Emery Yeager

 

Emery Yeager was born to William Moses Yeager and Juanita Mitchell Yeager in Seminole, Okla. on Nov. 10, 1944.

He passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the age of 70 years and 4 months.

He is survived by his wife Jeannie Yeager and daughter, Toni Yeager Birmingham, her husband Gary and their four children, Braden, Casey, Taylor and Alex Birmingham.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Andrew Yeager.

He is survived by two brothers and one sister; William Steve and Patricia Yeager of Seminole, Okla., Foster Flint Yeager of Wewoka Okla., Marshalene and Jerry Harjo of Seminole, Okla., and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Emery was wounded in combat in 1967 in Vietnam.

He served honorably in the US Army for 25 years.

He also was employed as a Dept. of Army civilian for a number of years.

He worked at DECA in East Kelly and the Provost Marshal’s office at Fort Sam Houston.

We will miss him dearly. Visitation will take place in the Sunset Funeral home chapel Monday April 6, 2015 at 1:00pm with funeral services beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Interment will take place in the Sunset Memorial Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Arlis Yott

 

Arlis Louis Yott, age 74 and a resident of Vamoosa, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Vamoosa Baptist Church, and Rev. Kevin Duck and Rev. Bruce Sanders will officiate.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Pallbearers are the grandsons, Russell Yott, Jason Yott, Taylor Yott, Matt Dean, Eric Holloway, and Gage Bean.

Arlis was born April 15, 1940 to George and Florence (Herriman) Yott at Asher, Okla.

He married Ernestine Scroggin on Aug. 19, 1961 at the Assembly of God Church in Konawa, Okla.

He worked twenty-two years for OG&E before retiring in 1994.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ernestine Yott of the home; four sons, Kenneth Yott of Konawa, Wayne Yott of Konawa, Wesley Yott of Asher, and Waylon Yott of Konawa; two brothers, Darrell Yott of Asher, and Raymond Yott of Macomb, Oklahoma; three sisters, Georgie Tryon of Edmond, Oklahoma, Lucy Glenn and Linda Craft, both of Shawnee, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Florence Yott; one sister, Ruby Leabo; and three brothers, Marvin, David and Gene Yott.

Yott

 

 

 

Arlis Yott

 

Arlis Louis Yott, age 74 and a resident of Vamoosa, Okla. passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Vamoosa Baptist Church, and Rev. Kevin Duck and Rev. Bruce Sanders will officiate.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Pallbearers are the grandsons, Russell Yott, Jason Yott, Taylor Yott, Matt Dean, Eric Holloway, and Gage Bean.

Arlis was born April 15, 1940 to George and Florence (Herriman) Yott at Asher, Okla.

He married Ernestine Scroggin on Aug. 19, 1961 at the Assembly of God Church in Konawa, Okla.

He worked twenty-two years for OG&E before retiring in 1994.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Ernestine Yott of the home; four sons, Kenneth and Janet Yott of Konawa, Wayne and Cheryl Yott of Konawa, Wesley and Rebecca Yott of Asher, and Waylon and Michelle Yott of Konawa; two brothers, Darrell Yott of Asher, and Raymond Yott of Macomb, Okla.; three sisters, Georgie Tryon of Edmond, Okla., Lucy Glenn and Linda Craft, both of Shawnee, Okla.; ten grandchildren, Breanne Dean, Samantha Yott, Russell Yott, Jason Yott, Taylor Yott, Maci Yott, all of Konawa, Jerry Yott and Gabby Yott of Asher, Cassie Holloway and Trae Graham of Ada; and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Florence Yott; one sister, Ruby Leabo; and three brothers, Marvin, David and Gene Yott.

Yott

 

 

 

John V. Lewis

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, might have been the day the music died for the family of John V. Lewis – if he hadn’t long ago instilled it into the hearts of each and every member.

Although the Seminole musician died Monday at the age of 86, from time to time his children, their children and grandchildren will feel a little music in their souls and know where it came from.

John was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Yell County, Ark., and started teaching himself music almost immediately.

"He could play anything," his son said.

Harmonica, guitar, piano, fiddle, banjo and later electric keyboard, all surrendered to John’s talent.

He loved music, God and family with all his soul, and took his children to church every time the doors were open – for every meeting, every service, every revival, every gospel singing.

John never made a living with his music; in fact, his children remember him paying for airtime at KWSH when they were a young, struggling family, so he could share the gospel music he loved with those within the air waves of Seminole County.

He started every program with the song, "This Little Light of Mine" and he let his light shine as God had bidden him to.

To support himself and his family, John had been a mule skinner, moving logs with a mule team, and later a sharecropper in Yell County.

He married Wilma Ross on Oct. 26, 1948. Together they came to Seminole County in 1953 to better his employment opportunities.

With their two little daughters, Barbara four and Anna, one month old, the family lived in the gas station south of Seminole that John managed.

After a couple of years, John went to work at Independent Tank, learning the art of welding.

Later he worked for Frac Tanks, Inc., which became the Terry Co.

Sons Ricky and John M. Lewis joined the family, and they followed the oilfield to Enid, Hennessey and Drumright before returning to Seminole in 1968.

John worked for Wills Concrete, D&B Garage, then opened his own welding shop and truck repair, which he ran until his retirement in 1992 when Wilma became ill.

He took care of Wilma until her death. If he wasn’t home sleeping he was at the nursing home taking care of her.

John encouraged his family in their musical endeavors and they played together and with friends in the garage, the living room, outdoors under the stars.

"The neighbors either hated us or loved us," John’s son said.

After his retirement, John toured area nursing homes, loading speakers, microphones, keyboard and hand-scrawled gospel music into his old Thunderbird to share his love of music and the Lord.

It was clear to anyone who met him that his love for his family was equal to his love of music and God; a quiet smile lit his face whenever he talked about them or shared a new photo.

"Do you KNOW how much God loves you?" he asked each one, often.

He was a member of the Lighthouse Tabernacle at the time of his death.

As he grew older, long after the death of his wife, Wilma, in September, 1994, and children, Anna and Ricky, he began to suffer from memory loss, but even then his family was the most vital part of his life.

John’s family helped to keep him in his home as long as possible, which was important to him and to them.

He entered Seminole Care and Rehabilitation in June 2014, one of the nursing homes where he had played his music for so many years, and died there Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Swearingen Funeral Chapel.

Family will receive guests Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Jeff Nance, pastor of Temple of Praise, will officiate.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Shawnee.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Newton and Moarnin Emily (Loudermilk) Lewis; a baby daughter, Linda, who died back in Yell County; his wife; and two grown children, Anna and Ricky; two grandchildren, Stephen Hill and Brandon Hail; three brothers, William Broyles, Sylvester Howard and Jones Lewis; and four sisters, Margaret Ross, Bell Heath, Florence McDonald and Dollie May Lewis.

