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

submitted by Kay Sugg Best

published Jul. 16, 2005

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published Jul. 17, 2005

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published Jul. 19, 2005

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published Jul. 20, 2005

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Dorothy Chesnutt

Holdenville resident Dorothy (Fruit) Chesnutt, 95, passed away Monday, July 18, at her home after complications following a stroke.
She was born Jan. 12, 1911, in Shawnee to pioneers Ralph and Roxie Fruit.

Dorothy graduated salutatorian at Shawnee High School. She was state drama and cheerleading award winner in 1926. She was an Oklahoma City "Kiltie" girl and met President Calvin Coolidge when the group visited the White House in 1925 while performing in the East. She served as state president of Rainbow Girls in 1928.

After four years at Oklahoma Baptist University, Dorothy studied drama and elocution in Boston at the Powers School.

From 1930 until her marriage to Clyde Chesnutt, she operated The Dorothy Fruit Studio of Dance in Shawnee and was an active golfer with her lifelong friend, Rozanne (Custer) Turner at the local country club. Dorothy studied dancing in London and Europe. She took her first transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary in 1934 departing from the Santa Fe Depot in Shawnee. She later traveled extensively, to all the world's continents except Antarctica.

In February 1942 she married Clyde Chesnutt at the family's home in Holdenville. She reopened her dancing school in Holdenville, which she operated for another 20 years.

While raising a family she was active in the local Methodist Church serving as president of the WSCS, and other church positions. Dorothy was a charter member and past president of the Holdenville Garden Club. She served as local chairperson for the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and Heart Research at various times in the 50s and 60s.

After Holdenville Hospital opened in 1967, she was an active auxiliary supporter. In 1972, after her husband's death, Dorothy became "Mom Dot" the Alpha Gama Rho housemother at Oklahoma State University, where she enjoyed attending the drama productions and sporting events in Stillwater.

Mom Dot gave bridge and table etiquette lessons regularly to new agricultural majors in the farm-orientated fraternity. After 10 years, she retired and returned to Holdenville where she quickly renewed old friendships and made many new ones.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Loren Fruit in 1956, and Kenneth Fruit in 1999.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Clyde and Dotsy Chesnutt of San Diego, Calif., the Rev. Lon and Evelyn Chesnutt of Columbia, Md., Kenneth and Linda Chesnutt of Holdenville, Tom and Peggy Chesnutt of Irving, Texas; sisters-in-law, Ruth Chesnutt Butts of Gilbert, Ariz., close childhood cousin, Thelma Barnes of Tecumseh; nieces and spouses, Barbara Fruit and Hank Watson of Oklahoma City, Carol and Larry Adams of Wimberly, Texas, Sharon and Fred Simmons of San Marcos, Texas; nephew and spouse, Jerry and Vicki Fruit of Sequin, Texas.

At Dorothy's request her body was donated to medical science. At a later date her ashes will be placed upon her late husband's grave so that they can be joined together again after 35 years.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnard Memorial United Methodist Church in Holdenville. Following the service, which will include "Lord of the Dance," the family will receive friends at her home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Barnard Memorial United Methodist Church Renovation Fund. Condolences may be made by e-mailed to momdot@yahoo.com.

published Jul. 21, 2005

Antonio James Stanzione

Shawnee resident Antonio "Tony" Stanzione, 16, died Saturday, July 16, at an Oklahoma City hospital.
He was born Nov. 26, 1988, in Pauls Valley to Roy and Kelly (Paine) Stanzione.

He attended school in Shawnee and was a member of Wallace Avenue Baptist Church.

Tony loved football and baseball. He had the opportunity to attend the 33rd Super Bowl in Florida with the help of the Make A Wish Foundation. He shared the experience in heart with a donation of his own to the foundation.

Tony identified with his Christian beliefs. He showed love and compassion to those who were challenged with obstacles lesser and greater than his own. His love for his family seeped his heart continuously as he ministered through his actions of love. He attempted to uphold his values he held in Christ - love one another and love your God.

Tony is truly a child of God whose acceptance into heaven will be proceeded by the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant".

He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Carol Diane Barnes; great-grandfather, James Elliot; great-grandmother, Lillian C. Blair and great-grandfather, Lovie Blair.

Survivors include his mother, Kelly Stanzione-Paine of Shawnee; father, Roy Stanzione Jr. and wife, Cheri, of Shawnee; brothers and sisters, Johnny Coronado, Donnell Teal, Daniel Coronado, Nicholas Coronado, Christina Stanzione and Michael Coronado; grandparents, Robert and LuAnn Paine of Pryor and Roy Stanzione Sr. of San Diego, Calif.; aunts, Carol Pyle and Michael of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Cindy Pridgeon and Mike of San Diego, Calif., Cheryl Dresdner of San Diego, Calif., Robin Nordmeyer and Doug of Apple Valley, Minn.; uncles, David Paine and Lauri of Claremore and Bob Paine and Denise of Chelsea.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wallace Avenue Baptist Church in Shawnee under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in Antonio's name to Bancfirst.



Carina Dawn Johnson

Tecumseh resident Carina Dawn Johnson, 22, died Tuesday, July 19, at an Oklahoma City hospital.
She was born Jan. 4, 1983, in Shawnee to Grayling Johnson and Monica (Rodgers) Blankinship. She graduated from Tecumseh High School and worked as a clerk at Atwoods. She had lived in the Shawnee-Tecumseh area all of her life.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, the Rev. Eugene and Myrtle Johnson.

