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OKbits Files Pawnee Chief, Pawnee Co., OK 1973 - 1982

by Rita Buford rbcats@yahoo.com
With Permission From D. Jo Ferguson, Publisher Of Pawnee Chief


May 6, 1976

Melba TUCKER service held at Hominy
Melba Jane (METZGER) TUCKER, 57, died April 26, at Jennings, Oklahoma.
Born October 19, 1918 at Hallet, she was married to Clyde E. TUCKER in Pawnee. They left here in 1948 and lived in California, then Nevada and Kansas before returning to Oklahoma where they lived in Keystone for nine years. For the past 16 years they have lived in Jennings.
She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, a son, daughter and 4 grandchildren. Also surviving are 5 brothers and 3 sisters. She was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Alta ALTAFFER of Pawnee.
The funeral service was at Hominy with burial at the Lawson Cemetery near Yale on Thursday, April 29.

Mother Died
Matilda "Tillie" THOMPSON, 80, of Fargo, N. Dakota, died April 30 in Moorhead, Minn. She was interred at Leonard, N.D. on May 3.
She is survived by 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren. Mrs. THOMPSON visited the KEISLERS, in Pawnee, several times in the '60's.

Ward CATES Rites Pend
Ward CATES, 64, died in his home here Tuesday. Funeral services are pending with the Poteet Funeral Home. A long-time citizen of Pawnee, he was a local businessman and had been in ill health.

Brother Died
Harry ROBERSON, 85, Siloam Springs, Arkansas died April 30, 1976 and interment was in the Veteran's Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas May 3.
He was a WWI veteran and served in France.
Survivors include 5 sisters, Mrs. Basil ELMORE, Mrs. John BISHOP, Alpha ROBERSON, Chelsea,  Ruth CHITTENDEN, and Mrs. Ned ROBINSON. A brother, Will ROBERSON, Flagstaff, Arizona, preceded him in death in 1944.

News from Skedee by Mrs. Joe HAYS
Carroll SHARPNACK and Perry SOUTHERN were united in marriage at the Blackburn Baptist Church Saturday evening, May 1, at 7 p.m. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Sam SOUTHERN. The pastor, Rev. Walter HURT, officiated. The couple plan to make their home in Cleveland.

News From Glencoe - by Zola MURPHY
Mrs. Leslie GARRINGER, Tamara and Chet, were honored the evening of April 22, on the occasion of their first night in their new home. Friends and neighbors gathered for refreshments, a look at the new home - and brought many lovely gifts. It was a warm occasion and provided much pleasure. Many thanks.

War Dance Set Saturday
The Pawnee Indian Veterans, Inc. have announced that a Mother's Day War Dance will be held this Saturday, May 8.
To be held at the Women's Building at the Fairgrounds, it will be conducted by the Veterans and sponsored by Benny BUTLER in honor of his late mother, Mrs. Laura Bell Caesar BUTLER. Dinner will be served.

Mr. and Mrs. A.A. SEWELL of Hugo are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Luann SEWELL, to James A. WALTERS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen WATERS, of Pawnee.
The couple will be married in August, 1976.

A reception honoring the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. CALDWELL of Pawnee, will be held in the couple's home Sunday afternoon, May 9th.
They were married May 9, 1926 in Pawnee and resided in Hominy and Clinton for a short time before returning to Pawnee, where he owned his own plumbing business for many years.
Hosting this happy occasion will be their children - 3 sons and a daughter.
A cordial invitation is extended to friends and relatives.

Thank You
The Pawnee Headstart staff and children would like to thank all of the people and parents who donated food and time working at the booth. We would especially like to thank SPEARS Furniture, Bob LEFORCE for driving the tractor, John EDWARDS for furnishing the trailer, Emmitt RODGERS for furnishing the tractor and pickup and Thelma RODGERS, who was the bake sale chairman. Thank you all.

News from Masham - By Helen MCALISTER
The Masham community will give a shower for Kem DEIHM and Dennis GILLILAND at the Masham Baptist Church, Saturday night, May 8, at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

News From Maramec - by Mrs. Virgil BOYLES
Among those attending the May Day program in Pawnee Friday were: Mrs. Herbert KRAMER, Mrs. Royce FULTON, Mrs. Chet LENTZ, Mrs. R.B. TRAVIS, Mrs. Carl ANDERSON and Rex, Mrs. Donald BURNS, Mrs. Edith BELL, Mrs. Fred FRICK, Mrs. Pauline ANDERSON, and Mrs. Elmer DECKER.

Indian News by Bessie HORSECHIEF
We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and relatives of Henrietta Eagle ARDRAY, who passed away early Sunday morning in Oklahoma City.
Her funeral was held Tuesday May 4, at the St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Midwest City.