Pallbearers will be Billy Hill Jr., Shannon Lewis, Booth Scates, Donald Emmitt, Zane Feken and Mike White.

He leaves to cherish his memory one son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Laurie Lewis of Bowlegs; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James Hail of Hennessey; six grandchildren, Tonya Scates, Billy Hill Jr., Charity Wright, Elizabeth Hile, Jeff Lewis, and Shannon Lewis; 14 great-grandchildren Booth Scates III, Karson Scates, Brice Hill, Blake Hill, Brock Hill, Chase Mullins, Carys Mullins, Conner Hile, Caleb Hile, Jacob Lewis, Abigail Lewis, Jordan Lewis, Kalee Lewis and Payton Lewis; two great-great-grandchildren, Paislee Hill and Chesnee Hill; special caregiver Rose Rosamond; as well as many dear nephews, nieces and other family, friends; and all who love gospel as he did.

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

Sarah Baker

 

Sarah "Sally" Audrey Lovine (Schafer) Baker passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at Heritage Hills Nursing Home in McAlester at the age of 67.

Sally was born March 17, 1948 in Higgins, Okla. to Gene Shaffer and Wanda Lee (Hurst).

She was a loving homemaker and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Sally loved spending time outside camping at the area lakes where she lived and enjoyed drinking her coffee.

She loved life and was loved by all who knew her. She also loved her dog, Mikey.

Sally is survived by her husband Rick Baker of Blocker; her dad, Billy Franklin of Wilburton; two sons, Brett Jones of Hartshorne and Bobby Adams of the home; two daughters, Tonya Adams Brown of Gowen and Tammy Ford and her husband Nathan of Jenks, Okla.; two brothers, Skeeter Franklin and his wife Sharon of Wilburton and Barry Franklin and his wife Kim of Gowen; one sister, Brenda Franklin of Hartshorne; grandchildren, Brittany Jones and Bo Jones of Bowlegs, Bailey Jones and Blakely Morris of Gowen, Tyler Joe Sipes and Blake Sipes of Gowen, Marissa Sipes of Shawnee, Sarah and Kaylee Brown of Hartshorne, Rebecca and Nate Ford of Jenks; great-grandchildren, Bretlea Layne Bolles and Khylen Valence; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Shaffer; mother Wanda Lee Franklin; grandmother, Gladys and uncles, Barry and Jim Mitchell and David Kuykendall.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at Faith Assembly of God in Gowen with Pastor Jeff Ainsworth officiating.

 

Services are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

Baker

 

 

 

Lucille Chupco

Lucille (Tiger) Chupco, 89 year old, Seminole, Okla. resident passed from this life on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at her home in Seminole. 

She was born July 16, 1925 in Seminole to parents, Jesse Tiger and Mindy (Jones) Tiger.

The family lived in Seminole County until Lucille’s father, Jesse took a job with the W.P.A. and the family moved to Altus, Okla. in 1940. 

Then in 1944 Lucille graduated from Altus High School and went on to earn her associate degree from Western State College in Altus.

On October 10, 1950 Lucille married Amos Chupco in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. 

In 1965 Amos retired from the United States Army after 21 years of service.

The couple moved to Chicago, Ill. in 1969 when Amos took a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Training Program. 

They returned to Seminole 41 years ago to live out the remainder of their lives together. 

Sadly, Amos preceded her in death, after almost 55 years of marriage on February 22, 2005.

Lucille was an avid sports fan who loved almost any sport from golf to the occasional bull riding events. 

She was most fond of OU, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Lucille also enjoyed playing Bingo. 

She was a member of the Achena Indian Presbyterian Church near Maud, Okla.  Lucille was also a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Lucille leaves to cherish her memory, her loving granddaughter and caregiver, Bettie Chupco and her husband Joe Luna Jr. of the home; one daughter, Phyllis Platta of Mescalero, N. M.; one daughter-in-law, Debra Chupco-Jones of Wetumka, Okla.; aunt, Dorothy Jones-Harjo of Seminole, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Bettie Chupco, James Chupco Jr., Treva Chupco, Lucinda Chupco, Jessie Zysk, Benedict Platta and Newton Platta; five great-grandchildren, Sage Chupco, Chebon Chupco, Pierce Zysk, Darwin James "D.J." Chupco and Kiah Zysk; and a host of other nieces, nephews and a host of other family and dear friends.

Lucille is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Mindy Tiger; her husband Amos Chupco who died Feb. 22, 2005; and by one son, James Edward Chupco Sr. who died in 2003.

A wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at Achena Indian Presbyterian Church near Maud, with Lewis Fife officiating the wake.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at Achena Indian Presbyterian Church near Maud, with Rev. Rick Harjo officiating the service. 

Interment will follow at the Achena Church Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be: Marion Jones, Joel Luna Jr., Glen Coker, Allen Aldridge, Mark Evans, and Anthony Nguyen.

Honorary Bearers will be: Steve Jones, Keith Coker, Hayden Jones, Chris Tiger, and the Elders of Achena Indian Presbyterian Church.

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

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

Chupco

 

 

 

Wayne Fuqua

 

H. Wayne "Wire" Fuqua passed away September 27, 2014 at his home in San Jose, Calif.

His wife, children and grandchildren were by his side. Wayne was born Harold Wayne Fuqua on Nov. 11, 1935.

He was the fourth child born to Robert "Bob" and Tessie Hall Fuqua (and their fourth child to die). Wayne/Wire married Deanna Payne-Vincent on April 26, 1956.

They were happily married for over 58 years before he passed away of an untreatable neuroendocrine cancer. He was diagnosed June 2014.

Wayne/Wire spent a little time working for his family’s business, Fuqua Construction and National Concrete.

He struggled with school until he discovered math in high school.

Then he found a career in early programming and worked as a system programmer the next 40 years until he retired.

He kept his love of music (thanks to JJ McCoy) whether classic, rock or country, he loved it all.

He also loved the outdoors. Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks were his favorites.

He enjoyed rafting, viewing the ocean and sharing short sails with his daughters and son.

He also loved chess, shooting pool, reading Michael Crighton as well as history based novels.

Wayne/Wire and Deanna danced on their first date and danced on for most of their marriage. Both SHS students, Wayne attended Seminole Jr. College then onto O.U. and continued college while working most of his life.

He also attended, TCU, San Diego State and San Jose State University.

Wayne did his best by honoring his wedding vows and cared deeply for people and animals.

Because Wayne’s brothers and cousins were his social group while growing up, his close friend Barry’s ability to meet and make new friends easily was a constant puzzle to him.

Wayne also participated in Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls with his children.

The icing on the cake for him were all of his grandchildren. He loved his family and they loved him!