Survivors include her mother, Monica Blankinship, of Earlsboro; her father, Grayling Johnson, of Shawnee; two brothers, Jessie Johnson of Shawnee and Ryan Blankinship of Earlsboro; grandparents, Jack and Jodi Rodgers of Shawnee and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the chapel of Walker Funeral Service. Service will be 10 a.m. at the chapel of Walker Funeral Service.



Clara Jean Walls

Earlsboro resident Clara Jean Walls, 70, died Monday, July 18, at her home.
She was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Earlsboro to Charles and Mabel (Baker) Yoakum.

Walls graduated from Earlsboro High School.

She married Jimmy Carter and later married Dale Walls on Aug. 17, 1976, in Gainesville, Texas.

Walls was a homemaker and worked at TDK retiring in 1988.

She was a member of Earlsboro Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting, sewing and cooking.

Her father and great-granddaughter, Angel Carter, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Walls, of the home; six children and spouses, Connie and Dennis Rawls of Earlsboro, Jimmy Don and Trellis Carter of Earlsboro, Melvin and Pat Carter of Konawa, Kathy and Todd Whatley of Earlsboro, Steven D. and Janette Walls of Harrah, Janet and Chip Hargrave of Moore; mother, Mabel Yoakum; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Charslie Byrd of Broken Arrow; brother and sister-in-law, C.R. and Pat Yoakum of Tecumseh; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Graveside service will be 2 today at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.



Eunice Irene Kifer

Former longtime resident Shawnee resident Eunice Irene Kifer, 79, died Tuesday, July 19, in an Ada nursing home.
She was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Garden Grove to Wintford L. and Cora Isabell Lenord-Loveland.

She was married to Mr. Cecil A. McBroom and later to Mr. Otto Kifer. Both of which preceded her in death.

She lived in Shawnee most her life before moving to Ada in 1998 to be near her family. She worked as a sales clerk at Sears for 15 years and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Myrtle VanHorn; brother Billy Gene Loveland and a great-grandchild, Braeden Qualls.

Survivors include her son, W. C. McBroom of Oklahoma City; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Steve Cain of Atoka and Carolyn K. and Paul Harrell of Ada; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leroy and Norma Loveland of Midwest City, Floyd and Deany Loveland of San Antonio, Texas, Doyle Loveland of Shawnee and Donald and Sheryl Loveland of Shawnee; sister, Wanda Kirby of Oklahoma City; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Nail and the Rev. Ron Qualls officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the Gideon Living Memorial Bible Plan or their favorite charity.

Arrangements are directed by Gaskill Funeral Chapel.



Ann Parsley

Oklahoma City resident Ann (Sutton) Parsley, 80, died Wednesday, July 20, in Midwest City.
Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Asa Smith Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Jim McCool officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery in Harrah under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service, Harrah.



Nancy Spangler

Lifelong Yukon resident Nancy Spangler lost her short but courageous battle with a rare form of uterine cancer Tuesday, July 19.
She was born Sept. 3, 1941, in Shamrock to Geraldine (King) and Leo Likens.

Nancy married Harold Spangler in 1960. They were eternal newly weds for 45 years.

She graduated in 1968 with a license of practical nursing degree and worked at South Community Hospital for 20 years as an LPN.

She was a charter member of the bingo association. Preceding her in death are her parents, an infant brother and grandmother King.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Spangler of the home; four children, Sheri Cowan and Phil Pratt of Mustang, Kelly and Linda Spangler of Oklahoma City, Paula and Bill Staudt of Okmulgee, Scott and Sheila Spangler of Yukon; nine grandchildren, Nickolas Cowan, Brittney and Jake Richardson, Adam Spangler, Nancy Kay, Robyn and William Staudt, Christopher, Cody and Collin Spangler; two great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Austin Cowan; four siblings, Judy and Bill Anderson, Sue and Leroy Batt, Jerry and Francis Leyerly, Danny and Jill Likens, as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, Yukon. Burial will follow at Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon.



Bernice Marie Ewing

Longtime Shawnee resident Bernice Marie Ewing, 78, died Sunday, July 17, at an Oklahoma City hospital.
She was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Konawa to Louis and Annie Morrison-Steelman.

Bernice married Leonard Ewing on June 22, 1946, in Arkansas.

She was a member of Cornerstone Assembly Church in Shawnee and enjoyed the Shawnee Senior Citizens Center.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Leonard Lee Ewing; sisters, Irene and Dorothy; brother, James Steelman.

Survivors include her three sons, Ernest James Ewing, Danny Ray Ewing and Carl Joseph Ewing; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Thomas Cook of Shawnee; sister-in-law, Ida Morgan of Shawnee; grandchildren, Michael, Jeffery, April, Jennifer, Julie, Shellie, Misty and Moquella; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Dacee, Roland and Tabor.

Service will be noon Friday at Gaskill Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Chapel.



Mayme Cowden

Tecumseh resident Mayme Cowden, 83, died Tuesday, July 19, in Tecumseh.
She was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Tribbey to Sam and Hattie (Thomasson) Judy.

Cowden attended school in Tribbey, Trousdale and Wanette. She graduated from Tecumseh in 1940.

On Aug. 15, 1941, she married Wayne Cowden in Chandler.

Cowden lived in Shawnee before moving to Tecumseh in 1949.

She worked as a layout operator over test area for AT&T. She retired Feb. 2, 1985.

Cowden was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church. Her great-grandchildren were the focal point of her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Kathleen Trousdale, Mary Louise Judy and Eula Dubler, and two brothers, Bruce and Frank Judy.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ernie Yates of Tecumseh; grandchildren and spouses, Pam and Neal Motley of Tecumseh; Vicki Eagleston of Tecumseh; five great-grandchildren, Andrea Rector and husband, Ben, Amanda Motley, Tyler Motley, Courtney Eagleston and Cory Eagleston; one great-great-grandchild, Tate Rector.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Cooper Funeral Chapel, Tecumseh, with Leslie Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery.