News from Blackburn by Mrs. Fred UPSHAW
Miss Carol SHARPNACK of Cleveland, and Perry SOUTHERN exchanged wedding vows Saturday evening at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Walter HURT, officiating at the service. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. SHARPNACK of Cleveland, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam SOUTHERN, west of town.
Congratulations and best wishes to this young couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Everett LEMASTER's grand daughter, Miss Floy Dean CARRUTH, of Ponca City, and Jim SHIPWORTH of McPhearson, Kansas were married Friday evening in Blackwell.
Congratulations and best wishes to this young couple.

News from Hallett - by Carolyn KELLEY
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. BEAVER, Melba WATTS, and Alan TINSLEY attended the funeral of Mrs. BEAVER's sister, Irene CARPENTER, on Friday.


March 26, 1981

Floyd Good, 82, Funeral Was Held Here Monday
Floyd James GOOD, 82, former Pawneean, passed away on Friday, Marchf 20, 1981, in Stillwater, and funeral services were held here Monday afternoon.
Born in Ripley, Indian Territory, July 2, 1898, to Austin Morris Good and Laura Bell (LUCE) Good, he was a retired clerk with the Santa Fe Railway, starting at the age of 17 in Pawnee.
He married Florence Ruth WATSON on November 16, 1924, in Pawnee, and they lived in Purcell, Pawnee, Drumright, Perry and Stillwater, which has been their home for the past 38 years.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Ripley, Oklahoma.
Survivors include his wife, 2 sons and a daughter. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, plus a sister and a brother: Vera Good of Crescent, Oklahoma; and Glenn Good of Sulphur, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
The Rev. Earnest Leierer, pastor of the Pawnee First Christian Church, officiated at the service at 2 p.m., Monday, March 23, at the Poteet Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Highland Cemetery under directions of the Poteet Funeral Home.

Mrs. Glennis WATSON Service Was Held Here Saturday
Funeral services were held here Saturday afternoon for Glennis Elnora WATSON, 63, who passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 1981 in Drumright.
Born July 20, 1917 in Jennings, to Allen and Amanda (BARNES) POULTER, she married Royal WATSON in Chandler, on July 5, 1967, and she moved to Pawnee at that time. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1971.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include a son, 4 stepsons and 4 stepdaughters. Also surviving are 4 brothers and 2 sisters: Mrs. Marcine COLLINS, Oilton; Allen POULTER, Garber; Richard POULTER, Sand Springs; Dorothy BLACKBURN and David POULTER, both of Jennings; and Jerry POULTER of Kremlin.
The Rev. Warren LAMONS of Yale officiated at the service at 2 p.m., Saturday, Marchf 21, 1981, at the Poteet Funeral Chapel and interment was in the Highland Cemetery under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.
Obits submitted by WATSON researcher - Rita BUFORD - rbcats@yahoo.com


May 14, 1981

B. SHUNATONA Service Is Held Here Tuesday
Baptiste B. Shunatona, Sr., 58, passed away May 8, 1981, in Richmond Hill, New York and funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon.
Born May 20, 1922 to Joseph and Gwen Shunatona in Arkansas City, Kansas, he married Hazel CUMMINGS on June 8, 1948, in Wichita, Kansas, where he lived since 1949. He worked for Boeing Aircraft company, Wichita, retiring in 1967.
Survivors include his wife 3 sons and 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Mifaunwy Hines of Richmond Hill, New York.
The Rev. James Eubanks, pastor of the Assembly of God church in Pawnee, officiated at the service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 and interment was in the Otoe Indian Cemetery near Red Rock, under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.

Husband of Citian Rites Held In Tulsa

Funeral services were held in Tulsa, Wednesday, May 13, for Melvin "Pete" SMITH, 60, who died as the result of a vehicle accident near Sayre, Monday, May 11, 1981. Married to the former Cloris EDWARDS of Pawnee, he is survived by a son. Also surviving is his mother and a sister, of Tulsa.
The deceased was employed by the Army Corps of Engineers and they made their home in Tulsa. He was a veteran of the Airforce during WWII. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Gardens Park Chapel in Tulsa.

R. KIMBERLIN Service Held in Kansas City
Funeral services were held in Kansas City recently for former Pawneean, Robert O. Kimberlin and the late Ernest Kimberlin. Born in Pawnee on October 23, 1927, he was the son of Mrs. Erma Oliver Kimberlin and the late Ernest Kimberlin.
He was a senior equipment operator for the Dowell Division of Dow Chemical for 21 years, working both in Great Bend, Kansas and Jefferson City, Missouri. He had lived in Kansas City since 1975. He was a member of the First Christian Church and was a WWII Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Janice (FOOS) Kimberlin, a son and 3 daughters. Services were held on Friday, May 1, in Kansas City, with burial in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Kansas City.