He is survived by the love of his life, Deanna and their children: Linda Fuqua-Jones (Bill), Monument, Colo., Terry Wayne Fuqua (Cynthia) Phoenix, Ariz., Teresa Fuqua Roffe (Tony DeVincentes) Ben Lomond, Calif., grandchildren Ian W. Jones, Santa Cruz, Calif., Morgan D. Jones (Anne, son: MD Jr.) Addison, Tex., Tanya Fuqua-Abbas (Dustin, sons: Isaak Wayne Fuqua and Aden Aran Abbas) Phoenix, Ariz., Catrina Fuqua Carpenter (Christopher, children: Cassandra and Conner) Phoenix, Ariz., Serena Roffe-Marley (Ed, daughter: Anna Jean) Livermore, Calif. Garrett Roffe (Colleen) Aptos, Calif.

Wayne/Wire is survived by his family Wyatt Fuqua, Las Vegas, N.V., Anita Roberts Fuqua, Las Vegas, N.V., Willard (Cathy), Glendale Ariz., Lois Fuqua Dedman Oyler (Gene), Glendale, Ariz., brother-in-law Chuck "Butchie" Vincent (Bertha) nephews and their families Scott and Jack (Jenny) Houston Tex. area. Harvey Dedmon and Barry Pipkin were two of his very close friends along with many nieces and nephews and his companion, Reyna a 9 year old lab mix.

Wayne/Wire had wanted his service held at the First Methodist church on 2nd and Evans.

After the fire, he decided for a grave side service in the future when his wife joins him at Little Cemetery.

Several members of the family await his arrival. His father Robert Neal Fuqua (1997), Daryl (1969), Bob Lee (1995), Ronald "Rod" (2007), his son-in-law Ted Roffe (2005), his beloved mother, Tessie Mae Hall Fuqua Thomas lies in Glendale, AZ (1995). Wayne asked for the singing of "Amazing Grace" at his service. Think of him whenever you hear that song.

Boomer Sooner!

Fuqna

 

 

 

Margaret Lee

 

Margaret Mae Lee, longtime Seminole resident passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Cornerstone Hospital in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the age of 86. Margaret was born August 28, 1929 in Booneville, Arkansas to parents Dewey and Almedia (Ma) Quinalty. They moved to Seminole, Oklahoma a short time later where Margaret attended Seminole Public Schools.

Margaret married Rex H. Lee in Seminole, Oklahoma on July 28, 1946. He preceded her in death on October 23, 1991.

Margaret was a homemaker. She worked at Blue Bell (now Wrangler) for several years and then worked as a medicine technician at Pioneer Nursing Home and Seminole Estates Nursing Home until her retirement. Margaret loved to fish for the sandies with her husband and her children at Lake Eufaula. She loved her family very much, but most of all she loved the Lord, and put her faith and trust in Him. She attended Old Glory Assembly of God for many years. She especially loved to hear Preacher Cagle Graves preach the word and even got to hear her Grandson Chris Lee preach the word a few times before her health declined.

Margaret is survived by her two sons; Dewey and his wife Lawana Lee of Seminole, Oklahoma and Scott Lee of Norman, Oklahoma; her daughter Debra Seaba and her husband Mark of Jasper, Texas. Margaret is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rex, two daughters, Nancy Jessen and Joyce Ann Lee, two sisters Elva Doshier and Imogene Riddle, and one brother J.D. Quinalty.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Little Cemetery with Pastor Chris Lee officiating.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John V. Lewis

 

Funeral services for John V. Lewis, longtime Seminole resident, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Swearingen Funeral Chapel.

Lewis died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Seminole Care and Rehabilitation at the age of 86.

A full obituary will follow in the Thursday edition of The Seminole Producer.

 

 

 

 

Joyce Porter

 

Joyce D. Porter 81, resident of Heritage Village Nursing Home in Holdenville passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Holdenville General Hospital.

Joyce was born October 1, 1933 in Omaha, Nebraska to George E. Riha and Elizabeth Model Riha. Joyce moved to Illinois where she was married and had two children. A son, Everett and a daughter, Linda.

Joyce moved to Oklahoma and lived in Wewoka for several years. She married Ronnie Lee Porter in 1981. Joyce did domestic work for families before retiring.

She is survived by two step-sons, Yancy Don Porter of Macomb and Ronnie Lee Porter, Jr. of Wewoka and seven grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, George E and Elizabeth Model Riha, her son Everett and daughter Linda. Her husband, Ronnie Lee Porter and her step-daughter, Tonya Porter Craig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Adams

 

James Autry Adams Jr. was born June 10, 1939 in Tyler, Tex. to the late James Adams Sr. and Rebecca Adams.

He passed away Monday, Jan. 5th, 2015 in Holdenville, Okla. at the age of 75 years.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Adams of Sasakwa, OK; children David Adams, Anita Adams, Donna Adams Chester, Debra Adams Gallion, son Michael James Adams; three brothers Dale Cosby, Buddy Gayle Cosby, Gary Paul; one sister Dorothy Sokoloski. Nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding James in death are his parents.

James was a retired farmer and rancher, and former owner of Adams and Sons Trucking.

He served four years with the US Navy on the USS Vesuvius, AE 15 and was a member of the American Legion.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Jarvis, David Chester, Aaron Gallion, Specialist James McQuillan, Christian Adams, and Matthews Adams.

Memorial service will be 3;30 Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Willard Davis officiating.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Adams

 

 

 

Timmy Armstrong

 

Timmy Noel Armstrong, 41, Seminole resident died Thursday, January 1, 2015 in Wewoka, Okla.

Timmy was born May 25, 1973 in Lawton, Okla. to Vivian Lee (Spencer) and Jimmy Noel Armstrong, Sr.

Timmy was a member of Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church.

Timmy worked for several years as a cook for Shawnee Bowling and Firelake. Timmy was a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and had moved to Seminole two years ago from Tecumseh, Okla.

Timmy is survived by his mother Vivan Bender and Jimmy N. Armstrong, Sr. both of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, one brother Jimmy Armstrong and a sister Sandy Marie Spencer.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church southwest of Wewoka, Okla.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Bender

 

Long time Seminole resident John Jessie Bender age 95 years went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 8th, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital in Norman, Okla.

Born Feb. 11, 1919 in Wewoka, Okla., to the late Jonas Bender and Effie (Lena) Bender.

John married Virginia Merita Duncan March 6, 1941 and she preceded him in death Feb.20, 1995.

John was a member of Wewoka Church of Christ.

He enjoyed gardening, and woodwork.

He served in the US Army during WWII.

Serving in Africa, Italy, Egypt and France. He was also a member of Seminole Nations.

Preceding John in death are his parents, wife, son Mike Bender, daughter Betty Craig, siblings Mary Little, Lawtman Bender, Cecil Joe Bender, Lilly Woods, and Edmond Bender; great-grandchildren Johnnie, Britton, Julian Charles Howell.

John is survived by his children Steve Bender of Wewoka, Okla., Shirley Howell of Seminole, Okla., and Johnnie Sue Brady of Okemah, Okla.; seventeen grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Wake service will be 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Wewoka Church of Christ with Kerry Kincade officiating and burial to follow Bender Family Cemetery, Seminole, Okla.