Carl Rounsivill

Seminole resident Carl Rounsivill, 79, died Monday, July 18, at Pioneer Nursing Home.
He was born May 23, 1926, in Oilton to Noah D. and Eva (Wheeler) Rounsivill.

Rounsivill served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st class.

He's been a resident of Seminole since 1991. He moved here from Fresno, Calif., after living there for 43 years.

On Oct. 12, 1991, he married Dolphie M. Rounsivill in Seminole. She preceded him in death Jan. 7, 2004.

Rounsivill was a salesman for U.S. Steel for 10 years. He also worked in the trucking business for Pacific Motor Trucking in California.

He was a member of Hillstop Assembly of God in Earlsboro.

Also preceding him in death are his parents.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Robert Wright of Fresno; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

published Jul. 22, 2005

Earl Rounsivill

Seminole resident Earl Rounsivill, 79, died Monday, July 18, at Pioneer Nursing Home.
He was born May 23, 1926, in Oilton to Noah D. and Eva (Wheeler) Rounsivill.

Rounsivill served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st class.

He's been a resident of Seminole since 1991. He moved here from Fresno, Calif., after living there for 43 years.

On Oct. 12, 1991, he married Dolphie M. Rounsivill in Seminole. She preceded him in death Jan. 7, 2004.

Rounsivill was a salesman for U.S. Steel for 10 years. He also worked in the trucking business for Pacific Motor Trucking in California.

He was a member of Hillstop Assembly of God in Earlsboro.

Also preceding him in death are his parents.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Robert Wright of Fresno; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Swearingen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Betty Aliene Estep

Longtime Shawnee resident Betty Aliene Estep departed this earthly life Monday, July 18, at Unity Health Center-North Campus surrounded by her family.
She was born May 10, 1929, to Johnie and Izetta (Butler) Estep in Seminole. She was the second of 6 children.

Betty married John Morton on Jan. 7, 1946, and they had three daughters together, Izetta, Pat and Jodi.

Betty had previously lived in Sand Springs and Seminolea. She had been a resident at Colonial Estates Nursing Center since August 2004.

She was a member of Eastern Star, Murrow Chapter, in Shawnee. She was saved and baptized at First Baptist Church of Seminole in early 1949 when she was 8 months pregnant with her second child, Pat. She was currently a member of 40th Street Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, where she would attend when her health would allow.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Izetta and Bill Gandy of Choctaw, Pat and Eddie Simpson of Tulsa, Jodi and Roger McLeroy of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, Denise Jones, Jessica Sexton, Kelly McLeroy and his wife, Tracie, Kim Murdock, Mike Simpson and his wife, Jennifer; 12 great-grandchildren with another due in November and a great-great grandbaby also due in November; four sisters, Elaine Maynard of Tennessee, Leta Abel and her husband, Jessie (Buster) of Shawnee, Lela (Chub) Rutledge and her husband, Gil, of Shawnee, and Janice Hankins and her husband, Don, of Shawnee; one brother, Billy Estep of Tennessee, 19 nieces and nephews; special cousin, J.D. Butler and many other family members too numerous to mention.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Gaskill Funeral Chapel with Kelly McLeroy officiating, assisted by Mike Simpson. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery, north of Seminole, under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

Mayme Cowden

Tecumseh resident Mayme Cowden, 83, died Tuesday, July 19, in Tecumseh.
She was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Tribbey to Sam and Hattie (Thomasson) Judy.

Cowden attended school in Tribbey, Trousdale and Wanette. She graduated from Tecumseh in 1940.

On Aug. 15, 1941, she married Wayne Cowden in Chandler.

Cowden lived in Shawnee before moving to Tecumseh in 1949.

She worked as a layout operator over test area for AT&T. She retired Feb. 2, 1985.

Cowden was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church. Her great-grandchildren were the focal point of her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Kathleen Trousdale, Mary Louise Judy and Eula Dubler, and two brothers, Bruce and Frank Judy.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ernie Yates of Tecumseh; grandchildren and spouses, Pam and Neal Motley of Tecumseh; Vicki Eagleston of Tecumseh; five great-grandchildren, Andrea Rector and husband, Ben, Amanda Motley, Tyler Motley, Courtney Eagleston and Cory Eagleston; one great-great-grandchild, Tate Rector.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Cooper Funeral Chapel with Leslie Smith, Tribbey Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery.

Delia Mae Jolley

Shawnee resident Delia Mae Jolley, 91, died Saturday, July 16, in Shawnee.
She was born Sept. 27, 1915, in Asher to Andrew Alexander and Levi Burk-Yott.

Delia attended Asher school and later married Virgil Lee Jolley.

She lived in California for many years before returning to this area six years ago.

Delia was a resident of Golden Rule Home and attended daily devotionals there. She was a homemaker and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Virgil, and son, Ronald Jolley.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Jolley of Shawnee; two sons, Wilburn Jolley of Palm Springs, Calif., Robert Dale Jolley of Stockton, Calif.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Tecumseh Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

Chester Davidson Smith

Chester Davidson "Smitty" Smith, 89, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 18, after a long illness.
He was born Jan. 17, 1916, in Mangum to Lula Dale Tramel and James Chester Smith.

Smitty spent 25 years as a bus driver in Oklahoma City and more than 30 years as a locksmith in the Los Angeles area where he retired.

