.

He is survived by his wife, Gaye Eichler Ishmael of the home; daughters Sheri Waldrop and husband Steve of Sapulpa, Michelle Barlow and husband Jim of Allen, Trina Rowland and husband Scott of Depew, and step-daughter Tami Austin of Stuttgart, Arkansas; his grandchildren Andrea Clark and fiancé Eric Gillis, Nathan Waldrop, Katharine Waldrop, David Barlow, James Barlow, Jacob Rowland, Sarah Rowland, Caleb Rowland, Cynthia Rowland, Asa Rowland, Shelly Herrington, Kelly Carpenter, Matthew Austin and Savannah Barnes; great-grandchildren Braelynn Clark, Caed Gillis, Hailey Herrington, and Clifton Herrington; sisters Norma Edmonds and husband Jim of Prescott, Arizona, Joyce Richey and husband Robert of Depew, Margie Beard and husband Perry of Depew; brother Donald Ishmael and wife Pat, of Depew; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, November 27th, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Drumright, followed by graveside service, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Drumright, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund at www. justinboots.com/en/cowboy_crisis.html or at the tribute page for Jerry Z. Ishmael through the American Cancer Society.

Service held for Dewey Knighten

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 7th, in the Brown’s Funeral Chapel, Coalgate, for Dewey Curtis Knighten.  Pastor Lyle Shipley officiated.

Mr. Knighten passed away November 5, 2012 in Oklahoma City at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 5 days.  Born August 30, 1937 to Edward Noah Knighten and Gracie Mae (Craig) Knighten in Amity, Arkansas, he attended school in Amity.  He was a truck driver and mechanic.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Gracie Knighten; brothers Clarence Knighten, Grady Knighten, Floyd Knighten and Melvin Knighten; sister Willie Mae McCormick; and a granddaughter, Drew Faith Leland.

Survivors include his three children, Selina Leland and husband Ted of Tupelo, Curtis Knighten and wife Rachel of Oklahoma City, and Melissa Napolitano and husband Mike of Gassport, New York; along with other relatives and many dear and loved friends.

Betty Irwin Passes Away

Betty Jo Pebbles Irwin was born January 28, 1926 in Holdenville and passed away October 10, 2012 in Arlington TX.

Betty attended school and graduated in Holdenville. She was both a florist and a beauty operator in Atwood.  She was the loving mother of David L. Irwin and Dianne Moore, grandmother of Shane Moore and Shannon Owens, and great grandmother of nine, who are left to cherish her memories. “Our Special Angel” will greatly be missed.

Betty was preceded in death by her father, Earl Brandon Peebles; her mother, Eula Jozelle Rattan; and a sister at birth.

Service Pending for Glenna Dean Rhodes Reece

Funeral services are pending for Glenna Dean Rhodes Reece of Edmond.  Mrs. Reece passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2012.  Burial will take place in Allen.

Mrs. Reece was the daughter of Edgar and Mary Lee Dean.

Rites Friday for Grace Patterson Hill

Graveside services for Grace Patterson Hill, 102, of Odessa, Texas, formerly of the Allen area are 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 12th, at the Allen Cemetery, Rev. Bob Langston will officiate. Friends and family may call at Criswell Chapel in Allen from 4:00 p.m. Thursday until service time.

Mrs. Hill died Monday, October 8, 2012 at an Odessa, Texas hospital. She was born July 2, 1910 in Allen, Oklahoma to James David and Vallie McElroy Patterson.

She married William Owen Rice on August 12, 1927 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death. She later married Mark Hill in 1953 in Odessa. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Hill was a business owner. She owned a restaurant in Odessa and was affiliated with Martin and Bowen Real Estate. She resided in Texas for more than 70 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church and was an avid visitor of the track at the college in Odessa. Many of her favorite memories and activities centered on enjoying her dance club.

She is survived by a niece, Suzanne Phillips and her husband Gilbert of Healdton, Oklahoma; a nephew, Dale Burnett of Folsom, California; and lifelong friends, Jimmy and Jane Long and Garry Lloyd of Odessa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two infant brothers Emmett and Ivor; three precious sisters, her twin Hope McInroy, Lila Standifird, Elena Vinson Smith; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Bearers will be Garry Lloyd, Jimmy Long, James Phillips, Daren Phillips, Larry Cumpton, Phillip Cumpton and Wilson Phillips. Honorary bearers will be Sienna Nursing Home Caregivers, the Prentice, Griffin and Sanders Families and the Odessa Dance Club.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

 Ricky Epperly Passes Away

No services are planned at this time for Ricky Don Epperly, 55, of Ada.

Mr. Epperly died Saturday, October 6, 2012, at his home. He was born September 20, 1957 in Barstow, California to Harold Loyd and Joann Green Epperly. He attended elementary school in Allen and graduated from Byng High School.

He married Darling Machelle Love on June 13, 1988. She preceded him in death on February 20, 2012. Mr. Epperly was employed with Pontotoc County District 2. He was formerly employed with the City of Ada.

Survivors include two sons, Brandon Lackey and wife Devin of Ada, and Jeff Epperly and Morgan Paige Clifford of Ada; two daughters, Tiffany Vandewalker and Tabitha Prewett, both of Ada; his mother, Joann Epperly of Ada; a brother, Tommy Epperly of Ada; two sisters, Sandra Manuel of Ada, and Cindy Fox of Sasakwa; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Loyd Epperly.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Graveside Service held for Jannet Cox

Graveside services for Jannet Douglas Cox, 65, of Clinton, Mississippi, former resident of the Allen area are 11:00 a.m. Thursday (today), October 11th, at the Allen Cemetery.  Rev. Buddy Drake will be officiating.  She was born May 21, 1947 in Marlow, Oklahoma to Clifford L. and M. Alice Wallace Douglas.

Mrs. Cox died Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Jackson, Mississippi after a courageous 14-year battle with breast cancer.  Mrs. Cox was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.

Mrs. Cox was a beautician for many years and went back to college at the age of 41. She graduated from Co-Lin in Natchez, received her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College then received her law degree at Mississippi College School of Law.  Mrs. Cox was a woman that many people respected and was a tremendous roll model.

Survivors include her parents, Clifford and Alice Douglas of Natchez; one daughter, Barbara Bradley and husband James of Clinton; a son, Clifford Cox and wife Suzanne of Natchez; two sisters, Charon Carrier and husband Mick of Melbourne, Florida, and Carolyn Tillman of Natchez, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Blaine Misita of Clinton, Madelyn Misita of Clinton, Katie Robinson and husband Ken of Meridian, Chase Bradley of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Ainsley Cox, Jessica Payne and Joseph Blalock, all of Natchez; one great grandchild, Seth Bryant of Meridian; three nephews, R. J. Skellie of Orlando, Florida, Rob Tillman and Doug Tillman; and one niece, Lee Staten and husband Richard of Atlanta, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Johnnie Wallace of Allen.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the Susan G. Komen for the cure of Breast Cancer, P. O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX  75265 or www.5.komen.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

 

Rites Saturday for Mack Yoakum

Mack Yoakum, 80, died after a short illness on September 29, 2012, with his family by his side in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mack was born on July 10, 1932, in Allen, Oklahoma to Doc and Myrtle (Webb) Yoakum. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, H.D. Yoakum; and two sisters, Adele Yoakum Tate and Billie Yoakum Frank.

His life was a great inspiration to friends and family. He was a beloved husband, loving son and son-in-law, and the most awesome father, grandfather, and great grandfather the Lord could have ever blessed our family with, and for that we are truly thankful.

Mack was born and raised in Allen, Oklahoma during the Great Depression and worked very hard during his childhood on his parents farm. In high school, along with his studies, he played football and baseball. In 1947 at age 15 he joined the 45th Oklahoma National Guard Unit. So, along with his school and duties at home he also had weekend drills and summer camps.

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, he left school early and traveled with the 45th 180 Inf. Division to Japan and Korea. The 45th was sent to Korea to relieve the 1st Calvary Division (1950-1952. He was injured in Korea and was sent to various hospitals for one year.

After the war he returned home to work as a rough neck in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and North Dakota. In 1953 he married his high school sweetheart, L. Vermell Muse. Like many Okies, Mack took his young bride and headed to California to work; after a few months, they headed back to Oklahoma.

About the same time, a small refining crude unit was being relocated from Allen to Corpus Christi, Texas. Approximately 30 young couples from the Allen area relocated to South Texas to work for Suntide refinery (later the refinery became Sun Oil, Koch, and presently Flint Hills). Mack brought his young bride to Corpus to start their new life together. After 38 years at the refinery he retired as a shift supervisor.

Mack loved to hunt and fish and had several hunting leases in South Texas and a houseboat on Lake Mathis.

He and his wife, Vermell, bought a summer home in Leakey, Texas that the family enjoyed for 40 years. Everyone loved Leakey and no one can begin to count the wonderful memories made there with friends and family.

He was a master story teller and had no problem stretching a story to the max for a good laugh. He enjoyed entertaining and loved making people feel good about themselves.

After retiring, Mack and Vermell, went on several cruises and trips with friends. One of his great joys was to take his three widowed sister-in-laws and his wife on cross country trips. No Kidding, he really enjoyed them.

Mack remained active with the Texas National Guard for a total of 24 years, retiring at the rank of Major. He stayed active with the military thru Military Assistance Group (MAG) and the Central Intelligence Division (CID) for all branches of the service in the Southern command. Mack attended Officers Command school (Rangers 1964-65) in Fort Benning Georgia.