Pall Bearers will be James Howell, Jon Craig, Joe Craig Jr., Rodney Britton, Tyler Craig, and Mason Craig.

Honorary Pall bearers will be Eddie Neil, Raymond Cain, Joe Craig, Dewayne Holland, and George Howell.

Arrangements are under Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Bender

 

 

 

Rodney Bronniman

 

 

Rodney Lynn Bronniman, age 55 and a resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Wed., April 8, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sat., April 11, 2015 at the P.A.C. Building located at Konawa High School under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Rev. Charley Henthorn will officiate and burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Clayton Phillips, Jason Paul McIlvain, Joe McIlvain, Heath Nail, Brett Nail, Kelsey Pierce, and Jonathan McIlvain.

Rodney was born on Jan. 9, 1960 in Woodward, Okla. to Robert Lee Bronniman and Helen Mae (Swanson) Bronniman-White.

He received an Associate in Applied Science in Diesel Mechanics and worked as the Fleet Specialist for the Department of Corrections.

He married Marsha Phillips on Sept. 26, 1981 at the Assembly of God Church of Konawa.

Rodney served on the Konawa School Board from November 2004 until March 2011, and he served as a Board Member for the Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center of Konawa from 2002 until 2005.

Rodney was a member of the First Baptist Church of Konawa where he served as a Deacon, and he worked with the youth program and also taught Sunday School.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Bronniman of the home; two sons, Josh Bronniman and wife, Ashley of Owasso, Okla., and Logan Bronniman and wife, Brandi of Kodiak, Alaska; one brother, Tom Bronniman and wife, Sonja of Lamar, Colo.; two sisters, Jo Ann Pierce and husband, Joe of Duncan, Okla., and Patsy McIlvain and husband, Mike of Woodward, Okla.; three grandchildren, Cooper Lynn, Emma Rai, and Jace Dylan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Bronniman

 

 

 

Lucille Chupco

 

Lucille (Tiger) Chupco, 89 year old, Seminole, Okla. resident passed from this life on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at her home in Seminole.

She was born July 16, 1925 in Seminole to parents, Jesse Tiger and Mindy (Jones) Tiger.

The family lived in Seminole County until Lucille’s father, Jesse took a job with the W.P.A. and the family moved to Altus, Okla. in 1940.

Then, in 1944 Lucille graduated from Altus High School and went on to earn her associate degree from Western State College in Altus.

On Oct. 10, 1950 Lucille married Amos Chupco in Ft. Bragg, N.C..

In 1965 Amos retired from the United States Army after 21 years of service.

The couple moved to Chicago, Ill. in 1969 when Amos took a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Training Program.

They returned to Seminole 41 years ago to live out the remainder of their lives together.

Sadly, Amos preceded her in death, after almost 55 years of marriage on Feb. 22, 2005.

Lucille worked as a Administrative Assistant for the Seminole Nation Housing Authority for several years until her retirement in 1980.

Lucille was an avid sports fan who loved almost any sport from golf to the occasional bull riding events.

She was most fond of OU, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lucille also enjoyed playing Bingo.

She was a member of the Achena Indian Presbyterian Church near Maud, Okla.

Lucille was also a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Lucille leaves to cherish her memory, her loving granddaughter and caregiver, Bettie Chupco and her husband Joe Luna Jr. of the home; one daughter, Phyllis Platta of Mescalero, N.M.; one daughter-in-law, Debra Chupco-Jones of Wetumka, Okla.; aunt, Dorothy Jones-Harjo of Seminole, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Bettie Chupco, James Chupco Jr., Treva Chupco, Lucinda Chupco, Jessie Zysk, Benedict Platta and Newton Platta; five great-grandchildren, Sage Chupco, Chebon Chupco, Pierce Zysk, Darwin James "D.J." Chupco and Kiah Zysk; and a host of other nieces, nephews and a host of other family and dear friends.

Lucille is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Mindy Tiger; her husband Amos Chupco; and by one son, James Edward Chupco Sr. who died in 2003.

A wake service was held at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at Achena Indian Presbyterian Church near Maud, with Lewis Fife officiating the wake.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 26, 2015 at Achena Indian Presbyterian Church near Maud, and Rev. Rick Harjo officiated the service.

Interment followed at the Achena Church Cemetery.

Casket Bearers were Marion Jones, Joel Luna Jr., Glen Coker, Allen Aldridge, Mark Evans, and Anthony Nguyen.

Honorary Bearers were Steve Jones, Keith Coker, Hayden Jones, Chris Tiger, and the Elders of Achena Indian Presbyterian Church.

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

Chupco

 

 

 

Billye Coates

 

"We will take no material thing with us…but we will take with us the kind words we have said…the kind deeds we have done…the help we have given." --Richmond Walker

These words epitomize the life of Billye Coates.

An outpouring of gifts---letters, cards, meals, visits, cash, encouraging devotional thoughts from the many books she read, kind words, kind deeds and help—made up her life, and it piled high the treasure Billye took with her.

The first daughter of four to parents Loise and Robert Jennings, Billye was born in Holdenville, Okla. at the beginning of the 1920’s Seminole oil boom.

Her sister Pat, Frances, and Carol soon followed.

The Jennings family attended the small Baptist church in the New Lima community, where at the age 12, Billye made the decision to give her heart to Jesus and was baptized in a little country pond.

Her school days were spent in the New Lima community, as well.

She was a natural artist, painting stage scenery for school plays, also performing in those plays, and performing in the marching band.

Billye created the best chocolate soda of her life when she made one for the love of her life, James "Pinky" Coates; the love affair started at the Seminole Rexall Drug Store where she worked during the year of her graduation from Bowlegs High School in 1945.

Billye and Pinky would celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary one month from her passing on Jan. 30, 2015.

Their first home was in Oklahoma City where Pinky worked for the J.C. Penney Co. and Billye for the Home Insurance Co. Billye and Pinky’s son, James Allen "Jim" Coates, Jr. was born there in 1952.

The little family moved closer to extended family and made Seminole their home in 1955, the year their daughter, Vicki Ann Coates, was born.

Billye made a life and a life’s work – raising her children, loving and supporting her husband, and helping her mother and others – and gave of herself selflessly to brighten the corner where she was.

She especially loved creating special moments and memories for her four grandchildren; Jill, Jeff, David and Michael and her three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Lydia and Harrison.

Billye was active in the church where she and Pinky married, the First Baptist Church in Seminole, Okla.

Singing in the choir, teaching young adult women’s Sunday School, supporting youth group activities through generously opening her home, feeding hungry teenagers, and accompanying them on youth trips.

For 16 years, Billye and her Band of Bridge Buddies, made a summer pilgrimage to Crested Butte, Colo. to the home of Newt and Ellen Wall to participate in Bridge Week – dedicated to day-long bridge playing, lots of giggling, great food and camaraderie.