Lisa BLACK, 19, Burial Rites at Red Rock
Tribal funeral services were held at the Otoe tribal community building Tuesday afternoon for Lisa Gay BLACK, 19, who died Saturday, May 9, 1981, in Tulsa.
Born in Pawnee on January 6, 1962 to Ted, Sr. and Lena Black, she had lived in Red Rock all of her life and was a member of the Baptist Church. She graduated from the Red Rock High School and had attended 2 semesters of the Haskell Indian Junior College.
Survivors include a baby daughter, her parents, 7 sisters and 4 brothers. The tribal service was held Tuesday afternoon, May 12, at the Otoe Community Building and interment was in the Otoe Indian cemetery under directions of the Poteet Funeral Home.

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Pawnee Chief  June 4 1981

Celia VANDEETER-Greg GOAD engaged to marry, August 8
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. VANDEVENTER are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Celia Joy, to Gregory Nicholas GOAD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. GOAD, Jr., of Fairfax.
The wedding will be August 8th at the First United Methodist Church in Pawnee.

Debra ROGERS - Dennis HEINZIG united in double ring ceremony
Miss Debra Eileen ROGERS became the bride of Mr. Dennis Earl HEINZIG. The ceremony was held Sunday, May 24, 1981, in the First Christian Church of Pawnee.
Mr. and Mrs. Olin G. ROGERS of Pawnee and Mr. and Mrs. James HEINZIG of Prague are the parents of the couple. Honored guests of the bride and groom were Mr. and Mrs. Rex MALTSBERGER, the mother and step-father of the bride.
Dr. Darrel RAINS, pastor of Sandia Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and uncle of the groom, performed the ceremony. Mrs. D.E. BUCHANAN, Pawnee, was the organist. Miss Donita MASTERS, Norman, was the vocalist accompanied by her sister, Miss Dana MASTERS on the piano.
The bride's dress was hand-made by a distant cousin. The veil was handsewn by the brides grandmother, Mrs. Jack CROCKER. A bible given to the bride by the Pawnee Chief at her birth was carried. She also carried a hand-drawn handkerchief made by her late great grandmother and carried by her grandmother and mother in their weddings.
The bride's sister, Jackie ROGERS, served as Maid of Honor; and Mrs. Rick MALONE (Cheryl PARAMORE) of Ft. Worth and Laura HAAG of Midwest City were the bridesmaids. Lighting the candles were Miss Heather HEINZIG, the groom's cousin and Jared LENTZ, the bride's stepbrother.
The groom's brother, Jeff HEINZIG, served as best man. Mr. Chuck MCELROY of Sapulpa, and Mr. Roy WALKER, of Oklahoma City, were the groomsmen. Ushers were Mr. Don HEINZIG, Prague, uncle of the groom, and Kinley SMITH, Oklahoma City.
Miss Deborah KITE of Norman presided at the guest book. Assisting with the reception which was held in the Fellowship Hall: Mrs. William KING, who also prepared the four-layer cake, Mrs. Loyd PERRINE, Miss Judy HAMBURGER, Miss Jack ALTAFFER, Pawnee, and Mrs. Jarlon MAGEE, Midland, Texas, aunt of the bride.
Special guests of the bride and groom were Mr. and Mrs. Emil HEINZIG, Prague, the groom's grandparents, and Mrs. Jack CROCKER, Pawnee, the bride's grandmother.
For traveling, wore a necklace which belonged to her late Grandmother ROGERS. Following a wedding trip to Eureka Springs, the couple will make their home in Shawnee.

Gayla INSELMAN - Carl STOKES planning June 6th wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald INSELMAN, Morrison, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Gayla INSELMAN to Carl STOKES, son of Mr. and Mrs. William STOKES, Pawnee.
The wedding will be in the First Baptist Church, Pawnee, with Rev. Marvin WARREN officiating. Friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend the wedding ceremony.

Peggy HALL engaged to Byron HOELTZEL
Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt RODGERS announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Peggy Sue HALL to Byron Irwin HOELTZEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin HOELTZEL, Maramec.
Friends and relatives are extended a cordial invitation to attend the wedding on June 26th at the First Baptist Church of Pawnee.