Mack was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the American Legion, VFW, a 32nd degree Mason, and Al Amien Shriners.

Mack is survived by his wife of 59 years, L. Vermell Muse Yoakum; daughter Mary Lynn Cazier-Wilcox (Gerald Brill), a son Steven D (Grace), and daughter Denise Mock (Tim); seven grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mack will make his last trip to Allen, Oklahoma for burial. Military and Masonic graveside honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 6th.

Donations can be made to the Allen Historical Society in Allen, Oklahoma or the Al Almin Burn Center.

 Betty Tiger

No services are planned at this time for Betty Lee Tiger, 74, of Allen.

Mrs. Tiger died Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at her home. She was born August 21, 1938 in Allen, Oklahoma to Richard Lee and Barbara Curtis Morris. She graduated from Allen High School.

She married Henry Tiger on February 15, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death September 2000. Mrs. Tiger was a self-employed Typesetter.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Huffman and husband Bobby of Torrington, Connecticut, and Cheryl Volk and husband Paul of Spencer, OK; two sons, Robert Hancock and wife Lori of Choctaw, and Terry Hancock and wife Mary of Gilbert, AZ; six grandchildren Michelle and George Schmitt of Connecticut, Michel and Adrienne Huffman of Connecticut, Dustin Hancock of Oklahoma City, Taylor Hancock of Arizona, and Rachel and Jonathan Hancock of Choctaw; three great grandchildren, Devon Schmitt, and Lauren and Logan Huffman, all of Connecticut; and two sisters, Jan McCarn of Allen and Tammi Morris of Ada.

Graveside Service held for Mildred Young

Graveside services for Mildred Margaret Hines Young, 94, of Ada, were 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6th, at the Vamoosa Cemetery.

Mrs. Young died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at an Ada nursing home. She was born March 29, 1918 at Mt. View, Oklahoma to Walter Stanley (Mack) and Minnie May Holman Hines.

She married John Daniel Young on December 4, 1935 in Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1994. Mrs. Young lived in Oklahoma for some time before she and her husband moved to California. Mildred owned and operated her own Beauty Salon in Fresno, California for a number of years along with helping farm with her husband before retiring to Allen, Oklahoma in 1976.

Mrs. Young enjoyed many activities in Oklahoma as well as California such as painting (oil, water and charcoal), sewing, quilting, woodcarving and working with leather making purses, wallets, etc. She enjoyed the fellowship of the Allen First Baptist Church along with the Ladies Church group and Extension Group. Mildred’s life was filled with God’s blessings along with the love of family and friends. Mrs. Young moved to Ada in 1998 to live with her son-in-law, Firmin Elgart, before going to the nursing home.

Survivors include her son-in-law, Firmin Elgart of Ada; two daughters, Mrs. Johnny Lee Young Atchley and her husband, Ernest Nathon Atchley of Poulsbo, Washington, and Anna May Young Stier and her husband, Albert L. Stier, Petersburg, Illinois; three grandchildren, Firmin Rene Elgart and wife Deloris, Yukon, Oklahoma, Kimberly Beth Atchley, Renton, Washington, and Margaret Stier Santos and husband Ross, Petersburg, Illinois; one great granddaughter; and four great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Stanley (Mack) Hines in 1974; her mother, Minnie May Holman Hines in 1984; her husband, John Daniel Young in 1994; and her oldest daughter, Mildred Fay Young Elgart in 1998; one grandchild, Susan Irene Atchley in 1967; and her only brother, Louie Lee Hines in 1996.

Services were under the direction of the Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites Friday for Bob Woodell

Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Woodell passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in Seminole, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years.

Bob was the son of Robert L. Woodell Sr. and Freda Jewel (Lee) Woodell, born on November 9, 1941, at Cottonwood, Oklahoma.  He was brought up and attended schools in the Coalgate area, then moved with his family to Allen when he was 17 years old.  He joined the U.S. Navy and served two years during the Vietnam era.

Bob married Janice Smith on August 5, 1967, in Ada, Oklahoma.  They lived in Holdenville for eighteen months, in Muskogee for two years, and spent some time living in Coalgate, Enid, and Ada, before returning to Holdenville, where they’ve made their home for the past 38 years.  Bob drove a truck cross-country for 35 years, retiring in 2000.  ‘Drifter’ was his handle on the CB radio, and he loved talking on the CB, both on and off the road.  He enjoyed hanging out with friends at the local coffee shops.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Freda Woodell; one daughter, Jana Woodell, in 1991; and two sisters, Mary Spears and Emily Cunningham.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Janice, of the home; two daughters, Joanna Woodell and Jeana Plott, both of Holdenville; five grandchildren, Daniel Woodell of Holdenville, Hilliary Rosenbaum of McAlester, Nichole Woodell of Oklahoma City, Rebecca Plott and Zachary Plott, both of Holdenville; two brothers, Bill Lee of Ada and Lewis Woodell of Allen; several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 5th, 10:00 a.m., at Fisher Funeral Home’s Lillye Chapel, and Bob will be laid to rest in the Yeager Cemetery.  Rev. Dane Robinson is the officiating minister.

Service held for Kattie Prentice

Services for Kattie Marie Wallace Yount Prentice, 81, of Allen are 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27th, at the Allen School Auditorium, Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery.

Mrs. Prentice died Saturday, September 22, 2012 at a Midwest City hospital. She was born July 25, 1931 at Red Oak, Oklahoma to Jodie Marshall and Johnnie Lee Thompson Wallace. She graduated from Allen High Sch

She married Benny Pearl Prentice on January 14, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mrs. Prentice was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Benny Prentice, of the home; four daughters, Sheila Matthews and husband Gary of Francis, Debbie Cundiff and husband Kenny of Allen, Paula Colbert and husband Larry of Allen, and Jerri Starns and husband Frank of Ada; a son, Mark Prentice and wife Tammy of Ada; nine grandchildren, Sheryl Goodson and husband Jack, Atwood, Kanan Matthews and wife Tasha, Allen, John Cundiff and wife Lisa, Allen, Jodi Watkins and husband Jason of Colbert, Adam Colbert, Allen, Justin Colbert and wife Randi, Ada, Chad Colbert, Enid, Nick Starns and wife Amy of Gainesville, Texas, and Charles Prentice, Ada; her great grandchildren, Bodrey Goodson, Brogden Goodson, Khloe Goodson, Chad Goodson, Cole Goodson, Lilly Matthews, Gus Matthews, Jake Matthews, Kinlee Cundiff, Kamlin Cundiff, Jaycee Watkins, Jaxon Watkins, Riley Colbert, Bella Starns, and Ethan Starns; her sisters and brother, Alice Douglas, Natchez, Mississippi, Joyce Sells, Atwood, Betty Mitchell, Allen, S. L. Wallace, Allen and Mildred Black, Allen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Gwen Robinson and Mary Ross.

Bearers will be her grandsons, John Cundiff, Kanan Matthews, Adam Colbert, Justin Colbert, Chad Colbert, Nick Starns, Chad Goodson and Cole Goodson; and grandsons-in-law, Jack Goodson and Jason Watkins. Honorary bearers will be Jamie Howard, Tim Robertson, Alan King, Harold Akins, Ed Prentice, Bill Griffin, David Wallace, Stan Wallace, Gary Cooper, Roger Merriman and Kerry Caldwell.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites held for Randall Powell

Randall Dennis Powell, 74, of McAlester, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the McAlester Regional Health Center.  Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 20th, at the Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Leroy Orr officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.

Born January 31, 1938 in Gerty, he was the youngest of ten brothers and sisters born to Jesse and Juanita Pusley Powell. He graduated from Gerty High School in the Class of 1956.

Randall worked for numerous years as a carpenter, with his specialty being hard wood flooring. He married Wanda Louise Searcy on August 26, 1993, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He enjoyed time spent with family and friends and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Powell, of the home; children, Brett Powell, of Midwest City, and Lorrie Meyer, of Moore; stepchildren, David Harden, of Calvin, Greg Harden, of Calvin, Brandon Harden, of Calvin, and Kimberly Dunnam, of Shawnee; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Honorary pallbearers will be classmates of Gerty High School Class of 1956, and his special friend, Ted Simonoski.

Service September 21 for Ruby Hoskison

Ruby Mae Hoskison, 86, passed away on September 15, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Ruby was born on March 24, 1926 in Spring Hill (Pharoah), Oklahoma to Jesse James Cosper and Jettie Pearl (McCoy) Cosper.

She attended school in Parker and Gerty.  Later she married (deceased) Emmitt Clifton Roby on February 19, 1944.  Mr. Roby passed away in 1968.  Ruby then married (deceased) Ben Hoskison in 1969.   Ruby lived in Allen since 1973 and worked for Wal-Mart in Ada for seven years as a custodian before her retirement in 2009.

Ruby is preceded in death by her parents; sister Gracie Lindley; brother Earnest Cosper; husbands Emmitt Clifton Roby and Ben Hoskison; sons Albert Roby Sr. and Wayne Roby Sr.; and granddaughters Laura Davis and Shanae Johnson.