Billye proudly displayed the trophies earned from these events: "Highest Score: 1992, 1996 and 2000."

Her greatest joy was giving; she tenderly cared for the vagabond, the stranger, the outcast, and the down-and-out, and her family; and found something she could give to lift them up.

Surviving family include her husband of 68 years, James "Pinky" Coates of the home; Billye’s mother Loise Jennings who at the age of 108 lives in Shawnee, Okla.; sisters, Pat and her husband Leon Short of Seminole, Okla., Carol and her husband Eldon White of Lake Jackson, Tex.; one son, Jim and his wife Tena Coates of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one daughter, Vicki Coates of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandson, Jeff Coates of Wash. D.C.; granddaughter, Jill and her husband Roy Mitchell of Oklahoma City, Okla.; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Lydia and Harrison Mitchell; grandson, David and his wife Frannie Garrett of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandson, Michael Franklin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister-in-law, Cuba Coates of Seminole, Okla. and Geneva Coates of Oklahoma City, Okla.; special family members, Richard Angell of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Adnan and his wife Reyne Tarhoni and children Mazin and Laila of Dallas, Tex.; numerous nieces, nephews and great life-long friends.

A celebration of Billye’s life was held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Seminole located at 420 Reid Street.

Rev. Bob Woods, Rev. Russell Vicars, and Rev. Richard Angell officiated the service.

Casket Bearers were: (grandsons) Jeff Coates, David Garrett, Michael Franklin, (nephews) David Short, Harry Coates Jr., Brian Coates, Bruce Coates and Robert Short.

Services were under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

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Robert Cocke

 

 

Rev. Robert Winston Cocke, Jr. of Wilburton, Okla. died Friday, Jan, 16, 2015 at the Veterans Center in Norman at the age of 82.

Robert was born March 25, 1932 in Quinton, Okla. to Robert Winston, Sr. and Virginia (Tirey) Cocke.

Robert graduated from Wilburton High School with the Class of 1950 and joined the U.S. Army.

He served during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart.

On Dec. 20, 1952, Robert married Ann Ferris at the First Methodist Church of Wilburton.

Robert obtained his Local Preachers License in 1949, and following his service in the Army, he was appointed to serve in the Oklahoma Methodist Conference where he served the churches in Earlsboro, Mcloud, El Reno, Perkins, Wetumka, Texhoma and Seminole/Bowlegs.

After retirement he served the Hodgen, Howe and the Rocky Point churches.

While serving these churches he continued his education by attending Oklahoma Baptist University and then transferring to Oklahoma City University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1958.

He then received his Masters of Theology from the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in 1964.

He is survived by his wife, Ann of the home; sons, Robert, III and wife, Laura of Norman, John of Tulsa, William and wife, Layne of Wilburton and Charles and wife, Donna of McKinney, Tex.; Grandchildren: Wesley, Ben, Alyse, William Adam, Elizabeth, Bailey, Macey and Jake; Great Grandchildren: CoCo, Lucy, Madeline, Finley, Pierson, CGrey and Gunnar; sister, Anna Doris and husband, Jimmy of Tulsa; nieces, Jaime and Janna and nephew, Jay; and cousin, Ann and husband, Bob and other family and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Winston Cocke Sr. and Virginia (Tirey) Cocke.

The Funeral Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Jones Harkins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. April Coates officiating.

Interment will follow at the City Cemetery, Wilburton, Okla.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Wesley, Ben, Alyse, William Adam, Elizabeth, Bailey, Macey and Jake.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the 143rd Threadway Bridge Company and the Wilburton Lions Club.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones Harkins Funeral Home, Wilburton, Okla.

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Carl Darr

 

Carl Eugene Darr, 67, lifelong Seminole resident died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Integris Seminole Medical Center.

Carl was born Jan. 10, 1947, in Seminole, Okla. to Lydia Lueetta (Scott) and Amel Paul Darr.

Carl grew up in Seminole and attended Seminole Public Schools and graduated from Seminole High School in 1965.

Carl worked for many years at Double Cola Bottling Plant and Wrangler as a truck driver for 14 years.

After he left Wrangler he opened his owned business, Carl’s Rental and Sales in Seminole.

Carl was a member of Old Glory Assembly of God. Carl married Helen Hendricks Darr on April 9, 1965 in Seminole, Okla.

Carl is survived by his wife, Helen Darr of the home in Seminole; Son, Kevin Darr of Seminole and his daughter, Sonya and Hoselton of Seminole, and his six grandchildren.

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

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, with Eugene Darr officiating.

Burial followed at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, east of Seminole.

Casket bearers were Kevin Darr, Hayden Darr, Garrett Darr, Bradley Davis, Dakota Factor, Jesse Fisher and Casey Hoselton.

Honorary bearers will be Michael Morgan, Bill Hoskison, Ronnie Lemmings, and Robert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Hadley

 

Don Clinton Hadley was born on April 1, 1944, in Eagletown, Okla., and departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Earlsboro, Okla., at the age of 70.

Don, the son of Norvin and Edna (Dennington) Hadley, was a resident of Earlsboro.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves.

He married Zelpha Vermell Booker on Aug. 12, 1967, in Antlers, Okla.

He was an educator for 30 years, and worked as a teacher, administrator and/or coach at Guymon, Wynona, Oklahoma City, Strother and Varnum Public Schools.

He was a member and Deacon of Prague Free Will Baptist Church.

Don enjoyed hunting and fishing, being with his family and going to his grandkid’s sporting events.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wendell Hadley, and sister, Guy Eula Pool.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years Zelpha Vermell Hadley of the home; son and daughter-in-law Jon Marc and Amy Hadley of Little; daughters and sons-in-law Teri and Jason Nutt of Paden and Jill and Eric Rawls of Earlsboro; grandchildren Derrek and Jessica Mitchell, Tia Mitchell, Lance Nutt, Timber Nutt, Daison Hadley, Alauna Hadley and Bowdee Nutt; great grandchild Bryson Mitchell; brothers and sisters-in-law Warren and Sue Hadley of Fort Smith and Dale and Betty Hadley of Indiahoma; sister Eleanor Marrs of Shawnee; and a host of other family and friends.

The Hadley family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Free Will Baptist Church in Prague with Bro. Randall Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery in Seminole.

Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

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Carlee Harjo

 

Carlee Lincoln "Jack" Harjo, age 88 and a resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

There will be an all-night Wake service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Sasakwa, Okla.

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

The processional will leave the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24th at Rock Springs Baptist Church, and Jimsey Harjo will officiate, and Lewis Johnson will assist.

Burial will follow at the Davis Family Cemetery located at 36468 EW 144 in Sasakwa.

The Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, and honorary pallbearers are Carl Lee Harjo, Jr. Terry Allen Harjo, Dale Robin Harjo, David Kevin Harjo, Wayne Shaw, Danny Howell, Norman Hill, Bill Spain, Sr. and Emman Spain.