Mrs. J. SCHEIHING U.T.D. hostess, Monday
The last meeting of the session for the U.T.D. study group was held Monday in the lovely new home of Mr. and Mrs. John SCHEIHING located in Woodland Hills, south of Cleveland.
The program was presented by retired Highway Patrolman, Ervin HEIDEBRECHT. Mrs. Allen WATERS presided over the brief business meeting,
Refreshments were served to: Miss Alberta BARNES, Mrs. Melvin GRUBB, Miss Mildred GRUBB, Mrs. Albert JUDY, Mrs. L.M. KLINE, Sr., Mrs. Ray O. LYON, Mrs. B.R MOSS, Mrs. C.E. MITCHELL, Mrs. Allen WATERS, and Mrs. George WATERS, the hostess and her sister, Mrs. MUELLER, of Cleveland.
The club will resume their meetings in September with Mrs. MITCHELL as hostess.

The Past Matron's Club met at the Masonic Temple for their regular meeting with Mrs. Oral MANNING, Mrs. Curtis GLASS and Mrs. Christie GRIFFITH as hostesses.
Officers elected were: Velma WINROW, President; Ellen GRIFFITH, Vice-President; and Jennie KELLY, Secretary- Treasurer.
Rook was played with Mrs. GATEWOOD, Miss MARLOW and Mrs. ALLEN winning.
Attending were: Mrs. Raymond ALLEN, Mrs. G.W. GATEWOOD, Julia MARLOW, Mrs. Sam WINROW, Mrs. Melvin GRUBB, Mrs. Ray YAGHER, Mrs. Raymond WILSON and Mrs. KELLY.


August 20, 1981

Gertie BARNES Services Were Held Here Saturday
Gertie Estelle Barnes, 74, long-time Pawnee resident, passed away here on Wednesday, August 12, 1981, and funeral services were held here Saturday morning.
Born November 11, 1906 to John S. and Orbie M. (MCKINZIE) Barnes in Boone County, Missouri, she came Pawnee with her parents as a child, and has lived here since.
She will be remembered by many as the cook at Frank Bejarano's restaurant here for 45 years.
Survivors include 5 brothers and 1 sister: Barney and Hubert Barnes, both of Kingman, Kansas; George Barnes of Moore, Oklahoma; Lee Barnes of Pawnee; and Mrs. Zada WALKER, Sr., of Sulphur, Oklahoma; plus a number of other relatives and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her mother, father and 3 sisters.
The Rev. James Warnock officiated at the service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 15, at the Poteet Funeral Chapel and interment was in Highland Cemetery under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.

Card of Thanks
May we take this means to thank everyone who helped us during the loss of our sister and aunt. For all the flowers, cards and prayers, to everyone who visited with her, to Pawnee Care Center, a special thanks to Dr. P.R. Riemer and Dr. Jim Riemer and to Rev. James Warnock for his comforting words and to Poteets for the wonderful service they did for her. God Bless everyone.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barnes
Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt RODGERS
Mr. and Mrs. Robert LEFORCE
Submitted by great-niece: Rita BUFORD rbcats@yahoo.com

Judith LECLAIR Services Held At Ponca City
Judith LeClair, 33, died here Wednesday morning, August 12, 1981, at the Pawnee Municipal and funeral services were held near Ponca City, Friday.
Born September 18, 1947, at Ponca City, she attended schools there and was a member of the Ponca Indian Nazarene Church.
She was injured several years ago and had been a guest in nursing homes since that time.
Survivors include 4 children - 3 sons and a daughter. Also surviving is her mother, 5 brothers and 3 sisters, all of Ponca City.
Funeral services were held at the Ponca Indian Nazarene Church with the Rev. Tony Ceere officiating and burial was in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under direction of the Gill-Lessert Funeral Home.

Earl Adler, 87, Services Held At Maramec
Earl Clayton ADLER, 87, passed away here on Monday, August 17, 1981 and funeral services were held in Maramec on Wednesday morning.
Born December 3, 1893 in Land County, Kansas to William H. and Blanche (POND) Adler, he moved to the Maramec community with his family in 1907 and has lived there since.
He married Josephine TRUESDELL on May 5, 1918 at Maramec and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Maramec and was a veteran of WWI with the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, a son and a daughter. Also surviving is a grandson, a brother and a sister.
The Rev. Jack MATTHEWS officiated at the service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, at the Maramec First Baptist Church and interment was in the IOOF Cemetery, near Maramec, under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.

Zadie KINKADE, 76, Services Set For Guthrie Today
Services for Zadie M. Kinkade, Guthrie, will be held there today with burial at the Union Cemetery, near Pawnee.
Mrs. Kinkade passed away on August 16, 1981 at the Logan County Health Center at the age of 76.
She was born on February 14, 1905, in Junction City, Texas, to Charles and Nancy SMITH and was a former resident of the Pawnee area.
Survivors include 5 daughters and 5 sons, 3 step-children, a sister, 54 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, and 2 brothers.

Rita JOHNSON, 32, Ralston, Rites Held Here Saturday
Funeral services were held in Ralston Saturday for Mrs. Rita Irene Johnson, 32, who died in Tulsa on Wednesday, August 12, 1981.
Born February 2, 1949, at Ralston to Merrill and Mattie Ellen (DRAKE) BRANDENBURG, she graduated from Ralston High School in 1987. She married Gary W. Johnson on September 6, 1978, at Tulsa, and they moved from Ralston to Tulsa in June of f1980. She was a security guard with the Wells Fargo office in Tulsa.
She is survived by 3 sons and 3 daughters, all of the home in Tulsa - their last names are BARNES.
Also surviving are her parents, and her grandmother, all of Ralston; plus 6 brothers and 2 sisters. She was preceded in death by a son, John Merrill COMPOS; a brother, Donnie BRANDENBURG and a sister, Marjorie Kathryn BRANDENBURG. She was babtized on November 26, 1960.
Funeral services were held at the Church of the First Born in Ralston at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 15, with Doyle COMBS officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, near Ralston, and arrangements were handled by the Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Robert SKIDGEL Service Held Here Wednesday
Robert B. Skidgel, 74, passed away in Pawnee on Sunday, August 16, and funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon.
Born November 30, 1906 to Milo H. and Minnie M. Skidgel, he married Altha COCKREIL on August 8, 1958 in Stillwater. He lived all of his life in Payne County, Oklahoma, except for 22 years in Oregon, moving back to Glencoe in 1956. He worked for the Payne County road construction department for some time.
Survivors include his wife, 3 sons and 3 step-sons. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
James RUNNER officiated at the service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, at the Poteet Funeral Chapel and interment was in the IOOF Cemetery, near Glencoe, under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.

Card of Thanks - The Family of Lizzie CAMPBELL
With deepest gratitude we extend this word of thanks for the many kind acts of sympathy expressed by our thoughtful friends. Thanks to the staff at the Pawnee Care Center for their care, to Dr. RATLIFF and Dr. HANAN and the staff of the Municipal Hospital for their care and to Poteet Funeral Home for the beautiful service. These kindnesses have meant so much to us.

Pawnee Locals

Joe and Trula GREGOR returned home from a 3 week vacation in New Mexico and Colorado, last Tuesday. They traveled with a caravan of 9 rigs of the Good Sam Club. They had a marvelous time and wonderful weather, but were called home to be with Joe's sister, Helen RYAN, who is to have surgery this week.

Mrs. Carl ROGERS and Mrs. Catherine PEARSON of Pawhuska, spent Monday afternoon with Mrs. Roger's sister, Mr. and Mrs. George BRADLEY.



August 1982

Lee BARNES, 79, area pioneer services held Long time Pawnee community resident, Lee BARNES, 79, passed away in Tulsa on Wednesday, August 4, 1982, and funeral services were held here Friday morning.
Born on Feb. 24, 1903, to John S. and Orbie (MCKENZIE) BARNES at Boone County, Missouri, he came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon with his parents and had lived in this area most of is life.
He married Fannie ANDREWS and she passed away in November of 1967 and married Marge BRIM in 1968. He owned and operated his own truck for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marge, a step-daughter and grandson, all of Pawnee. Also surviving are 4 brothers and a sister: Hubert, Barney, Kansas; Bennie, George, and Zada all of Oklahoma.
The Rev. James EUBANKS, Assembly of God pastor, officiated at the service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 6, 1982, at the Poteet Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.

August 1982

Newspaper Clipping: "LEE BARNES was buried last week. He was always a special person to me. As a youngster I was amazed at how he could drive a truck since he had use of only one foot but when he traded his trucks in they were bought quickly by folks who knew how well he took care of them.
Lee was as kindly gentleman from a big, big family and earned his own keep. If you didn't know Lee Barnes, try to picture a hard-working, honest, patriotic American. That was him." TG

Card of Thanks
Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone who helped during the illness and loss of our loved one. To Dr. Ratliff, Pawnee Municipal Hospital, the doctors and nurses at St. Francis in Tulsa, to the ladies who served dinner, the singers, to all of our friends and neighbors for food and flowers. To Rev. Eubanks for his words of comfort and prayers. To the Poteet Funeral Home for their kindness and service. To everyone who helped make our sorrow easier to bear. God Bless You. The Family of Lee Barnes
Submitted by great-niece: Rita BUFORD rbcats@yahoo.com


Rita Buford

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