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

submitted by Kay Sugg Best

published Jan. 16, 2007

Mary Buzzard

McLoud resident Mary Buzzard, 75, died Friday, Jan. 12, at her home.
Mary was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Shawnee to Guy H. and Elizabeth (Anderson) Sandel.

She graduated from Shawnee High School in 1949. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University and The University of Oklahoma.

On Sept. 7, 1951, she married Richard E. Buzzard.

Mary was a homemaker, wife and mother. She worked at Sylvania in the early 1950s until her husband returned from military service in Korea and Japan. She was a bookkeeper for her husband's auto repair business and her parents' produce business.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of McLoud, and the Bykota Sunday School Class for 51 years and the church choir.

Mary enjoyed activities and traveling with her family, attending events of her grandchildren, the fellowship of her Sunday School Class, sewing, cooking, crafts and the out-of-doors.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Kathy Jane Buzzard.

Survivors include her husband, Richard of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Ben Frits of Stillwater, Kay and Terry Rials of Newalla; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kathy Buzzard of McLoud and Guy and Kathy Jo Buzzard of Grapevine, Texas; four grandchildren, Hunter Rials, Braydon Buzzard, and Addyson and Anna Buzzard; sister, Bettie Hall of Shawnee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Jack Bird of McLoud and Bob and Barbara Buzzard of Shawnee; uncle and aunt, Bert and Wanda Lane of Shawnee; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of McLoud with the Rev. Ernest Graham and the Rev. Bill Derrick officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Walker Funeral Service, Shawnee.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of McLoud, P.O. Box 180, McLoud, OK 74851 or Good Shepherd Hospice, 4350 Will Rogers Parkway, Suite 400, Oklahoma City, OK 73108 or a charity of the donors choice.


Binnie Coley

Yukon resident Binnie Coley, 70, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, at her home.
She was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Webb City, Mo., and had been living in Yukon the past three years. She moved here from Springdale, Ark. Binnie had lived in the Tecumseh area and worked in Shawnee as a RN nurse for 20 years before going to work at City Hall in Tecumseh for several years. Upon retirement she moved to Springdale.

Binnie was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yukon. She enjoyed cooking and being with her family. The delight of her life was her granddaughter, Kaci.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister and a grandson, Kody Clark.

Survivors include her daughter, Dana Clark and husband, Ken, of Mustang; sister, Sue Northup and husband, Charles, of Springdale, Ark.; granddaughter, Kaci Rosann Clark; two step-grandsons; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church with burial following in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Shawnee under the direction of Smith & Turner Mortuary, Yukon.

Memorials may be made to Russell-Murray Hospice, 221 S. Bickford, El Reno, OK 73036.

Binnie's family would like to send a special Thank You to Russell-Murray Hospice of El Reno for their wonderful, dedicated, and loving care of Binnie for the past year.

You may sign Binnie's onllne guest book at www.smith-turnermortuary.com.


Floyd Luther Linn

Lifelong Seminole resident Floyd Luther Linn, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Pioneer Nursing Home, Seminole.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Maple Grove Cemetery, V.A. Section, Seminole.

Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole is directing arrangements.


Carl Dean Herndon

Chandler resident Carl Dean Herndon died Thursday, Jan. 11, at the age of 35.
Service will be 3 p.m. today at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel, Chandler.

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Larry Neil Byford

Lifelong Claremore resident Larry Neil Byford, 60 died Friday, Jan. 12, in Tulsa.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Time Chapel, Stroud, with the Rev. Brad Halkins officiating. Burial will be at Stroud Cemetary under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home.


Kathrine Eyline (Cox) Hobbs

Lifelong Harrah resident Kathrine Eyline (Cox) Hobbs, 77 died Friday, Jan.12, at Harrah Nursing Home.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Asa Smith Memorial Chapel, Harrah, with Chaplain Ray Wade officiating.


Wallace B. Harjo

Former resident of Seminole County Wallace B. Harjo, 47, died Thursday, Jan. 4, in Broward County Florida.
Wake service was held Monday, Jan. 15, at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel.

He will be taken to the Strother Community Center at 4 p.m. today for an all night service.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Strother Indian Community Center in the Strother Community, Northeast of Seminole, with Mike Harjo and Dorsey Nero officiating.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole.


Ruby Hazel Rice

Stroud resident Ruby Hazel Rice died Saturday, Jan 13, in Stroud at the age of 91.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. till service Thursday at Parks Brothers Funderal Services, 504 N. 8th Avenue, Stroud.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Parks Brothers Chapel with Bro. Wayne Rice officiating. Burial will follow at Bristow Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Services, Stroud.

published Jan. 17, 2007

John Dean Richardson

Longtime Seminole resident and beloved oilman John Dean Richardson passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, at the age of 77.
He was born on Jan. 8, 1930, in Waurika, Okla., to Claude and Hazel (Thompson) Richardson.

In 1976 he married Karen Posey Richardson in Fort Smith, Ark.

John was a graduate of Waurika High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed in Bermuda for four years as a sergeant and a Hurricane Hunter. John moved to Seminole from Duncan, Okla., where he retired from Halliburton Services. In June of 1974, John started working in this area for W.H. Kopezynski of Ada as a company man for his oil production company, Texhoma Oil and Gas. In 1978 John started working for Tommy Eeds of Seminole at his company, Seminole Acid. Shortly afterwards John and Tommy formed Apollo Oil Tools. In 1981 John bought Apollo Oil Tools from Tommy and continues to operate in Letha, Okla., with his son, Matt Cone, and son-in-law, Mike Baxter.

John was a member of the Harvey Road Baptist Church, Seminole Elks Lodge and a former Maud city council member where he lived in Maud for 23 years, prior to moving to Seminole eight years ago.

John loved playing poker, buying and selling oilfield equipment and spending quality time with his family and especially his grandkids.

His parents preceded him in death.

John is survived by his loving wife, Karen Richardson of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kelly Richardson of Plano, Texas, Dusty and Tammy Gaff of Jett, Okla., and Matt and Dutchess Cone of Wewoka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shawn and Mike Baxter of Seminole and Vicki and Sam Brimer of Ardmore; four sisters, Opal Ward of Saginaw, Texas, Mildred Porter of Clute, Texas, Helen Edwards of Waurika, and Mary and husband Ron Penny of Duncan; nine grandchildren, Amy Brimer, Josh Brimer, Jennifer Richardson, Jason Richardson, Dakota Gaff, Cheyanne Gaff, Chris Richardson, Collin Cone, and Caleb Cone; as well as a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today for visitation at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Wade Robertson officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Waurika Cemetery, Waurika.

Pallbearers will be Tim Edwards, Randy Edwards, Robby Whitefield, Tommy King, David Brown and Mark Childress.