She is survived by her brother, Earl Cosper and spouse Virginia Worley both of Alexander, Louisiana; children Elaine Smith of Allen, Charles Roby of Gerty, Retha and Jimmy Wilson of Allen, Theresa Roden and Bruce Williams of Ada; grandchildren (24) Jennifer, Wayne Jr., Melissa, Belinda, Elizabeth, James, Josh, Janet, Albert Jr., Celeste, Emmitt, Cindy, Charles Jr., Pearl, Heather, Jimmy Dale, Kristy, Jesse, Greg, Shanae, Misty, Trista and Ashley; and many great grand children.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 am on Friday, September 21st, at the First Freewill Baptist Church of Non, Oklahoma.  Rev. Randall Miller will officiate and Kay Miller will provide musical selections.  Pallbearers will be Wayne Roby Jr., Emmitt Smith, Jesse Johnson, Greg Johnson, Jimmy Wilson Jr. and Marty Duncan.  Honorary bearers will be James Roby, Charles Roby Jr., Albert Roby Jr., Josh Whitt and Jay Bagwell.  Interment will follow at the Non Cemetery in Non, Oklahoma.

Rites held for Dale Long

Services for Dale Eugene Long, 76, Allen, were 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15th, at the Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Allen, Rev. Lonnie Palmer officiated. Burial followed the Allen Cemetery.

Mr. Long died Thursday, September 13, 2012 at a Norman hospital. He was born April 7, 1936 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Sidney Lee and Lois Dodson Long. He attended grade school at Round Prairie, near Holdenville and graduated from Allen High School in 1954.

He married Violet Rhea Prentice on September 10, 1956 in Allen, Oklahoma. Mr. Long was employed as a loader with Suntide Refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas in November 1956. He was transferred to Goldsby-Chriner in 1968 as a pumper and to Allen in October of 1974. Mr. Long retired from Oryx Energy in December of 1992.

He was a longtime member of the Bethel Free Will Baptist Church and had served in the U. S. Army from August 1954 until being honorably discharged August 1956.

Survivors include his wife, Violet Long, of the home; three daughters, Pam Irwin and her husband Danny of Purcell, Tammy Freeman and her husband Joe of Johnstown, Colorado, and Jessica Plunk and her husband Bruce of Ada; five grandchildren, Holly (Irwin) and Jason Sapp, Oklahoma City, Caleb Irwin, Norman, Allie Plunk, Allen, Clay Plunk, Ada, and Ethan Freeman, Johnstown, CO; one great grandchild, Logan Dale Sapp, Oklahoma City; and an adopted sister, Brenda McDonald.

Bearers were his sons-in-law, Danny Irwin, Joe Freeman and Bruce Plunk; and his grandsons, Caleb Irwin, Clay Plunk and Ethan Freeman. Honorary bearers will be Robert Hammonds, Danny McDougal, Bill Griffin, Charles Henry, Ed Prentice, Benny Prentice and Tom Gault.

Services were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home.

Rites held for Bill Thornton

Billy “Bill” Max Thornton, 70, of Rogers, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He was born in Porterville, California the son of Lois Linton and Arlon Thornton.

He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 25 years after moving from Guthrie, Oklahoma.  He was a plumber for over 50 years, and owned and operated A-1 Plumbing.  He loved people and family, he never met a stranger.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening.  He was preceded in death by; his parents.

Bill is survived by his wife Oleta Gail Thornton, of the home, whom he married July 16, 1988; three sons David Thornton, of Pompano Beach, Florida, Mark Thornton and his wife Natalie, of Bella Vista, and Billy Thornton and his wife Donna, of Guthrie, Oklahoma; one daughter Amanda Thornton Ward and her husband Brian, of Centerton; four brothers, Jerry Thornton and his wife Valita, J.W. Thornton and his wife Bobby, Foy Thornton and his wife Francis, and Jim Thornton and his wife Twila; one step-son Vincent Jennings; two step-daughters Natalie Cox and Gail O’Neil; and seventeen grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday, September 18th, at 10:00 a.m. at Non Cemetery in Non, Oklahoma.

Service held for Jacqueline Cook

Funeral services for Jacqueline Elizabeth Cook, 85, are to be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, September 21st, at Capitol Heights Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Jim Crawford officiating. Jackie will be laid to rest at Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Justin Milner, Jay Mayfield, Forrest Henry, and Shane Cashman.

Jacqueline was born September 24, 1926 in Bilby, Oklahoma and passed away on September 18, 2012 in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Daughter to John Carter and Jewel (Linker) Smith, Jackie was a housewife and a good momma. She married Bill Cook in Holdenville on March 2, 1943 and together they raised four daughters. Over her life, she enjoyed cooking, talking, reading, and sewing.

Jackie leaves her four daughters and their families, Judy Hoover and husband, Joe, of Lake City, Colorado, Susan Mayfield and husband, Johnny, of Spaulding, Cindy Colbert and husband, Cletus, of Wewoka, and Debbie Milner and husband, Lynn, of Allen. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren.

Rites held for Ola Hamilton

Services for Thelma Ola Hamilton, 94, of Lula were 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12th, at the Allen Church of Christ, Danny Stewart, Mark Legg and Ed Rutherford will officiate. Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery.

Mrs. Hamilton died Saturday, September 8, 2012 at her home. She was born August 9, 1918 in the Red Oak Community, near Allen, Oklahoma to Jacob Arnold and Cora Ann Rayburn Phillips. She attended Red Oak School and graduated from Francis High School in 1937. She attended East Central State Teacher’s College.

She married Elmo E. Hamilton on February 1, 1947 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on January 27, 2010 in Ada. Mrs. Hamilton was the payroll clerk for the Oklahoma State Highway Department of Transportation for 12 years and a homemaker. She was a longtime member of the Allen Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Gary Hamilton and his wife Sue of Ada; two grandchildren, Olivia Hamilton and Cooper Hamilton, both of Ada; her nieces, Billie Barnes, Jewell Collins, Alberta Milner and her husband Ron, all of Ada; Nancy McDougal and her husband Danny of Allen; Pat Scroggins of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jean Bouthillier of Peoria, Arizona; her nephews, David Phillips and wife Carolyn of Allen, and Arnold Phillips, Jr. and his wife Linda, Odessa, Texas; and special friends, Bob and Nancy Smith of Tupelo.

Bearers will be Hugh Cooper, Larry Whisenhunt, Chris Merriman, Roger Merriman, Justin Boolin, and Trent Sanders. Honorary bearers will be Wendell Reynolds, Lewis Reynolds and Louis Daniels.

Rites held for Mary Ellen Shockley

Graveside service for Mary Ellen Shockley, 87, of Holdenville, were held 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12th, at the Holdenville Cemetery.  Services were under the direction of Hudson Phillips Funeral Home.

She died on Friday, September 7, 2012, in Calvin, Oklahoma.

Mary Ellen was born on February 27, 1925 in Hughes County, Oklahoma to Samuel and Eva (Mitchell) Garrett.  She later married Joe Riley Shockley Sr. on January 11, 1964 in Holdenville, Oklahoma.  Mary Ellen had three children, Joe, Brent and Sammy.

Mary Ellen loved her family more than anything and her grandchildren more so.  She also enjoyed her visits to her sister’s home in Texas.  Mary Ellen was a wonderful gardener and liked watching the hummingbirds.  She often read a variety of books.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Riley, and one son, Boyce Earl Nevills.

Survivors include her sons, Joe Shockley Jr. of Holdenville, Brent Shockley and wife Monica of Holdenville, and Sammy Shultz of Wewoka; grandchildren, Joseph “Joe” Shockley, Kati Shockley and Sidney Shockley; and sister, Evelyn Kinder of Dumas, Texas.

Anita Stewart Passes Away

Anita Kay Stewart, 46, of Allen passed away September 6, 2012.

Anita was born June 3, 1966, in Lula to parents Donnie and Betty Sweat. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from East Central University in Ada. Anita enjoyed sewing and crafts as well as reading the Bible.

Anita is survived by her husband, David Stewart of Bentonville, Ark.; her parents, Donnie and Betty of Allen; brother, Hugh Don Sweat and wife, Shelly, of Madill; and nieces, Kelsie and Kaylen Sweat.

In accordance with Anita’s wishes, her ashes will be spread in Tropical Blue Waters.

Arrangements are with Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home of Rogers, Arkansas.

Rites held for Jo Northcutt

Graveside services for Jo Northcutt, 106, of Ada, were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, at Rosedale Cemetery. The Rev. Earl Hood will officiate.

Mrs. Northcutt died Thursday, September 6, 2012, at a local nursing home.

She was born April 5, 1906, at Bonham, Texas, to Benjamin Alexander and Sarah Ella McSpadden McCown. She attended school at Denison, Texas.

She married Harvey Landers in Durant. He preceded her in death in 1937. She later married Hobert Northcutt in 1942. He preceded her in death in 1964.

Mrs. Northcutt was a homemaker and a longtime member of the First Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Benny Northcutt and his wife, Phillis, of Ada; a daughter, Betty Balthrop-Ross of Ada; a daughter-in-law, Linda Martinez of Yukon; four grandchildren, Chris Balthrop and wife, Stacy, Ada, Greg Balthrop and wife, Shannon, Rockwall, Texas, Charles Balthrop and wife, Rhonda, of Yukon, and Michael Northcutt and wife, Kristie, of Mustang; eight great grandchildren, Courtney Hardpence and husband, Jason, Yukon, Kyle Balthrop, Yukon, Robbie Balthrop, Ada, Kayla Balthrop, Allen, Spencer Northcutt, Mustang, Lauran Hawkins and husband, Chandler, Cocoa Beach, Fla., Clay Balthrop, Ada, and Caden Balthrop, Ada; and three great-great-grandchildren, Jaggar Richard Hardpence and Rykor Judson Hardpence, both of Yukon, and Kenndi Hawkins, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; former son-in-law, Bob Ross, Oklahoma City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Hobert Northcutt Jr. and Haskell Northcutt; a son-in-law, Craig Balthrop; five brothers, Velvin McCown, Clyde McCown, Bryant McCown, Ben McCown and Samps McCown; two sisters, Susie Mason and Kittie McCurdy; and a grandson, Craig Balthrop Jr.

