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

submitted by Kay Sugg Best

published Mar. 16, 2007

Ernest Gordon Bowen

Wesley, Ark., resident Ernest Gordon Bowen died Thursday at the age of 76.
Service was held Tuesday, March 13, at Shaffer Funeral Home with Elder James Isaacs officiating. Burial was at Morgan Hill Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home, Ozark, Ark.


Gary A. Gouker

Former Prague resident Gary A. Gouker, 60, died Monday, March 12.
Memorial service will be today 11 a.m. At Campbell Memorial Chapel, 231 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, Calif.

Arrangements under the directionof Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills, Los Gatos, Calif.

published Mar. 17, 2007

Eloise Jamae McMurtrey

Former Shawnee resident Eloise Jamae (Cooper) McMurtrey, currently of Duncan, died Wednesday, March 14, at the age of 77.
Eloise was born on Jan. 29, 1930 in Frederick, Okla., the daughter of Alexander G. And Esther I. (May) Cooper. She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1948.

In Duncan, she worked as a medical transcriptionist for Dr. William Edwards, until her retirement.

Eloise was a member of DAR, DAC, the Mayflower Society, the Prairie House and First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Susan E. And David Fielder of Oxford, Georgia; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe W. And Connie McMurtrey of Minco, Okla.; two sisters, Elaine Ellis of Shawnee and Marge Wilson of Oklahoma City; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Cooper of Duncan and Betty Cooper of Perryton, Texas; four grandsons, P.T. McMurtrey and his wife Leah, Brett Fielder and his wife Jamie, Michael Fielder and Luke McMurtrey and one great-grandson, Reed Thomas McMurtrey and numerous neices and nephews.

Service will be 10 a.m. Today at First United Methodist Church in Duncan with the Rev. Phil Ware officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. At Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee with the Rev. George Lupton officiating.

Don Grantham Funeral Home, Duncan, is directing arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Brett Fielder, Michael Fielder, Luke McMurtrey, P.T. McMurtrey, David Fielder and Joe McMurtrey.

Memorial gifts may be made to Chisholm Trail Hospice, P.O. Box 2000, Duncan, OK 73534 or Kairos of Okla. Scholarship Fund, Kairos Okla. District, P.O. Box 54383, Okla. City, OK 73154-1383

Online condolences may be made at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.


Bertha Scroggin Collins

Shawnee resident Bertha Scroggin Collins, 97, died Thursday, March 15, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 28, 1910, in Hugo, Okla., to A.A. Gus Norwood and Maud Lillian (Collins) Norwood.

Bertha graduated from Hugo High School, attended Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and earned her bachelor and masters degrees from East Central University in Ada.

In December 1937 she married Joel Scroggin. Mr. Scroggin died in 1950. In 1956 she married W.C. "Kirk" Collins.

Bertha taught elementary school in Pottawatomie and Seminole counties and spent the last 10 years of her career teaching 1st grade in the Konawa School Systems.

She was a pioneer member of Progressive Study Club, Konawa Chapter of Eastern Star, a volunteer worker at Valley View Hospital in Ada, and a member of Konawa Methodist Church and later United Methodist Church in Shawnee.

Proceding her in death were her parents and both husbands.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Wendell and Mary Scroggin of Richmond, Texas; one step-daughter, Patsy Collins Myers; three grandchildren and their spouses, Beth Ann and Pat Tracy of Richmond, Texas, Sharon and Donnie Ward of Sidney, Texas, and Lisa and Jim McCain of Sugarland, Texas; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Today at Konawa Cemetery with Dr. Rockford Johnson officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3337, Shawnee, OK 74802.


Helen Louise Pritchett

Shawnee resident Helen Louise (Zurmehly) Pritchett, 87, died Wednesday, March 14, in a local hospital.
She was born Dec. 13, 1919 to Clyde and Cleta Marie (Rehm) Zurmehly in Lima, Ohio.

She moved to Shawnee in 1927 and attended Jefferson Elementary through the 6th grade and the 7th at Woodrow Wilson. She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1937. She attended Oklahoma A & M College, now Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1941, majoring in Elementary Education.

On January 25, 1942, she married Newton Pritchett, her college sweetheart. When he entered the service in World War II and left for the Pacific, Helen worked for the Will Roy Jones Insurance and Real Estate Office in Shawnee until the war ended.

She taught several grades in Shawnee schools retiring in 1981 at Wilson. She was a member of the Junior Mothers Club, Sustaining member of the Junior Service League and was a past-president, and served as a volunteer at Mabee-Gerrer Museum for 20 years. She had been a member of Wesley United Methodist Church since 1927. She taught in the children's division for many years and was active in United Methodist Women. She was an active member of A.A.R.P. And a member of the Monday Book Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Newton, and a brother, Carl, who died in infancy.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Alison of Shawnee; grandson and wife, Travis and Lina Pritchett of College Station, Texas; a granddaughter and husband, Tara and Ruben Rocha and great granddaughter, Kasiana Rocha, of Sugarland, Texas; two brothers and wives, Charles and Jo Zurmehly of Shawnee, Clyde and Jean Zurmehly of Norman; nieces and nephews, Charles Zurmehly wife, Randy, and family, Donna Sidmore and family, Cathy and Ronald Boggs and family, Clyde III, Gina ,Chuck and family.

The family will greet visitors at the funeral home today from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m.

Service will be 2 p.m. Today at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kris Steele and the Rev. Jeff Burress officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.


Ida Jean Able

Davenport resident Ida Jean able, 79, died Thursday, March 15.
Service will be 10 p.m. Monday at Davenport First Christian Church.