After retirement, he traveled around the country in his RV, finally settling in the Oklahoma City/Shawnee area for the past six years.

He was loved by many and will be missed by everyone. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Camille, of 30 years; two sons, Dennis and his wife, Shirley, of Shawnee, Terry Bill and his wife, Darlene, of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren, Krista and husband, Joe Wallis of Oklahoma City, Kelli Godfrey of Oklahoma City, Katherine Smith of Shawnee, Cynthia and husband, Rick, Melendez of Moore, Karin and husband, Sean Quinn of Chatsworth, Calif., Michael Bates of Edmond, Randy Smith, Melissa and husband, Joe Tyson of Yukon, Brandon Smith of Oklahoma City, Amy and husband, Joey Swearingen of Oklahoma City; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler Smith, Kameron Webb, Sahara Rocha, Brady Smith, Dylan Smith, Stephanie Melendez, Jessica Melendez, Destiny Melendez, Liam Quinn, Connor Quinn; many relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Crossroads Cathedral Little Chapel, 89th and Shields in Oklahoma City.

Jimmy MAC Jordan

Maud resident Jimmy MAC Jordan, 30, died Monday, July 18, in Maud.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, Maud, with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Maria Luisa Aguilera

Shawnee resident Maria Luisa Aguilera, 91, died Wednesday, July 20, at a local hospital.
Visitation with the family will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Walker Funeral Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Monday at St. Benedict Catholic Church with the Rev. Maurus Jaeb, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

published Jul. 23, 2005

David Staley Kershaw

Prague resident David Staley Kershaw, 84, died Thursday, July 21, in Shawnee.
He was born March 30, 1921, near Marlow to James Buckley and Julia Kathryn (Lacy) Kershaw.

On Aug. 31, 1995, he married Dorothy Jean (Kelting) Cheatwood in Ada.

He was a retired carpenter and a member of Calvary Way Church.

Preceding him in death are his parents and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Cheatwood Kershaw, of the home; son, Kevin Staley Kershaw of Pauls Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Larry Lucas of Shawnee; stepchildren, Larry and Kathy Kingsley of Shawnee; Kathy and Tom Zawaki of Augusta, Ga., Danny Cheatwood of Tecumseh; Mike and Linda Cheatwood of Prague; Mark and Cindy Cheatwood of Shawnee, Debbie Lee of Tecumseh, Christinna and Rusty Rushing of Shawnee, Lorrie and Eldon Brittain of Holdenville, Tracy and Steve South of Tecumseh; 31 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Calvary Way Church, Prague, with the Rev. Starland Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery, Prague, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service.



Leo Epperley III

Leo Owen "Trey" Epperley III passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in Shawnee following a lengthy illness.
Trey was born Feb. 7, 1962, in Shamrock, Texas, to Leo Epperley Jr. and Joy (McCoin) Epperley of Holdenville.

He grew up in Shawnee and attended Shawnee schools. He worked for 20 years in the family business, AAA Fire Equipment Company, with his father, Leo Jr. and his son, Jacob.

Trey loved John Wayne movies, OU football, fishing, and playing with his son's pet dog, Guiness.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo Sr. and Velma Epperley, Richard and Marie McCoin, and one sister, Lea Ellen Epperley Ware.

Survivors include his son, Jacob Epperley, of Shawnee; nephew, Russell Ware of Newalla; many uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holdenville Cemetery with Jim Thetford officiating. Services are under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.



Darrell Wayne Anderson

Chandler resident Darrell Wayne Anderson, 53, died Thursday, July 21, in Stroud.
Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Chandler. Burial will follow in the New Zion Cemetery, Chandler, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler.
 

published Jul. 24, 2005

Ray Ponkilla

Lifelong Seminole resident Ray Ponkilla, 74, died Friday, July 22, at home.
He was born March 10, 1931, in Seminole to Tony Wilson Ponkilla Sr. and Mamie (Clark) Ponkilla.

On May 4, 1953, he married Marie Johnson in Oklahoma City. He worked at Shawnee Milling Company and retired in 1995.

He was a member of Snake Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Johnson Ponkilla of the home; three sons, Stewart Ponkilla of Seminole, Robert Ponkilla of Edmond and Stephen Ponkilla of Shawnee; two daughters, Ramona Ponkilla of Oklahoma City and Janell Ponkilla of Green Bay, Wis.; brother, Martin Rock of Shawnee, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Clifford Ponkilla; three brothers, Tony Ponkilla Jr., James Ponkilla and Chester Ponkilla, and two sisters, Venus Blar and Frances Ponkilla Williams.

Wake services will be 6:30 Monday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Snake Creek Baptist Church. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Snake Creek Baptist Church with George Mooney and Kenneth Fixico officiating. Burial will be at Little Cemetery.

Jimmie Dan McCarley

Longtime Seminole County resident Jimmie Dan "JD" "Shaky" McCarley, 85, died Wednesday at Pioneer Nursing Home in Seminole.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel in Seminole with the Rev. Tommy Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 10, 1920, in Texas, the son of James Dan "Jim" and Verda M. McCarley. He married Joyce N. Cantrell in Odessa, Texas, on Dec. 21, 1951. She preceded him in death in 1992.

McCarley retired from Pan American Petroleum Co. in Odessa after 20 years and worked in Seminole for Century 21 for five years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Seminole and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his son, Jay Dee McCarley of Seminole; daughter-in-law, Claire Branson of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, Hunter McCarley, Megan McCarley Giddens and Jason Dwayne McCarley, and two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Jayden Giddens.

Maria Luisa Aguilera

Shawnee resident Maria Luisa Aguilera, 91, died Wednesday, July 20, in a local hospital.
She was born Dec. 11, 1913, in Carmaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Pedro and Maria Ponce. At a young age, she moved to El Paso, Texas, where she attended school.

She married Octavio Aguilera on Jan. 16, 1940. She was a homemaker and worked in retail sales.

She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and enjoyed her family and sewing and quilting.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Cuca Faries; brothers, Joe and Manuel Ponce, and a daughter, Maria Luisa Apodaca.

Survivors include her husband, Octavio, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Jere Aguilera of Shawnee; sister, Mage Solis; sister and brother-in-law, Carmen and Ben Amparan; brother and sister-in-law, Angel and Esperanza Ponce; sister-in-law, Dalila Mechaca; five grandchildren, Yolanda Apodaca, Yvonne Burns, Al Apodaca, Anthony Aguilera and Lisa Churchwell, and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Walker Funeral Service. Mass of Christian burial will be noon Monday at St. Benedict Church with the Rev. Maurus Jaeb, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

M.B. Smith

Longtime Konawa resident M.B. "Smitty" Smith, 80, died Friday, July 22, at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Abundant Life Tabernacle Church in Byng with the Rev. George Carson officiating.

Burial will be at Vamoosa Cemetery under the direction of Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home.

David Staley Kershaw


David Staley Kershaw, 84, of Prague died Thursday in Shawnee.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Calvary Way Church with burial at Arlington Cemetery in Prague.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Prague is directing arrangements.

Roy Lee

Roy Lee, 83, died Saturday, July 23, at Unity Health Center in Shawnee.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Funeral Chapel.

Ralph Molsbee

Ralph Molsbee, 95, died Saturday, July 23, in Paden.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Paden Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

published Jul. 26, 2005

Betty Jo Martin

Betty Jo Martin, 77, died Sunday, July 24, at Unity Health Center-North Campus.
She was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Lindsey to Roy J. Holliday and Williw L. (Bryant) Holliday.

Martin graduated from Willis High School in 1944.

On Feb. 25, 1955, she married George Martin in Conroe, Texas.

Betty moved from Texas to Shawnee in 1966. She was employed as a greeter at Wal-Mart for 18 years before retiring in 2000.

She was a member of Central Church of Christ and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband in 1985, five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include her daughters, Janice Watson and Becky King, both of Shawnee; five grandchildren and spouses, Amber and Jason Lemaster of Shawnee, David and Theresa Bernard of Shawnee, Kimberly Wright of Shawnee, Kelli Watson, Timothy Blossom; three great-grandchildren, Laccee Barnell, Ashton Lemaster and Kylie Watson.

Service will be 2 p.m, today at Resthaven Funeral Chapel with Dwyane Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Ruth Holland Fugate

Noble resident Ruth Holland Fugate, 87, died Sunday, July 24, at her home.
She was born Oct. 30, 1917, in Weaubleaw, Mo., to Charles and Noma (Paschal) Holland.

She was married April 20, 1937, in Cushing to Jimmie B. Fugate. He preceded her in death in 1993.

She was a member of the Methodist Church of Noble.

Also preceding her in death are her parents and brother, Thomas W. Holland.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jim C. and JoAnn Fugate of Noble; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and James Nipper of Norman; grandsons, Jim B. Fugate of Neosho, Mo., Charles C. Fugate of Justin, Texas, Mark Nipper and Craig Nipper both of Norman; four great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home, Shawnee.

Ralph Molsbee

Longtime Paden resident Ralph Molsbee, 95, died Saturday, July 23, in Paden.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Paden Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Young officiating. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service



Sammy Marin Street

Shawnee resident Sammy Marin Street, 84, died Saturday, July 23, at his home.
He was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Cold Spring, Texas, to Alvin Street and Lurah (Allen) Street.

On Aug. 3, 1942, he married Evelena Ingram in Galveston, Texas.

He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and as a bridge constructor in the oil field.

In 1960 he moved from Dennison, Texas, to Shawnee. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing and playing dominoes. But his true joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and 2 sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Evelena Street, of the home; five children and spouses, Charles and Beth Street of Norman, Janice and Kenton Rethford of Shawnee, Danny and Cathy Street of Shellknob, Mo., Susie and Greg Loman of Shawnee and Keith and Michelle Street of Mustang; nine grandchildren, Scott, Brandon, Rebecca, Chris, Josh, Justin, Dace, Tyler and Morgan; four great-grandchildren, Briana, Bailey, Braden and Charley; two brothers, Hubert and Eric Street; one sister, Velma Sommers.

Service will be 9 a.m Wednesday at Resthaven Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Scott Gordon and Carlos Woodard officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.



Daisy Wilson Cope

Former Tecumseh resident Daisy Wilson Cope, 94, died Sunday, July 24, in Midwest City.
She was born Oct. 5, 1910, in Seminole to Frank and Ida M. (Collier) Stewart. She was reared in Tecumseh and was a 1932 graduate of Tecumseh High School.

Cope also had lived in Oklahoma City, but made her home in Tecumseh most of her life. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Tecumseh.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Raymond Wilson in 1991; her second husband, Elmo Cope, in 1994; two sisters, Gladys Rutledge and LaVerne Richardson.

Surviving relatives include her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Linda Wilson of Midwest City; five grandchildren, Donna Mayo of Tecumseh, Jimmy Wilson of Kingfisher, Michael Wilson of Tecumseh, Shelly Edwards of Moore and Cindy Brown of Norman; eleven great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ozeta Reeves of Del City and Pauline O'Neal of Oklahoma City.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cooper Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jack Bettis, Heavenly Heights Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home.