Honorary bearers will be Ralph Jones, Wink Kopezynski, Nick Johnson, Ronnie Conner, Kenneth Stalnaker, Larry Clements and Jessy Pierce.

Messages of condolences ma be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.


Violet Mae Fruit

Shawnee resident Violet Mae Fruit, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 13, in a local nursing home.
She was born Nov. 6, 1915, in Coalgate, Okla., to George Whit Wyatt and Pearl Ellen (Spangler) Wyatt.

She attended and graduated from Shawnee High School with the class of 1934.

On Feb. 1, 1942, she married Lawrence David Fruit in Shawnee. He passed away in 1991.

Violet was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She worked in the church nursery for 49 years. She also taught Sunday School for toddlers and served as the Benevolence Chairman. She was named Senior Woman of the Year in 2000.

Violet came to know the Lord at an early age and served Him faithfully. She loved children and touched many lives as she worked in the church nursery and kept children in her home. She was a special Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a friend to many.

Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers; two sisters; two infant daughters; and a son-in-law, Steven Weeks.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Richard Geyer of Shawnee, Vinita and Tommy Penuel of Shawnee; grandchildren, Brian and Laura Weeks of Norman, Christina and Mark Austin of Seminole, Jill Penuel of Norman, Joel and Josh Penuel of Shawnee; great-grandchildren, Patrick and Steven Austin of Seminole and Jacen Weeks of Norman; brother-in-law, Bob Nelson of Shawnee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Adams and Dr. Todd Fisher officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1101 E. Main, Shawnee.


Robert Lee "Bob" McCreery

Robert Lee "Bob" McCreery, 93, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, in Tulsa.
He was born Feb. 3, 1913, in Elgin, Texas, to Ray and Oma (Potts) McCreery.

He lived in Texas until he was 5 years of age. His parents then moved to Tulsa where Bob atteneded several elementary schools and graduated from Central High School in 1931. In 1936 Bob graduated from OSU as an electrical engineer.

He was a lifelong memember of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Bob worked for P.S.O for two years before moving to New York and working for General Electric. In 1941 he moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for the Navy as a civilian. As a Naval representative, he witnessed the atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll in 1945. After 10 years with the Navy he returned to New York and was a representative for Ideal Electric and EBASCO Engineering.

Bob loved New York but returned to Oklahoma when his father became ill. After his father's death, Bob operated the family lumber company in Sand Springs and his own company, McCreery Investments. During this period he consulted for EBASCO. He spent two years in Spain and made several trips to Japan.

Bob enjoyed his work and was active until Parkinson's and cancer took his life.

He is survived by his wife Norma (Haun); cousins, Buford and Anne Potts of Tomball, Texas, and Maida Draker of Austin, Texas.

Bequests may be direct to the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, 7800 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan. 66204-2955.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Moore's Eastlawn Chapel.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Moore's Eastlawn Chapel with burial at 4 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker.

Arrangements are under the direction of Moore's Eastlawn, Tulsa, (918) 622-1155.


Carolyn Jean Bowden (Bronson)

Carolyn Jean Bowden (Bronson) 42, passed away Sun. Jan. 14, at a local hospital.
She was born in Torrence, Calif. Oct. 10, 1964. She moved to Oklahoma in 1976. Carolyn attended and graduated from Strothers High School.

Carolyn enjoyed basketball and music.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Edward Bowden Sr.

Survivors include her son, Dillon Bronson of Meeker; her mother, Ella Mae Bowden of Shawnee; one sister and brother-in-law, Jenny and Billy Wolfe of Eufala, and three brothers and sisters-in-law Eddie and Marie Bowden of Shawnee, Randy and Angie Bowden of Shawnee, Gary and Deresa Claybrook of Moore, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m Friday at Resthaven Funeral Home Shawnee, Okla. with the Rev. Perry Nelson officiating. Burial will take place at Pottawatomi Cemetery.

Viewing will be from 8 a.m to 5 p.m Thursday at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Carolyn Jean Bronson Memorial account at Banc First P.O. Box 1608 Shawnee, OK 74802.


Betty Jo Cranford

Shawnee resident Betty Jo (Welch) Cranford, 73, died of natural causes Saturday, Jan. 13, at Unity Health Care.
She was born Feb. 6, 1933, in Shawnee to Leonard Welch and Florence (Miles) Welch.

On Oct. 31, 1949, she married Floyd Cranford. They enjoyed 57 wonderful years of marriage.

Betty was a homemaker. She enjoyed camping, riding motorcycles, deer hunting, reading her Bible and going to church. She attended Shawnee Beauty College.

She was a longtime member of Evangelistic Center Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Leonard and Florence Welch; a sister, Delores Whitecotton; a great-grandson, Zackery Deathridge; and a great-granddaughter, Heaven Noel Phillips.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Cranford of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Sherrie and Larry McDaniels; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Sharon Cranford; five grandchildren, Melanie Deathridge, Crystal Cranford, Amber Rohrick and husband Steve, David Phillips and wife Elizabeth, Jolyn Klaus and husband Roger; 11 great-grandchildren, Derrick Deathridge, Kirstie and Kalah Gilmore, Lacey and Ashton Rohrick, Dalton Phillips, Ethan, Trae, Landon and Lauren Phillips and Trace McDaniels; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gaskill Funeral Chapel.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Evangelistic Center with Pastor Mickey Keith and Pastor Mark McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.


Ruby D. Davis

Former Shawnee resident Ruby D. Davis, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Edmond Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Russellville, Ark., to Martin Andrew Chilton and Mary Elizabeth (Sims).

Ruby came to Oklahoma at the age of two in a covered wagon. She lived on the family farm near Wewoka before moving to Shawnee.

She attended Shawnee High School and graduated from nursing school at City Hospital in Shawnee.

Ruby worked at Baxter Hospital, then at A.C.& H. as a surgical nurse for more than 20 years and later at Shawnee Regional Hospital.

She was married Aug. 15, 1936, to J.D. Davis. They were married more than 61 years before his death.

Ruby attended Central Church of Christ and Northridge Church of Christ in Shawnee. After retirement she enjoyed cooking meals for others and visiting with friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three sisters, Jessie, Jewell and Mary

Survivors include one son, Don Q. Davis and wife, Linda, of Georgetown, Texas; one daughter, Marlene D. Neal and husband, Victor, of Edmond; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Davis, Amy Ottmers and husband, Daryl, Joel Baker and wife, Sarah, and Leah Baker; five great-grandchildren, Kara, Madisyn, Liam, Kaelyn and Ryan; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Viewing will be today and Thursday.

The family will be at Walker Funeral Service from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to receive friends.

A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Quail Springs Church of Christ in Edmond with Bill Wolf officiating.

published Jan. 18, 2007

Darrell Richard McBride

Edmond resident Darrell Richard McBride, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Edmond.
On July 20, 1933, he was born in Colby, Kan. to Carl Admir and Margaret Delores (McGuire) McBride.