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


O.L. McLain

Wellston resident O.L. "Lefty" McLain died Friday, March 16, at the age of 81.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel, Chandler.

Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler


Hazel M. Clarkson

Chandler resident Hazel M. Clarkson, 89, died Thursday, March 15.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Park Cemtery, Chandler, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler.


Helen Terrell

Longtime Seminole resident Helen Terrell, 81, died Thursday, March 15, at Colonial Estates Nursing Home in Shawnee.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Today at Garden Grove Cemetery, near Prague, with the Rev. Tim Youmans officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

published Mar. 18, 2007

Orville Mobley

Chandler resident the Rev. Orville Mobley died Friday, March 16, at the age of 75.
Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Church of the Nazarene, Chandler, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler.


Bonnie Pearl Fidler

Bonnie Pearl (Walton) Fidler, 76 year old longtime Konawa resident passed from this life Friday, March 16, 2007. She was born April 10, 1930 in Sasakwa, Oklahoma to parents Chieftin Walton and Agnes Bell (Eaton) Walton.

Bonnie married Jarrett E. Fidler on January 19, 1965 in Ada, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Konawa First Assembly of God Church and was also a homemaker.

Bonnie is preceded in death by both parents, her father, Chieftin Walton, her mother, Agnes Bell (Eaton) Walton-Chambers. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Jarrett E. Fidler, who died Nov. 16, 2006.

Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law, Everett J. And Donna Travels of Romance, Arkansas, Rocky S. And Carlotta Travels of Sasakwa, Tracy G. And Michelle Fidler of Asher, Okla., Tony E. And Debie Fidler of Ponca City, Okla., Terry E. And Carla Fidler Lexington, Okla.; three daughters, Bonnie Paullett "Pat" Travels of North Dakota, Ruth Ellen Andrews of Oklahoma City, and Twyla Diana Cobbs of Yukon, Okla.; one sister, Joyce Marie Jordan of Noble, Okla.; and 19 grandchildren.

Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church in Konawa. Burial will follow at Konawa City Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Lawrence officiating.

Casket Beares will be Veldon Spicer, Eugene Spicer, Allen Prescott, Larry Schellenberger, Darrell Mackey and Preston Throckmorton.

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


Charles Carew Smith 

Shawnee resident Charles Carew Smith died Friday, March 16, in a local hospital at the age of 64.

Charles was born March 24, 1942, in Poteau, Okla., to John Thomas Smith and Ruby Lavern Thompson. He attended school in Midwest City.

On March 28, 1960, he married Carmalita Doyleen Ayers in Noble, Okla.

Charles work at Tinker Air Force Base. He was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. He loved golf, sports, and the time spent with his family and friends.

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

Survivors include his wife, Carmalita Doyleen Smith of the home; daughters, Londa Neshelle Carberry, and Fonda Khelle Gateley; grandchildren, Michael Justin Miranda, Eric Scott Miranda, Lucian Carew Gately, Marshall Montgomery Gateley, Derrick Lee Gateley; sisters, Shera Sheppard and Norma Chesnut; brothers, Donald Smith and John T. Smith Jr.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. To 8 p.m. Today at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Harness officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Frederic A. Wuensch

Shawnee resident Frederic A. Wuensch, 59, died 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Baptist Burn Center, Oklahoma City.
Military service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Sill Cemetery, Lawton, Okla., provided by the V.F.W.


Delois "June" Carrigan

Stonewall, Okla., resident Delois "June" Carrigan, 59, died Saturday, March 17, at Stonewall.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Garden with the Rev. John Haynes officiating. Services are under the direction at Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole.


Mary Ann Dossey

McLoud resident Mary Ann (Stevens) Dossey died Friday, March 16, in Shawnee at the age of 68.
Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Asa Smith Memorial Chapel, Harrah, with the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Dale Cemetery, Dale, Okla., under the direction of Smith Parks Funeral Service, Harrah.


Leon Vernon Smith

Harrah resident Leon Vernon Smith, 79, died Friday, March 16, in Stillwater, Okla.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Jamison Cemetery, McLoud, under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah.

published Mar. 20, 2007

Mary Eudora Cantwell Bridgman

Former Ponca City resident Mary Eudora Cantwell Bridgman passed away Friday afternoon, March 16, in San Angelo, Texas. She was 84.
Mary was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Rush Springs, Okla., the daughter of the Rev. Luther Albert Cantwell and Ethel Euelah (Autrey) Cantwell. The family moved to Ponca City in 1937. She was a graduate of Ponca City High School prior to attending Bethany Nazarene College.

On Dec. 25, 1940, she married Ivan Joe Bridgman in Ponca City. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. The couple had moved to San Angelo in 2002.

Mary had been employed several years ago as a receptionist at Grace Memorial Chapel. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of San Angelo, Texas. Her enjoyments included cooking, sewing and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Mary Jo Cobb; one brother, Ray Cantwell and one infant sister, Madelyn Joy.

Survivors include her husband, Ivan, of the home; two children, Rod Bridgman of San Angelo, Texas and Jean Bray and husband, Paul, of Shawnee; three sisters, Sybil Small and husband, Warren, of Indianapolis, Ind., Bobbie Steele and husband, Robert, of Fort Meyers, Fla., and June Holiday and husband, Jerry, of Oklahoma City; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Cantwell of Ponca City; seven grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; one uncle, Freddie Autrey and wife, Mozell.