Services were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.


Service Sept 15 for Bob Pace

Robert E. “Bob” Pace, born August 8, 1934 in Holdenville to Fred E. Pace and Pauline R. Pace passed away at home in Calvin on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the age of 78.

Bob grew up in Calvin and graduated from Calvin High School in 1954, marrying Joyce A. Whiteside on January 10, 1955 in Ada, Oklahoma.

On January 13, 1955, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (3557th Field Maintenance Division) and deployed to Cazaux AFB in France, discharged on August 22, 1958 from Perrin AFB in Sherman, TX.

After being discharged from the Air Force, Bob attended and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (1961) with continuing studies at Oklahoma Baptist University to pursue a teaching career with teaching stints in Dibble, Spaulding, and Calvin.

Bob and Joyce had three children, Fred (1961), Derek (1962) and Della (1964).

Following a short-lived teaching career, Bob pursued what became an enduring career for the balance of his life in the pipeline construction industry, involving work in the majority of the lower 48 states and Alaska working for the largest pipeline construction companies of the era: R. H. Fulton, Great Plains, Banister, Green, Okemah, Henkels & McCoy, H. C. Price, Gregory & Cook and R. B. Potashnick to name a few.  In later stages of his career, he owned and operated his own construction companies and operated in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

In addition to his work in the construction industry, he owned his own Cessna 172, being an avid pilot most of his life, and enjoyed farming, ranching, watching the Calvin Bulldogs play basketball, and going to Playdays on Friday nights.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bill Pace.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Joyce Slagle of Calvin; his eldest son, Fred Pace, wife Flo and their three sons, Foster, Fulton, and Franklin of Tulsa; his middle son, Derek Pace of Calvin and his two sons, Noel and Jared of Ada; his daughter, Della Wilson, husband Mike and her two children, Clint Peters and Kayla Peters of Pauls Valley; and his sisters, Betty Musser of Oklahoma City and Barbara Dittemore of Houston; as well as other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 15th, at the Calvin High School Auditorium with Pastor James Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Calvin Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Calvin Cemetery Fund at PO Box 323, Calvin, Oklahoma 74531.  Honorary pallbearers will be Coy Edwards, Max Pace, Craig Pace, Bo Wass, Tommy Clay, Roy Oliver, Lenval Woodruff, Leroy Dunn and Jerry Martin.

 

Service Sept 15 for Dorothy Searcy

Dorothy Belle Searcy was born December 4, 1918 at the Blueridge community, south and east of Calvin, to Mamie Parks and William Sashwell Searcy and passed away August 5, 2012 in Glenpool, Oklahoma.

Mamie Parks died due to complications of childbirth. Dorothy was raised by her great uncle and aunt, Robert E. Lee Parks and Mary Catherine Darby Parks. Dorothy’s great grandpa, Hiram Calvin Parks, was in the Civil War and has a Confederate States of America war monument at the Blueridge Cemetery.

Dorothy grew up in the Blueridge community, Calvin, and Glendale, Arizona. She graduated from the 8th grade in Glendale, Arizona. On November 4, 1933 Dorothy married Edgar Vermont Whiteside. They had three children together, Della Mae, Joyce Ann and James Edward. They lived in Buckeye, Arizona on the Gila River until 1945. After the war the family, grandparents and neighbors moved to Palmdale, California.

Their residence in Palmdale had a large peach orchard. Their property adjoined the Wilson Hatchery, feed mills and chicken dressing plant which were located on the south. Dorothy became the supervisor for their hand-plucked chicken dressing plant, thousands and thousands of chickens per day.

After 8th grade graduation in May, 1951 in Palmdale, CA, the family moved back to Calvin, to the Spring Creek area north of Calvin, just around the section line from her brother, Jimmy Sashwell Searcy, to grow peanuts, cotton and to work at Seampruf in Holdenville.

After her daughter Joyce’s graduation from ECU in 1958, Dorothy took her GED, enrolled at East Central University and became a teacher until retirement age. After her retirement she worked part-time for the DHS.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her son, James Edward Whiteside; her husbands Edgar Vermont Whiteside and Frank B. Moore; her sister, Jewell Searcy Richardson; and brother, Jimmy Sashwell Searcy.

Her remaining family includes her daughters, Della Mae Sheldon of Tulsa and Joyce Pace Slagle of Calvin; her grandchildren are Fred Earl Pace and his wife Virginia Flo Pace of Glenpool, Derek Edward Pace of Calvin, Della Pace Wilson of Pauls Valley, Kelly Whiteside Rodgers of Texas and Michael Whiteside of Florida.  Her great grandchildren are Foster, Fulton and Franklin Pace, Noel and Jared Pace, Clint and Kayla Peters, BJ and Thomas McKay of Texas.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1O:OO am, Saturday, September 15th, at the Calvin Cemetery with Pastor James Anderson officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Pace, Derek Pace, Clint Peters, Noel Pace, Jared Pace, Foster Pace, Fulton Pace and Franklin Pace.  Graveside services for the interment of her ashes will be at the Calvin Cemetery in Calvin.  Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

 

Rites held for Buddy Hester

Buddy Ray Hester, 78, longtime resident of Hughes County passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in Holdenville, Oklahoma.  Buddy was born on February 26, 1934 in Stuart, Oklahoma to Buster and Illa (Tollett) Hester.

Graveside services were 10:00 am on Friday, August 31st, at the Non Cemetery in Non, Oklahoma.  Rev. Bart Patterson officiated.  Honorary bearers were Bud Murdaugh, J. E. McAlester, Everett Linton, Tom Harjo, Bobby Joe Tollett, Dewayne Tollett, Leon McClendon, and Clark McEntire.

Buddy attended Gerty School.  He enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during the Vietnam conflict as a Navy Seaman.  He loved horses.  Buddy enjoyed participating in rodeos and rode saddle broncs and bulls.  He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.  Buddy owned and operated his own trucking company for a number of years.  Buddy believed in giving back to his community and performed service taking care of the Non Cemetery.

Buddy is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Donald Hester, and a brother, Dan Hester.

Survivors include his daughter, LaGina Carano and husband Kendall of McAlester; grandchildren Coalton and Harley; siblings Shirley Fogler of Moore, Susie Glass of Holdenville, Johnnie Lundy and husband Gene of Choctaw, Bennie Hester and wife Sue of Holdenville, H. D. Hester and wife Ann of Choctaw, and Sharon Hinderliter of Oklahoma City; as well numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.

Rites Friday for Olen Wilson

Longtime Gerty resident, Olen Boyce Wilson, passed away at Holdenville General Hospital on July 23, 2012 at the age of 59. Graveside funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, July 27th, at Atwood Cemetery with Ronnie Boyd officiating. Pallbearers will be Dale Stringer, Roger Cupps, Aaron Roberson, Gerald Wilson, David Wilson, and Lance Wilson. Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home.

Olen Boyce Wilson was born on September 17, 1952 in Holdenville to Clarence Clifford and Cleo Marie(Phillips) Wilson.

Olen is preceded in death by his parents, and one great niece Faith Wilson.

Olen is survived by his brothers, Clifford and wife Bobbie Wilson of Gerty; Arlan and wife Norva Wilson of Gerty; nieces Rhonda Cupps, Shana Roberson of Ada, and Kimberly Dalinger of Gerty; nephews Dale Stringer, Roger Cupps, Aaron Roberson, Gerald Wilson, David Wilson, Lance Wilson, and Jerry Wilson all of Gerty; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Service held for Mary Frances Anderson

Mary Frances Anderson passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012, at Heritage Village Nursing Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma, at the age of 83 years.

Frances was born December 27, 1928, in Calvin, Oklahoma, one of seven children born to Lee Roy and Nell (Paulson) Maxwell.  She was brought up and went to school in Calvin, Oklahoma, and was a graduate of Calvin High School.  She married R. L. Anderson on May 14, 1949. Together they raised four children: Linda, Roy, Gary, and Cathy.

Frances worked for the C. R. Anthony Company for 28 years. She was an avid bowler and loved to water ski in her younger years. She enjoyed reading, and watching “All My Children”. She loved to go and hear live music, and had many friends at the Stuart and Calvin Opry.
She loved her grandchildren: Greg, Stephanie, Leslie, Paul, Tina, Andy, and Sunni. They knew her as ‘Nanny’.

She was very proud of her great grandchildren, and talked about them all the time: Lauren, Natalie, Emily, Reagan, Marin, Cooper, Alexis, Matthew, Joshua, and Brandon.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee Roy and Nell Maxwell;  her son, Gary Anderson, in 1977 and her daughter, Cathy, in 2009;  brothers Lenville Maxwell and Charles Maxwell, and sister Cleva Wise.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, R. L. Anderson; two children, Roy Anderson and wife Diana of Mississippi, and Linda Anderson of California;  seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren;  three sisters: Maxine Reid, Jo Ann Montgomery, and Sue Chapman;  various other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 24th, 10:00 a.m. at Fisher Funeral Home’s Lillye Chapel, and Frances was laid to rest in the Calvin Cemetery at Calvin, Oklahoma. Rev. Dane Robinson was the officiating minister. Pallbearers were Andy Anderson, Greg Owens, Paul Heffley, Keith Jennings, Steev Vasquez, and Tony Morrow.

Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville. www.fisherfh.net

Service held for Ray Marshall

Services for Ray Edgar Marshall, 61, Ada, were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th, at Union Valley Baptist Church with Revs. Greg Newton and Randall Christy officiating. Burial followed at Rosedale Cemetery.

Mr. Marshall died Friday, July 13, 2012, at his home. He was born Sept. 18, 1950, to Oades Edgar and Vivian Fountain Marshall at Hobart, Oklahoma. He attended grade school at Francis and high school at Allen. Mr. Marshall was owner of Marshall Construction and was the founder of the Ada Opry. He was a Baptist.

He and Debbie Marshall were married July 29, 1991, at Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of the home; a daughter, Carrie Ann Marshall, Lubbock, Texas; four sons, Cody Mac Marshall and wife Laurie, Dallas, Texas, Casey Ray Marshall and wife Whitney, Oklahoma City, Justin Blaine Colbert, Ada, and Brian Colbert and wife Jacqueline, Midwest City; two brothers, Paul Marshall, Dallas, Texas, and Lloyd Marshall, Idalou, Texas; three sisters, Loretta Dawson, Denison, Texas, Lavelle Haigood, Ada, and Lynnette Abbott, Idalou; two grandsons, Trystan Marshall of the home, and Colton Marshall, Lubbock; and six granddaughters, Courtney Jackson, Lubbock, Texas, Maycie Colbert, Midwest City, Caitlin Sewell, Lubbock, Caleigh Sewell, Lubbock, Meghan Marshall, Dallas, and McKenzie Marshall, Dallas. He was loved by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill Marshall and Ed Marshall; and two sisters, Bertie Stewart and Jo Ann Pierce.

Bearers were Dwayne Yoesting, Junior Berkley, Harry Crenshaw, Kenny Vogt, Gaylen Marshall and Paul Pratt.

Services were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites held for Jack Noel

Graveside services for Jack Noel, 87, of Trumann, Arkansas, formerly of Allen, were 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Noel died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at a nursing home in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was born August 30, 1924 in Denison, Texas to Frank and Alma Tate Noel. He moved to Trumann, Arkansas from Allen, Oklahoma in 1959.

He married Pauline Borders in 1949 at Coalgate, Oklahoma. Mr. Noel was a projectionist at several theatres in Sherman and Denison, Texas as a young man. He was operator and owner of the Maxie Theatre in Trumann for 52 years from 1959 to July, 2012. He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Noel, of the home; other family members, W. B. and Loretta Borders of Ada, Mary Pearl Hammonds of Duncan, Marion and Louise Borders of Sulphur, Jerry And Dave O’Brien of Prescott, Arizona, Kevin Borders of Eufaula, Jason Borders of Sulphur, Wade Borders of Allen, Shannon Wofford, Allen, Dennis Timberlake of Cincinnati, Ohio, Trista Lawrence of Sulphur, Donna Hammonds and Susan Black, both of Dallas, Texas, Brent Borders, Kansas City, Kansas, Kendra Kersey, Norman, Pamela Gilbert, Toledo, Ohio, and Debbie Kemper, Detroit, Michigan; and sister-in-law, Helen Borders of Ada.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Noel; sister, Dorothy Noel; and half-brother, Billy Perkins.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to The Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

Service held for Junior Harris

Doyle Harris Jr., 82, of Canadian, Oklahoma passed away on July 5, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was born on August 6, 1929 in Arkansas to Doyle Harris Sr. and Clemmie (Lowson) Harris.

Mr. Harris attended school in Gerty where he graduated in 1948.  He married Claudine Martinez in 1953.

Doyle lived in California until he returned to Oklahoma in 1985 to begin his ranching business.  He later sold the ranch in 1995 to retire and moved to Arrowhead Estates at Lake Eufaula.  He married Betty (Luker) in 1994.

Preceding him in death are his parents; and brother Raymond who passed away in 2001.

Survivors include his wife of the home, Betty; sons, Steven Harris of Old  Mexico and Timothy Harris of Oklahoma; daughters Cynthia Bruson of California and Elizabeth Brown of California; eight grandchildren Daniel, David, Jamie, Kacey, Felisha, Jonathon, Jeremy, and Jorden; great-grandchild Jaydon; siblings Coy of Holdenville, Kenneth of Allen and Wanda of Oklahoma.

Funeral service was 10:00 am Wednesday, July 11th, in the Hudson-Phillips Chapel in Holdenville.  Interment followed at the Non Cemetery in Non, Oklahoma.

Service held for Marlan Shropshire

Marlan Lee Shropshire was born in Allen, Oklahoma on February 16, 1937, and lived in California since his teen years.   He passed away June 16, 2012 at the age of 75.

He worked as a carpenter most of his life.  He loved to spend time with his large family on his horse ranch in Sheep Ranch, California.

He is survived by his wife, Lula (Simpson) Shropshire, and five children, Sheryl Terry, Marlan Lee Shropshire, Jr., Anthony Shropshire, Annette Hamm, Kimberly Wilcox, three foster children Laura Salomon, Katie (KT) Maylor, Julie Brummel and three sisters.  He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father James W. Shropshire of Allen, Oklahoma and Hazel (Livingston) Shropshire-Wolf of Selma California, twin children, four brothers and one sister.  We will all miss him.

He will be laid to rest on Friday, July 13th, in the Selma [California] Cemetery at 2:00 pm.

Service held for Phillip Iker

Phillip “Phil” “Papa” Iker passed away on June 29, 2012 in Calvin, Oklahoma.  Phil was born on August 12, 1949 to Ira Iker and Lucille (Holley) Iker in Allen, Oklahoma.  Phil later married Kathy Frederick who survives him of the home.  To this union two children were born, Brian Iker and Tanya (Iker) Harris both of Calvin.

Phil was very involved in not only his families’ lives and spending time with them but also giving back to country and city.  He was an active deacon and ordained minister in the community.  Phil retired from service in the Army serving also during this time in Vietnam.  He also was active in the Masonic Lodge of Calvin.  Phil also served his community as Mayor of Calvin.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Judith Woodall and Francis Nelson. He joined Heaven with his grandson, Chea Austin.

Surviving him are his wife, Kathy; children Brian Iker and wife Shannon of Calvin, and daughter, Tanya (Iker) and husband Bill Harris of Calvin; nine grandchildren; and one great granddaughter “Bessie Mae”.  He also leaves his siblings, James Iker of Ada, Ira Iker Jr. and Leonard Iker of Allen, Barbara Shultz of Florida, and Joann Roach of Ada, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were 2:00 pm on Monday, July 2nd, at the Calvin Schools Auditorium in Calvin, Oklahoma.  Rev. James Anderson and Rev. Walter Kuhlman officiated.  Pallbearers were Cody Frederick, Carl Frederick, Scott Frederick, Tim Rushing, Steven Jones, Russell Anderson.  Interment followed at the Calvin Cemetery in Calvin, Oklahoma.

Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Michael “Chea” Austin, 15 of Calvin passed away on June 29, 2012.  He was born on April 25, 1997 to Tanya (Iker) and Randy Austin in Ada, Oklahoma.

Attending school, church activities, and spending time with family were some of his favorite pastimes.   Chea was very involved in school activities at Calvin Schools including, Future Farmers of America and 4-H.  He played basketball and baseball for Calvin Schools and was a member of the National Honor Society and Calvin Academic Team.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather Kenneth Neal, uncle Chea Joseph Neal, and joined Heaven with his Papa Phillip Iker.

Surviving him are his mother, Tanya (Iker) and stepfather Bill Harris of Calvin; father Randy Austin and fiancé Virginia of Stratford; grandmothers Alene Austin of Wewoka, Kathy Iker of Calvin and Kay Tinetiah of McAlester; siblings Taylor Marie Austin and Jaxon Reed Austin of Ada, Danielle Anderson and husband Jesse, Joey Harris, Abigail Harris, Cristina Dawson and Hannah Harris; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family and friends.

Funeral services were 2:00 pm on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Calvin Schools Auditorium in Calvin, Oklahoma.  Rev. James Anderson and Rev. Walter Kuhlman officiated.  Pallbearers were Bo Deere, Anthony Harrison, Wyatt Iker, Robert Attkisson, Mack Deere, Christian Tollett.  Honorary bearers were the Calvin Bulldogs Baseball Team and Anthony Johnson.  Interment followed at the Calvin Cemetery in Calvin, Oklahoma.

Services were under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Lois Larson Passes Away

Services for Iva Lois Larson, 77, of Allen are 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3rd, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Ada, Chris Straub will officiate.

Mrs. Larson died Monday, May 28, 2012, at a local hospital. She was born April 1, 1935 in Hector, Arkansas to Osbon Ogdon “Jack” and Mary Nova Ramsey Tucker. She attended school at Non, Oklahoma.

She married Arthur C. Larson, Jr. on May 24, 1972. He preceded her in death on May 7, 2004. Mrs. Larson was a waitress while living in California. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

Survivors include three grandsons, Jesse Colbert and wife Michele of Porum, Joshuah Colbert and wife Lanita of Guthrie, and Jonah Colbert and fiancé Brittney of Guthrie; six great-grandchildren, Joey, Jackson, Aiden, Jexton, Lilly and Jack Colbert; three sisters, Fay Barnard and husband Jim of Newcastle, Estelee Morgan and husband Paul of Shawnee, and Fern Franking and husband Ron of Newcastle; and one brother, Coy Tucker and wife Ada of Allen.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Colbert and Timmy Colbert; three sisters, Ruby Skaggs, Lillian Nicewarner, and Pearlie Walston; and two brothers, Roy Tucker and Huck Tucker.