Jack was born on Jan. 18, 1927 in Vamoosa, Okla. to Edward Harjo and Cynda (Charty) Harjo.

After graduation and attending college, Jack married Frances Pauline Harjo, the love of his life for fifty-three years.

He worked as an aircraft maintenance machinist and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.

He proudly served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and in the Korean War.

He is survived by four sons, Carl Lee Harjo of Seminole, Terry Allen Harjo, Dale Robin Harjo, and David Kevin Harjo all of the home; two daughters, LaHoma Harjo of Ada, Okla., and Cecelia Harjo-Howell of Konawa; 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Cynda Harjo; his wife, Frances Harjo; one son, Jeffrey Lee Harjo; three brothers; and three sisters.

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Donald Hinsley

 

Funeral services for Donald Ray "Big Don" Hinsley were held on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Soper Cemetery with Pastor Mike Bryant officiating.

Donald passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in Hugo, Okla. at the age of 76.

Donald Ray Hinsley was born Jan. 3, 1938, in Hugo, Okla., to Wafford and Nettie Bell (Shaw) Hinsley.

Donald lived in this area all of his life and served his country in the United States Navy.

He was in the VS-37 Anti-Submarine Squadron while serving.

He worked as a truck driver for many years.

Donald was preceded in death by his first spouse: Lois Hinsley, his second spouse: Ruby Hinsley, his children: Sherrie Yevonne Briggs & Patrick Lewis Morphew, his brothers: Cecil, Hoss, Bob, & Virgil, his sisters: Ruth & Diane, four nephews, and four nieces.

He is survived by his daughter: Deborah Spear and of Phoenix, Ariz., his sisters: Opal Hinsley & Delores Hinsley, his three grandchildren, and his five great-grandchildren:.

The family has asked that donations be made to the Freemason’s Children’s Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Hopkins

 

Susan Marie (Judson) Hopkins, age 48 and a resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.

A wake service is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11th at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa, Okla.

Funeral Mass is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church east of Konawa.

Fr. Adrian Vorderlandwehr, O.S.B. will officiate, and burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael Judson, Dan Judson, Myles Judson, Reg VanWulfen, Richard Rhodd, and Alvin Tall Bear.

Susan was born on Jan.2, 1967 in Petoskey, Michigan to Anthony Judson and Eleanore (Kubiak) Judson.

She was a high school graduate, a homemaker, and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Daryl Rhodd and one daughter, Montana Rhodd, both of the home; three brothers, James Judson of Tulsa, Okla., Michael Judson of Lincoln, Nebr., and Dan Judson of Harrison Township Mich.; two sisters, Karen Sabbro of Grand Raphids, Mich., and Evlynn VanWulfen of Howell, Michigan and mother, Eleanore Judson of Grand Rapids, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanda Howarth

 

Wanda Howarth passed away on Jan. 7, 2015 in Oklahoma City with her devoted husband, Calvin by her side.

She was born Wanda La Rue Nicar on February 23, 1925 in Wetumka, Okla. to Wallace E. and Anna B. (Centell) Nicar.

She was the oldest of her three siblings, Jack, Vada, and Wilma. She graduated from Wetumka High School with perfect attendance and band honors.

She later went to work as a Rosie the Riveter at Douglas Aircraft after high school.

She married Calvin Howarth on May 20, 1944 at First Baptist Church in Wetumka, Okla. The couple had two children James W. and Beverly A. Howarth.

Wanda was a faithful servant of the Lord and worked for many years at First Baptist Church of Holdenville as the Secretary. She then worked for the OSU Extension Office until her retirement in 1992.

Proceeding her in death are her parents, one grandson, siblings Vada Nicar, Jack Nicar and Wilma.

Survivors include her children James Howarth of Tulsa, Beverly Horton of Tulsa, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12th, 2015, at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville, Okla.

Chaplin Mike Murphy will officiate. Pallbearers will be James Howarth, Dr. Kevin Howarth, Matt Duvall, Tyler Horton, Mike Mullen, Harold Rowland, and Tommy Nunn.

Honorary bearers will be the FBC Mary Martha Sunday School Class, Monroe Sumpter, Don Vannoy and Jerry Green.

Interment will follow at the Holdenville Cemetery, Holdenville, Okla.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Okla.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the T B Lackey Baptist Village, 9700 Mashburn Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73162.

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Randy Hulbutta

 

Randy Hulbutta of Shawnee, Okla. passed away on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at his home in Shawnee.

He was born on July 3, 1975 to Paul James Hulbutta and Wanda Ann Sewell in Wewoka.

Randy was a graduate of Wewoka High School and worked as a Security Guard for the Seminole Nation.

Randy is survived by his mother; Wanda Ann Sewell, his father; Paul James Hulbutta and wife Elaine, his brothers and sisters; Chris Fla., Veronica Lopez of Shawnee, Melissa Hulbutta of Yeager, Crystal Hulbutta Ortiz of Shawnee, Christina Hulbutta of Wewoka and Russell Hulbutta of Vinita, his step siblings; Chris Samuels of Norman, Fabian Samuels of Wewoka, Stacey Samuels of Wewoka, Dion Samuels of Norman and Kelly Wada of Oklahoma City.

Wake Services for Randy will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Sand Creek Eufaula Church in Wewoka.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Sand Creek Eufaula Church.

Officiating will be Pastor Houston Tiger and Pastor Frank Moppin.

Interment will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka.

Pall Bearers are Greg Berryhill, Gary Lena, Eric Bradley, Johnson Hulbutta, Chuck Hulbutta and Kenneth Lena.

Honorary Pall Bearers are Thomas Sewell, Newman Sewell, Ron Hulbutta, Jack Sewell, Wallace Scott, Jimsey Hulbutta, Robert Ortiz, David Jenkins and William Bowen.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka.

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John V. Lewis

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, might have been the day the music died for the family of John V. Lewis – if he hadn’t long ago instilled it into the hearts of each and every member.

Although the Seminole musician died Monday at the age of 86, from time to time his children, their children and grandchildren will feel a little music in their souls and know where it came from.

John was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Yell County, Ark., and started teaching himself music almost immediately.

"He could play anything," his son said.

Harmonica, guitar, piano, fiddle, banjo and later electric keyboard, all surrendered to John’s talent.

He loved music, God and family with all his soul, and took his children to church every time the doors were open – for every meeting, every service, every revival, every gospel singing.

John never made a living with his music; in fact, his children remember him paying for airtime at KWSH when they were a young, struggling family, so he could share the gospel music he loved with those within the air waves of Seminole County.

He started every program with the song, "This Little Light of Mine" and he let his light shine as God had bidden him to.

To support himself and his family, John had been a mule skinner, moving logs with a mule team, and later a sharecropper in Yell County.