Barbara Beverly Smith

Barbara Beverly "BeBe" Smith, 72, passed away Saturday, July 23, in Austin, Texas.
She was born Nov. 21, 1933, to Fern Little Bayles and Virgil Bayles in Shawnee. She grew up in Shawnee and was involved with the Oklahoma Red Cross.

Barbara graduated from Neff Business College in 1951.

On June 28, 1953, she married Bill R. Smith. Together they raised two sons and two daughters. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

In later years, she settled in the Austin area where she spent her time painting, gardening and reading. One of the many things that she enjoyed was volunteering for the Hudson Bend Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. The Auxiliary was a great part of her life and brought her many smiles. She enjoyed her life and cherished those in it.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 52 years, Bill R. Smith; daughters, Deese Dawn of Clarksville, Tenn., Kelly Stacy of Shawnee; sons, Paul M. Smith and his wife, Kristina, of Austin, Texas, Larry Todd Smith of Austin, Texas; granddaughters, Susan Stacy, Jennifer Stacy and Kyrie Smith; grandsons, Shane Howard, Blane Howard, Perry Scott, Jacob Stacy, B.J. Smith, and Hayden Smith; 7 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks, Austin, Texas.

Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the Hudson Bend Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 15516 General Williamson Drive, Austin, Texas, 78734, (512)266-2533.



Charles Richard See Sr.

He was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Shawnee to Charles William and Ester (Loftis) See.
On June 9, 1950, he married Geraldine Baker at the Church of Christ in Shawnee.

He served in the U.S. Navy, a veteran of the Korean War. While stationed in Guam, he saved a child's life by transferring information via his ham radio to needed services.

See was a talented artist and played many types of stringed instruments. He was a private pilot and a professional photographer. He built his own airplane and started a business selling aerial photographs. He became an electronics technician and retired from Abbott Laboratories in 1996.

He was a member of the Philadelphia Church of God and a loving husband and father.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Geraldine See; son, Charles Richard See Jr. of Texas; daughters, Gae Dawn Parrish of Oklahoma, Linda Kaye Tabbert of Texas; brother, Heraldine See of Arkansas; grandsons, Trevor Kantak, Michael Buckmaster and Skyler Tabbert of Texas.

Viewing was held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Dalton and Son Funeral Home, Lewisville, Texas.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Tecumseh Cemetery, 114 N. Broadway, Tecumeh.

published Jul. 27, 2005

Ina R. (Pinkston) Cole

Ina R. (Pinkston) Cole, beloved wife, mother, sister and child of God, was called home Tuesday, July 26.
She was born Feb. 18, 1951, in Carlsbad, N.M., to Noel and Elinor Ruth (Lane) Pinkston.

On Oct. 17, 1989, she married Brian Cole in Arkansas.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Pinkston, and a sister, Maybelle Pinkston.

Survivors include her husband, Brian, of the home; son, John Mundy and his wife, Kryssa, and grandson, Bryce, of Kansas City; son, Chris Mundy and his wife, Jamie, of Moore; stepson, Craig Cole of Norman; stepson, Anthony Cole and his wife, Twyla, and granddaughter, Elizabeth, of Lawton; sister and brother-in-law, Laverne and Mark Ramsey of Shawnee; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ina touched many lives during her brief stay on this earth and was a friend and helper to any and all who needed her. She will be missed by all.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. John Mixon officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.



James Allen Madden

Benbrook, Texas, resident James Allen Madden, 75, died Saturday, July 23, at Community Hospice of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born Nov. 26, 1929, in Tulsa to James and Myrl Madden.

On Dec. 21, 1951, he married Jackie Ann Simpson.

He retired from General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) in 1993 after 37 years of service.

Jim was a loving son, husband and friend who will be missed by many.

Special thanks go to Community Hospice of Fort Worth, Texas, who aided Jim and his family during this trying time.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Buddy Madden and father-in-law, Jack Simpson.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jackie Ann Madden, of the home; sisters and brother-in-law, Nancy and Dan Hoffman and Janice Madden; mother-in-law, Thada Simpson; a host of family and friends.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Leroy Kerbo officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

Wanda June (Collum) Stovell

Tecumseh resident Wanda June (Collum) Stovell, 72, passed from this life Monday, July 25, in Oklahoma City. Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the First Assembly of God, 104 S. 4th in Tecumseh, with the Rev. Chad Brodrick and the Rev. Robert Rider officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born June 15, 1933, in Maud to Escar and Mildred (Barrow) Collum. She was reared in the Maud/Harjo area and was a graduate of Harjo School.

On Nov. 22, 1951, she married Melvin Stovell in Tecumseh. They have resided in the Okay Community since 1960.

She was employed at Sylvania for several years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God, where she served as nursery attendent and many other capacities at the church.

Wanda enjoyed gardening, cooking and attending to the needs of others. Her family, especially her children and grandchildren, were the focal point of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, "Red" Collum.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Stovall, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Elizabeth Stovall of Tecumseh, Jeff and Marsha Stovall of Moore; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Ali Afshari of Oklahoma City; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jake and Barbara Collum of Las Fresnos, Texas, Edward Collum of Hobbs, N.M., Pete and Lilliam Collum of Odessa, Texas, Stella Mae Collum of Hobbs; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Winona and Bill Bunch of Dimmitt, Texas, Wilma Dean and Jack Scott of Tecumseh, Marjorie Northcutt of Lovington, N.M., Beverly and Charles Barton of Emory, Texas, Pat Anson of Tulsa; five grandchildren, Amy Afshari, Alison Afshari, Jessie Stovall, Zachary Stovall, Leslie Stovall; an abundance of other relatives and friends.