Services were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Preston Akins

No services are planned, at this time, for Preston Eugene Akins, 64, of Allen.  Mr. Akins died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at a local hospital.  He was born February 26, 1948 in Ada, Oklahoma to Clyde Leonard Akins and Don Dean Hardwick Akins.

Mr. Akins was a carpenter.

Survivors include two sisters, Altha Edens and Peggy Greene, both of Allen; three brothers, Harold Akins of Allen, Kenneth Earl Akins of Perryton, Texas and Larry Thomas Akins of Hewitt, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Service held for Catherine Davis

Graveside services for Mary Catherine Davis, 91, of Enid, were Saturday, April 21st, 2:00 pm at the Allen Cemetery with Rev. Jim Edminson officiating.

Catherine was born October 22, 1920 in Gerty, the daughter of George and Alberta Parks Arrant. She was united in marriage to Milford Davis on July 5, 1947 in Winnemucca, Nevada.  He preceded her in death June 13, 2009.  Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and enjoyed caring for her family.

            Survivors include three sons, Rodney Telomen of Naperville, Illinois, Terry Davis of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Milford James “Jim” Davis of Arkdale, Wisconsin; three daughters, Donna Hughes and Karen Davis of Enid, and Bette Baker of McLoud; and fourteen grandchildren

Service held for William Hearn

Services for William L. Hearn, 88, Davis, were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 24th, at the Wynnewood Church of Christ under the direction of DeArman’s Clagg Funeral Home of Sulphur. A second service was held on Wednesday, April 25th, 10:00 a.m., in the chapel of Bailey Foster Funeral Home in Palestine, Texas. Interment followed at Rose Lawn Park Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Bailey Foster Funeral Home. Family members will officiate. Born December 20, 1923 in Palestine, Texas to Benjamin L. and Elnora (Lively) Hearn, he died Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Davis.

He grew up in East Texas and was among seven children. He helped his father operate dairy farms. He also served in the Army Air Corps during WWII from April 1943 to December 1945. He later attended Abilene Christian College on the GI Bill where he met and married Virginia Ruth Sheppard. Upon graduation, he entered the ministry, preaching the Gospel at congregations throughout Texas, Iowa, South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma and, for over 30 years, in Utah.

A dedicated missionary, he made countless trips abroad to South Africa, Australia, Russia and South America among other countries. Bill returned to this area in 2003.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 57 years, Virginia Hearn.

He is survived by his wife, Loretha Janda Hearn, Davis; a son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Carmen Hearn, Tecate, California; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Bob Rowley, Edmond; two grandsons and their wives, William Michael and Paige Hearn, Dunblane, Scotland and Steven Ray and Bridget Hearn, Katy, Texas; four great-grandchildren; his siblings, Louise Hearn, Frankston, Texas, Marie Anderson, Golden, Colo., B. L. and Jeanette Hearn, Lubbock, Texas, Harold and Sharon Hearn, Flint, Texas, Wanda and J. B. Berry, Frankston, Texas, Shane Andrews, Tyler, Texas and a host of friends and family.

 

Services Wednesday for Gina Raney Mann

GINA MANN ADA-Services for Gina Reneé Mann, 44, of Ada are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. C. E. Mays will officiate. Ms. Mann died Monday March 5, 2012 at an Oklahoma City hospital.

She was born May 1, 1967 in Fort Worth, Texas to Paul A. Raney and Frances Diane Mays Raney. She attended and graduated from Allen schools. She worked as a customer service representative at Upsource in Seminole

Survivors include, a son Cody Wayne Jackson and his wife Kristin of Stratford; two grandchildren, Jace and Ambree Jackson; her fiancé, Richard Shepherd of Ada; three brothers, Ricky Raney and wife Patricia of Wilburton, Darrell Raney of Ada, and Randy Raney and his wife Candace of Allen; five step children, Steven Shepherd, Mark Shepherd, Kaylee Shepherd, all of Ada, and Allison Greer, and Amber Rapp of Stratford; nephew, Clay Don Raney of Wilburton; two nieces, Cheyenne Nicole Raney of Wilburton and Miranda Raney of Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a nephew, Logan Raney. Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.

Rites held for Delores Knighten

Services for Delores Jean Knighten, 66, of Stonewall were 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22nd, at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Aaron Finney officiated. Burial followed at the Allen Cemetery.

Mrs. Knighten died Friday, February 17, 2012 at her home. She was born December 14, 1945 in Bakersville, California to J.D. and Ellen Marie Reed Wilson.  She attended school in Gerty.

She married Charles Willie Knighten on December 3, 1961. He preceded her in death on September 5, 2004 in Allen.  Mrs. Knighten was a certified nurse’s aide and certified medication aide. She was employed with Ada Retirement and Care Center for 16 years and retired from Valley View Regional Hospital after working there for 11 years. Mrs. Knighten was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Knighten and his wife Shelly of Ada; a daughter and daughter-in-law, Debbie Knighten and Cynthia Townsend of Stonewall; a daughter, Donietta Walton of Francis; a son, Bill Knighten and his wife Mary of Lytle, Texas; 12 grandchildren, J.D. Knighten, Desmond Knighten, Lacy Knighten, Trey Irvin, Geoff Irvin, Blake Irvin, Derek Irvin, Justin Thomas Knighten, Jeana Knighten, Billy Richardson and his wife Rosa, and Charles Knighten; seven great grandchildren, Rayshawn Irvin, Jaysun Edwards, Jacob Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Spreanna Fick, Winter Fick and Austin Fick; a sister and brother-in-law, James and Angela Richards of Ada; a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Retha Wilson of Allen; a sister and brother-in-law, Larry and Shirley Cooper of Yukon; a sister, Doris May Wilson of Gainesville, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J. D. and Ellen Marie Wilson; her husband, Charles Willie Knighten; a sister, Stella Wilson; three brothers, J.D. Wilson Jr., Steven Wilson and Stanley Wilson.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada, was in charge of services.

Service Saturday for Floyd Jenkins

Floyd Jenkins, 72, who had lived in Allen for 32 years, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012.   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 25th, in the Wewoka First Baptist Church located at 301 S. Mekusukey in Wewoka.  Pastor Larkin Byrd will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Sasakwa Cemetery.

Floyd Jenkins was born on July 1, 1939 to Clarence and Viola Jenkins in Mansfield, Louisiana.  Floyd was the second oldest of 16 children.

He attended Desota High School and Grambling State University where he played basketball, football and baseball.  He excelled in athletics and  continued to play basketball at the semi-professional level for Maddock Ice and various other teams over the years.

Floyd met and married the former Rovan Morrison; they were married for 48 years and had one child.  His daughter, Joyce (Stella)Ann Garrett, preceded him in death. 

Floyd worked  for the Civil Government for over 30 years in various positions including optics and pest control before he retired in 1993.  He was very active in the church and was an ordained deacon for over 25 years.  He was a very loving, kind, loyal, compassionate man, who loved and lived his life for God. He had a heart for people and never met a stranger for he embraced all people.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Rovan; granddaughters, Mia Spring and Marisa Garrett and great-granddaughter Sharee Garrett all of Englewood, Colorado; 13 brothers and sisters, Horace (Shirley) of Sacramento, California, Shirley Abraham and Will Sr, (Sophia) of Denver, Colorado, William, Teresa, Adkins, and Patricia Jenkins, Rodrick (Tanya), and Angela Jenkins all of Mansfield, Louisiana, Wanda McMillon (Booker) of Shreveport, Louisiana, Lena McMillon (Emmitt) of Keatchie, Louisiana, Marilyn Dotson of Elbert, Louisiana, Kathlynn Barnes (Eddie, Sr.) of Spring, Texas, and Ernestine Williams (Charles) of Houston, Texas; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

He was also preceded in death by his father, Clarence Sr., and brothers Jack and Clarence Jr.

 

Service Held for Delores Knighten

Services for Delores Jean Knighten, 66, of Stonewall were 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22nd, at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Aaron Finney officiated. Burial followed at the Allen Cemetery.

Mrs. Knighten died Friday, February 17, 2012 at her home. She was born December 14, 1945 in Bakersville, California to J.D. and Ellen Marie Reed Wilson.  She attended school in Gerty.

She married Charles Willie Knighten on December 3, 1961. He preceded her in death on September 5, 2004 in Allen.  Mrs. Knighten was a certified nurse’s aide and certified medication aide. She was employed with Ada Retirement and Care Center for 16 years and retired from Valley View Regional Hospital after working there for 11 years. Mrs. Knighten was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Knighten and his wife Shelly of Ada; a daughter and daughter-in-law, Debbie Knighten and Cynthia Townsend of Stonewall; a daughter, Donietta Walton of Francis; a son, Bill Knighten and his wife Mary of Lytle, Texas; 12 grandchildren, J.D. Knighten, Desmond Knighten, Lacy Knighten, Trey Irvin, Geoff Irvin, Blake Irvin, Derek Irvin, Justin Thomas Knighten, Jeana Knighten, Billy Richardson and his wife Rosa, and Charles Knighten; seven great grandchildren, Rayshawn Irvin, Jaysun Edwards, Jacob Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Spreanna Fick, Winter Fick and Austin Fick; a sister and brother-in-law, James and Angela Richards of Ada; a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Retha Wilson of Allen; a sister and brother-in-law, Larry and Shirley Cooper of Yukon; a sister, Doris May Wilson of Gainesville, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J. D. and Ellen Marie Wilson; her husband, Charles Willie Knighten; a sister, Stella Wilson; three brothers, J.D. Wilson Jr., Steven Wilson and Stanley Wilson.