He married Wilma Ross on Oct. 26, 1948. Together they came to Seminole County in 1953 to better his employment opportunities.

With their two little daughters, Barbara four and Anna, one month old, the family lived in the gas station south of Seminole that John managed.

After a couple of years, John went to work at Independent Tank, learning the art of welding.

Later he worked for Frac Tanks, Inc., which became the Terry Co.

Sons Ricky and John M. Lewis joined the family, and they followed the oilfield to Enid, Hennessey and Drumright before returning to Seminole in 1968.

John worked for Wills Concrete, D&B Garage, then opened his own welding shop and truck repair, which he ran until his retirement in 1992 when Wilma became ill.

He took care of Wilma until her death. If he wasn’t home sleeping he was at the nursing home taking care of her.

John encouraged his family in their musical endeavors and they played together and with friends in the garage, the living room, outdoors under the stars.

"The neighbors either hated us or loved us," John’s son said.

After his retirement, John toured area nursing homes, loading speakers, microphones, keyboard and hand-scrawled gospel music into his old Thunderbird to share his love of music and the Lord.

It was clear to anyone who met him that his love for his family was equal to his love of music and God; a quiet smile lit his face whenever he talked about them or shared a new photo.

"Do you KNOW how much God loves you?" he asked each one, often.

He was a member of the Lighthouse Tabernacle at the time of his death.

As he grew older, long after the death of his wife, Wilma, in September, 1994, and children, Anna and Ricky, he began to suffer from memory loss, but even then his family was the most vital part of his life.

John’s family helped to keep him in his home as long as possible, which was important to him and to them.

He entered Seminole Care and Rehabilitation in June 2014, one of the nursing homes where he had played his music for so many years, and died there Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Swearingen Funeral Chapel.

Family will receive guests Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Jeff Nance, pastor of Temple of Praise, will officiate.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Shawnee.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Newton and Moarnin Emily (Loudermilk) Lewis; a baby daughter, Linda, who died back in Yell County; his wife; and two grown children, Anna and Ricky; two grandchildren, Stephen Hill and Brandon Hail; three brothers, William Broyles, Sylvester Howard and Jones Lewis; and four sisters, Margaret Ross, Bell Heath, Florence McDonald and Dollie May Lewis.

Pallbearers will be Billy Hill Jr., Shannon Lewis, Booth Scates, Donald Emmitt, Zane Feken and Mike White.

He leaves to cherish his memory one son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Laurie Lewis of Bowlegs; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James Hail of Hennessey; six grandchildren, Tonya Scates, Billy Hill Jr., Charity Wright, Elizabeth Hile, Jeff Lewis, and Shannon Lewis; 14 great-grandchildren Booth Scates III, Karson Scates, Brice Hill, Blake Hill, Brock Hill, Chase Mullins, Carys Mullins, Conner Hile, Caleb Hile, Jacob Lewis, Abigail Lewis, Jordan Lewis, Kalee Lewis and Payton Lewis; two great-great-grandchildren, Paislee Hill and Chesnee Hill; special caregiver Rose Rosamond; as well as many dear nephews, nieces and other family, friends; and all who love gospel as he did.

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

Anjantte Jones

 

Anjantte (Bruno) Jones, lifelong Seminole resident was born Aug. 5, 1966 to MC Bruno and Ruby Lee Chambers.

She passed away on Jan. 29, 2015 after a battle with cancer.

She’s a hero, daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, aunt and friend.

She was employee of My-T-Quick convenience store for almost nine years, where everyone loved her.

She is preceded in death by her father, mc Bruno, one grandson, Christopher Lee Williams, her maternal grandparents Lawrence Chambers and Martha Factor and three uncles, Homer (Snooks) Cochran; Tommy Chambers and Jess Chambers.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Lee Rose of Seminole, her children, Abraham Davis III of Konawa, Summer Machelle Rowe and husband Brian Rowe of Seminole, six siblings, brother Edward and sister-in-law Anita Bruno of Seminole, sister Dianna and brother-in-law Paul Sorola of Houston, Tex., sister Trish and brother-in-law Tim Young of Shawnee, sister Juanita (Poohie) and brother-in-law Scotty Orr and sister Jamie Rose and brother Danny Ray Dawkins of Seminole.

Her grandchildren include Cameron, Chasity and Dakota Williams of Seminole and Felicity, Faith, Abegail and Kayla Davis of Sasawkwa.

She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Lord’s Community Church at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy George Jones

 

Billy George ‘Bill’ Jones passed away in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at the age of 83 years.

Bill was the son of George Henry Jones & Ethel Lee (Cargile) Jones, born on November 2, 1931, in Brownfield, Texas. He was brought up and attended schools in Strathmore, California. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1951, and married the love of his life the same year, at the age of 19. Dorothy Dean Stites became his wife on April 6, 1951, in Bakersfield, California, and lived with him in Texas for the duration of Army basic training. They were stationed for three years in England, where they were blessed with their first child, their son Ronald.

Following military service, Bill & Dorothy returned to California and lived in Modesto for a few years, and then in San Jose, where their two daughters, Cindy and Pam,

were born. They moved their family back to Modesto, where Bill owned and operated his own auto mechanic shop, then moved to Strathmore in 1965. Bill worked a short time for the Ford dealership garage, but was self employed for some fifteen years in Strathmore before moving his family to Holdenville, Oklahoma in 1980.

Bill & Dorothy owned and operated a mobile home sales business in Holdenville for many years, and then moved to Prague in 2002, and lived there for several years, along with both their daughters and sons-in-law. They were a vital part of their daughter Pam’s real estate business, maintaining sign placement and removal, minding the office and grandson, repairing or replacing anything broken, just enjoying a very busy retirement, before moving in 2012 to their current home in Seminole.

Bill was one of those exceptional men blessed with the confidence that he could do just about anything he set his mind to, and the faith to accept every opportunity to do so. He worked hard and was a successful businessman, and he and Dorothy enjoyed being ‘Snowbirds’, traveling from Oklahoma to Niland, California, living in their motor home or RV for three months out of every winter for thirteen years. He was good at woodworking, and crafted various handmade treasures, from beautiful jewelry stands for the dressing room to whimsical birdhouses for the yard.

He enjoyed going to the spa, and golf was one of his favorite things, particularly on a desert course. He was a member of the VFW. Church was his thing, all the social activity and spiritual solitude he needed. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Holdenville and in Prague. More than anything, he loved the Lord and he loved his family. He was dearly loved in return, and will be sorely missed.

Bill is preceded is death by his parents, George & Ethel Jones; his son, Ronald, in a motorcycle accident in 1972, at the age of 18; four siblings: O. B. Jones, Merle Stanford, Claude Jones, and Marie Lawrence.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, his best friend and confidant, Dorothy, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy & Joe Painter of Dayton, Ohio, and Pam & Harvey Robinson of Prague; three grandchildren: Leanne Shockley and husband, Lt. Col(s) Jeremiah Shockley, PhD, of Dayton, Ohio, Emily Denney and husband, Dr. Heath Denney, Pharm.D, of Ada, and Dillon Robinson and wife Chelsea, of Seminole; five great grandchildren: Liberty Shockley, Luke Shockley, Everett Denney, Max Denney, and Kate Denney; numerous nieces and nephews, other family members, and many friends.