Service will be 10 a.m. Today at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Mixon, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Shawnee, officiating. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Ponca City under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Casket bearers will be grandsons, Kyle Puga, Alex Puga, Johnathan Heston, Thomas Heston, John Heston, Jeremiah Flowers, Zachary Truitt and Casey Bray. Honorary casket bearers will be Benjamin Cobb, William Cobb, Caleb Cobb, Johnathan Truitt, Stephen Heston and David Heston.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Bridgman's memory to Hospice.


Lindy Jearlene Martin

Turlock, Calif., resident Lindy Jearlene Martin, 64, passed away Saturday, March 10, in Turlock.
She was born in Maud on Oct. 14, 1942 to her proud parents, Ferd and Josie Martin who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph C. Martin and his wife, Andrea, of Modesto, Calif., Brad S. Lloyd and Ann Adams of Placerville, Calif., Raymond D. Lloyd of Turlock, Calif.; daughter, Dannette DeGranrut and husband, Danny of Ceres, Calif.; three brothers, Lynn Martin, Arthur Martin and Larry Martin; three sisters, Vertia Gates, Mary LaJuannese and Rozann Martin; six grandchildren, Amber, Dana, Brandi, JoBeth, Joseph and Brandon; and two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Kane.

Lindy will be buried at Cumming Cemetery in Maud.

Arrangements under the direction of Lakewood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Avenue, Hughson, CA 95326


Sharon Diane VanTreese

Meeker resident Sharon Diane VanTreese, 51, died Monday, March 19, in Oklahoma City.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-8 p.m. At Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Meeker.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel of Meeker.


Grace Charlsie Mayfield

Prague resident Grace Charlsie Mayfield, 97, died Saturday, March 17, Prague.
Service was held Monday, March 19, under the direction of Parks Brother Funeral Service.


Eva Inez Green

Longtime Konawa area resident Eva Inez (Harper) Green died Saturday, March 17, at Jan Francis Care Center in Ada at the age of 83.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Konawa Cemetery with Pastor Jerry Sates and the Rev. Wesley Martin officiating.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeal Home, Konawa.


Paul Sykora

Stroud resident Paul Sykora, 85, died Friday, March 16, in Oklahoma City.
Service was held 2 p.m. Monday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Stro ud, with Father Jim Mickus officiating. Burial was a Prague Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church in Stroud.

Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Stroud, directed arrangements.

published Mar. 21, 2007

Charles Richard Shirley

Former Shawnee resident Charles Richard Shirley, 95, passed away Friday, March 16, in Arlington, Texas.
He was born Jan. 15, 1912 to Ory Ella and Jerry Hatcher Shirley in Shawnee.

He was married to the late Dorothy Chaney Shirley for 62 years until her death in 1996.

Mr. Shirley graduated from Shawnee High School in 1930 and attended Oklahoma Baptist University. In 1942 he was called to serve his country during World War II which he did so proudly until 1946. During World War II he was in the Army Signal Corp. Of the 84th Infantry Division in Germany. His interest in the war continued until his death. Upon his return from overseas he was employed by Oklahoma Natural Gas Company from 1946 to 1949. Mr. Shirley began employment with the United States Post Office in 1949 where he was a letter carrier until his retirement in 1971.

Mr. Shirley was a member of First Baptist Church in Shawnee where he was baptized in 1924. He served briefly as Educational Director at First Baptist and with his wife sponsored a Junior Training Union Department. He lived most of his life in Shawnee until moving to Arlington, Texas, to be near his daughter and her family in 1991.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, William, Edward and Thomas Shirley.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Greg Ross and two granddaughters, Angela and Erin Ross, all of Arlington, Texas.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Dr. Paul Calmes officiating.


Pearl Hall

Sparks resident Pearl Hall, 97, died Monday, March 19.
Service will be 2 p.m. Today at the First Assembly of God Church in Meeker. Burial will follow at White Dove Cemetery in Sparks.

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


David Lee Vaughan

Phoenix, Ariz., resident David Lee Vaughan, 78, started his new life in heaven Thursday, March 15.
Dad was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Seminole to Frank and Dona Vaughan.

He was a loving husband, father, soldier, pilot, successful contractor, member of the Oklahoma City Planning Commission, and a Shawnee rancher. He served his family, friends, community, and nation proudly with the quiet values that make a great man. Dad taught us courage in the face of adversity and that justice must be tempered by forgiveness. Most of all he taught us to do well; not just for the sake of reward, but for its own sake.

For those who did not know, dad dealt with several physical hardships and a couple of bouts with cancer. The last episode resulted in a stroke and several complications that finally overwhelmed him. All of the physicians who attended to dad in his last days told us that he should not have survived for this long. It was no surprise to those of us who knew him. We knew what a fighter he was.

Dad was preceded in death by his mother and father and all of his siblings.

Dad is survived by his wife, Clara, of 57 years; four sons, David, Terry, Clifford, and Barry; daughters-in-law, Jackie, Rhonda, and Tammy; grandchildren, Cameron, Lisa, Lauren, Trey, Josh, and CJ; grandchildren-in-law, Gina, Lee, and Scott; great-grandchildren, Trea, Sophia, and Gracie; nieces, nephews, and countless others who knew dad and remember him fondly.

Service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 5230 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz., 85223. Dad's final resting place was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, where he was buried with honors at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Ariz., 85014. We want to thank the staff of the Sherman House Hospice and the Mayo Clinic for the excellent care and personal attention they provided for dad in his last days.

Arrangements under the direction of Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Ariz., 85020


Gladys L. Shaw

Shawnee resident Gladys L. Shaw, 91, died Saturday, March 17, at an Oklahoma City hospital.
She was born Oct. 27, 1915 to John W. And Cora (Walker) Shaw in Tecumseh.