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada, was in charge of services.

 

Service Saturday for Curtis Burns

Curtis A. Burns was accepted into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the age of 86.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vannie Vaxter Burns & Lily (McEwen) Burns; his brother, Ernest Burns, and two sisters, Arlena Owen and Ruby Ladd.
Curtis leaves his wife of thirty-seven years, Marie L. Burns; daughter Carrie Elena Burns of Keller, Texas; son Michael Burns and daughter Nancy L. Johnson, both of San Bernadino, California; one stepson, Alan C. Conlon of Corona, California; he celebrates one grandson, M. J. Burns; nieces and nephews include Arthur Owen and wife Judy, of Bellflower, California, Carolyn Boyde of Riverton, Utah, Dennis & Eugenia Ladd of Holdenville; cousin Dorothy McEwen Terry of Holdenville.
Curtis worked in trucking in California, and farmed in the Calvin area. He married Marie L. Buss on November 3, 1973 in Placentia, California.
Curtis was a very much cherished and beloved man in his family. He was a man of integrity and kindness. The celebration of the joy of his life will be at Calvin First Baptist Church on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor James Anderson officiating. Funeral care will be given by Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville. www.fisherfh.net

 

Service Saturday for Sue Pierce

Services for Mary Susan “Sue” Pierce, 70, of Allen, are 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the First United Pentecostal Church in Ada, Rev. Daniel Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Roff.

Mrs. Pierce died Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born July 1, 1941 in Davis, Oklahoma to Roy Oscar and Ollie Opal Frantz Hicks. She attended schools in Davis, Plainview and Daugherty, Oklahoma.

She married Arbra Wallace “A.W.” Pierce on November 28, 1958 in Sulphur. She and her family lived in several different states during her husband’s military career. After her husband’s retirement in March 1977, Mary Sue and her family settled in Fitzhugh, Oklahoma. In 1995, Mary Sue and her family moved to Allen, Oklahoma where she resided until her death. Mrs. Pierce was a supervisor with J.P.Emco, United Auto Workers Union until her retirement. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Ada. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years, a member of a prayer group and the Daughter’s of Zion. Mary Sue loved fishing, cooking, sewing, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, going to church and she always had a story about growing up in the country area around Davis, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her husband, Arbra Wallace “A.W.” Pierce, of the home; four sons, John Roy Pierce and wife Pam of Granite City, Illinois, Terry Allen Pierce and wife Shanna of Allen, Michael DeWayne Pierce and wife Ashley of Allen, and Joshua Nathaniel Pierce of the home; one daughter, Samantha Diane McKay and husband Tim of Allen; two sisters, Martha Opal “Janie” Moorman of Tecumseh, and Reba Louise “Dooley” Moore of Ada; two brothers, Donald Roy Hicks of Davis and Ronnie Lee Hicks of Fitzhugh; six grandchildren, Anthony Pierce, Ethan Pierce and Alexis Pierce, all of Granite City, Illinois, Victoria Pierce of Oklahoma City, André Anne Figueroa of Lawton, and Emily McKay of Allen; four step-grandchildren, Meagan Wooley of Tulsa, and Mica Wiley, Seth Wiley and Sarah Wiley, all of Illinois; two great grandchildren, Savannah Figueroa of Lawton and Landon Pierce of Granite City, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Oscar and Ollie Opal Hicks; three sons, Preston Dewayne Pierce, Tony Ray Pierce and Wallace Dean Pierce; one daughter-in-law, Donna Jeanette Pierce; two grandchildren, Melissa Susan Pierce and Amanda LéAnne Pierce; two brothers, Charles Ray Hicks and Darrel Wayne Hicks; and one sister, Betty Ruth Wyatt.

Bearers will be Charlie Hicks, Don Roy Hicks, Anthony Pierce, David Ray Grigg, Clayton Egar and Jeff Richardson. Honorary bearers will be Joshua Pierce, Tim McKay, and Chad Henry.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Service held for Harvey Bain

 Services for Richard Harvey Bain, 70, of Allen are 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11th, at the Allen First Baptist Church, Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at the Allen Cemetery. Friends and family may call at the Allen Chapel from 4:00 p.m. Friday until service time.

Mr. Bain died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at a Holdenville nursing home. He was born May 16, 1941 south of Allen, Oklahoma to George Lee and Cora Wanda Tipton Bain. He graduated from Allen High School and attended Murray State College in Tishomingo and East Central University in Ada.

Mr. Bain was employed with Brockway Glass Company in Ada for 26 years. He then went to work for Pontotoc County, District 1, retiring after 11 years of service. Mr. Bain was a farmer and rancher. He served on the Pontotoc County Fair Board for 30 years, was given an Honorary State FFA degree from the Allen Future Farmers of America, and served on the Junior Livestock Show Board.

Survivors include two sons, Lorne Bain and his wife Kellie of Choctaw and Brent Bain of Apache; one daughter, Gina Walden and her husband Gary of Tyler, Texas; a brother, Wayne Bain and his wife Audrey of Dickinson, Texas; two sisters, Wanda Gary of Pasadena, California, and Roberta Miller and her husband Dale of Stratford; his grandchildren, Dustin Bain, Jesse Bain, Jaylee Bain, D. J. Bain, Willie Bain and wife Stephanie, Starla Bain, Rachel Walden, Anna Walden, Joel Walden and Joshua Walden; two great grandchildren, Kallin Bain and Joselynn Bain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Ann Bain; a grandson, Micah Walden; and brothers and sisters, Leroy Bain, Peggy Young, Jean Jordan and George W. Bain.

Bearers will be Gary Jacobs, Ronny Black, Kerry Caldwell, Stan Wallace, Gary Starns and Jess Rinehart.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the American Cancer Society, Heartland Division, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105.

Arrangements are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.

Rites held for Mazie Knighten

 Graveside service for Mazie L. Knighten of Allen, will be 11:00 am Friday, February 10th, at Allen City Cemetery. Officiating will be Mr. Aaron Finney.

Mrs. Knighten passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Woodland Hills Nursing Center in Allen at the age of 88. She was born March 29, 1923 south of Allen to C.B. Brooks and Jannette Spence Brooks.

Mrs. Knighten attended Red Oak Public School near Allen while growing up. She married Robert Knighten on March 19, 1942 in Allen. Mr. Knighten passed away in January 1977. She worked at Wrangler for many years before retiring.

She was a lifelong resident of Allen, was of the Holiness faith, loved gardening, flowers, and she loved her dogs.

Mrs. Knighten is survived by one daughter, Brenda Fraizer of Allen; four grandchildren, Michelle Conley and her husband Todd of Allen, Stacy Frederick and her husband John of Allen, Scott Rinehart and his wife Linda of Ada, and Ken David Fraizer of Allen; eight great-grandchildren, Lisa Frederick, Bryan Smith, Holly Rinehart, Tyler Rinehart, Crystal Keeney, John W. Frederick, Courtney Frederick, and Zack Conley; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Mallory, and Chulainn Dewey Keeney, Cami and Cobi Frederick, and Cadence and Tayden Frederick.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Knighten; one son, David Knighten; her parents, C.B. and Jannette Brooks; one son-in-law, Kennith Fraizer; four brothers; and three sisters.

Bearers will be Ken David Fraizer, Scott Rinehart, John W. Frederick, Bryan Smith, Jearl Knighten, Hank Deaton and Zack Conley. Music will be provided by her granddaughter, Courtney Frederick.

Services are under the direction of Smith-Phillips Funeral Home, Ada.

 Services held for Rev. Jeff Frazier

 Funeral services for Rev. Jeff “Sonny” Frazier of Ada will be 2:00 pm Thursday, February 9th, at the Chickasaw Community Center in Ada. Interment will follow at Boiling Springs Cemetery near Lula. Officiating will be Rev. Osborne Roberts and assisting will be Rev. Jerry Imotichey. Wake service were 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 8th, at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home in Ada, OK. Officiating wake service was Stan Smith.

Mr. Frazier passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at his residence in Ada at the age of 65. He was born September 5, 1946 in Stonewall to Frank Frazier and Geraldine Alexander Frazier.

Mr. Frazier graduated from Tupelo High School in 1964. He graduated from East Central University in Ada with a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. He married Betty Billie on August 27, 1966 in Allen.

He preached for many years at Boiling Springs United Methodist Church near Lula where he was also a member. The Boiling Springs Church was a very important part of his life. He served many churches as a pastoral minister for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. He was also employed at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center as a Chaplain for numerous years and the Director of Education for the Chickasaw Nation for many years.

He coached the Shades of Red Basketball and Softball teams and the Little Shades of Red Basketball team, he played American Legion baseball, and he umpired many baseball games. He loved many sports activities, was an OU fan, and loved playing fastpitch softball.

Mr. Frazier is survived by his wife, Betty Frazier of the home; two sons, Ron Frazier of Ada and Carey Frazier and his wife Arlene of Winnipeg, Canada; one daughter, Lori Frazier of Ada; one brother, Irving Frazier of Allen; one sister, Mary Smith and her husband Stan of Ada; one aunt Geneva Holman of Ada; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Geraldine Frazier and three brothers, Franklin, Joe, and George Frazier.

