Mike Wakefield -
Owasso Reporter- March 25, 1999
Michael Holmes Wakefield, rural resident of Owasso, died March 15, 1999 in Tulsa
at the age of 41. He was born April 7, 1957 in Wichita, Kan., to Chester and
Mary Holmes Wakefield,
After graduating from high school he continued his education at Kansas State
University. He married the former Mary Rose Menges Mary 24, 1986 the in Liberal,
He spent most of his working life as a sales representative for Loomis Brother
Equipment, He as an active Mason and Shriner and was a member of First Southern
Baptist Church in Liberal. He enjoyed a variety of pastimes including golf,
outdoor sports of all kinds, and hunting and fishing.
Loving family members include his wife Mary Rose of the home, and his mother
Mary Louise Wakefield of Liberal.
He was receded in death by his father in 1989/
Local services were held March 18 at Mowery Chapel in Owasso. Serving as
officiating minister was Brian Early.
Services at Liberal were held March 19 at First Southern Baptist Church.
Committal services and interment followed at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in
Liberal. Local arrangements were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Services of Owasso.
Owasso Reporter- Sep 2, 1999
Jacki Wefer, 41, of Kellyville, died last week in a Tulsa hospital. She was born
April 24, 1958 in Oceanside, New York to Nicholas and Lila Martini.
She moved to Owasso with her family in 1969 and was a 1976 graduate of Owasso
High School. She married Kenneth Wefer and had been a food service employee. She
was a member of Bethany Lutheran in Tulsa, her childhood church.
Jacki is survived by her husband Kenneth of the home; a son, Nicholas H. Wefer
of the home; step-son, Kenneth Ray Wefer, her parents; a brother and his wife,
Nicholas Timothy and Leslie Martini; and several other relatives.
Memorial services were held Aug. 21 at the Bethany Lutheran Church under the
direction of Moore's Eastlawn Chapel.
Owasso Ledger 1905
Amos Welty, a prosperous farmer, age 30, living near Hunter, Oklahoma Territory
shot himself. No cause was given. His brother Lewis, came to town for the
undertaker and after taking the undertaker to the house, left the room and shot
himself. Attachment to his brother is supposed to be the cause of the shooting.
Lewis is not dead yet but is not expected to live. Both brothers were single.
- Owasso Reporter Apr 15,
A memorial Service for Gladys W. White, 88, a Baptist Retirement Center resident
for 18 years, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in the center's chapel.
She died April 9 in Tulsa.
The services will be conducted by Rev. Dale Blackwood a former pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Owasso, where she had been a member 18 years. In memory
of Mrs. White, friends are contributing to the Missions Fund of FBC, Owasso,
12500 E. 86th St. N., Owasso, Ok. 74055.
She was born Feb. 5, 1911 in an oil field house in Creek County to Charles
Bertrand and Gertrude Goldsmith Wallis.
She attended Southern Arkansas University and Baptist Bible Institute, the
predecessor of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mrs. White and her four children moved into the Widows Colony in Sand Spring in
Jul 1948. She was employed as an abstractor at Smith Brother Abstract Co. in
Tulsa from 1948 to 1990.
She had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Broadway Baptist Church in
Survivors, include a daughter, Nella J. White of Norman; three sons, Benjamin
Lee of Newport, Wash., John Wallis of Broken Arrow, and William Robert of Ponca
City; a brother, Ralph D. Wallis of Bentonville, Ark., seven grandchildren, and
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, lee Oliver White and a
brother C.B. Wallis Jr.
Mrs. White donated her body to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences to be
used for research and education. Person interested in learning more about
anatomical donation may call 405-271-2424 for a fact sheet and donation form.
Wylie Tulsa World 22 Oct 2000
WYLIE -- Russell Clint , 72, formerly of
Owasso, passed away Wednesday at McAllen, TX. He was born April 18, 1928, in
Tulsa to Charles and Floy (Hill) Wylie. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
serving in the Korean Conflict. Russell had been a homebuilder and developer in
the Owasso area for the past 25 years. He had also been a past member of the
Board of Directors at First Bank Oklahoma in Claremore. Surviving family
members: wife, Maxine of the home; sons & daughters-in-law, Rick and Faith
Wylie, Catoosa, Greg and Pam Wylie, Owasso; grandsons, Jon and Nick Wylie,
Owasso. His parents and a brother, Gene, preceded him in death. Funeral service
to be held 1 p.m., Monday, Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso. Visitation
hours, 12-9 Sunday. Interment to be in Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery, Owasso.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 2865 E.
Skelly Dr., Suite 100S, Tulsa, OK 74105. Mowery Funeral Service, Owasso.
Myrtle Virginia Rogers Wilkins -
Tulsa World May 16, 1999
WILKINS-- Myrtle Virginia Rogers, 88, passed away Saturday, May
15, 1999. Born in Pea Ridge, AR on November 23, 1910. Beloved wife and mother.
Married for 69 years to now deceased Cecil O. Wilkins. Loving mother to 6
surviving children, Virginia L. Roberson (Jim), Conway, AR, David L. (Bobbie
Jo), Tulsa, Jean Runels (Ron), Bloomington, CA, Nancy Post (Ken), Tulsa, C.
Roger, Dallas, TX, Michael W. (Sulyn), Nashville, TN. Also survived by 1
brother, W. J. Rogers, Rogers, AR; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 1
great-great-grandchild. She was a homemaker until later in her life when she
worked as a seamstress for bridal shops. Member and faithful Sunday School
Teacher for over 60 years at Glenwood Baptist Church. Recently she was a member
at First Baptist Church, Owasso, OK. She is now resting with her Lord whom she
loved dearly. Service 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, 1999, Glenwood Baptist Church.
Contributions may be made to Glenwood Baptist Church or Gideon's International.
Moore Memory 583-6148
Dean Williams - Owasso
Reporter Jun 1999
Erma N. "Dean" Williams of Owasso passed away June 5, 1999 in Tulsa at the age
of 64. She was born July 19, 1934 in Terlton, Oklahoma, to Earl and Stella
Dean was graduated with the Cleveland, Oklahoma. High School Class of 1952.
After high school she attended cosmetology school and worked as a hairdresser
for over 35 years.
Dean and her family moved to Owasso in 1972. She spent several years as the
hairdresser at the Owasso Baptist Retirement Center Salon. Later she worked as a
receptionist for Stress-Con Inc., from which she had retired.
Surviving family members include her sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and Janine
Williams of Tulsa, and Boyd and Joni Williams of Oklahoma City; one daughter and
son-in-law, Vicki and Joe Ramey of Owasso; nine grandchildren, Alyson, Angela,
Amanda, Zac, Shannon, Alexandria, Bradley, Michael and Annie; three brothers,
Gene Cruzen of Cleveland, Ray Cruzen of Hominy and Roy Cruzen of Tulsa.
Funeral services were held June 8 at Bethel Baptist Church in Owasso with Pastor
Jim Wheeler officiating.
Serving as escorts were Jack Hall, Brad Passmore, Rodney Bratcher, Mike Wood,
David Ferguson and Craig Cruzen.
Committal service and interment followed at the Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery
in Owasso. Services and arrangements were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Services
Owasso Reporter Oct. 14, 1999
Hazel Irene Williams, formerly of Weatherford, died Oct. 10, 1999
in Owasso at the age of 87. She was born May 20, 1912 to Robert Lee and Chloe
Gates Porter in Canadian, Tx.
She was a graduated of Fay (Okla.) High School. She was
married to Leander J. Williams and spent most of her working life as a
She was a member of the Weatherford First United Methodist
Church. She had been a resident of Owasso since 1997. She enjoyed crocheting
among other things.
Loving family members include her daughter and son-in-law,
Jacqueline and Roger Thompson of Owasso, three grandchildren and one
great-grandchild, one brother, R.I. Porter of Manhattan, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971, one brother and
Graveside services were Oct. 13 at the Weatherford Cemetery.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Services of Owasso.
Tulsa World 7/12/97
WILLIAMS-- J.B., 82, of Owasso, passed away July 8, 1997. Served over 22 years
in U.S. Navy, retired
interviewer with Oklahoma State Employment Commission and a member of Fleet
Reserve Association. He
was an avid reader and enjoyed visiting the Owasso Library. Survived by: wife,
Josephine of the home;
daughter and son-in-law, Ann and David Yaeger of Vienna, VA; 2 step-sons, Jerry
and Phyllis Stokley, Bill
and Sarah Stokley, all of Tulsa; 7 grandchildren; 1 brother, Holt Williams of
New London, NC; several
nieces and nephews. Service Sunday, July 13, 1997, 2:30 p.m., Moore's Owasso
- Owasso Reporter
Russell M. Williams of Owasso died Nov. 25, 1998 at the age of 59. He was born
April 10, 1939 in East Orange, New Jersey, to Russell and Edna Makin Williams.
He was graduated with the East Orange High School Class of 1957. He was a
veteran of the armed forces having served his country with the U.S. Air Force
from Nov. 7, 1958 until his honorable discharge Oct. 30, 1962.
He spent most of his working life as a reproduction operator with American
Airlines. He was married to the former Judith Stadler Bourgeois on Nov. 19, 1993
in Eureka Springs, Ark.
He was an avid fan of all sports, particularly Arkansas football. He also
enjoyed listing to country music, traveling, and studying history.
Loving family members include his wife Judith of the home; one daughter, Sara
Lynn Gustavus of Tulsa; two step-sons and daughters- in -law, Brian and Linda
Bourgeois of Collinsville, and Craig and Lisa Bourgeois of Claremore, and five
Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Mowery Chapel in Owasso. Serving as
officiating clergy was Father Paul Donovan of St. Henry's Catholic Church of
Private family disposition was to be held at a later date. Arrangements and
services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Services of Owasso.
In lieu of lowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to
Family Hospice, 4325 E. 52nd St. Tulsa, Ok 74135
-Owasso Reporter Sep 2, 1999
Wayne Williams, 76, of Owasso passed away Aug. 23, 1999. He was born in
Mulberry, Ark., on Nov 30, 1922 to John and Mamie Bright Williams.
He married Anne Headershot on June 19, 1944 in New London, Conn., and was a
resident of Owasso since 1971. He was a retired toolmaker.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Judy Ann and Oliver Braswell of
Tulsa; son and daughter-in-law, Danny L and Arlene Williams of Broken Arrow,
son, Robert W. Williams of Sperry; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rev. Leonard Pirtle officiated services at Rejoice Free Will Baptist Church Aug.
26. Interment was at Green Acres Cemetery under the direction of Moore's Owasso
Owasso Reporter Sept. 16, 1999
Samuel Taylor Willsey of Owasso passed away Sept. 11, 1999 at the age of 77. He
was born Feb. 26, 1922 in McCurtain, Oklahoma, to James and Alice Willsey.
He attended school in Bixby and Turley (north of Tulsa).
He married the former Ida Doris Wilson on Jan. 19, 1952 in Bentonville, Ark.
He began his working "cowboy" years on the Ewing Halsell Ranch southwest of
Owasso through 1961. During this time he served in the U.S. Army during WWII and
participated in the Normandy invasion. He was employed by Earl Bray, Inc. in
Tulsa from 1971 to 1984, retiring as a transport driver.
He enjoyed gardening and sports, but most of all football. He was an original
"Owasso Ram" fan as well as OU and Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals
Sam is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ida; son, Samuel Gene Willsey and wife
Sue or Harwood, Md.; daughters, Teresa Lynn and husband Larry Rust of Owasso,
Linda Jo Bauer and fiancee Rick Hiliger of Nekoosa, Wis., and Lisa and husband,
Kevin McNight of Claremore; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.;
brother Ed Willsey of Tulsa; former daughter-in-law, Billie Willsey of Sapulpa;
several brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends and
Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at Mowery Chapel with Dr. Larry DeLay
officiating. Escorts; Carl Worley, Bob Bates, Wiley Taylor, Clint Davis, Mark
Graham. Bob Thomas, Tim Dyer, Russell Wilkerson.
Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Owasso. Services and arrangements were
entrusted to Mowery Funeral Services o Owasso.
Lona L. Wisely-
Tulsa World Sept 3, 1998
Retired from American Airlines, died Tuesday Services pending. Mowery
68, Tulsa World Sept 9, 1998
Retired from American Airlines, died Saturday. Services 2pm Thursday, Liberty
Free Will Baptist Church, Oologah. Collinsville Funeral Home.
John Wixon -
Owasso Reporter Sept. 17, 1998
John Wixon, 68 of Owasso was born Feb. 6, 1930 in Hominy To Ira E. Wixon Sr. And
Susan Adeline (Fluke) Wixon.
He died Sept. 5, 1998 in Owasso where he has lived since 1961. He is retired
from American Airlines.
A veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was a member of
the Owasso Masonic Lodge, Tulsa Moose Lodge, American Legion and the N.E.
Oklahoma Square Dancers Association.
Survivors include on son. Gary Wixon of Tulsa; three daughters; Sheila Diane
Wixon of Owasso, Renee "Leroy" Judkins of Tulsa and Deva Dobbs of Tulsa; one
brother Ira E. Wixon Jr. of Tulsa; three sisters Dorothy Daniel of Tulsa,
Virginia Jackson of Oologah and Judy Alley of Shawnee; six grandchildren.
Services were held Sept 10 at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Oologah with
Rev. Ron Hardage officiating. Interment was in Floral haven Cemetery in Broken
Arrow under the direction of Collinsville Funeral Home.
- Owasso Reporter - April 15, 1999
Paul Fredrick Worley of Rural Owasso went home to be with our Lord the seventh
of April 1999 at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 21 days He was born 16th
of May, 1909 in Owasso to George Grover and Viola Edna Davis Worley, He married
the former Laverne Allsup on Dec. 8, 1932 in Tulsa,
Paul, a man of great faith, was a charter member of first Baptist Church of
Owasso and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Owasso at the time of his
passing. He served in many capacities, including deacon, Sunday school teacher,
superintendent and B.T. U. director.
He did not have a bus but had a bus ministry. For many years he drove a 1946
Ford pickup which he loaded with kids along his way to church.
He had also used his carpentry talents in construction of both First Baptist and
Paul will be missed by those who knew him. But many can take comfort in knowing
he is in a better place and we will again be together throughout eternity.
Paul is survived by his wife of 66 years, Laverne, of the home; three sons, Carl
Worley of Owasso, Don Worley of Jenks and Gene Worley of Fairfax; one daughter,
Carolyn Worley Spickelmier of Tulsa; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren
and one great-great-grandson; two brother, Vernon Worley of Tulsa and Virgil
Worley of Strafford, Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends.
He as preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Harry Worley, a sister Ruth
Worley Cooper, and a grandson Monte Keith Worley.
Funeral services were held April 9 at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin
Stewart and Rev. Jim Thompson officiating. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren
served as escorts and honorary escorts.
Committal services and interment followed at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Steve
Baggett officiating. Services and arrangements were entrusted to Mowery Funeral
Services of Owasso.
Ruby Wright- Owasso Reporter
Ruby Maxine Wright, local resident of Owasso, died Jan. 8, 1996
in Tulsa at the age of 69 years.
She was born Dec. 10, 1926 in Flat River, Missouri to Harley and Dora Harper.
She was married Oct.11, 1945 in Flat River to William Wright. They had recently
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
She spent most of her working life as a homemaker. She enjoyed a variety of
pastimes, but her primary interest was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Loving family members include her husband William of the home; two sons, Kevin
Wright of the home and Donald Wright; two daughters, Gloria Shouse of Owasso and
Karen Bynum of Bixby; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy and Eunice, and a brother,
Funeral services were held Jan.11, 1996 at Mowery Chapel in Owasso. Serving as
officiating minister was Rev. Leonard Pirtle, pastor of First Free Will Baptist
Church of Owasso.
Serving as casketbearers were Mike Shouse, Greg Shouse, George Shouse, David
Stadler, Derriel Bynum and Joe Medearis.
Committal services and interment immediately followed at Graceland Memorial Park
in Owasso. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Services