She worked as a manager for S.H. Kress for many years. She was a 40 year charter member of the High Noon BPW.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Herbert, Lloyd, Hugh and Robert Shaw; four half-sisters, four half-sisters, Grace Ledford, Flora Mahan, Loma Bash and Carrie Strong.

Gladys is survived by one sister, Betty Daugherty of Shawnee; and numerous nieces and nephews

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Walker Funeral Service Chapel with Bill Matthews and Phil Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.


Antoinette Lee Hicks

Antoinette Lee Hicks, infant daughter of Jessemia D. Hicks and Chad T. Walker, died Sunday, March 18, at Unity Hospital, Shawnee.
Graveside service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Snake Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Kellos Walker officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Schumacher Funeral Home of Okemah.

published Mar. 22, 2007

Jubal "Pennock" Murdock

McLoud resident Jubal "Pennock" Murdock, 62, passed away Wednesday, March 21, in Mcloud.
Pennock was born on March 17, 1945, to Earnest and Juanita Murdock.

He was the youngest brother to Mitchell Murdock, Diane White, Vickie Logan, and Myron "Mach" Murdock.

Pennock was born and lived in McLoud until the age of nine. He then moved with his family to California as part of the Indian Relocation Program. After high school, Pennock enlisted in the U.S. Army with his best-friend and brother, Gilbert Salas. He served a two year tour in Germany. Upon discharge, Pennock decided to return to his roots and moved back to McLoud. He resided at the home of Henryetta Bentley Walker. Pennock began working at Tinker Air Force Base as an Accessories Mechanic and remained there for 23 years. He retired December 31, 2006, due to illness.

Pennock married and lived a joyful life with his sweetheart, Lela Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Lela Walker-Murdock; his daughter, Ursula Hill; his sonny-boy, Guy Walker; two granddaughters, Darian and Reagan Hill; many other extended family who loved and cared for him.

Traditional service was held Wednesday at the home of Jubal Murdock and Lela Walker.

Pennock will be remembered as a happy go lucky kind of guy. He brought smiles and great laughter wherever he went. He worked hard and played hard. His passion for music touched all of our lives. He will be missed dearly by all who knew. As Pennock would say, That'll do!"


Christopher P. Hughes

Tecumseh resident Christopher P. Hughes, 48, died Monday, March 19, in Tecumseh.
Mr. Hughes was born Nov. 15, 1958, to James and Winifred (Neubert) Hughes in Bucks County, Pa.

He was reared in Pennsylvania where he was a graduate of Father Judge Catholic School.

On April 16, 1983, he married Roslyn Puzic in Pennsylvania.

He worked in sales for American Quality Exteriors. Mr. Hughes enjoyed spending time with his family and his dogs. He also enjoyed being outside working on his property.

Survivors include his wife, Roslyn Hughes of the home; stepchildren, Danny and Denise Hahn of Suffolk, Va., Mathew and Yvette Hahn of Oklahoma City, Jennifer Flimini of Newtown, Pa., and Christopher and Renee Hahn of Willow Springs, N.C.; two sisters; and three brothers.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Cooper Funeral Chapel. To share memories, or to sign the guest book on-line, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.


Ruby Pauline Ashlock-Rose

Tecumseh resident Ruby Pauline Ashlock-Rose, 87, passed away Monday, March 19, in Tecumseh.
She was born Feb. 8, 1920 to Charlie and Mary Francis Wilkinson in Lovelady, Okla.

She was married Dec. 13, 1937, to James Marshall Ashlock. They had two daughters, Joyce and Judy. Mr. Ashlock preceded her in death in 1972.

She married Cleatus Rose in June, 1975. Mr. Rose preceded her in death in 1987. She continued to make Tecumseh her home until her death.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Joe Wilkinson; and three sisters, Ozella Mays, Juanita Moore and Corene Julian.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Harris and husband, Joe, of Blackwell, and Joyce Jackson and husband, Jimmy, of Bethel Acres; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Velma Moore and June Wellington.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Allen Cemetery in Allen, Okla.

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


Lawana Mae Huff

Former Shawnee resident Lawana Mae Huff, 58, passed away Wednesday, March 21, in Dallas, Texas.
She was born Jan. 12, 1949, in Shawnee.

She was preceded in death by her father, B.J. Coffman. Lawana is survived by her husband of 40 years, Johnny Huff; daughter, Johnna Kuykendall and husband Allen; son, Tracy Huff and wife, Penny; four grandchildren, Audrey, John, Joel, and Jordan; three brothers; one sister; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Lawana is loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Family will receive friends 6 p.m. Until 8 p.m. Today, at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave. Dallas, Texas.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2829 Clay Mathis Rd, Mesquite, TX 75181. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park.

Arrangements under the direction of Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave. Dallas, Texas.


James E. Butler

Stroud resident James E. Butler, 64, died Monday, March 19, in Oklahoma City.
Service will be 2 p.m. At the First Baptist Church in Stroud with the Rev. Burl Mackey officiating.

Arrangements under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Stroud.

published Mar. 23, 2007

Timothy Alan Brookshire Sr.

Former Tecumseh residnet Timothy Alan Brookshire Sr., 61, died Monday, Mar. 19, in Gainesville, Ga.
He was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Illinois.

Timothy worked in the physical therapy department at Mission Hill Memorial Hospital for 10 years. He later worked at Firelake Discount Foods before moving to Georgia.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Brookshire; and son, Christopher Alan Brookshire.

Survivors include his wife, Paula, of 38 years of Tecumseh; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy Jr. And Rudeana Brookshire of Elk City; daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Nim Hayes of Shawnee; daughter, Amber Brookshire of Tecumseh; seven grandchildren, Nicole and Michael of Tecumseh, Derek, Cassandra and Robert Lee of Shawnee, and Christan and Robert Alan of Shawnee; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, Eddie Deweese of Oklahoma City; and Jeff and Mattie Deweese of Elgin, Texas; long-time friends, JoAnn Ashworth, Danielle Bruno, Joey Herron, Ron Gibbs, Doug and Cherie Seere; numerous other friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Avoca Church of Christ near Asher.

published Mar. 24, 2007

Dwight E. Whitehall

Stroud resident Dwight E. Whitehall died Thursday, March 22, in Stroud at the age of 73.
Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parks Brothers Chapel in Stroud with the Rev. Phillip Vinson officiating. Burial will follow at Stroud Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Stroud.

published Mar. 25, 2007

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Margaret Key

Longtime Chandler resident Margaret Key departed this life on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at her home in Chandler, at the age of 87 years.
She was born March 24, 1919, in Chandler to Allison and Effie May (Dinkins) Holder.

She married Gerald Key in Wellston on December 10, 1988.

Margaret was Vice-President of the First National Bank of Chandler for many years, longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church in Chandler, and served on the Chandler City council.

Her parents, first husband, Johnny Neer; two brothers, and one sister preceded Margaret in death.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Key of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Tom Finley of Chandler; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Key of Wellston; sisters, Geraldine Qualls of Oklahoma City, Lucille Williams of Oklahoma City and Betty Inskeep of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chandler, First Assembly of God Building fund.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at First Assembly of God Church in Chandler with the Rev. Doyle Seeley officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Chandler.

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line.


Delta Coletta Straka

Delta Coletta Straka, 69, died Thursday, Mar. 22.
Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Asa Smith Memorial Chapel, Harrah, with Bro. Stephen Carr officiating. Burial will follow at the Czech Cemetery, Oklahoma City.

This group was not published on the News-Star web site:

Willard, Douthit, Cox, Webb, Smith, Reid,Burton

published Mar. 27, 2007

Phillip Camron Smith

Shawnee resident Phillip Camron Smith died Friday, March 23, at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City, after a week in medical intensive care.
Mr. Smith was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Wann, Okla., to Albert and Sphronia Smith.

A teenager when Japan attached Pearl Harbor in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from Wann High School in 1944. He was sent to Northwestern University in Chicago. He finished top in his class in the new, secret radar technology. As a radar man, Mr. Smith was able to monitor entire battle situations during World War II.

After the war, Phil married his childhood sweeetheart, Wilma Jean Davis, in 1947. He served in the Coffeyville Kansas Police Department before moving to Shawnee to work at Jonco Aircraft in 1951. He managed several businesses in Shawnee over his career and was active with his wife at Lucky U Real Estate.

Mr. Smith was honored with several awards for his service to the Optimist Club of Shawnee which he helped establish in 1968. He continued to be an active advocate for community concern for youth throughout his life.

Mr. Smith loved his church, St. Paul's United Methodist. He worked on the "Person in Evangelism" Committee for many years believing that outreach was the most important witness of the church.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean Smith; four children and their spouses, daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis Ford and Don Lehman; son, Larry Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Sherry Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Ruth Smith; grandchildren and spouses, Felicia and Robert Emrich, Matthew Smith, Dustin and Molly Smith, Phil and Becky Smith, Montana and Cody Pahdocony and Linsay Rackley; great-grandchildren, Stephen, Zach and Natalie Emrich, Hudson and Navanna Smith and J.C. Cuellan.

Visitation will be today from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rockford Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Paul's UMC in his memory.


Bessie M. Melton

Prague resident Bessie M. Melton died Sunday, March 25, in Prague at the age of 76.
Bessie was born April 11, 1930, in Johnson Community to Lonnie and Alma Dickenson.

She grew up in the Johnson Community and attended Johnson school as a child.

Bessie married Dub Melton on March 11, 1948.

Bessie went to work as a nurse's aid in the mid 1960's. She worked at both Shawnee Medical Center and Mission Hill hositals as well as private duty nursing until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Trinty Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two brothers, and three sisters.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon Meton of Prague; two granddaughters, Emily and Sarah Melton of Prague; four sisters, Jessie Hunton of Prairie Grove, Ark., Frankie Bland and her husband, Geoerge, of Tecumseh, Alene Vasquez of Shawnee and Myrtle Hood and her husband, Willie, of Shawnee; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Johnson Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Worley and Chris Lee officiating.


Iva Mae Rimer

Shawnee resident Iva Mae (Harris) Rimer, 78, after a long battle with cancer, went to live with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, March 22, at her home in Shawnee.
She was born April 30, 1928, to Thomas and Lydia (Green) Harris in Meeker.

On Nov. 4, 1950, she married Robert Charles Rimer and they spent 56 years together.

She loved to sew and collect angels, but her passion in life was her family and church.

She was preceded in death by, her parents; son, James D. Rimer; sisters, Margaret Reed, Flossie Doris Johnson, Lois Virginia Ramey; brothers, James M. Harris, Thomas M. Harris, Robert William Harris, and Carol Wayne Harris; and granddaughter, Iva Lee Fletcher.

She is survived by her husband, R.C. Rimer; children, Robert C. Rimer Jr., Carolyn J. Fletcher, and Gary L. Rimer all of Shawnee; brothers and sisters, Jackie N. Harris and Naomi Sue Chesser both of Shawnee, Donald E. Harris and Shirley L. Rimer both of Meeker, Johnie L. Harris of Tecumseh, Carl V. Harris of Sulpher, and Sammy L. Harris of Choctaw; grandchildren, Robert Charles Rimer III, Holly R. Rimer, Curtis Glen Fletcher, Ellen Mae Henry, and James Levi Rimer; seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She will be greatly missed by all.

Service is 1 p.m. Today at South Rock Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Zimmer, the Rev. Bill Derrick and Chaplain Larry Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.


James Earl Breedlove

Shawnee resident James Earl Breedlove, 35, died Sunday, March 25, in Shawnee.
James was born Oct. 14, 1971, to Leonard and Connie Breedlove in Dallas, Texas.

He attended Bethel elementary, Liberty Academy, and The University of Oklahoma.

He was married on August 31, 1990, to Connie Renee Blair.

He worked as a General Manager for Direct Colors.

James was a member of many online game communities and was well known in the world of decorative concrete. He owned Lenny B's in Shawnee for five years.

James was proud to have been married for 16 years and received great joy from his nine year old daughter, Gates.

He was preceded in death by his granny, grandpa, and father-in-law.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Breedlove; daughter, Gates, of the home; parents, Len and Connie Breedlove; God-daughter, Ericka Stanley; two sisters, Chris Mayland and Joy DeRaimo; one brother, Ben Breedlove; mother-in-law, Pat Blair; two sisters-in-law, Malynda Yandell and Diane Breedlove; one brother-in-law, Eric Yandell; two nephews, Colton Yandell and Derek Breedlove; two nieces, Lindsey and Sabrina DeRaimo; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and too many friends to list.

Service will be Wednesday from 1 p.m. To 3 p.m. At Walker Funeral Service Chapel.

Memorial can be made to First National Bank P.O. Box 68 Shawnee, Okla. 74801, Breedlove Family Memorial Fund.


Nellie M. Murphy

Wellston resident Nellie M. Murphy died Saturday, March 24, at the age of 89.
Service will be 2 p.m. Today at the Wellston Christian Church, Wellston, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler.


Vickie Dawn Rhinehart

Jones resident Vickie Dawn Rhinehart, 39, died Saturday, March 24, in Harrah.
Service will be 2 p.m. Today at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel. Burial will follow at the Memory Lane Cemetery under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral in Harrah.


Berta Elva McRay

Longtime Seminole resident Berta Elva McRay died Monday, March 26, at Holdenville Hospital at the age of 97.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Seminole Church of Christ with Todd McRay and Chris Stinnett officiating. Burial will follow at Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole.

published Mar. 28, 2007

Dee R. O'Donnell

Tecumseh resident Dee R. O'Donnell, 79, died Monday, March 26, in Shawnee.
He was born Sept. 5, 1927 to Charlie and Cora (Robinson) O'Donnell in Wewoka.

Dee married June Smith on Feb. 2, 1948, in Wewoka.

Following their marriage, they lived in Tulsa for more than 30 years, moving back to Wewoka following his retirement. Along with his wife, they traveled in their RV for 12 years, and have lived in Tecumseh for the past year.

He was in the Naval Reserves during World War II.

He owned and operated Dee's Uniforms in Tulsa for many years. Dee was a member of Highland Church of Christ. Family and church were a focal point of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Evelyn Luther.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, June O'Donnell of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Dawn O'Donnell of Holdenville and Kent and Leah O'Donnell of Norman; daughter and son-in-law; Dee Ann and Larry Watson of Georgetown, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Libby O'Donnell of Tulsa; sister, Rita Northcott of Davis; six grandchildren, Mardee and Lindsay O'Donnell, Dirk and Rachael O'Donnell, Kara and Chris Lee, Hayley O'Donnell, Katie Watson and Keeley Watson; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Watson, Daemon Watson and Jayden Lee and many friends and family.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Highland Church of Christ in Tecumseh with Kevin Rayner of Highland Church of Christ and David Deffenbaugh of Tahlequah Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka.

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


Kenneth Edward Lowery

Okemah area resident Kenneth Edward Lowery, 86, passed away Sunday, March 25, at his home in Shawnee.
He was born March 1, 1921, to Dave and Pearl (Latta) Lowery in Paden.

Mr. Lowery was a resident of the Okemah area most of his life.

On Sept. 6, 1949, he married Thurza Darlene Irick in Paden. She preceded him in death October 31, 2005.

Mr. Lowery was a "jack of all trades". He worked many years as a farmer, oil field worker, and caretaker of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Okemah. He also served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Also preceding him were his parents, Dave and Pearl Lowery; and one sister, Jane Harris.

He is survived by one son, Wayne Lowery and wife, Flora, of Shawnee; one daughter, Gwen Keller and husband, Steve, of Mustang; one son-in-law, Robert Nolan Sr., of Shawnee; one brother, Clifford Vance Lowery of Seminole; two sisters, Lillian Landrum of Seminole and Ann Woodard of Shawnee; six grandchildren, Jennifer Nolan, David Lowery, Jamie Armstrong, Heath Lowery, Robert Nolan Jr., and Travis Lowery; and one great-grandchild, Jayden Dibler, of Shawnee.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Prague Cemetery in Prague with the Rev. Brian Matthews officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Nolan Jr., Patrick Lucero, Robert Nolan Sr., and Jeremiah Conway.

Arrangements under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah.


Linda Sue Wiggins

Edmond resident Linda Sue Wiggins, 61, died Saturday, March 24, in Oklahoma City.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Edmond.

Arrangements under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie


Louvella Brown

Warwick resident Louvella Brown, 84, died Monday, March 26.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, Wellston.

Arrangements under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler

published Mar.29, 2007

Vincent H. Nadeau Jr.

Lifelong Earlsboro resident Vincent H. Nadeau Jr., 78, died Tuesday, Mar. 27, at Norman Regional Hospital.
He was born Sept. 29, 1928, south of Earlsboro to Vincent Henry and Leila T. (Hollingsworth) Nadeau. Vincent was known to all as Junior.

He graduated from Harjo schools where he attended for 12 years. During his Junior and Senior years he drove the bus. He loved basketball and baseball where he garnered the nickname "The Harjo Sparkplug"

After graduation he was called into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After basic training he married his childhood sweetheart, Wanda Jean McVay, on Jan. 27, 1951, in Tecumseh. They spent two years stationed in Virginia. Upon discharge they returned to settle in the Earlsboro area where they remained until their Lord called them home.

Junior was a man of integrity and honor who had great faith in God. He was adored by his family and respected by all who knew him. Words can not convey how much he will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Leila Nadeau; loving wife, Wanda Jean Nadeau; two brothers Wayne Henry Nadeau and Johnny Barnhart; one sister Stella Barnhart.

Survivors include his children, Deborah Jean Rasure and husband, Steven, of Earlsboro, Vincent Randall Nadeau of Seminole, Leila Annette Dailey and husband, Pete, of the home, and Wanda Carla Hixson and husband, Randall, of Earlsboro; two brothers, Joe Nadeau and wife, Loetta, of Earlsboro, and Gene Nadeau and wife, Twana, of Earlsboro; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Barnhart of Earlsboro, and BernaDean Parrish and husband, Charley, of Wilson, Okla.; one paternal aunt, Nila Locke of Shawnee; grandchildren, Candy and Patrick Rasure, Amanda Rasure and fianci, Joel Wood, Nick and wife, Sallie, Dustin and wife, Christina, Blake and Wanda Nadeau, Vincent Dailey and wife, Sarah, Krystle Terney and husband, Corey, Beau Dailey and wife, Amber, Justin Dailey, and Wade and Preston Gray; great-grandchildren, Beau Jr., Vincent Jr., and Cody Dailey, and Trinity, Rhylee, and Caden Nadeau; a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. Today and 8 a.m. To noon Friday at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Keith Henley officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Joe Hammett Atyia

Odessa Texas resident Joe Hammett Atyia, 51, passed away Tuesday, Mar. 27, after a long illness.
Joe was born Sept. 30, 1955, to Haney Atyia and Deloris H. "Poppy" Pieper in San Antonio.

After moving around the West Texas oilfields with his family as a small child, Joe lived most of his life in Midland. He attended Midland High School and was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

He served proudly in the U.S. Army and was a National Guardsman for many years. Before his illness he was employed by Midland County.

Joe was a self taught military historian and an accomplished artist. His paintings and wood reproductions of oilfield scenes were a source of great pride to him and his family. He was a lover of dogs and rescued many a stray, giving them a good home they otherwise would not have had.

He was preceded in death by is mother, Deloris H. "Poppy" Pieper.

Survivors include his father and step-mother, Haney and Sonia Atyia of New Braunfels, Texas; step-father, Travis Pieper of Midland; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Janet Atyia of Shawnee, and many loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

The family request donations be made in Joe's memory to the National Kidney Foundation of South and Central Texas, at www.kidneytx.org. Or NKF of South & Central Texas, Inc. 1919 Oakwell Farms Pkwy. Ste. 135 San Antonio, Texas 78218-1725.


Jean Sims

Lifelong Shawnee resident Jean Sims died Monday, Mar. 26, in Shawnee at the age of 76.
She was born April 11, 1930, in Lexington, Okla., to Charles and Liza Jan VanWinkle.

Jean was a graduate of Shawnee High School.

On April 5, 1947, she married Daniel Herbert Sims in Winfield, Kan.

Jean worked as a nurses' aid at Independence Rose Manor, as well as Ewings Nursing Home and City Hospital. She also worked at Shawnee Sonic and Sylvania and was a member of the Church of the Living God.

She loved to work in her vegetable garden and sewing summer clothes for her five daughters. She also enjoyed taking care of and nursing people back to good health. She enjoyed cooking large meals for her friends and family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Danny Joe Sims; brothers, Paden and Pelvy VanWinkle; sisters, Dort Bennett, Vail Love, Berthy Wells and Maudy Larson.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Sims of the home; children, Wilma and Donald Day of Shawnee, Carol and James Alexander of Shawnee, Debbie and Mike Kroeker of Lexington, Peggy and John Kimer of Wittier, Ark., and Lannia and Lonny Lewis of Tecumseh; 17 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; numerous other family member and friends.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Today at Tecumseh Cemetery with Chris Carter of Corbet Baptist Church officiating.

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


Mark S. Ramsey

Shawnee resident Mark S. Ramsey, 51, died Saturday, Mar. 24, at Unity North due to a heart attack.
He was born Nov. 25, 1955, in San Diego, Calif.

Mark was married Aug. 14, 1982, in California to Pennie Carlson.

He dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the U.S. Coast Guard and retired as Senior Chief.

Mark was a devoted husband; compassionate father; magnificent grandfather; thoughtful uncle, son and brother; and a friend to all. He was an avid outdoorsman who filled his life and the lives of others with immense joy and love. He will be missed by all of his family and friends2.