Pallbearers are Craig Parnacher, Haskell Alexander, Truman Frazier, Warren Alexander, Michael Frazier, and Daniel Frazier. Honorary pallbearers are Governor Bill Anoatubby, Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, Larry Larney, Joe Stick, Stewart Johnson, Tommy Orr, James Ross, and Tom Cooper.

Services are under the direction of Smith-Phillips Funeral Home, Ada.

Services February 7th for Richard Rockey

Richard Lee Rockey was born on July 23, 1950 in Stuart, Oklahoma to Mildred Louise “Polly” (McClendon) Rockey and Leslie Jennings Rockey Sr.  Mr. Rockey passed away in Calvin, Oklahoma on February 3, 2012 at the age of 61.

Richard married Vonettia Galye Kelley on July 26, 1968 in Stuart, Oklahoma.

Richard was a Journeyman Insulator and an honorary member of Local 94 International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers.  He enjoyed gambling, fishing and hunting, raising animals, farming, selling vegetables at local farmers markets, buying cars and salvaging, and was an avid collector of various interests.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Vonettia Galye Rockey; sons Tracey Lee Rockey and Bryan Wade Rockey; his parents; and a brother, William Eugene (Bill) Rockey.

Survivors include a son Brad Jennings Rockey and wife Michelle Dee Ann of Josephine, Texas; grandsons Chance Lee Rockey and Caleb Edward Rockey; sisters Linda Martin and husband Jim, and Barbara Ann Russell, both of Coweta, Oklahoma; brother L. J. Rockey Jr. and wife Donna of Arpelar, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville, with Jim Martin officiating.  Interment followed at Pryor Cemetery in Stuart, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers were Richard Rockey, Jim Bo Martin, J. T. Martin, Jason Russell, Nick Littledave, Clark Kelley.  Honorary bearers were Rick Holloway, Keith Turpin, Jerry Don Vanciel, Jim Kelley, Roger Kelley, David Key.

Services held for Vivian Gray Woodall

Vivian E. Gray Woodall was born on December 10, 1929 in Peacock (Aspermont  County), Texas to James Avenue Gray and Naomi (Reese) Gray.  Vivian passed away  on February 4, 2012 at the age of 82 in McAlester, Oklahoma.

As a child they moved to eastern Oklahoma, south of Allen, in the Hamilton Community.  She went to  school at Hamilton School until the 8th grade and graduated 8th grade at Tupelo, Oklahoma.  She attended three years of high school in Tupelo then they moved to Plainview, Oklahoma (north of Mangum) where she graduated in May of 1949.

In September of 1950 she married Carl Gibbs and had five children.  They shared twenty years during which time they served in the United States Air Force where they traveled to numerous places including Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts and Hawaii.  Vivian served in the NCO wives organization.

After 25 years of marriage Carl passed away.  She then married Raymond Woodall of Gerty on December 21, 1976.  After Raymond passed away she moved to Krebs, Oklahoma and continued to make that her home until her passing.

Vivian was a member of the Oklahoma Eastern Star Mangum Chapter #114 being inducted at 18 years of age.  She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Oklahoma.  She attended Oscar Rose Junior College in 1975.   She received many awards including High School Valedictorian and from Kiamichi Technology Center in 1999 for Internet Computer Training, and The American Legion School Award, plus numerous top sales awards for Avon Cosmetics.

Surviving are her children James Calvin, Judy Gail, Keith Wayne, Vance Erwin, and June Ann; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings Ed Gray, Wade Gray and Doris Woods.

Preceding her death are both her spouses, Carl and Raymond; her parents; three grandchildren; and two siblings, Oleta Porter and James Gray.

Funeral service were held 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 7th, at the  Hudson-Phillips Chapel with Rev. Dane Robinson officiating.  Interment followed at the Gerty Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jeremy Gibbs, Christopher Gibbs, Jim Gibbs, Robert Muzingo, Bryce Lancaster and Paul  Boydstun.

 

 

 

Service Saturday for Jason Tatum

Jason Alan Tatum of Gerty, Oklahoma passed away in Holdenville, Oklahoma on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at the age of 35 years.

Jason was the son of John Thomas Tatum, Jr. and Donna Jane (Buchanan) Tatum, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on April 21, 1976.  He was brought up in Oklahoma, in the Gerty community, and attended elementary schools in Calvin and high school in Allen.  He married Amy Mayfield on April 20, 2001, in Allen.

Jason worked in construction, concrete finishing, and foundation repair.  He worked with his dad for a few years at the Pontotoc County Builders Supply in Allen.  His interests were many and varied.  He liked to cook.  He liked planting and tending a garden, and especially enjoyed competing with his dad in growing the biggest and best tomatoes.  He loved dogs.  He enjoyed riding horses and 4-wheelers, hunting, and especially fishing.  He loved to trap with his son, Brayden.

Jason was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Thomas Tatum, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Amy;  his son, Brayden Tatum, and daughter, Brittany Graham;  his parents, John and Donna Tatum of Gerty; his sister, Janet Woodell and finance’ Stephen Tahah, of Pauls Valley;  paternal grandmother, Joella Tatum of Gerty, and maternal grandparents, Derrell and Betty Buchanan of Tulsa; one uncle, Joe Buchanan and wife Beverly, of Tulsa; two aunts, Jo ‘Tochie’ Cates and husband Bill, of Atwood, and Joyce Searcy and husband Jim, of Gerty;  one niece, Rheagan Woodell, and three nephews, Logan Woodell, Donley Woodell, and Austin Woodell;  special friends, Sarah Walton and Carys Walton;  and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 4, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Allen.   Jason will be laid to rest in the Gerty Cemetery.  Rev. Earl Scroggins and Rev. Buddy Drake are the officiating ministers.  Pallbearers are Darryl Janda, Willis Rinehart, Brian Mayfield, Chad Nix, Juan Alan Tatum, and Alton Tatum.  Honorary pallbearers are Kenny Nickell, Darryl Hanks, Bruce Woods, Shawn Wofford, Bradley Prentice, Jim Barlow, Frankie Bell, Wally Lewis, and Kenny Cundiff.

Services are under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville. www.fisherfh.net

Service held for John Tatum Sr.

John Thomas Tatum, Sr. passed away in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the age of 78 years.

John was the son of Emmett and Rachel (James) Tatum, born on August 15, 1933, in Valliant, Oklahoma.  In his younger years, he lived in Oklahoma, Oregon, and California.  He married Joella Wilson on his 19th birthday, August 15, 1952, in Nipoma, California.

John worked in the oil fields, painted cars and raced cars, operated a bulldozer and worked in construction.  He worked for Hughes County District #3, where he was employed for 32 years before retiring in 1989.  For many years, he taught Sunday School as well as served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Free Will Baptist Church of Non, Oklahoma.  He served for eleven years on the Calvin Board of Education.  He loved to fish, hunt, ride horses, farm, and raise cattle.  Most of all, he loved his Lord, his wife, and his family.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Rachel Tatum; four brothers, Emmett Jr., Oscar, Allan and Billy Wayne; four sisters, June, Jeanette, Joyce and Letta Mae.

Survivors are his beloved wife of 59 years, Joella (Wilson) Tatum, of the home;  his three children, Jo ‘Tochie’ Cates and husband Bill, of Atwood, John Tatum Jr. and wife Donna, and Joyce Searcy and husband Jim, all of Gerty;  four grandchildren, Jason Tatum, Janet Woodell, Jessica Janes and Lesley Sturm;  eight great grandchildren, Logan, Donley, Rheagan, Austin, Brayden, Brittany, Sarah and Eliana;  one brother, Clifford Tatum and wife Twila; one sister, Joy Evans;  and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 31st, 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Allen, Oklahoma.  John was laid to rest in the Gerty Cemetery.  Rev. Earl Scroggins and Rev. Buddy Drake were the officiating ministers.  Pallbearers were Bruce Woods, Sheldon Tatum, Cameron Miller, Charlie Bob Evans, Ryan Colbert, and Nick Janes.  Honorary pallbearers were Coy Woodall, Ed Colbert, Vincent Tatum, Alton Tatum, Benny Miller, Johnathan Cates, and Leonard Iker.

Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.  www.fisherfh.net

Rites Held for Clyde Dale

Services for Clyde Alfred Dale, 83, were 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1st, at the Allen First Baptist Church, Rev. Chad Kaminski officiatee. Burial followed at the Allen Cemetery.

Mr. Dale died Saturday, January 28, 2012 at an Allen nursing home. He was born December 10, 1928 in Bath, Illinois to Omar and Irene Mibbs Dale. He graduated from high school in Bath, Illinois.

He married Donna Jean Justice on July 18, 1954. He and his family moved to the Allen area from Creve Coeur, Illinois. Mr. Dale was a welder with Caterpillar Company in Peoria, Illinois until his retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Allen and a member of the Allen Lodge #81 AF & AM. Mr. Dale served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Jean Dale, of the home; a daughter, Debra Pitts of Allen; a son, Dwayne Dale and his wife Kim of Atoka; three grandchildren, Jacob Pitts, Trista Pitts and Kaylee Dale; a brother, Bobby Dale and his wife Sandy of Pekin, Illinois; two sisters, Mildred Hibbs and her husband Donald of Havana, Illinois, and Janice Hardesty of Havana, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ivan Dale and Elmer Dale.

Bearers were Harold Akins, Jack Bryant, Bobby Linker, Doug Peay, Morris Chiles and Rance Willis. Honorary bearer was Wilbur Justice, Jr.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to the American Cancer Society, Heartland Division, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO  64105.

Services were under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada.