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The Shawnee News-Star
215 N. Bell
Shawnee, OK 74801

submitted by Kay Sugg Best

published Jan. 18, 2005

Robert Ulyss Glandon

Shawnee resident Robert Ulyss Glandon, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 15, in Shawnee.
He was born Jan. 27, 1944, in Clinton to William Otto and Nola Ann (Blankenship) Glandon.

He graduated from Butler High School in 1962.

He retired from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol after 20 years. He was employed by the Pottawatomie County Trust/Shawnee Safety Center as a commander over the adult jail facility.

He was a member of the Oklahoma Retired Troopers Association.

He married Linda Ralston on Aug. 3, 1963.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Tamara "Tammy" and Mark Maddux of Nowata; son and daughter-in-law, Robert "Robbie" and Cindy Glandon of Woodward; two grandsons, Glenn and Will Maddux of Nowata; two granddaughters, Kaylee, and Maddie Glandon of Woodward; brother, Bill White of New Hampshire; sister, Bennie Jean Banard of Elk City; aunt, Fern Blankenship of Oklahoma City; fiancée, Elaine Holliday and her children, Amanda and Chad Holliday; and many other family and friends.

Service will be 10 a.m. today at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with Sam Garner, OHP chaplain officiating. Burial will be at Butler Cemetery in Butler.

Walker Funeral Service is directing arrangements.

Willie Belle Martin

Meeker resident Willie Belle Martin, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 16, in Meeker.

She was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Shawnee to Rolly Jay Corrick and Elizabeth (Michael) Corrick.

In 1948 she married Virgil Martin in Shawnee. She worked at Mission Hill Hospital for 18 years in nutritional preparation.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Cletos Corrick of Chandler.

Surviviors include two sisters, Betty Kuhn of Euless, Texas, and Sadie Hollis of Shawnee; five brothers, David Ray Corrick of Shawnee, Clifford Corrick of Houston, A.J. Corrick of Dallas, Paul Corrick of Galveston, Texas, and Rolly B. Corrick of Stafford, Texas.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Leroy Kerbo officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.

Dalton James Keihl
Meeker resident Dalton James "Jim" Keihl, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 15, in Oklahoma City.

He was born April 13, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Delton C. and Hazel (LaBaugh) Keihl.

On Feb. 14, 1999, he married Thelma Milton in Harrah.

He served in the U.S. Cost Guard for more than 26 years and was awarded the Bronze Star. After his retirement, Jim worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 10 years. He was a member of the American Legion and attended Morning Star Baptist Church in Meeker.

His parents and first wife, Lou, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Keihl of the home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Ray Lovett of Florida, Sharon Willis of Norman, Linda Moore of Tulsa and Cynthia and Rex Conley of McLoud; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Nelson of Cancun, Mexico, Dennis and Lawanna Coots of Norman and Billy and Vanessa Coots of Norman; one brother, Dennis Keihl of Florida; one sister, Marnie Horn of Florida; 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be 8 a.m. to noon today at Parks Brothers Chapel in Meeker.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Morning Star Baptist Church in Meeker with the Rev. Glen White officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker. Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler is directing arrangements.

William L. Smith

Former Stroud resident William L. Smith, 80, of Fort Rock, Ore., died Wednesday, Jan 12, in Fort Rock.

He was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Stroud to Samuel and Martha (Bookman) Smith.

On May 26, 1942, he married Floy Woodward in Stroud. On Feb 14, 1999, he married Maryann Stewart in Fort Rock.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned the Purple Heart.

Smith was a pitp fitter for Grinnell Fire Protection and installed sprinklers systems in the GE Building, the U.S. Bank building and the Lloyd Center in Portland, Ore. He also was a Federal inspector for fire protection systoms around the country.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Floy, and sisters Ruby Zera, Mildred and Martha.

Survivors include his wife, Maryann Smith of Fort Rock; sons Gary of Las Vegas and James of Yreka, Calif.; daughters, Eveland Senske of Beaverton, Ore., Martha Smith of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Deborah White of Coburg, Ore., and Teresa Lindsey of Paisley, Ore.; step daughter, Becky Bias of Tulsa; and stepson, Tony Stewart of Bozeman, Mont.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Rock Community Church.

Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home, Bend Ore., is directing arrangements.

Janet Elaine Webster
Stroud resident Janet Elaine Webster, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 15, in Stroud.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Milfay First Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Wilburn officiating.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service is directing arrangements

C. Clayton Jones
C. Clayton Jones, 77, of Shawnee died Thursday, Jan. 13, in Shawnee.

He was born Nov. 5, 1927, in Shawnee to Clarence Carson "C.C." and Lucy Lee (Wyant) Jones. He was a lifelong resident of Shawnee.

He attended grade school at Acme School and graduated Shawnee High School in 1945.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He worked at Sooner Supply for 32 years before retiring in 1987.

Jones married Jackie Spaugy April 15, 1946, in Shawnee.

He was a member of the Retreads motorcycle club.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Bob Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Jones of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Thomas of Shawnee and Donna and Chris Rigney of McLoud; grandchildren and spouses, Rachelle and Eric Miller of Oklahoma City, Kelli Thomas and Robert Maggard of Edmond, Todd and Shawna Rigney of Shawnee, Traci Rigney and Thomas Keel of Harrah; three great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, L. Keith and Marge Jones of Shawnee and Russell W. and Marilyn Jones of Guthrie.

Wanda E. Rockwell
Wanda E. (Butler) Rockwell, 74, of Oklahoma City died Saturday, Jan. 15, in Oklahoma City.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at the Asa Smith Memorial Chapel in Harrah with the Rev. Jimmy Holbrook officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service of Harrah

Jess R. Coppedge
Jess R. Coppedge, 92, Seminole, died Saturday, Jan. 15, at a Seminole hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holdenville Cemetery with Don Gill officiating. Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole is in charge of arrangements

published Jan. 19, 2005

Myrtle Lee Green

Meeker resident Myrtle Lee Green, 93, died Sunday, Jan. 16, in Ada.
She was born July 19, 1911, in Lincoln County to Edmond Cooper O'Neal and Mary Frances Watson-O'Neal.

She married Homer Henry Green Jan. 25, 1928, in Tecumseh.

She and her husband operated a dairy farm in the Meeker area.

Green spent her life in the Meeker area except for the past five years, which she spent near family in the Maud area.

She was the oldest living member of Meeker First Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Lloyd Green; and five sisters.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Velma Green of Garland, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Don Davenport of Earlsboro and Faye Ann and Weldon Ratcliff of Meeker; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Gaskill Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker.

Gaskill Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Teresa Ann Hurst
Former Tecumseh resident Teresa Ann (Hoefler) Hurst, 50, died Monday, Jan. 17, in an El Reno hospital.
She was born Nov. 6, 1954, in Shawnee to Edward Hoefler and Carole Ann (Howe) Hoefler.

She attended El Reno schools and has resided in El Reno since 1970.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Sunset Chapter ABATE.

She married Roger Kent Hurst Nov. 8, 1980, in El Reno.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Kent Hurst of the home; son, Jason Merveldt of El Reno; daughters, T.J. Marr and husband Chris of El Reno and Tera Ingram and husband Marion of Bokchito; brothers, Mike Hoefler of El Reno and Joe Pete Hoefler and wife Lisa of Yukon; two grandchildren, Jacob Christopher Marr and Madison Paige Trammell; two aunts, Cheryl Sing and husband Toby of Tecumseh and Roberta and Jack Cazzelle of Durant; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth and Morris Hurst of El Reno; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in El Reno with the Rev. Richard D. Cato officiating.

Wilson Funeral Home in El Reno is directing arrangements.

Justin Jake Worthen
McLoud resident Justin Jake Worthen, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 15, in Norman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred; five brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his three daughters, Annette Brown and husband Rick of McLoud, Susan Walton and husband Richard of Oklahoma City and Jo Etta Worthen of Edmond; grandchildren, Rhonda Gottshall, Melissa Shaffer, Megan Brown and Jordan Palmer; and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Baggerley-South Funeral Home Chapel in Oklahoma City. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Baggerley-South Funeral Home is directing arrangements

Leo Ray Chambless
Shawnee resident Leo Ray Chambless, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 15, in Shawnee.

No service is scheduled.

Gaskill Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

published Jan. 20, 2005

Mildred Lavinia Savage

Shawnee resident Mildred Lavinia Savage, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 15, at her home.
She was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Guy and Georgianna Stanton.

She was a registered nurse.

She served in the U.S. Navy as a nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Savage.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Sherry Savage; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret Munro, Jeanette and Lamar Smith and Nancy and Robert Daniels; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of Walker Funeral Service with the Rev. J. Clifton Briscoe officiating.

Walker Funeral Service is directing arrangements.

Anna L. Karr
Tecumseh resident Anna L. Karr, 80, died Monday, Jan. 17, in Shawnee.

She was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Norman, to Fred and Lucy (Fink) Grill.

She lived in Norman for 16 years. She and her husband moved to a farm near Pink, where they farmed. She had lived in Tecumseh since 1964.

She was a farmer and a homemaker.

She married Ed Dave Brendle in 1940. In 1968, she married Lawrence W. Karr.

She was preceded in death by her son, Eddie Brendle.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Allouise (Brendle) and Guy Hurst Sr. of Tecumseh; one son and two daughters-in-law, Ernest Dave and Jackie Brendle of Norman and Virginia Brendle of Shawnee; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and family.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Cooper Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Tecumseh Cemetery.

Cooper Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

published Jan. 22, 2005

Marcha Charlene Hickey
Tecumseh resident Marcha Charlene "Cookie" Hickey, 61, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Tecumseh.
She was born Aug. 27, 1943, in Earlsboro to Elbert Simon and Helen (Holmes) Simon.

She married Quentin Hickey on May 2, 1986, and was a homemaker.

Hickey was a Tecumseh resident for more than 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert Simon.

Survivors include her husband, Quentin Hickey of the home; five children, Kent Hickey of Tecumseh, Keith Hickey of Shawnee, Quentin Hickey Jr. of Tecumseh, Ramona James of Tahlequah and Deborah Gamble of Tecumseh; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, Jimmy Leroy Simon of Shawnee.

Graveside service was 2 p.m. Friday at Tecumseh Cemetery. Gaskill Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Wayne S. Spear
Norman resident Wayne S. Spear, 86, died Friday, Jan. 21, in Norman.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Lockstone Funeral Home Chapel, Weatherford, with the Rev. Lindell Warren and the Rev. Charles Pearcy officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Lockstone Funeral Home is directing arrangements

Georgia Etta Doakes Cochran
Former Shawnee resident Georgia Etta Doakes Cochran, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 16.

Service will be 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Konawa under the direction of Temple and Sons Funeral Directors Inc. Burial will follow at Grayson Cemetery, Konowa.

Marie Ellen Mohrbacher Thompson

Prague resident Marie Ellen Mohrbacher Thompson, 89, died Friday, Jan. 21.

She was born Jan. 16, 1916, to William J. and Ellen Whitmore Mohrbacher.

In 1932, she married Forrest Glenn Thompson. They were married for 53 years until his death in 1985.

Thompson was a lifelong resident of Prague. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Prague where she taught Sunday school for more than 30 years and served as church secretary for 17 years.

She was a member of the United Methodist Women. She also was a longtime member of the Federated Arts Club, serving as president and secretary/treasurer during her membership.

She served for several years as a volunteer in the Prague Historical Museum.

She was employed at the Prague Wholesale Company from 1959 until her retirement in 1988.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; mother, Ellen Mohrbacher; father, William J. Mohrbacher; a sister, Marguerite Elizabeth Tope; and a brother, Bud Mohrbacher.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and Gus Hendrix of Ardmore; two granddaughters, Lisa Ann Fisher of the home and Linda Fisher Middleton and husband, Steve, of Edmond; two great-grandchildren; five nephews; four great-nephews; a sister-in-law, Opal Johnson of St. David, Ariz.; and many other relatives.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church of Prague with Dr. Warren L. Danskin officiating, assisted by Sharon Capron. Arrangements are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Prague.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Prague.

Ronald Gene Dudley
Arlington resident Ronald Gene Dudley, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Prague.

He was born Aug. 23, 1944, in Bradley to Otis W. and Pauline Rachel (Painter) Dudley.

He retired from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Dudley was a member of the National Rifle Association and a supporter of the Arlington volunteer fire department and neighborhood.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his brothers, Billy M. Dudley of Paden and Don Dudley of Shawnee; sister, Mary Jo Lewis of Shawnee; and nieces, Donna Lyn Dudley of Oklahoma City and Stefani Lyn Dudley of Richard Hills, Texas.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with the Rev. Warren Danskin officiating.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service is directing arrangements.

Betty Cody Rains

Betty Cody Rains
Wanette resident Betty Cody Rains, 70, died Thursday, Jan. 20, in Wanette.

She was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Yale to Claude and Mildred Lorena (Link) Cody. She was reared in Yale and attended high school at Jennings and Quay. She attended Draughon's Business School in Tulsa.

She lived in Midwest City, Houston and Stillwater, and had resided in Wanette for the past 30 years. She was an independent accountant for more than 30 years.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Wanette, she served as a Sunday school teacher and was active in youth programs, volunteering at Falls Creek and hosting 5th Quarter parties.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Clyde Travis of Tulsa, and "Dude" and Bill Walker of Yale; brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Barbara Cody of Tuttle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children's Home.

Viewing will be at Cooper Chapel in Wanette from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Monday. The casket will not be opened following the service.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Wanette, with Larry Stevenson and Randy Golden officiating.

Burial will be at Wanette Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

published Jan. 25, 2005

 Jerenne Putnam

Shawnee resident Jerenne Putnam, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 22, at a local nursing home.
She was born May 7, 1922, in Shawnee to Edgar Earl Betts and Stell (French) Betts. She graduated from Shawnee High School and Oklahoma Baptist University.

On Aug. 16, 1947, she married Jack W. Putnam.

She was a medical secretary at A.C.H. Hospital in Shawnee and later was the librarian at OBU.

She had been a member of the First Christian Church in Shawnee for more than 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Survivors include three children, Nancy Hunter and her husband, Johnny, of Shawnee, Allen Putnam of Tulsa, and Elizabeth Richart and her husband, Doug, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Jessica Gripp and her husband, Tait; Zach Richart, Chad Richart; one great-grandson and many other relatives.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gaskill Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Milo L. Steffen II officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Jerry Wayne Freeman

Shawnee resident Jerry Wayne Freeman, 53, died Saturday, Jan. 22, in an Oklahoma City hospital.

He was born Aug. 26, 1951, in Oklahoma City to J.D. and Rosemary Freeman. He attended several community schools and graduated from Shawnee High School. He later graduated from Okmulgee Tech and Oklahoma State University.

He married Millie Hunter Nov. 30, 1970, in Okmulgee and served in the United States Army during Vietnam.

Freeman was a surveyor.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Millie Freeman of Tecumseh; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Brian Johnson of Shawnee, Kan.; son, Jeremy Freeman of Tecumseh; mother and stepfather, Rosemary and Bill Henson of Choctaw; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Sharon Freeman of Lawton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janise and R.D. Dean of Tecumseh, Lisa and Gary Lively of Choctaw, and many other relatives.

Service will be 10 a.m. today at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Paul Whitlock officiating. Burial will be at Fort Sill National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Clayton Oden

Clayton "Clay" Oden, 38, died Sunday, Jan. 23, in Oklahoma City.

He was born June 26, 1966, in Oklahoma City to Jerry Oden and Loretta Barrett Oden. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

He graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

He married Angela Boren July 22, 1999, in Mustang and they own The Grand Boulevard Grill in Oklahoma City.

Survivors include his wife, Angie Oden; son, Cache Laren Oden; parents, Jerry Oden of Edmond, Loretta Oden of Tecumseh; brother, Craig Oden of Edmond; two sisters, Kelly Oden of Prescott, Ariz.; Candi Barrett of Dallas, Texas, and many other relatives and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Burial will follow in Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joe Wilson Taylor
Joe Wilson Taylor died Friday, Jan. 21, in Clinton, Mo., at the age of 32.

He was born Sept. 7, 1972, in Wewoka to Calvin Wilson Taylor and Mary Sue Larney Brown. He was a graduate of Shawnee High School where he excelled at track and basketball. He was a member of Shawnee First Indian Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school teacher and sponsor of the youth group.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Taylor, in February 2004, and his grandparents, Charlie and Munna Larney and Joe and Edna Taylor.

Survivors include his daughter, Brittani Taylor of Shawnee; mother, Mary Sue Brown of Dallas, Texas; brother, Brad Taylor of Shawnee; uncles and aunts, Jimmy and Lina Taylor, Geneve Larney, Kenneth Larney, Richard Larnbey, all of Holdenville, Leon Postoak of Oklahoma City, and many other relatives.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Baptist Church, Sasakwa, with the Rev. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville.

Maurita Joyce Tibbits
Shawnee resident Maurita Joyce Tibbits, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 22, in an Oklahoma City hospital.

She was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Tecumseh. She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1947.

She worked for Southwestern Bell as an operator and later a stores attendant before retiring in 1985.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Shawnee and the Tecumseh High School Alumni Association.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff O'Neal; mother and stepfather, Lacy and Mildred Alston, and son, David Ernest Tibbits.

Survivors include her daughter, Millie Tibbits of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Sannie Deatherage of Shawnee and Louise McKee of Florida; several nieces and nephews including Melanie Corter and her husband, Mark, of Shawnee and Larry Trice and his wife, Judy, of Tecumseh.

Viewing will be until 8:30 p.m. today at Gaskill Funeral Home. There will be no viewing at the service.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Guatemala Mission, P.O. Box 1928, Shawnee, OK 74802 or Tecumseh Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 304, Tecumseh, OK 74873.

Bertha Beck
Chandler resident Bertha (Bernadine Sidor) Beck, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 22, in Chandler.

She was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Cernova, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), to Michael and Irene (Janos) Sidor. She came to the United States at the age of 9, grew up in Michigan, became a citizen and graduated from business college. She served honorably in the Women's Army Corps during World War II, achieving the rank of master sergeant and serving at the Pentagon, Philippines and China.

Following military service, she lived in El Monte, Calif., and was secretary to the vice president of the trust department at Security Pacific Bank (later Bank of America) for 35 years.

She moved to Chandler in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Perry E. Jr. and Laura (Simon) Beck of Granite Bay, Calif.; two sisters, Margaret Stevens and Gertrude Borkowski, both of Sterling Heights, Mich.; grandchildren, Perry E. Beck III and Michelle Renet Beck of California; stepgrandchildren, Edward Still of Chandler and Vicki Prechtl of California; seven great-grandchildren, four nieces and many other relatives.

Prayer Vigil will be 7 p.m. today at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Chandler. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jim Mickus officiating. Burial will be at the Catholic cemetery in Chandler.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Chandler is directing arrangements

Ola May Fitzwater
Longtime Seminole resident Ola May Fitzwater, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 23, in Seminole.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Little Cemetery.

Walter Isaac Walker
Longtime Konawa resident Walter Isaac "Ike" Walker, 59, died Sunday, Jan. 23, at his home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Reeves officiating. Burial will be at Konawa Cemetery.

Frances Marie Sargent
Seminole resident Frances Marie (Stephens) Sargent, 92, died Friday, Jan. 21, at a Seminole hospital.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cheyarah Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Lively officiating. Burial will be at Little Cemetery.

Swearingen Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Judith Bell
Shawnee resident Judith Bell, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 22, in Shawnee.

Viewing will be 10 a.m. until noon Thursday at Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Tecumseh Cemetery with Dwyane Dennis officiating.

published Jan. 26, 2005

Claude F. Hendon

Earlsboro resident Claude F. Hendon, 75, died Friday, Jan. 21, in Earlsboro.
He was born June 30, 1929, in Shawnee to Claude P. and Dana (Glass) Hendon.

He graduated from Shawnee High School. He also graduated with a bachelor's degree from UCLA and attended Oklahoma University Law School.

He was a real estate broker and a pawn shop owner.

He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, where he had received his 26-year pin.

On June 3, 1950, he married Rita Jordan in Chandler. She preceded him in death Nov. 16, 2000.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert "Bob" Hendon.

Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, Kent Hendon of Earlsboro, John and Suze Hendon of Oklahoma City and Carolyn Hendon of Lake Palestine, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, William "Bill" and Mary Ann Hendon of Akron, Ohio; granddaughter, April Meyers of Shawnee; companion, J.J. Durham; and numerous friends and family.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Glen Pence officiating.

Cooper Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Wesley Meeks
Tecumseh resident Wesley Meeks, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 23, at his residence.

Wake service was held Tuesday at Benson Funeral Home of El Reno. Service will be 1 p.m. today at the chapel of Benson Funeral Home with the Rev. Rendon Falls officiating. Burial will follow in Concho under the direction of Benson Funeral Home.

Margie Lou Elerick
Warner resident Margie Lou Elerick, 70, died Monday, Jan. 24, in a Muskogee hospital.

On Feb. 26, 1934, she was born in Byers to Louvard and Viola Mae (McCullar) Humphrey.

On Aug. 8, 1956, she married James Elerick.

She owned and operated a day care and retired in 1980.

Preceding her in death were her husband, James in 1990, four brothers and one sister, Richard, Dorsey, Charles, Carl and Grace Humphrey.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Kelly and Karen Elerick of Checotah; three grandsons, Kasey, Kameron and Kristopher Elerick, all of Checotah; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Checotah Church of Christ with Everett Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Warner Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Hampton Mortuary, Checotah.

Frank Edward Rhodd Jr.
Longtime Konawa area resident Frank Edward "F.E." Rhodd Jr., 41, died Monday, Jan. 24, in an Ada hospital.

Rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Thursday at Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Matthew Brown, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home, Konawa.

published Jan. 28, 2005

Jerry W. Thompson

Wanette resident Jerry W. "J.W." Thompson, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Oklahoma City.
He was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Denver, Colo., to Wilson and Ola (Mankin) Thompson.

He graduated from Wanette High School. He received his bachelor of science in education from East Central College and a masters of education from The University of Oklahoma.

On April 16, 1960, he married Mae Howell in Dublin, Texas.

He was employed throughout Oklahoma and Espanola, N.M., as a coach and teacher. He also was a correctional teacher at James El Hamilton in Hodgen and Howard McLoud in Atoka. He retired from Wanette High School, where he was principal. He also farmed.

He was president of the Pottawatomie County Coaches Association and a member of the Oklahoma Teachers Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Thompson of Wanette; two sons, Chris Thompson and his fiancée, Anna Boyd and Jerry "Bear" Thompson II and his wife, Sheila, all of Wanette; daughter, Leesa Thompson and her fiancé, Scott Garrod of Oklahoma City; 11 grandchildren, April, Kacee, Ashley, Austin, Brianna, Michael, J.T., Sara, Kyle, Kristen and Justice; three cousins; and many family and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wanette High School gymnasium with the Rev. Jim Adams officiating. Burial will be at the family acreage.

Cooper Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Jewell Belle Schima

Shawnee resident Jewell Belle Schima, 96, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Shawnee.

She was born Oct. 13, 1908, in Prague to Hubert Leroy and Myrtle Mary (Duggan) Smith.

She was a retired retail clerk.

On Oct. 31, 1927, she married Carl Schima in Okemah. He preceded her in death Feb. 23, 1990.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Lawanda Payne of Shawnee; brother and sister-in-law, Cecil and Velma Smith of Ardmore; grandson and his wife, Rodney and Linda Hill of Lahina, Hawaii; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Unity North Medical Center in Shawnee.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Prague Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Hendry officiating.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague is directing arrangements.

Candi Nicole Wright
Newalla resident Candi Nicole Wright, 17, died Sunday, Jan. 23, in Newalla.

Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Asa Smith Memorial Chapel in Harrah with Dr. Guy Ames officiating

Smith-Parks Funeral Service is directing arrangements.

published Jan. 29, 2005

Dan Eugene Mayfield

Lifelong Paden resident Dan Eugene "Gene" Mayfield, 76, died Friday, Jan. 28, in Paden.
He was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Paden to Frank and Margaret Matilda (Maynard) Mayfield.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He retired from Tinker Air Force Base, where he was a sheet metal fabricator. He also was a school bus driver.

On May 1, 1954, he married Jessie Sue Smith in Okemah.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Fred and Harmon.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Mayfield of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan Eugene Mayfield Jr. and Sara of Paden, Dale Eugene Mayfield and Sheri Friend of Okemah; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Neil Prosser of Alabama; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Vernita Mayfield, Harvey and Dorothy Mayfield, and Vester and Opal Mayfield; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and G.W. Coward of Sallisaw, Dorothy and Paul Heard of Paden and Katie and Morris Brown of Paden; sisters-in-law, Hazel Mayfield and Thelma Mayfield; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Burnett Mission Church in Paden with the Rev. Paul Heard officiating. Burial will follow at Paden Cemetery.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service is directing arrangements.

Eula Ross
McLoud resident Eula Ross, 93, died Friday, Jan. 28, at the McLoud Nursing Home.

She was born March 1, 1911, in Scotland, Ark., to Henry and Mary Coleman and attended school in Arkansas.

She moved to the McLoud area with her parents in 1931 and to the city of McLoud in 1952.

She was a member of the McLoud Baptist Church and was active in the McLoud Senior Citizens.

On Feb. 8, 1934, she married George L. Ross. He preceded her in death July 26, 1988.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Jim Hinshaw of Tucson, Ariz., two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Barbara Ross of Harrah and Dane and Sheila Ross of McLoud, eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of McLoud with the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating and the Rev. Ernest Graham assisting. Burial will follow at Dale Cemetery.

Walker Funeral Service of Shawnee is directing arrangements.

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