Survivors include his soul-mate and wife, Pennie Ramsey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Dean Luczynski and their children Marisa, Jessika and Masen; and Carrie and Rick Larson and their sons Colten, Chase and Jaxon.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Shawnee with pastor Tim Youmans officiating. Mark will receive military honors for his service in the U.S. Coast Guard.

You will always be in our hearts. We love you.


Mary Ann McMahan

Shawnee resident Mary Ann McMahan, 67, died Wednesday, Mar. 28, in Shawnee.
She was born on April 3, 1939, in Wanette to Bruce and Blanche (Bergeron) Hardin Sr.

Born and raised in Wanette, she also lived in Shawnee and Prague. She raised her family in the Shawnee/Tecumseh area and has lived here since.

In 1957 she graduated from Prague High School and she married Jim McMahan on Oct. 11, 1959, in Shawnee.

Mrs. McMahan worked at Sylvania, Western Electric, Shawnee Medical Center, the Pottawatomie County Courthouse, and as a baker for South Rock Creek schools. She also was a seamstress, and quilter, and enjoyed reading, camping, and traveling. Her family was the focal point of her life.

Preceded her in death were her parents, a sister, Geneva Hardin and a brother; Eric Bruce Hardin Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Jim McMahan of the home; two daughters and son-in-law, Terri and Allen Reynolds of Konawa and Lori Love of Tecumseh; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Shawna McMahan of Tecumseh; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura and Jack Oaks of Shawnee and Ruth and Bill Lewis of Ardmore; six grandchildren, Patrick Love, Bryant Love, Tucker McMahan, Collin McMahan, Holly Dunagan and her husband Jeremiah, and Heather Reynolds; one great-granddaughter, Grace LeighAnne Dunagan; numerous friends and other family members.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Matthews and Phil Thompson officiating.


Prentis Tilman Adolphus McCord Jr.

Shawnee resident Prentis Tilman Adolphus McCord Jr. Died Wednesday, Mar. 28, in a local hospital at the age of 66.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery with Bro. Bill Matthews officiating.

Arrangements are under the directon of Walker Funeral Service


The Rev. R. Scott Baird

Edmond resident the Rev. R. Scott Baird, 90, died Wednesday, Mar. 28, in Edmond.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Sunnyside Cemetery, North of Meeker.

Arrangements under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.


Geneva Yoesting

Ada resident Geneva Yoesting, 85, passed away Monday, Mar. 26, at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada.
Ada service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home in Ada with Mr. Ollie Phillips officiating. Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tecumseh Cemetery in Tecumseh with Mr. Jim Gurley officiating.

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

published Mar. 30, 2007

Leo D. Rhodes

Shawnee resident Leo D. Rhodes, 84, died Wednesday, Mar. 28, at Golden Rule Nursing Home.
Leo was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Cowden, Okla., to Dennis and Alma (Herring) Rhodes.

He was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing dominos, telling stories, playing the guitar and singing. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Cletis Rhodes, and baby sister, Verenette Faye.

Survivors include Rita Rhodes; children, Leo Flynn Rhodes, Cleo Hutcheson, Louis Whatley and Todd Whatley; brothers, Alvin Thodes and Arlie Rhodes; sisters, Betty Ward and Darlene Latulleppe; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many other loving relatives and friends; and his dog, Pumpkin.

A private family service will be held on Monday.


Peggy Ann Seawright

Yukon resident Peggy Ann Seawright, 68, passed away Tuesday, March 27, at Grace Living Center, El Reno.
She was born Aug. 13, 1938, to the late Roy and Helen Marguerite (Kelley) Kitchen in Shawnee.

She moved to Yukon 26 years ago, coming from Overland Park, Kan. Peggy worked for Amoco Pipeline as a buyer and later worked at Tinker Air Force Base before her retirement.

Peggy was an avid reader, Chisholm Trail reenactor, loved to crochet and roller skate and was an excellent cook.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Dale of the home; one sister, Linda Brown and husband, Gary, of Shawnee; niece, Dana Marie Deal of Los Angeles, Calif. And niece and nephew Crystal and Scott Brown.

A dear friend to many, she will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Yanda & Son Chapel, Yukon. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee.

Arrangements under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon.

published Mar. 31, 2007

Sgt. J.T. Bratcher

Lawton resident Sgt. J.T. Bratcher, 71, died Thursday, March 29, in his home.
He was born March 28, 1936, to Lige Wesley and Florence Ida (Ginn) Bratcher in Tribbey.

He married Brigitte Klawitter on September 15, 1978, in Boblingen, Germany.

He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, earning the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal Sixth Award, and two Overseas Service Bars. After his retirement from the army he worked at Fort Sill as a Food Service Specialist. He was a member of the Etowah Baptist Church and the American Legion, Lowery-Whitehead Post #29 of Lawton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Dean, Jack, Jim, Jerry, Gordon and Derrell Bratcher.

Survivors include his wife, Brigitte of the home; son, Kenneth Bratcher of Lubbock, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Katharin and Bill Reed of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Amy and her husband, Tony Patchell, William Christopher Reed and Amelia Bratcher; two great-grandchildren, Dillon and Madison; two brothers, Lloyd Bratcher and Larry Bratcher, and a sister, Lavon Parson.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin Okla., with Chaplain Leonard Reimer, Faith Health Care and Hospice, officiating.

Burial with full military honors is under the direction of Becker Funeral Home.

Sympathy cards may be sent to the family online at www.beckerfuneral.com.

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