Darrell grew up in Nebraska and later moved to Missouri. He came to Oklahoma following his military service. He had lived in Edmond for the past 40 years.

On March 27, 1966, he married Darlene Northcutt in Durant.

Darrell served for four years (from 1952 to 1956) in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base in 1995 after 34 years of service. He was an avid fan of OU Football and enjoyed making bird houses.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill McBride and Keith McBride; and a brother-in-law, Johnny Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene McBride of the home; six children and their spouses, Dalina and David Reynolds of El Reno, Vicky and Joe Webster of Moore, Leland and Heidi Gale of Kansas, Teresa and Tim Kennemer of Edmond, Cathy and Rudy Woodard of Louisiana, Cheryl and Steve Wines of Shawnee; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers and their spouses, Roland and Joan McBride of Grove, Merrill and Phyllis McBride of Shawnee; one sister, Margie Harris of Drumright; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Cooper Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ed McCreary, pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Moore, officiating. Burial will be at Brown Cemetery.

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


E. Gertrue Larch-Miller

Shawnee resident E. Gertrue Larch-Miller, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, at her home.
She was born Dec. 24, 1922, in Ardmore to Frank and Dollie (McNeely) Thompson.

Gertie moved to Shawnee at a young age and was a graduate of Shawnee High School class of 1940.

She had worked in the office of the Aldridge Hotel and during World War II she supported the war effort by moving to California to work as a bookkeeper in the shipyards.

Upon returning to Shawnee, she married Burke Joseph Larch-Miller on Feb. 2, 1947.

She was a longtime employee of Commercial Brick Corporation. Gertie was an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. She also was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Salvation Army Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, B.J. Larch-Miller Jr; her parents, Frank and Dollie Thompson; sister, Geraldine Dutton, and a newphew, Russell Dutton.

Survivors include her son, Mark Larch-Miller of Shawnee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and William Hudson of Midwest City and Linda and William Garwood of Herndon, Va.; two grandchildren, Shelby and her husband Josh Lane of Midwest City and Wesley Hudson of Midwest City; step-grandchild, William Hudson II of Lawton; one great-grandchild, Gunner Lane of Midwest City; one brother, C.L. Thompson and his wife Irene of Rockford, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Denise Rooker and Frank Dutton of Shawnee, Mike Larch-Miller of San Diego, Calif., Inis Bloomster and Paul Thompson of Rockford, Ill.; brother-in-law, George Larch-Miller and his wife Joan of San Diego, Calif., and longtime friends, Cynthis and Dennis Hardin.

Visitation will be 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at Walker Funeral Chapel.

Service will be noon Friday at Saint Benedict Catholic Church with Father Maurus Jaeb, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.


Thelma Mae Wilcox

Meeker resident Thelma Mae (Wakolee) Wilcox, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, at her home.
She was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Meeker to Harry Eugene and Lillian Mae (Windemaker) Wakolee.

On May 27, 1950, she married Edward John Wilcox.

Thelma was a homemaker and a member of the Sac & Fox Nation.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Ed Wilcox in 2005; two sisters, Donna Green and Leona Wakolee; and two brothers, Delbert Wakolee and Gary Wakolee.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Arletta and Bruce Gallaway of Meeker; two grandsons, Jason Gallaway and Jeffrey Gallaway, both of Meeker; one brother, Lowell Wakolee; six sisters, Freda West, Charlotte Lane, Esther Armitage, Sue Bohannon, Lois Wahington and Irene McClellan.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with Ardith Graves officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Walker Funeral Service, Shawnee.


Edith Armitage

Longtime Meeker resident Edith Armitage, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Meeker, Okla.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1916 in Payson, Okla., to Grover and Eula (Nicely) Cartwright.

She worked many years as a housekeeper and nanny. Edith was of the Baptist faith.

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

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Helen Armitage of Meeker, Bobby and Norma Armitage of Meeker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Lucille Nicely of Missoula, Mont.; sister Mable Woody of Chandler; six grandchildren; Tiffany and Robert Gear, Scott Armitage, Cherly Thomas, Terri Kiker and David Armitage; 14 great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and many other realatives and friends.

Viewing of the body will be held at Parks Brothers Chapel in Meeker.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the New Hope Cemetery, Meeker, with Kent Friskup officiating. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler.

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net


Beulah Elizabeth Wagoner - view image of obituary

published Jan. 19, 2007

Jon Michael Sullivan

Richardson, Texas, resident Jon Michael Sullivan, 24, died Monday, Jan. 15, in Richardson.
He was born Sept. 5, 1982, in Plano, Texas, to Terry D. and Krisandra "Sandy" (Rozas) Sullivan.

Jon was preceded in death by his grandmother, J. Noretta Sullivan.

Survivors include his parents of the home; one brother, Kyle William Sullivan, stationed in Yuma, Ariz.; grandparents, Don E. Sullivan of Shawnee, Joe and Shirley Rozas of Porter, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Sparkman Funeral Home, 1029 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson, Texas (972) 238-7855.

Memorials can be made to Texas Scottish Rites Hospital for Children in Dallas.


Earl Martin Drury

Earl Martin Drury departed this life Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 66.
Earl was born Dec. 29, 1940, in Bartlesville to Linville Bartlett and Irma Francis (Tull) Drury.

He lived in Prague most of his life and graduated from Prague High School with the Class of 1959. He was a sales representative for Shepard Oil Company, a member of the Elks Lodge in Shawnee and a member of the OOMPA.

On April 2, 1960, he married Linda K. Friend in Prague.

Preceding him in death were his father and an infant daughter.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Linda K. Drury of the home; daughter, Tammy Mayfield of Prague; sons and daughters-in-law, Russell and Teresa Drury of Prague and Kenny and Angela Drury of Prague; mother, Irma Drury of Oklahoma City; brother, Lynn Drury of Moore; sister and brother-in-law, Lynelle and Jim Driskill of Moore; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Mayfield of Colorado Springs, Jennifer Cheatwood of Prague, Sherri Mayfield of Prague, Kenneth Drury of Prague, Nathan Drury of McGuire AFB, N.J., Jaclyn Duvall of Prague, and Kelsey Drury of Prague; two great-grandchildren, Rayonna Mayfield of Prague and Denver Duvall of Prague.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Prague with Bro. Tim Emmons and the Rev. Kevin Wehrli officiating. Burial will follow at the Prague Cemetery.

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net.


Edgar L. Kneisel

Edgar L. Kneisel, 84, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, in Santa Rosa, Calif.
He was born March 16, 1922, in Seminole County, Okla.

Mr. Kneisel served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Sixty-four years ago he married Mary K. Reeder. He worked for Chevron refinery for 32 years. They moved to Calistoga, Calif., in 1988.

Edgar was preceded in death by a brother, Q. George Kneisel.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Calistoga; four daughters, Gwen Aylor and her husband, Jerry, of Oklahoma City, Linda Nichols and her husband, David, of Calistoga, Calif., Winona Ford and her husband, Chuck, of Spring, Texas, Marsha Derrer and her husband, Michael, of El Cerrito, Calif.; son, Greg Kneisel and his wife, Marlene, of Grey Eagle, Calif.; a brother, the Reverend and Mrs. Harvey Kneisel of Pearland, Texas; two nephews, Johnny and Michael Kneisel, both of Shawnee; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Service will be noon today at Inspiration Chapel & Napa Valley Memorial Park, 2383 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, Calif. Visitation was held Thursday.

Friends may leave their condolences at www.inspirec.com


Leah Ann Larney Presley

Former Seminole resident Leah Ann Larney Presley, 49, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, at her home in Buffalo, Mo.
She was born Dec. 3, 1957, in Seminole to Alex Larney Sr. and Balerine (Lasley).

She was a home health care provider and a member of the Seminole Tribe. Leah was baptized in the Methodist Hitchite Church in Seminole.

Preceding her in death were her father and one brother, Alex Larney Jr.

Survivors include her mother, Balerine Lasley of Shawnee; two daughters, Ladina Larney of Shawnee and Christi Stone of Maud; four sons, Michael Stone of Springfield, Mo., Joseph Stone of Springfield, Mo., Andrew Stone of Aurora, Mo., and Matthew Stone of Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Harjo of Shawnee, Teresa Larney of Konawa, and Deborah Toney of Shawnee; one brother, Tim Larney of Franklin, Ill.; step-mother, Mary Larney of Konawa; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at the home of Balerine Lasley, 216 W. 35th, Shawnee, Okla. Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.


Clyde Stallings Jr.

Durant resident Clyde Stallings Jr., died Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Coffey Murray Funeral Home Durant.

published Jan. 20, 2007

Josie Blythe

Tecumseh resident Josie Blythe, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Tecumseh.
She was born Feb. 7, 1916, in North Dunbar, Okla., to Joseph Edward and Eva Mahala (Harrell) Payne.

Josie was raised in Eubanks and moved to Asher Christmas 1949. She lived in Asher until 1995. She then moved back to Antlers in southeastern Oklahoma. The best part of her life was spent on the farm in Asher with Sam and the kids. Josie attended Miller and Dunbar schools.

She was married July 1936 in Antlers to Sam Blythe. He preceded her in death March 1974.

Josie was a homemaker and worked at N&R Feed and Hardware. She was a member of many home demonstration clubs and garden clubs, and a member of the Asher Senior Citizens.

She enjoyed playing dominoes and going on cruises and traveling the world. Above all else, she loved spending most of her time with her husband and children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Anderson Blythe; one son and one daughter; sisters, Elvie Hollingworth, Cooter Engle, Elsie Payne, Susie Jackson and Jewel Crump; brothers, Bud Payne, Josh Payne and Joe Edward Payne; two grandsons, Charles Edward Lamirand Jr., and Bill Blythe; and a great-granddaughter, Sadie Grace Malone.

Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Lamirand and her husband, Charles, of Asher, Betty Simpson of Tecumseh, Geneva Brumley and her husband, Russell, of Moore; Son, Doyle Blythe and his wife, Vickie, of Antlers, 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; two sisters-in-law, Lois Payne of Moyers and Frances Payne of Valiant.

Service will be 10:00 a.m. Today at Cooper Funeral Chapel, Tecumseh, with Father John Norvell, of St. Luke's Episcopal in Ada officiating. Burial will be at Wanette Cemetery.

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


Steven Roger Smith

Earlsboro resident Steven Roger Smith, 32, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, at a Oklahoma City hospital.
Steven was born April 14, 1974 in Shawnee to Benny and Linda (Garrison) Smith.

In 1993 Steven graduated from Cherryvale High School in Cherryvale, Kan., where he participated in band and Boys State for two years. He later attended Independence Community College. He worked as an overnight stocker at Shawnee Wal-Mart for 5 years

Preceding him in death were his father, Benny Smith Jan. 13, 2006.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Smith of Earlsboro; uncle, Bob Garrison and his wife Saundra of Seminole; aunt, Suzanne Polson and husband Norman of Independence, Kan.; cousins, Ron Garrison of Dallas, Texas, Robert W. Garrison of Pembroke, Fla., Brandon and Bradley Smith of Shawnee; half brother, Danny (Smith) Yarbrough; close family friend Lisa Bundy of Shawnee.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Funeral Service Chapel under the direction of Walker Funeral Service


Dorothy O. Townsley

Chandler resident Dorothy O. Townsley, 86, died Friday, Jan. 19.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Park Cemetery, Chandler, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler.


Raymond Lee Sellers

Bowlegs resident Raymond Lee Sellers, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole


James Monroe King

Paris, Texas, resident James Monroe King, 70, died Thursday, Jan. 18, in Oklahoma City.
A service with military honors will be 4 p.m. Monday at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will be at Little Cemetery in Seminole County under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole


Bettie Imogene Boswell  

Shawnee resident Bettie Imogene Boswell, 81, died Friday, Jan. 19. She was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Lonnie and Margarite (Springmeyer) Boswell.

Bettie graduated from Shawnee High School in 1944 and attended Seminole Junior College and later Oklahoma Baptist University. She worked at City Hall for 38 years before retiring in Dec. of 1990. She was a member of Central Church of Christ, and past President of the Shawnee Business and Professional Women9s Club. Bettie also enjoyed singing in choirs, painting and Civil War history.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Gonda Boswell.

Survivors include her cousins, Jim Boswell and wife, Artie of Shawnee, Mary Kathryn McKinnis of Troy, Tenn., Nita Phebus of Martin, Tenn., Dana Kelly of Martin, Tenn., Dale Rogers of Tiptonville, Tenn., Roger Springmeyer of Missouri; and good friend, Bertha Ann Young of Shawnee.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with Dwyane Dennis officiating. Burial will be at the Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

published Jan. 23, 2007

Leon McDonald

Life-long Seminole resident Albert Leon McDonald, 84, went to be with his Lord at the same home from which he was born on Sunday, Jan. 21, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on August 5, 1922, in the Twin Oak Community, north of Seminole, to parents Martin D. "M.D." McDonald and Osa May (Hill) McDonald. He was the seventh of eight children.

Leon attended Twin Oak School and then Varnum High School, graduating in 1940. He went on to join the the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked in Colorado where he met his wife, Marie Holm, of Idaho Springs. They married there Dec. 12, 1941. They enjoyed 48 years together until her death in 1990.

Leon entered the Army Air Corps in 1943. He served with the 453rd bomb group, 8th Air Force stationed in Old Buckenham, England. Upon his discharge in 1945 he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Campaign Medal with eight battle stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He and Marie returned to Seminole after the war and Leon went to work for Gulf Oil Company and later for Kerr McGee. Leon retired from Kerr McGee in 1984 as a connection foreman out of the Cushing office.

A faithful member of the Church of Christ, Leon served as a Bible class teacher and elder in congregations in Cushing and Little. He enjoyed collecting antique tools. Several articles and photos were published about Leon and his hobby.

Leon married Virginia "Betty" Freed Aug. 10, 1991 in Oklahoma City. Leon and Betty served on the site council board of the Seminole Senior Center. Last year they were chosen as the site's Valentine King and Queen. They enjoyed traveling together; especially their Alaskan cruise.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Marie and infant children Kathy, Jennie, and Richard; four brothers, Roy, Burnard, James and Hoyt; sister Nola; brothers-in-law, Floyd Willoughby, and Herman Bull; and sisters-in-law, Lula, Myrtle, Esther, and Norma Lee.

Suvivors include his wife, Betty of the home; his son, Leon Jr. And wife, Ann, of Shawnee; three grandchildren, Amy and husband, Todd Foxx, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Clay and wife, Debbie, of Piedmont, Okla., Ryan and wife, Dwan, of Midwest City; great-grandchildren, Kellen, Garrett and Gannon Foxx, Madison, Mallori and Mason McDonald; stepson, Jim Freed and his wife, Beverly, of Chickasha; stepdaughter, Judy Babbit and husband, Ron, of Tulsa; stepgrandchildren, Janet and husband, Jimmy Strate, Jerry Freed and wife, Carmen, Lori Davis and Tyler Babbit; great-grandchildren, Justin and Jared Strate, Vail and Vann Freed, Randy and Christina Davis; brother, Bill McDonald and wife, Edna; sister Lillie Willoughby all of Seminole; "Uncle Leon" is also survived by many special nieces and nephews and other friends who will greatly miss him.

Viewing will be 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. Today at Swearingen Funeral Home.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ at Little, Oklahoma, with Rusty Dawson, Rob Babbit, and Bill McDonald officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery with military honors.

Casket bearers will be Steve McDonald, Bradley McDonald, Alex McDonald, Matthew Boydstun, Ryan McDonald and Clay McDonald.

Honorary bearers will be the elders and deacons of the Church of Christ at Little, Oklahoma.

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


Ferman F. Davis

Agra resident Ferman F. Davis, 73, passed from this life Sunday, Jan. 21, at his home in Agra.
Ferman was born June 16, 1933 in Agra, Oklahoma to Wayne and Mary Davis.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

On April 19, 1952 he was united in marriage to Patsy Parker at Cushing, Oklahoma.

Ferman was a self employed dairy farmer. He had been very active in The Church of the First Born. The church was his life. He loved to fish with his children and grandchildren. He spent many hours working in his garden. He loved his Little dog Sophie.

Ferman is survived by his wife, Patsy of the home; two Sons, Jeff Davis and wife, Darlene and David Davis and wife, Tammy both of Agra; two daughters, Faith Greenfield and husband, Gene of Shawnee and Dawn Poteet and husband, James Jr. Of Tryon; one brother, Hubert Davis of Memphis, Tenn; one sister, Bonnie Frazier of Stillwater; grandchildren, Justin Greenfield of Norman and Brandon Davis of Agra, Jameson Poteet, Anihtra Watkins, Tim, Casey, Joey, Ashley and Jasmine.

Service will be 2 P.M. Wednesday at The Church of the First Born in Chandler with Brother Tom Wright and Brother Theldon Fowler officiating. Burial will be at the Parkland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing.

Those wishing to make memorial donations may make those to the American Cancer society.

Condolences and online guest book are available at palmarlerfh.Com


Frances Elline Moses

Prague resident Frances Elline Moses departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 21, in Prague at the age of 73.
She was born Jan. 10, 1934, in Paden to Rollins Callaway and Opal Marqurite (Gilbert) Warden.

On Sept. 5, 1952, she married Merle Moses in Prague.

Frances was a homemaker, a member of the Prague Church of Christ, and a member of the Red Czech Divas.

Her father preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Merle Moses of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Regina and Mike Kern of Moore, and Sherry and Eugene Lakins of Prague; mother, Opal Warden of Prague; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Pattie Warden of Renton, Wash.; sister, Juanita Hill of Prague; grandchildren, Johnny and Monica Kern, Dustin and Amy Lakins, Jennifer Kern and Samantha Lakins; great-granddaughter, Alexus Kern.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Prague with Bro. Tim Emmons and Lonnie Hutton officiating. Burial will follow at the Prague Cemetery.

A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net.


Wynona Ruth Stinnett

Former Shawnee resident Wynona Ruth (Nelson) Stinnett, currently of Warner, died Friday, Jan. 19, at Countryside Estates.
She was born Nov. 17, 1935, in Shawnee to Herbey Lee and Ruth (Pinkston) Nelson.

She graduated from Bethel High School. She loved plants, flowers and arts and crafts.

Preceding her in death were her son, Terry Stinnett; three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two sons, James Stinnett and wife, Cheryl, of Holdenville and Sean Stinnett; two brothers; six sisters; three grandchildren, Tasha Stinnett, Jamie Stinnett and Courtney Scisms; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Today at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Mixon officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park


James D. Rimer

Tecumseh resident James D. Rimer, 49, died Saturday, Jan. 20, at his home after a short battle with cancer.
He was born June 4, 1957, in Shawnee to R.C. Rimer Sr. And Iva Mae Rimer.

On Nov. 19, 2006, he married Cynthia Wilcox.

James was a drywall finisher for VL Fletcher Drywall. He was a member of South Rock Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed birds, his dog, watching wrestling and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Foy and Mattie Rimer.

Surviviors include his wife, Cynthia Rimer of the home; children, James Levi Rimer, Summer Rimer and Kyle Rimer; parents, R.C. And Iva Rimer; siblings, Robert Charles Rimer II, Carolyn Joy Fletcher and Gary Lynn Rimer.

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

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at South Rock Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Zimmer officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Edmond Harjo

Longtime Ada/Latta area resident Edmond Harjo, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 21, at his residence.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Rock Springs Indian Baptist Church in Sasakwa. Burial will follow at Cornelius Family Cemetery in Seminole. The body will be moved to the family's home south of Ada at 4 p.m. Today and will lie in state until Wednesday. He will then be moved to Rock Springs Indian Baptist Church at 4 p.m. For wake service at 7 p.m. That evening.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.


Thomas E. Tisdale

Choctaw resident Thomas E. Tisdale, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 18, in Midwest City.
Service will be 2 p.m. Today at Choctaw Road Baptist Church, Choctaw, with the Rev. Rick Sowell officiating. Burial will be at Beaulah Cemetery in Decatur, Miss.

Services are under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah.

published Jan. 24, 2007

John M. Findley

Chandler resident John M. Findley died Monday, Jan. 22, at the age of 75.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Forest Baptist Church, Chandler, under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler.


Elva Jane Roundtree

Stroud resident Elva Jane Roundtree died Saturday, Jan. 20, in Cushing, Okla., at the age of 77.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. To 9 p.m. Today.

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Parks Brothers Chapel, Stroud, with the Rev. Dewayne Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Stroud Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Services, Stroud.


Mandi Starr Arnhart

Longtime Oklahoma City area resident Mandi Starr Arnhart died Monday, Jan. 15, in Oklahoma City at the age of 27 after a long hard battle with Leukemia and diabetes.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel with G.C. Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Bower Cemetery in Eufaula, Okla., under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole.

published Jan. 25, 2007

Richard Keith Dudley

Former Shawnee resident Richard Keith "Dick" Dudley, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Rosamond, Calif.
Viewing for family and friends will be 9 a.m.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Joshua Memorial Park Mortuary with Asst. Pastor Byan Glennan of Wayside Chapel Community Church officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster, Calif.


Jewel Florence Bryce

Former Bethel Acres resident Jewel Florence Bryce, 80, died Friday, Jan. 19, in a local hospital.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Sparks officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service of Shawnee.


Judy Mae Power

McAlester resident Judy Mae Power, 59, died Monday, Jan. 22, in McAlester.
Services will be 2 a.m. Saturday at Parks Bothers Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Edward Capers officiating.

Arrangements are under Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.


Marilyn Elaine Roden

Konawa resident Marilyn Elaine (Sherwood) Roden, 52, died Tuesday, Jan 23, at her residence.
Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Konawa with the Rev. Mona Faulks officiating.

Burial will be at Konawa Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.


JoAnn Johnston

Stratford resident JoAnn Johnston, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Ada.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. To 9 p.m. Friday, at Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Chandler.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Park Cemetery with Rev. Joe Molencupp officiating.

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

published Jan. 26, 2007

Phillip Eugene Johnson

Shawnee resident Phillip Eugene Johnson, 79, went to be with the Lord Jan. 24.
Phillip was born March 16, 1928, to Jerry and Marie (Jacobs) Johnson in Shawnee.

He married Lois Fern (Moore) on October 6, 1951. She preceded him in death in 2005.

Phillip worked as a brick mason. He enjoyed tinkering with motors, fishing and spending time with his family; especially his great-grandchildren.

He married Towana (Glaze) on September 6, 2002.

Preceding him in death are his parents and first wife, Lois.

Phillip leaves many loving memories with his family, his wife, Towana "Toni"; his children, Steven Johnson, Diana Kay Markham and husband, Stan, Ronnie Jacobs and wife, Kathy, Judy Gale Freeland and husband, Jerry, and Sharon Dodd; brother, J.D. Johnson and wife, Ina; sister, Elsa Chyz; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, Shawnee.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in Phillip's name to the Shawnee Heartland Hospice or the First Church of the Nazarene- Shawnee.


Carolyn Sue Millin

Carolyn Sue Millin, 52, departed this life Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Shawnee.
She was born on Feb. 6, 1954, in Stroud to Wayne and Irene "Pat" (Northcutt) Wilson.

She was married July 13, 1985, in Greenville, Texas, to James Edward Millin.

Carolyn worked as a Domestic Engineer.

She was preceded in death by her father; first husband, Olen Michael Pierson; and one sister, Sandy Gelino.

Survivors include her husband, James Edward of the home; mother, Irene "Pat" Wilson of Meeker; son, Thomas Millin of Fredonia, N.Y.; daughters, Kimberli Millin of Shawnee, Tamela Millin of Shawnee, Candice Rue of Adair, Michelle Droddy of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Patricia Hudson of Noble, Kathy Briscoe of Edmond; 12 grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Morning Star Baptist Church, Meeker. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery, Meeker.

A guest book is available on-line to share your memories. Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net


Larry Lee Sullivan

Shawnee resident Larry Lee Sullivan, 66, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, at a local hospital.
Larry was born Feb. 9, 1940, in Shawnee to Leo and Dixie (Blackwell) Sullivan.

He graduated from Shawnee High School and later from Phillips University in Enid.

He retired from insurance sales and was a member of First Christian Church, Shawnee. Larry enjoyed his beloved dogs, friends, collecting houseplants and fishing.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Leo and Dixie Sullivan.

Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Leinda Parson, Tecumseh, Shelly and Joey Harry, Edmond, and Shauna Sullivan, Treasure Island, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Edna Sulllivan, Seminole; grandchildren, Melissa Pierce of Shawnee, Emily Parson of Tecumseh, Jessica Harry and Jennifer Harry both of Edmond, Cody Hutton, Sterling Morgan and Christopher Risley all of Gladstone, Mo., Jessica Parady, Treasure Island, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Maddison Kean and Raedyn Pierce both of Shawnee.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Glen Pence officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.


Paul Splawn

Lifelong Prague resident Paul Splawn, 63, died Thursday, Jan. 25, at his home.
Viewing will be Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. Until 8 p.m. And Sunday Noon until 8 p.m.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Prague. Burial will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.


Stephen Randolph Baker

Stroud resident Stephen Randolph Baker, 49, died Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Stroud with the Rev. Burl Mackey, the Rev. Wayne Brown and Pastor Joe Jones officiating.

Burial will be at Stroud Cemtery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Stoud.

published Jan. 27, 2007

George Edgar Buoy

Meeker resident George Edgar Buoy, 68, died Thursday, Jan. 25, at his home.
He was born March 18, 1938, in Oklahoma City to Rome Edward and Iva Mea (Beatty) Buoy.

He was married March 7, 1957, in Meeker to Ann Burchette. She preceded him in death April 12, 2003.

George retired from Tinker Air Force Base where he worked as a machinist for 32 years. He was a former mayor of Meeker, retired volunteer with the Meeker Fire Department, member of the Masonic Lodge, and member of the First Baptist Church.

He also was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters and one brother.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, James and Jan Buoy of Prague, and Mark E. Buoy of Meeker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Gerrie Buoy of Shawnee, and Robert and Melba Buoy of Prague; sisters and brother-in-law Effie Lou and Gene Walker of Meeker, and Barbara Ford of Shawnee; granchildren, Brian Allen Buoy, Michelle and John Gomez, Cheyenne and Christopher Stemlow, and Sherri and Travis Gillespie; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Kyla, Madlyn and McKenze.

Visitation will be unit 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. To noon Monday at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Meeker.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Meeker with the Rev. Joe Jones and the Rev. Howard Peace officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery, Meeker.

A guest book is available online to share your memories at www.ParksBrothers.net


Willie F. Shirey

Macomb resident Willie F. Shirey, 74, died Wednesday Jan. 24, in Macomb.
He was born April 21, 1932, in Tribbey to Alex and Mae (Folks) Shirey. He was raised in Tribbey ND Macomb but lived most of his life in Macomb.