Erma Jean Kinsey-Garcia

Former Tecumseh resident Erma Jean Kinsey-Garcia, 72, died Monday, July 25, in Abilene, Texas.
She was born Oct. 1, 1932, in Shaddy Point, Okla, to Lewis and Lois Cagle Kinsey.

Erma was a lifelong resident of Tecumseh except for the last six months.

She worked for many years in the bakery at Humpty Dumpty Grocery before her retirement.

On June 2, 1959, she married Rudy Garcia in California.

She was a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Rudy, in 1991; sister, Loetta Gifford.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Ronda and Fred Foster of Sweetwater, Texas; Gary and Debbie Garcia of Wayne; brothers, Harland and Vinita Kinsey of Tecumseh, Jim and Faye Kinsey of Soper, Okla; sisters, Shirley Ford of Tecumseh, Juanita and Merlin Hamiliton of Boron, Calif; brother-in-law, Perry Gifford of Boron; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Rockville, M.D. 20853-9813.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Gaskill Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mark Guinn officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

Leroy King

Former Seminole resident Leroy King, 93, died Tuesday, July 26, at Four Rivers Home Health in Caldwell, Idaho.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Little Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home



Bartholomew Lairson

Choctaw resident Bartholomew "B.D." Lairson, 81, died Tuesday, July 26 in Oklahoma City.
He was born Oct. 20, 1923, in Maud to William and Mattie Lea (Pierce) Lairson.

He lived in the Shawnee, Tecumseh and Pink areas most of his life.

On April 30, 1962, he married Inez Kimball in Sallisaw.

He worked in various maintenance positions since his retirement from Tinker Air Force Base in 1964.

He was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening and most of all his grandchildren.

Lairson is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Cordelia Gilbert, and grandchild, Tiffini Whorton.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Lairson, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Thomas Whorton of McLoud; four sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Kip Lairson of Ringgold, Robert and Debra Lairson of Valliant, LeeRoy Lairson of Murphysboro, Tenn., Philip J. and Tami Lairson of Gladwater, Texas; stepdaughters, Sharon Minton of Shawnee, Eunice Munday of Pocola; stepson, Loring Minton of Oklahoma City; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Ellen Childers and Rosie Brightwell, both of Shawnee; brother, Charles Lairson of Houston, Texas.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Highland Church of Christ, Tecumseh, with Philip Lairson and Bob Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home.



Mildred Caroline (Woods) Thurman

Lifelong Shawnee resident Mildred Caroline (Woods) Thurman, 79, passed away Monday, July 25, at a local nursing home.
She was born June 17, 1926, in Shawnee to Claude and Edith (Cook) Woods. She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1944.

She was married in 1951 to Dick Thurman.

Mildred was a homemaker. She was a member of Shawnee Faith Assembly, RSVP, a volunteer for Project H.E.A.R.T. and of the Humane Society. She delivered meals on wheels and visited the residents of the Shawnee and Tecumseh nursing homes. She was loved by many people and brought joy to their lives. She will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Cleo Woods; son, Mike Ward; grandson, Brandon Sharp.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Mary (Thurman) and Tom Sharp of Shawnee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Howell of Tulsa, Claudia and Oral Becker of Shawnee; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a niece, four nephews; a great-nephew.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Faith Assembly with Kurt Beauford officiating assisted by Donnie Knight. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.



Robert T. Russell

Moore resident Robert T. "Bob" Russell, 74, died Tuesday, July 26, at his home.
He was born July 30, 1930, in Elmore City to John Henry and Mary Orlena Russell.

Bob grew up in the Elmore City area.

On Aug. 29, 1979, he married Mary Ann Johnson in Norman.

He joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.

Bob was employed at Tinker Air Force Base until his retirement in 1987.

He had lived in Elmore City for 20 years and in Moore for the past 7 months.

Bob was a member of the VFW Post 4576 in Pauls Valley. He loved music, playing the guitar and dancing. He also enjoyed making wooden toys, sports and reading.

Preceding him in death are his parents; son, Robert Michael Russell; sister, Maudie Kinard; six brothers, James, Ollie, Earnest, Harmon, LeRoy and Floyd.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Russell, of the home; children and spouses, Donna Russell Lane of Oklahoma City, Rhonda Russell Dean and Andy Dean of Prague, Jodie and Tammie Russell of Oklahoma City, Judy and Richard Bell of California, Mickey and Darrin Eggleston; grandchildren, Ssgt. Eric Gilley, Sarah Gilley, Tyler Dean, Matthew Bell, Jon Bell, Lauren Russell, Kimberlyn Bobbimae Russell, Brandon Lawthorn; sister, Ova Campbell of Pauls Valley; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be 4 :30 p.m. Friday at Stufflebean Chapel with the Rev. Curt Bartmess officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home of Pauls Valley.

Madelynn Paige Jordan Burger

Madelynn Paige Jordan Burger, stillborn daughter of Leroy Burger and Michelle Jordan of Shawnee, passed away Monday, July 25, at a local hospital.
Survivors include her parents; sister, Jalynn Jordan of the home; brothers, Wesley and Matthew Burger; grandparents, Fred and Vicki Jordan of Shawnee and Gary and Debbie Burger of Prague; great-grandparents, Fred Jordan of Muskogee, Jimmy and Warnetha Simek of Sparks, Patsy Ward of Sparks, Leroy Johnson of Wellston, Carol Collings of Wellston and Melvin Burger of Meeker; great-great-grandmothers, Julie Booth of Meeker and Maudie Hardesty of Wellston; uncle, Erik Jordan and cousins, Jacey, Kami and Teagun Jordan of Newcastle.

