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

submitted by Kay Sugg Best

published Mar. 01, 2007

Nellie Pauline McDaniel

Former Seminole resident Nellie McDaniel, 95, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, in Everett, Wash.
She was born Dec. 6, 1911, to Thomas Bryan and Etta Nellie (McElroy) Carey in Wyatt, Mo.

She married her husband of 57 years, Lowell E. McDaniel in Sapulpa. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1986.

She was a Nanny for the David Boren family for many years as well as other families in the Seminole and Shawnee area. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seminole.

Also preceding her in death were her son, L.E. McDaniel; one brother, two sisters, one granddaughter and two nephews.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Barbara McDaniel of Bothell, Wash.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Nellie to Providence Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 500, Everett, Washington 98201.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. A reception will be held following the service at Omalee's, 206 N. Main in Seminole. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. At South Height Cemetery, Sapulpa.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneralhome.com


Howard Ray King

Eufaula resident Howard Ray King, 79, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center.
Howard was born Aug. 23, 1927, to Calvin Homer and Margariette Leona (Hunt) King, in Shamrock, Okla.

He graduated from high school and later attended OSU-Okmulgee. In 1945, Howard enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force.

On Aug. 8, 1947, he married Iva Jeanne Daley in Oklahoma City. They were happily married for 59 years.

Howard worked as an electronics technician. He was a ham radio operator for 40 years. He loved to fish. He always felt his greatest achievements were his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl and Herbert King; and sister Geraldyne Likens.

Survivors include his wife, Iva Jeanne of the home; daughter, Beverly Thackray and husband, Doug lee of Utah; brother, Bennie (Pepper) King and wife, Marylou of Shawnee; sisters, Anita Goodman and husband, Robert of Sapulpa, Pat Burke of Odessa, Texas; sisters-in-law, LaVerne King of Odessa, Opal King of Midwest City; three grandchildren, Roger and Mickelle Thackeray, BJ and Tia Johnstun and Tracy, and Jason Stephenson; two great grandchildren, Isabella Stephenson and Olivia Johnstun; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Kelley Memorial Chapel of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home, 401 N. Main, Eufaula.

Arrangements under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home.


Eva J. McCullar

Tecumseh resident Eva J. "Meme" McCullar, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Shawnee.
She was born June 23, 1929, in Coal, Okla., to Jess and Linda (Brown) Pullen. She attended Prairie Valley.

On April 6, 1946, she married Lin McCullar in Meeker. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1991.

She and her husband made their home in Shawnee. In 1979, they moved to Tecumseh. They owned the Original Seamless Concrete Storm Cellar, established in 1948.

She was a homemaker. "Meme" was a very special grandmother to her grandsons, and loved her new great-granddaughter, Poppy. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, attending church, and working in the garden. She devoted her life to her family.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Renita Lynn McCullar in 1996; her parents; three sisters, Ruby Queen, Elizabeth Bickerstaff and Valera Aylor; and one brother, James C. Pullen.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ed Abel of Shawnee; grandsons and their wives, Rod and Allison Robinson of Tecumseh, Lang Bartmess of Tecumseh and Jesse and Katie Abel of Plano, Texas; granddaughter, Laura Rodriquez and her husband, Darryll, of Amarillo, Texas; great-grandchildren; Poplyn Hope Robinson, Kierston Rodriquez and Ayden Rodriquez.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Cooper Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Curt Bartmess officating. Burial will be at Tecumseh Cemetery.

To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com


Garry Earle Ryan

Former Shawnee resident Garry Earle Ryan died Saturday, Feb. 17.
He was born Feb. 19, 1934, in St. Joseph, Mo., to Nelson H. And Vida (Tate) Ryan.

Garry spent his early childhood living in many parts of the United States as a member of an Air Force family. In 1946, his family settled in Shawnee where he graduated high school in 1952 and then attended Oklahoma A&M, Oklahoma Baptist Univerty and The University of Oklahoma.

Garry served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and was an active reservist until 1965.

In 1958, he married Carol Ridenour and five children were born of that marriage.

He was a 42 year employee of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and a longtime member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee. He was a certified Track and Field official for many years and enjoyed quail and dove hunting.

He is survived by his children, Garry II, Karra Sipes, Paula Sendall, Sharra Wilson and Marla (Jeanie) Padron; grandchildren, Amy Cruz and Amanda Parker, Anouchka and Landry Ambouroue, Lexi Sendall, and Carlee and Alex Padron; and great-grandson, Caden Cruz.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. To 8 p.m. Today at Hibbs Funeral Home in Choctaw.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Cemetery, Shawnee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at Heartland Hospice of Norman or a favorite charity.


The Rev. Havner L. Reid

Weleetka area resident the Rev. Havner L. Reid died Monday, Feb. 26, in Shawnee at the age of 84.
Service will be 2 p.m. Today at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Weleetka with the Rev. Cecil Reid and the Rev. Havner L. Reid Jr. Officiating. Burial will be in the Likowski Cemetery under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home.

published Mar. 02, 2007

Kirby Diane Griner

Lifetime Shawnee resident Mrs. Kirby Griner, 67, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 28, after a long courageous battle with lung cancer.
She was born Kirby Diane Schweizerhof, the third child of eight, to William and Nina Schweizerhof on Feb. 13, 1940, in Shawnee. She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1958.

On Dec. 25, 1958, she married Mr. Dave Griner.

Kirby was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She worked as a medical records clerk at Mission Hill Hospital. She also worked 18 years for OG&E as an engineering secretary, retiring in 1995. She then worked for Dr. Scott Stewart and Dr. David Hadley as a medical transcriptionist.

Kirby loved art in all forms. She showed her talents by expressing herself in oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, throwing pottery, stained glass, floral arranging, calligraphy, artistic furniture painting and interior design.

Kirby also loved traveling with her husband, Dave, as well as "doing lunch" with her many friends and sisters.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Al Griner; two brothers, Jim Schweizerhof, Jeff Schweizerhof and one sister, Kerri Schweizerhof.

Kirby is survived by her husband, Dave Griner; her beloved poodle, Christopher; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Reba Schweizerhof of Norman; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Phillips of Shawnee, Karen and Ron Cox of Oklahoma City and Mary and Pat Hathcock of Shawnee; many nieces and nephews and a host of very good friends.

A special "Thank You" to Angelic Hospice for the wonderful job they did taking care of all of us during this most difficult time in our lives.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Cooper Funeral Chapel in Tecumseh with the Rev. Bill Matthews and the Rev. Phil Thompson officiating with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee.

Memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church of Shawnee, Israel Missions or the Oklahoma Medical Research for Cancer.


James Justin Collins

Shawnee resident James Justin Collins, 30, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Fort Smith, Ark
He was born Oct. 3, 1976, to Thomas and Joy (Posey) Collins in Shawnee. He attended Shawnee High School.

He loved to work outside, but most of all, he loved spending time with his children.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Belle Ancell; grandparents, W.P. Collins, Edna Collins, Carl and Emily Posey; uncles, James, Mike and Bill Posey and Glen Collins; aunt, Betty Spillars.

Survivors include his wife, Macie Collins of the home; two daughters, Mariah and Jaycie Collins; two sons, Dalton and T.J. Collins of the home; parents, Tom and Joy Collins of Shawnee; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Vickie Stevens of Colorado; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammy and Lee Cooper of Sapulpa, Carla and Jake Stewart of Okemah, Nellie and Don White of Tecumseh, Debbie Cassaday of Sapulpa; nieces, Starla and Daniel French of Shawnee, Amy and Gary Lee of Okemah, Kelby and Kylee White of Tecumseh, Tori, Elisabeth, and Zoe Boyce of Shawnee, and Courtney Boyce of Pink; nephews, Joey and Rikki Volner of Sapulpa, Anthony and Tonya Volner of Sapulpa, Kody White of Tecumseh and Aden Boyce of Pink, Jared Stevens of Florida; great-nieces, Emille Lever, Caylee Robinson, and Lauryn Volner; great-nephews, Ethan Lever, Gary Lee, Grant French, Gibson French, Landon Volner, Colton Volner; parents-in-law, David and Barbara Boyce; grandparents-in-law, Donald and Joann Boyce; sister-in-law, Codie and Stephen Besley; brother-in-law, Jessie and Krystal Boyce; many, many friends.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Steele officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Charlie McMahan

Tecumseh resident Charlie McMahan, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Tecumseh.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Cooper Funeral Chapel with Bob Anderson and Junior Mize officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

published Mar. 03, 2007

Kathryn Owens Quinn

Longtime resident of White Settlement, Texas, Kathryn "Granny" Owens Quinn passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, after a long illness.
Mrs. Quinn was born April 23, 1926, in Shawnee. She was the youngest of 12 children of Reuben Augustus and Mary Owens.

On Nov. 24, 1945, she married Paul L. Quinn and they established residence in Shawnee.

In 1960, they moved to Oklahoma City where she was employed by Western Electric. She and Paul moved to Norman in 1964. In 1966 they moved toWhite Settlement when she went to work for General Dynamics, now Lockheed, retiring in 1991.

Kathryn enjoyed dancing, bowling and any competitive activity, and was an avid Oklahoma Sooners football fan. She had a love of nature and gardening, making chocolate gravy and cookie trees. Kathryn enjoyed traveling and in recent years became interested in genealogy. She was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Ms. Quinn was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Quinn of White Settlement; sons, Dan and his wife, Marrae, of Norman, and Paul of Oklahoma City; loving and devoted daughter, Dianne and her husband, Mick, of White Settlement; granddaughters, Katy and her husband, Michael Powers, and Patty and her husband, Kelly Thomason, all of Norman; grandson, Shad of Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Sophie, Ella, Cole and Harrison Powers of Norman; sisters, Edna Whited and Violet Marie Crowl and husband, Jack; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service was held Friday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church under the direction of Greenwood Funeral Home, Fort Worth, Texas.


Sherri Dennice Greenlee

Sherri Dennice Greenlee, 43, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Midwest City.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, McLoud with the Rev. Adrian Vorderlandwehr, O.S.B. Officiating. Burial will follow at St. Teresa's Catholic Cemetery, Harrah.

Services under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service of Harrah.

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit: www.smithparks.com

published Mar. 04, 2007

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published Mar. 06, 2007

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published Mar. 08, 2007

Barbara J. Sherrill

Tecumseh resident Barbara J. Sherrill, 61, died Monday, March 5, in Midwest City.

Barbara was born March 26, 1945 in Boise, Idaho, to Charles and Betty (Harmon) Scovel. As a young child, she moved to Shawnee and she has been a resident of the Shawnee-Tecumseh area since. She was a graduate of Shawnee High School.

On November 1, 1963, she married Larry Sherrill in Shawnee.

Barbara served 42 years in Shawnee hospitals. She worked 10 years in the Mission Hill Medical Records Department. She started with Shawnee Regional in 1974 in medical records. In 1989, she became the new Cancer Center's Cancer Tumor Registrar. She was an active member of the National Cancer Registrar Association and the Oklahoma Tumor Registrar Associations. She was a annual supporter of Relay for Life. Barbara enjoyed her work and considered it an avenue of personal ministry and evangelism. To share her faith and be instrumental in a changed life brought her great joy. She and her husband were charter members of Evangelistic Center Church. Throughout her life she participated in and supported many outreaches, ministries and missions.

"Nanny" enjoyed spending time with her family at their lake cabin on Lake Texoma. She also enjoyed shopping, especially with her grandchildren, and taking cruises with her husband. Her family was the focal point of her life.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Scovel.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Larry Sherrill of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Aleisa Sherrill of Tecumseh; daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Brad Cantrell of Roff, Okla.; her mother, Betty Scovel of Tecumseh; brother and sister-in-law, David and Joannie Scovel of Tecumseh; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Charley Ballou of Tecumseh; seven grandchildren, Stefnie, Travis, Joeci and Blaedn Sherrill and Laci, Brogan and Rylan Cantrell; and many other relatives and friends.

Her family has designated the Vasculitis Foundation as appropriate for memorials. To contact the foundation, you may call 1-800-277-9474 or vf@vasculitisfoundation.org.

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Evangelistic Center Church with the Rev. Mark McIntosh and the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in Tecumseh Cemetery.

To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com


Jacob "Jake" Lempges

McLoud resident Jacob "Jake" Lempges, 94, died Monday, March 5, in a local nursing home.
Jake was born July 10, 1912, in McLoud to Jacob Lempges and Josephine (Wozniak).

He married Edna Scheidt.

Jake was a farmer and a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife; sisters, Lucia Hull, Millie Mason, Marie Beaver; brothers, Frank Lempges, and Steve Lempges; grandson, Jacob Todd Sparks; great-granddaughter, Brittney Sparks.

Survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Godwin and husband, Gary, of McLoud and Reta Sparks and husband, Kenny, of McLoud; grandchildren, Lori Long and husband, Bobby, Traci Murphy and husband, Jay, Stephanie Brown and husband, Josh, Melanie Sparks and Jason Sparks; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Morgan and Dalton Long, Sheridan, Jordan and Ryland Murphy, Joshua, Chloee and Jacob Brown and Brooklyn Sparks; in-laws, Ed and Grace Brzozwski, Opal Wright and Frank Scheidt; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, McLoud, with Father Adrian Vorderlandwehr, O.S.B., and Father Eugene Marshall officiating. Burial will be a Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Central Oklahoma Chapter, 2601 NW Expressway, Suite 613 East, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.


Jack Roselius

Macomb resident Jack Roselius died Monday, March 5, in Norman at the age of 85.
Jack was born Aug. 18, 1921, in McLean, Texas, to Charles Lou and Viola Mae (Kime) Roselius.

He attended Macomb schools and was a lifelong resident of Macomb. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II in Japan.

On June 18, 1947, he married Bette Cooper in Norman.

A retired postal carrier, Jack was also a self-employed rancher. He was a member of the Masons, the Methodist Church and the Macomb Fire Department.

He is preceded in death by his wife; two sisters, Twana "Tottie" Gay and Bobbie Jo Stapp; and one brother, Dub Roselius.

He is surved by four sons and three daughters-in-lw, Larry and Marilyn Roselius of Moore, Charles "Mouse" Roselius of Norman, Connie and Susie Roselius of Moore, Bobby and Sue Roselius of Choctaw; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.

Visitation will begin 4 p.m. Today at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Cooper Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mark Elam of Midwest Community Nazarene Church officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie View Cemetery.

To share memories, or to sign the quest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.


Mabel Williams Rinks

Tulsa resident Mabel Williams Rinks died at the age of 87.
Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel, Broken Arrow, Okla. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee.

Floral Haven Funeral Home, Broken Arrow, is directing arrangements


Rickie R. Vincent

Shawnee resident Rickie R. Vincent, 25, died Monday, Mar. 5, at an Oklahoma City Hospital.
He as born June 10, 1981, to Randy and Mary Diane (Hendershot) Vincent in Shawnee.

He attended Shawnee High School and graduated from East Central University.

On May 20, 2006, he married Elizabeth Langwell.

He worked as a Contracting Specialist at Tinker Air Force Base.

He was a member of the Shawnee Christian Church, and Bowfish USA. He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for bowfishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ed and Mary Vincent.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Vincent of the home; parents, Randy and Diane Vincent of Shawnee; sister, Schyla Howe and her husband, Kevin of Moore; grandparents, Ed and Mary Lou Hendershot of Dale; aunts and uncles, Rick and Roxane Vincent of Shawnee, Vicki and Robert Files of Stigler, Tracy and Tommy Nicholson of Edmond, Kelly and Mark Elliston of North Carolina; cousins, Courtney, Ben, and Harley Goliwas, Jake Vincent, Alex Meador, Shelby and Brandon Nicholson, Luke and Logan Elliston.

Viewing will be at Walker Funeral Home from 8 a.m. Until 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 8 a.m. Until 11 a.m. On Thursday. There will be a closed casket service.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday outside of the Shawnee Home Builders Cabin with John Mayhue officiating. Burial will follow at the Dale Cemetery.

A fund has been set up at Arvest Bank in the name of Rickie Vincent for friends and family wishing to make a more lasting donation in lieu of flowers


Harold John Wilson

Norman resident Harold John "Bud" Wilson, 77, passed away Tuesday, March 6.
He was born Oct. 6, 1929 in Amarillo, Texas to James Monroe and Matilda Pearl (Lofgren) Wilson.

Bud worked construction as a bricklayer. He liked fishing, hunting, watching auto racing and was an avid reader. He also enjoyed bird watching and would build bird houses from his woodworking shop. However, he especially enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. He was a loving companion, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Howard, Henry, Harvey and Horace; sister, Helen; and his wife of 20 years, Willa.

He leaves wonderful memories with his very special companion, Virginia Dingler; his daughters, Betty J. Norton, and Deborah K. Bourbonnais and husband Larry; grandchildren, Heather R. Taron, Stephen R. Taron and wife Brooke, Jason Wilson Bourbonnais, Melissa K. Bourbonnais; great-granddaughter, Addison Taron; many nieces, nephews, friends and Virginia's children, Greg White and wife Danita, and Cheryl Mathis and husband Gary; and her grandson, Michael Rountree.

A memorial graveside service to celebrate Bud's life will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hopewell (Bethel) Cemetery on Hardesty Road, across from Bethel United Methodist Church in Shawnee, OK. A memorial celebration will follow the graveside service at the Homebuilder Association Cabin at Shawnee Lake. The family encourages all of Bud's family, friends and co-workers to join the family as they celebrate his life.

Arrangement under the direction of Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary. (405)634-1439


Seth Patterson Jr.

Shawnee resident Seth Patterson Jr., 59, died Monday, March 5, at his residence.

He was born December 23, 1947, in Dallas, Texas to Seth Patterson Sr. And Dorothy (Carrol).

He worked as a welder.

Preceding him death were his parents, wife, and one daughter, Jennilu Patterson.

Survivors include three children, Stacy Patterson and wife Fouzie of Shawnee, Amanda Patterson of Grapevine, Texas, Brandy Patterson of Grapevine, Texas; three grandchildren: Summer, Nicholas, and Dalton; one great-grandchild, Scottland; one brother, Richard Patterson of Dallas, Texas.

The cremation is being handled by Walker Funeral Service. No services are scheduled at this time.


Mary Anna Sturgis (nee Stickles)

Chandler Nursing Center resident Mary Anna Sturgis (nee Stickles), 79, died Wednesday, March 7.
She was born October 13, 1927, in Daviess County Indiana to Sherman C and Dewey (Grubbs) Stickles.

She was a 1945 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School and of Central Business College in Indianapolis. With her beloved husband of 53 years, Charles M. Sturgis, who died in 2001, she lived for many, many years, near Washington High School campus. She was a homemaker and an active volunteer, serving especially the Indianapolis Public School #50 (Hawthorne School) Parent-Teacher Assn., as President, and Fairfax Christian Church of Indianapolis in the choir, as an accompanist, and with the Benevolence Committee. Mary was known for her sewing and crafting, and artistically crocheted "Gramma Blankies". She lived in retirement in Carol Stream, Ill., and then at the Chandler Nursing Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Charles M. Sturgis, and one grandchild.

Survivors include her sister, Wilma S. Goode of Bedford, Ind. And Ada S. Shamblin of Chandler; daughters, Charlene McElhiney of Chandler and Bonita (Kenneth) Lamb of Brandon, Miss; grandchild, David McElhiney of Chicago, Ill., Daniel McElhiney of Elgin, Ill., Jeffrey (Elizabeth) McElhiney of Urbana, Ill., and Christina (Garret) Salassi of Clinton, Miss.; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Logan, and Kendall Salassi of Clinton, Miss.; nieces and nephews, Carol (Carl) Herndon of Chandler, Ruth (Juan) Medina of Logan, Ala., James Goode of Crane, Ind., Sharon Thompson of Crane, Ind., Patty (Timothy) Rocco of Bedford, Ind.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Parks Brothers Chapel in Chandler.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Chandler Public Library in Mary's name (1021 Manvel Ave, Chandler, OK 74834) or to the donor's charity of choice. (405)258-1177


John C. Reynolds

Former Ardmore resident John C. Reynolds, 80, died Tuesday, March 6, in Ardmore.
Visitation will be 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday with Dr. Ed Fox officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Home

published Mar. 09, 2007

John C. Reynolds

Former Shawnee resident John C. Reynolds, currently of Ardmore, died Tuesday, March 6, in Ardmore at the age of 80.
He was born April 5, 1926, in Vamoosa, Okla., to Benjamin and Ora (White) Reynolds.

John was married to Jean (Lincicome) Reynolds for 43 years before she went to be with the Lord in August 1992.

He was in the U.S. Navy and then worked at Tinker Air Force Base in the civil service until he retired at the age of 55.

Proceding him in death were his wife and his parents.

Survivors include two children and their spouses, Jenny and Howard Bryson of Ardmore and Jimmy and Glenna Reynolds of Amarillo, Texas; many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. At Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m Saturday at Fairview Cemetery with Dr. Ed Fox officiating.


Robert Brassfield

Wellston resident Robert Brassfield, 54, died Wednesday, Mar. 7, in Wellston.
Visitation will be today from noon - 8 p.m. At Gaskill Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. At Rossville Cemetery with Pastor Paul Speer officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

published Mar. 10, 2007

Bill Mendenhall

Chandler resident Bill Mendenhall,73, departed this life on Wednesday, Mar. 7, at his home in Chandler.

He was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Colcord, Okla., to Burlie Lee and Ruth (Creed) Mendenhall.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He married Winifred Hanke on March 3, 1956, in Oklahoma City.

He was a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Bill worked as an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman for 29 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Winnie of the home; daughters, Jerri Toumbs and Deborah Currid both of Chandler; brothers, Ralph Mendenhall of Tennessee and Carl Wilbanks of Eufaula; sister, Wanda Coffee of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Service will be p.m. At Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Chandler, Oklahoma, with the Rev. Leon Williams officiating. Burial will follow at New Zion in Chandler.


Ricky Dean Nail

Tecumseh resident Ricky Dean Nail, 54, died Friday, March 9, at Carl Albert Indian Health Facilities.
He was born Jan. 30, 1953, in Shawnee to Austin Coy and Pearl Nail. He attended Muskogee College and was an alumni of Shawnee High School.

Survivors include his two daughters, Catherine Gooch and Nicole Nail; son, Richard Garcia; four grandsons; two granddaughters; as well as two adopted sons, Alf Williams and Mike McCray.

Memorial will be a private service for immediate family and close friends, those invited will be contacted when arrangements are made under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

published Mar. 11, 2007

George "Henry" Hunt

Bethel Acres resident George "Henry" Hunt, 79, died Friday, March 9, at his home.

He was born Nov. 17, 1927, Lexington, Okla., the 18th child of 20 brothers, sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, born to George Hunt, Sr. and Edith (Newville) Hunt.

Born east of Lexington, he was reared in Bethel Acres, where he graduated as Salutatorian of Bethel High School.

On September 15, 1948 he married Doris Killman in Gainesville, Texas. Following their marriage, they lived in Midwest City, moving back to Bethel in 1979, where they built their home on the family homestead, established in 1947, and have lived there since.

He worked as a supervisor for Townley's Dairy, as well as working for a time with Jordan Construction. He also worked for General Motors, from which he retired. He was a Deacon at Emmanuel Baptist Church in McLoud, as well as being a member of Shawnee Composite Lodge #107 of Shawnee, a 32nd degree Mason of Guthrie Scottish Rite, and a India Shriner. He enjoyed water skiing when he was younger, gardening, cutting wood, and the outdoors. He was a city councilman for the city of Bethel Acres, going on to serve as Mayor. He served on the Bethel School Board until just last month.

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

Survivors include his wife, Doris Hunt of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, DeCarla and Joseph Powers of Bethel Acres, Sheila and Jimmy Jordan of Tecumseh, Sonya and Richard Wood of Bethel Acres; four grandchildren, Ryan Deatherage, Chad Deatherage, Jennifer Roberson, and John Jordan; three step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maudie Cox of Tecumseh and Mary Henderson of Schertz, Texas; numerous friends and family.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. To 6 p.m. Sunday at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Cooper Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Bond and the Rev. Glen Pence officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

The family has designated the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, McLoud, as appropriate for memorials.

To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.


Vera F. Cline

Shawnee resident Vera F. Cline, 87, died Saturday, March 10, at a local nursing home.

She was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Wichita, Kan., to Edmund H. Smith and Nora Hazel (Elliott) Smith.

Vera attended Shawnee schools and graduated from high school in 1937. She married Earl Cline in September 1938.

She was part of Oak Park Church of God, Rebekah Lodge and Murrow Chapter of the Eastern Star. A past Grand Matriarch of Oklahoma Grand Encampment Auxiliary and Past Worthy Matron 5 times. She lived in Shawnee until after "World War ll", moving to Wichita, Kan. In 1952 she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., working for Douglas Aircraft. She married Edward Cortez in 1955 and returned to Shawnee.

Preceding her in death were her parents, both husbands, her son, Gary Cline, and a grandson, Chris.

Survivors include her two daughters and spouses, Glenda and Gaylord Connor of Denton, Texas and Gayle and Dan Poole of Wichita, Kan.; grandsons and spouses, Kip and LuAnn Connor, Michael and Allison Wheat, Aaron and Kathy Cline, Chad Thomas and wife, Michelle; granddaughter and spouses, Kim and David Darrough, Christy and J.D. Kennedy, Kelli Daggett, Savannah Cline; 18 great-grandchildren; and her dear friend Melba Boston and Family.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Kerbo officiating. Burial will be at Tecumseh Cemetery.


Harry James Harjo

Seminole resident Harry James Harjo, 66, died Saturday, March 10, in Henryetta.
Wake services will be 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. Monday at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Williams Family Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home.


Ree Perry Cooper

Seminole resident Ree Perry Cooper, 93, died Saturday, March 10, in Seminole.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Sulphur, Okla. Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sulphur Cemtery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home.

published Mar. 13, 2007

Carlos Newton Sisson

Tecumseh resident Carlos Newton "Cisco" Sisson died Friday, March 9, in a local hospital at the age of 83.
He was born May 25, 1923, in Egypt, Okla., to Ivy L. And Maranda P. (Kinsey) Sisson.

He went through 8th grade and because of the Depression, he had to quite school and support his family. He went back and earned his GED in 1969.

On May 28, 1949, he married Sue Emma Allred.

He served in the U.S. Army signal corps during World War II and in Japan in 1946.

He worked as an aircraft engine inspector for 28 years at Tinker Air Force Base. After retirement, he sold vegetables and fruits from his garden.

He was a member of University Baptist Church, NARFE, American Legion and NRA. He was a man of many talents such as, a farmer, a carpenter, an electrician, a mechanic, and a plumber. He had a passion for flowers and all kinds of trees. He never met a stranger.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his three children, Nita Coker and her husband, Les, Shawnee, Michael Sisson and his wife, Jackie, Shawnee, and Pattie Sisson of Del City; grandchildren, Scott Coker, Julie Dyke, Kenny Sisson, Michelle Gillham and Maranda Perry; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Bevin, Natalie, Rhys, Ethan and Gabriel; sister, Teresa Mowery of Pasadena, Texas; brother, Louie Sisson of Lincoln, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating.


Tyler Shane Thomason

Tyler Shane Thomason, 7, of Shawnee, died Friday, March 9, in Shawnee.
He was born Jan. 28, 2000 to Shane Thomason and Nicole Wright in Shawnee.

He attended Jefferson Elementary in Shawnee, where he was in the 1st grade and was on the Teachers Honor Roll. He enjoyed riding his bike, church, his friends, toy cars and video games. He attended Sharon Baptist Church, where enjoyed being part of the church family.

Tyler is survived by his father and spouse, Shane and Heather Thomason of the home; mother, Nicole Wright of Shawnee; three sisters, Kilee, Katelynn and Abbi Thomason, all of the home; one brother, Dyllan Thomason of the home; grandparents, Randy and Patricia Thomason of Kingston, Johnny and Belinda Terrell of Shawnee and Al and Kellie Wright of Tecumseh; great grandparents, Walter and Peggy Girty of Shawnee; aunts and uncles, "Auntie" Lisa and "Uncle" Clint Thomason, Bobby and Candice Peterson of Shawnee, Eric and Michelle Mitchell of Shawnee; great aunts and uncle Greg and Brenda Stroud of Shawnee and Belinda Snider; cousins, Trey, Trenton, Jordan, Josh, Taylor, Jeremiah, Deryck, Drake, Nicholas, Jacob and Joseph; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sharon Baptist Church in Tecumseh with the Rev. Clint Dawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson Cemetery. To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.


Tommi Bierd

McLoud resident Tommi Bierd died Friday, March 9, at the age of 58.
She was born Sept. 14, 1948, in Purcell Okla.

Tommi was the Personnel Director for the City of Shawnee.

She enjoyed barrel racing, her dogs and cats, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Bierd; sons, Kevin Hall and Tom Bierd; daughters, Tonya Eldred and Jennifer Channon; brothers, Roy Hinkle and Troy Hinkle; many other lovings relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. Today at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Shawnee with Pastor Joe Sinko officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Ora Gladys Henson

Tecumseh resident Ora Gladys Henson, 95, died Saturday, March, 10, in Tecumseh.
Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Southside Baptist Church, Poteau, Okla. With the Rev. Garry Haskins officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.

Arrangements under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.


Dennis Earl Gibson

Shawnee resident Dennis Earl Gibson, 55, died Friday, March 9, in Shawnee.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kingfisher Cemetery with the Rev. Dave Lewis officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Sanders Funeral Service of Kingfisher.


Stacy Leigh Vigil

Harrah resident Stacy Leigh (Brooks) Vigil died Sunday, March 11, in Harrah at the age of 47.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Today at Memory Lane Cemetery in Harrah with Pastor Tom Jones officiating. Services are under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service, Harrah.


Robert E. Sams

Shawnee resident Robert E. Sams, 65, died Monday, March 12.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Eisenhour N.E. Chapel.

Arrangements under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral N.E.


Peggy Mings

Peggy (Gilliam) Mings, 75, died Friday, March 9.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel, Chandler, Okla.

Arrangements under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Chandler.

published Mar. 14, 2007

C.B. "Red" Conner

Longtime Seminole resident C.B. "Red" Conner, 92, died Sunday, March 11, at Kingston, Okla.
Service will be 2 p.m. Today at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Chris Stinnett officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole.


Lillian Lois Shelton

Wesley, Ark.,resident Lillian Lois Shelton died Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the age of 94.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 24, at Tecumseh Cemetery with Elder Glen Rooker officiating under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark, Ark.


Betty Teas

Oklahoma City resident Betty Teas, 84, died Wednesday, March 7, at The Lakes Assisted Living Center.
A private family graveside service was held Friday, March 8, under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.

published Mar. 15, 2007

Hope and Faith Goodman

Hope and Faith Goodman, infant twins of Dustin Goodman and Brittany Veitenheimer, died Monday night in Oklahoma City.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Brown Cemetery with Shari Cathcart officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home.


Murrel Marie Pantlik

Former longtime Prague resident Murrel Marie Pantlik, 93, died Tuesday, March 13, in Colby, Kan.
Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Prague Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Prague.


Lorena Christina Stalnaker

Longtime Maud resident Lorena "Lorene" Christina (Marx) Stalnaker died Monday, March 12, at Seminole Hospital at the age of 92.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Maud with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home of Maud.


Sharon Kay Stewart

Chandler resident Sharon Kay Stewart, 59, died Tuesday, March 13, in Chandler.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Rossville Cemetery, Wellston.

Arrangements under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Chandler.

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