Willie worked as a ranch hand for Fred Humphrey and Zollie Edgin. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood and spending time with his family. He had a great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lucille Roe and Annie Kessinger; two brothers, Clyde Shirey and an infant brother.

Survivors include his sister, Mamie Aber of Shawnee; brother, Monroe Shirey of Macomb; special friend, Ella O'Dell; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other family members.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lakeview Church of Christ with Steve Mills and Ben Glover, minister of Lakeview Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery.

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


Woodrow Gunn

Lifelong Shawnee resident Woodrow Gunn, 90, died Monday, Jan. 22, in Shawnee.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Earlsboro Cemetery with Pastor Joe Wilkes officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
 

published Jan. 28, 2007

Dorothy Deem

Shawnee resident Dorothy Deem, 100, passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, in Shawnee.

She was born Oct. 29, 1906 in Moline, Ill., to Harry and Mable Dickinson. Dorothy graduated from Moline High School in 1925 and then attended the Villa De Chantal School for Girls. From there she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and attended Miss Fulmer9s Primary Training School. She then taught kindergarten in Los Angeles for one year and then in Rock Island, Ill., for another year. While visiting Galva, Ill., she met Adam Charles Deem. They were married Oct. 19, 1930, in Galva. The couple moved to Oklahoma in 1932. In 1947 they opened the second Dairy Queen in the state; one of the first 15 in the United States. While working at the Dairy Queen she was instrumental in starting the Alpha Mothers Club and was a charter member of the Chrysantheum Garden Club. She was an active member of Chapter CI of P.E.O, St. Paul9s Methodist Church; various bridge groups; and other civic organizations. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother and son-in-law. Survivors include her daughter, Ann Farmer of Amarillo, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Cody Deem of Shawnee; five grandchildren and spouses, Phil Farmer, Pat Farmer, Kelly and Clark Robertson of Amarillo, Texas, Kristen and Allen Wallach and Adam and Adrianne Deem of Fort Worth, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Ashley and Abby Robertson, Paige Wallach and Adam Joseph Deem. These are the facts of her life: The pulse of her life were her family and friends. Her hospitality is legend. She nourished all who came to know her with either her famous vanilla wafer pudding or her quiet strength and sense of humor. Her creativity extended from her exquisite handwork to her garden and her prized mystery lillies. Her love of life extended to bird watching and doll collecting. She loved her coffee and prided herself on never drinking water; perhaps that is why she lived to be 100. All who knew her benefited from her long, vigorous life. We had her longer than most. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul9s Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rockford Johnson and Dr. Jerry Ball officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul9s Methodist Church or to The Shawnee Council of Garden Clubs, 115 Teal Dr., Shawnee, OK 74804


April Gillham Hall

Shawnee resident April Gillham Hall, 51, died Thursday, Jan. 25, in Shawnee.

She was born Dec. 24, 1955, to Ronald A., Sr. & Allie M. (Reeves) Gillham in Torrance, Cali.. She was married Feb. 14, 1997, to Lloyd Hall. April was manager of Rave Revue for 15 years. She enjoyed glass etching and sewing. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Orville Lloyd Hall, Sr; and grandparents, Ed and Lena Gillham; aunt, Maggie Williams. Survivors include husband, Lloyd Hall, Shawnee; daughters, Jennifer Michelle Arledge and Tamara Starr both of California, and Christayl Hall, Shawnee; sons and daughter-in-law, Brandon Hall and Trevor and Alaina Hall all of Oklahoma City; father and mother, Ronald Sr. and Allie Gillham, Shawnee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald Jr. and Valeta Gillham, Florida, James E. and Loretta Hall, Oklahoma City, and Larry Gillham, California; sister-in-law, Barbara H. Converse, Oklahoma City nieces, Jenna and Liz Converse, Oklahoma City; mother-in-law, Ruth Hall, Shawnee; grandsons, Devin Merrick, California, and Alexander Hall, Oklahoma City; grandmother, Sylvia Reeves, Shawnee; grandfather, Charles Shephard, Shawnee; aunts and uncles, Bob and Trudi Root and Louis and Kim Reeves all of Shawnee and Anthony and Janet Reeves, Arizona; niece, Natasha Reeves, Arizona; nephews, Ryan, Royce, Reily, and Ronnie all of Florida and Jason, Marcus, Steven, and Alexander all of California and Michael, Andrew, Paul, and John all of Oklahoma City; and great-niece, Kayla Gillham, California. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at St. Paul9s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Sparks officiating and assisted by Dr. Jerry Ball and Dr. Rockford Johnson. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

published Jan. 30, 2007

William L. Qualls

Newalla resident William L. Qualls died Friday, Jan. 26, in Newalla at the age of 84.

He was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Wister, Okla., to William Thomas and Dora Belle (Self) Qualls.

He grew up in Shawnee, also living in Midwest City, and had lived in Newalla for many years.

On Oct. 2, 1957, he married Wilma L. Smith in Goliad, Texas.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Following that service he joined the U.S. Air Force.

He worked in civil service at Tinker Air Force Base until he retired in 1987.

William enjoyed fishing, sports, his family and grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; infant child, Lethal Everett Qualls; and three brothers, Otis E., Orbie and Homer Qualls.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Qualls of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Russell H. Richter of Waco, Texas; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Hoyt Qualls of Newall, Troy and Cindy Qualls of Norman, and Kym Qualls of Moore; one brother, Willard Qualls of Shawnee; one sister, Elma Lamberts; seven grandchildren, Heather Thornton-Masterpool, Niles Thornton, Chance Qualls, Logan Qualls and Breanna Qualls, Coal White and Nick White; one great-grandson, Chandler Thornton.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tecumseh Cemetery with Ronnie Qualls officiaing.

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


Paul DeMik

Tecumseh resident Paul DeMik, 65, died Friday, Jan. 26, in Shawnee.

He was born Feb. 19, 1941, to John and Beatrice (Hatton) DeMik in Hammond, Ind.

He grew up in Chicago, Ill., where he attended school and graduated. He later moved to California for a few years before moving to Oklahoma where he met his wife.

On Nov. 5, 1971, he married Kay Chapman in Shawnee.

He worked as a truck driver for Koss Construction. Paul enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, doing crossword puzzles, driving trucks, old cars and wreckers.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Kay DeMik of the home; seven children and their spouses, Pamela and Mark Morgan, Sherry and Chris Adams, Tina and Tim Wilson, Kenneth and Sylvia Chapman, Ironda and Mike Montgomery, Daniel and Lesa DeMik, and Andrea and Eric Reed; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; mother, Beatrice DeMik; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Herman DeMik, Allen and Alice DeMik; sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Al Pyke; numerous other relatives and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Today at Cooper Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mary Wishon officiating.

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


Elva Climer Smith

Former Wewoka resident Elva Smith, 69, died Saturday Jan. 28, in a Oklahoma City Hospital.

Elva Climer Smith was born in Anadarko on Aug. 27, 1937 to William Henry and Viola Estell(Campbell) Climer. She attended school at New Lima and later attended Rose College for two years. She was employed at Tinker Air Force Base for 38 years and was a member of the Baptist Church and Eastern Star. Mrs. Smith loved her family and put them above everything other things and good mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors include two sons, Rick Smith of Seminole and Terry Smith of Shawnee; companion, Art Dover; brothers, Carrol Gene Climer and David Ray Allen; grandchildren, Misty Smith, Rickey Smith, and Travis Lynn White, Elizabeth Smith; one great-grandchild, Amanda Kay Lynn White.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Johnny Chesser officiating . Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home, Wewoka.


Robert Barnes Knight Jr.

Stroud resident Robert Barnes Knight Jr. Died Sunday, Jan. 28, in Stroud at the age of 38.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Stroud, with the Rev. Burl MacKey officiating.

Parks Brothers Funeral Services, Stroud, is directing arrangements.


Edna June Gillum

Prague resident Edna June Gillum, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 25, in Prague.

Service was held 2 p.m. Monday at Faith Bible Church with Rev. Scott Smith officiating.

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

published Jan. 31, 2007

Alice Mae Bostick

Wanette resident Alice Mae Bostick, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 27, in Norman.
She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Danville, Ark. To Robert and Emma (Hall) Peeler. Alice was raised in the Wanette area.

She was married March 14, 1942, in Lubbock, Texas, to Dave T. Bostick. Mr. Bostick preceded her in death May 10, 1998.

Following her marriage she and her husband farmed and ranched in West Texas for 20 years. They then ran a dairy in Chromo, Colo., for 5 years. In 1965 they moved back to Macomb where they also farmed and ranched.

In 2000 she moved to Wanette, where she had lived since. She enjoyed gardening, house plants, crocheting, reading, cooking, canning and raising chickens.

She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Kent Bramwell; two sisters, Letha Wilson and Flora Degn; and three brothers, Lee, Ed and George Lester Peeler.

Survivors include, three daughters and one son-in-law, Janet Taylor of Oklahoma City, Rosa Lea and Kenneth Griffith of Liberal, Kan., and Beverly Bostick of Wanette, two sisters, Roxie Farley of Lexington, Clema Farley of Wanette, one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Pat Peeler of Del City; grandchildren, Margaret Whitaker, Eric Taylor, Derek Taylor, Daniel Taylor and Tamie Elam; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh and again beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cooper Chapel in Wanette.

Service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Wanette with the Rev. Larry Stevenson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Wanette, officiating. Burial will be at Tribbey Cemetery. To share memories or to sign the guest book on-line, please visit www.cooperfuneral.com


Ruby Laverne Thompson

Maud resident Ruby Laverne Thompson died Saturday, Jan. 27, in Oklahoma City at the age of 80.
She was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Eagletown, Okla., to James E. And Lillie Mae (Vickery) Cobb.

She was raised in the Macomb area and had lived in Purcell. She had resided in Maud for the past 15 years.

On Feb. 11, 1942, she married Marvell Thompson in Pauls Valley. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2001.

Ruby was a licensed practical nurse and had worked at Central State Hospital, Mission Hill Hospital, Sunset Estates in Seminole and Maud and Shawnee Care Center. She also had worked as a beautician out of her home.

Ruby enjoyed traveling, reading, crossword puzzles and fishing. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a focal point in her life. Also preceding her in death was one grandson, James Garretson.

Surviviors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and James Garretson of Maud, Jolene and Max Hunt of Seminole, Nickie and Jerry Nelson of Maud, and Debbie and Randy Briggs of Tecumseh; son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Carleta Thompson of Tecumseh; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Dewayne Hillis of Stratford; brother, William Cobb of Asher; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends, including special friend, Melvin Long.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Cooper Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tim Martin and the Rev. Dennis Stone officiating. Burial will be at Old Moral Cemetery.

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


Joyce Imogene Jackson

Longtime Okemah area resident Joyce Imogene Jackson, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Okemah.
She was born July 6, 1923, in Okemah to William Henry and Eva Sarah (Watson) Farrill .

On Dec. 27, 1939, she married John Earl Jackson in Cromwell. He later preceded her in death Aug. 22, 2005.

Mrs. Jackson retired from the Wrangler Plant in Okemah after more than 25 years of employment. She attended the First Baptist Church in Okemah. Joyce enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, William Henry and Eva Sarah Farrill; husband, John Earl Jackson; one daughter; one brother; five sisters; one daughter-in-law, Carol Jackson; and two grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Jimmie Ray Jackson of Bearden and Gerald Wayne Jackson and wife, Sharon, of Konawa; three daughters, Patricia Ann Boatman and husband, Bob, of Castle, Donna Sue Tate and husband, Rory, of Oklahoma City, and Elaine Gail Coplin and husband, Joe, of Shawnee; two brothers, Duaine Henry Farrill of Okemah and Phillip Wayne Farrill of Okmulgee; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-gandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah with the Rev. Larry Chesser officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parks Brother Funeral Home of Okemah


Johnn Harvey

God decided to take one of his children, Johnny Harvey, home, Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 a.m. He died at the age of 54 at his home.
He left behind a wife, Rowena Harvey; four children, Lisa, Shelia, Johnny "Bubba" Harvey of Shawnee and Timothy Harvey of Arkansas; ten grandchildren, eight of Shawnee and two of Arkansas; one great-grandchild of Arkansas; one son-in-law, Mitchell Harjo; two daughters-in-law, Michelle (Batt) Harvey of Shawnee, and Marlaine Harvey of Arkansas; several half brothers and sisters of Arkansas; four brothers and one sister, all of Arkansas; lots of nieces and nephews of Arkansas; close nephews, Ronald Warren and Ricky Warren of Norman; niece, Angelia Warren of Norman.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, three sisters, four brothers, a twin brother, and three other brothers of Arkansas.

Service will be 9 a.m. Saturday at 305 N. Louisa, Shawnee, with Bro. Manning, of Liberty Baptist Church officiating.


Jack W. Erb Jr.

Oklahoma City resident Jack W. Erb Jr., 64, died Monday, Jan. 29, at his residence.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilmont Place Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, with the Rev. Danny Frazee officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.


Dale E. Murdock Sr.

Lake Leon, Texas, resident Dale E. Murdock Sr., 67, died Monday, Jan. 29, in an Abilene hospital.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. To 7 p.m. Today at the Edwards Funeral Home, Eastland, Texas.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Edwards Funeral Chapel in Eastland with Dr. Shawn Brewer officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rites will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger.

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