Service will be 10 a.m. today at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

published Jul. 30, 2005

Kathy Miller Kinzey

Norman resident Kathy Miller Kinzey, 58, died Thursday, July 28, at her home.

Ms. Kinzey was born April 24, 1947, in Wanette to Gordon and Lucille (Stover) Miller. She graduated from Wanette High School in 1964. She was active in cheerleading, D.A.R. and F.H.A. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Chi Sorority. Kathy graduated from Seminole Junior College with a Registered Nursing Degree in 1976. She practiced as a Registered Nurse at Mercy and Presbyterian Hospitals in Oklahoma City and Horizon Specialty Hospital in Edmond. She retired in 1998 due to blindness from complications of Type I diabetes.

Ms. Kinzey was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Lucille Miller; brother, Ike Miller; and niece, Dana Cline.

Survivors include two sisters, Ann Miller Pedigo of Norman and Colleen Cline of Goldsby; brother-in-law, Wyvern Cline of Goldsby; nieces, Kayla Yerkey of Goldsby, Marla Clutter of Blanchard, Tara Foutch of Purcell, Geneva Miller of San Antonio, Texas, and Michelle Miller of Tecumseh; nephew, Dr. Aaron Cline of Goldsby; great-nephews, Clay Cline of Norman and Colton and Caleb Cline of Goldsby; great-nieces, Cassie Cline of Goldsby and Mindy and Gemma Foutch of Purcell; and many cousins and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wanette Cemetery Chapel in Wanette with the Rev. Joe Grizzle officiating. Burial will follow at Wanette Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dr. Aaron Cline, Clay Cline, Lee Yerkey, Don Foutch, Mike Stover, Colton Cline and Caleb Cline.

Memorials may be made to Cross Pointe Church Youth Ministry and Building Fund at S.E. 24th and Hwy 9, Norman, OK 73071.

Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman is directing arrangements

published Jul. 31, 2005

Dennis James Harris

Dennis James Harris, 47, McLoud, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at a local hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1957, in Oklahoma City to Robert Gale and Nancy R. (Livingston) Harris. He graduated from McLoud High School and attended Rose State College.

On Aug. 25, 1979, he married Beckie Voss. He worked as an environmental engineer for FAA in Oklahoma City and lived in the McLoud area most of his life.

His father and grandfather preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Beckie Harris, of the home; daughter Shaunna Harris of McLoud, mother Nancy Harris of McLoud, grandmother Ruth Livingston of Oklahoma City; and a brother and sister-in-law, Shaun and Lisa Harris of McKinney, Texas.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the chapel of Walker Funeral Service with the Rev. Norman Kiker officiating. Burial will follow at Dale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

The casket will be open until service time.



Grace Marie Couch

Former Shawnee resident Grace Marie Couch, 95, of Pryor died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, in Pryor.
She was born Feb. 12, 1910, in Shawnee to James and Ethel (Dryer) Casey. She grew up and went to school in Shawnee and later attended Oklahoma Baptist University.

She married Larry Mills in 1940, then married Paul Couch in 1960. She owned and operated the Mills Dairy Mart in Pryor for seven years until 1962.

While living in Shawnee, she worked as an evening operator for the Shawnee Telephone Company. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pryor and a member of the U Need Us Sunday School class.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her two husbands.

Surviving are special friends Darrell and Pat Pruitt of Pryor and Bill Johnson of Tulsa; and seven cousins: Leon Casey and Amy Casey, both of Shawnee; Beth Vogt of Oklahoma City; Saundra Johnson of Shawnee; Sue Johnson of Macomb; Era Walker of Springdale, Ark.; and Blanch Wilson of Shawnee.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Key Funeral Home in Pryor. Online condolences can be left at www.keyfuneralhome.com.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Shawnee with the Rev. Don Baker officiating. Key Funeral Home of Pryor is in charge of the arrangements.



Robert Owen Bailey

Robert Owen Bailey, 84, died Friday, July 29, 2005, at his home near Davenport.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Davenport Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Mitchell officiating. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Chandler.



Elizabeth "Betty" M. Weatherley

Elizabeth "Betty" M. Weatherley, 73, of Meeker died Friday, July 29, 2005, in Shawnee.
She was born Jan. 26, 1932, in Leavenworth, Kan., to Shirley Ernest Fleming and Ruby Lee (Miller) Fleming.

She married Franklin A. Weatherley on Jan. 7, 1950, in Desarc, Ark. Betty and Frank had made their home in Meeker since 1967. She was a member of the Catholic Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Phillip Fleming.

Surviving are her husband, Franklin Weatherley, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, F. Michael and Kathy Weatherley of Manvel, Texas; W. Steven and Sherri Weatherly of Shawnee; and David and Donna Weatherley of Tecumseh; daughters and son-in-law, Pamela R. and Richard Lucas of Meeker and Patricia L. Weatherley of Moore; brothers, Charles Fleming of Tulahoma, Tenn., Lawrence Fleming, Martin Fleming, Richard Fleming and Randolph Fleming, all of Ottawa, Ill., and William Fleming of Shelbyville, Tenn.; sisters, Lola Sellers of Ottawa, Ill., Arlene Turner of Streator, Ill., Rebecca Hershler of Atwater, Calif., Donna Baer of Carrier Mills, Ill., Melissa Lowe of Streator, Ill., and Colleen Meier of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation will be at Park Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Meeker until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.

A wake service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Meeker. Mass will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday, also at St. Michael's, with the Rev. Adrian Vorderlandwehr, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Meeker.

 

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