 

Graveside services will be held in the Holdenville Cemetery Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, and Bill will be laid to rest in the Holdenville Cemetery. Pastor Kevin Wehrli is the officiating minister. Pallbearers are Josh Bowles,Bobby Bennett, Joe Painter, Jeremiah Shockley, Jim Utterback, and Steve Schoaps.

Services are under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville. www.fisherfh.net

 

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Anjanttie Jones

 

Anjanttie (Bruno) Jones, lifelong Seminole resident was born Aug. 5, 1966 to MC Bruno and Ruby Lee Chambers.

She passed away on Jan. 29, 2015 after a battle with cancer.

She’s a hero, daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, aunt and friend.

She was employee of My-T-Quick convenience store for almost nine years, where everyone loved her.

She is preceded in death by her father, mc Bruno, one grandson, Christopher Lee Williams, her maternal grandparents Lawrence Chambers and Martha Factor and three uncles, Homer (Snooks) Cochran; Tommy Chambers and Jess Chambers.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Lee Rose of Seminole, her children, Abraham Davis III of Konawa, Summer Machelle Rove and husband Brian Rove of Seminole, six siblings, brother Edward and sister-in-law Anita Bruno of Seminole, sister Dianna and brother-in-law Paul Sowla of Houston, Tex., sister Trish and brother-in-law Tim Young of Shawnee, sister Juanita (Poohie) and brother-in-law Scotty Orr and sister Jamie Rose and brother Danny Ray Dawkins of Seminole.

Her grandchildren include Cameron, Chasity and Dakota Williams of Seminole and Felicity, Faith, Abegail and Kayla Davis of Sasawkwa.

She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Lord’s Community Church at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Lail

Virginia Lail, 84, went to be with her Lord on Feb. 7, 2015.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1930, in Shawnee, Okla.

Her parents were Archie and Viola Unsell.

Virginia graduated from Seminole High School and married the love of her life on Feb. 20, 1948.

She and Kenneth were married for almost 66 years.

Virginia spent her working life as a commercial lines insurance underwriter.

She had many talents which included painting, sewing, poetry, writing and crochet.

She was an active member of Crestview Baptist Church where she encouraged and mentored numerous lives.

Virginia was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and her legacy will continue to impact the lives of her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Lail; daughter Dee McHale and husband Geoff; son Steve Lail and wife Marcy; daughter Karen Blue and her husband Don; 4 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and her beloved dog Bailey.

Virginia was preceded in death by her granddaughter Dana Lail, whom she is now rejoicing with in heaven.

Visitation was held Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Ford Funeral Service from 8 am to 8pm.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at Crestview Baptist Church, 7715 S Hiwassee Rd., OKC, Okla., interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Okla. at 2 p.m.

 

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George Lawson

 

Longtime Maud resident, George Lee Lawson, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

George was born the youngest child of six to King C. and Martha Ryker Lawson in Seminole.

He graduated from Maud High School in 1967.

He married Dorothy Jean Jordan on Aug. 5, 1967, and soon after joined the Army, where he served two years as a military police in Germany.

After his service to our country, he came home and worked in oilfield and as a welder.

George is survived by his ex-wife, Dorothy Jean Jordan of Maud; his daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Bob Rackley of St. Louis, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law, Dianna (Booper) and Dean Wilkes of Holdenville; three grandchildren, Dustin Colton O’Dell, Madison Christine Wolf and Damon Lee Henry; one unborn great-grandchild; two sisters, Jana Eaton of Odessa, Tex. and Emma Kalka of Tecumseh; 13 very loved nieces and nephews; their family’s two very special longtime friends, Jack L Morris and David "Gabby" Hayes, both of Maud and lots of other friends.

His parents, two sisters, Anna Lou Pitts, Barbara Sue Blair, and one brother, James Phillip Lawson preceded in death.

Funeral services will be held at Maud Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.

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Juanita Lofland

 

Juanita Faye Lofland, age 91, died Sunday, January 04, 2015 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a brief illness.

She was born July 4, 1923 in Egypt, Okla.

She grew up in that area and was a 1941 graduate of Roff High School.

She lived most of her adult life on the family farm near Earlsboro.

She had also lived in Oklahoma City and Midwest City before moving to Mustang in 2001.

Juanita worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone from 1946 until retiring in 1962.

During WWII she worked in the war effort in Southern California as a "Rosie the Riveter".

She was a member of Lakehoma Church of Christ in Mustang.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joe, three brothers Pete, Loye and Junior, three sisters Velma, Pauline and Laverne.

Survivors include her daughter Becky Cateora and husband Chuck of Mustang, five grandchildren Jordan and wife Sophie, Julie, Caleb, Colin and Clarissa and one great grandson Barrington.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the Lakehoma Church of Christ, Mustang, Okla., with interment following at 2pm in Memorial Park Cemetery, Ada, Okla. under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roland McGirt II

 

Roland Lee McGirt II died on Feb. 9, 2015 at Hughley Hospital due to a long illness.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1977 in Wewoka, Okla. to Roland and Cinda McGirt.

Survivors include his parents, sister Shannon Cully, two brothers, Jonathon McGirt and James McGirt, both of Glen Rose, Tex.; three nieces, Ambrey Cully of Houston, Tex., Darrian Harjo and Janna Malone of Wewoka, Okla.; three nephews, Colton Cully of Norman, Okla., David Malone0 and Ram Rodd McGirt of Glen Rose, Tex.; one great-nephew, Aden Cully of Glen Rose, Tex.; six aunts, Patricia Morgal, Teresa McGirt, Shirley Tiger, Shirley Harjo McGirt, Wynette Wildcat and Sally McGirt; ten uncles, Frank West, Ambrose Cully, Jimmy Cully, Ben Emarthle, Bobby McGirt, Kenneth McGirt, Paul McGirt, Anothony McGirt, Reggie McGirt and Randy McGirt, all of Oklahoma; best friend Courtney Licik and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church, and burial will be at the McGirt family cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bryant Panoske, Michael George, Keith Billie II, Chris Cosar, Timothy Johnson and Elija Panoske.

Honorary pallbearers will be Reuben Phillips, Colton Cully, Jonathon McGirt, Corey Crosby, James McGirt and Toby Hulbutta.

Roland is preceded in death by grandparents, Jimmy and Flora McGirt and Ambrose and Minnie Cully; one nephew, Bryce Robert Cully and one aunt, LouAnne Cervente.

Houston Tiger, Jimpsey Harjo and Danny Faulkner will be officiating the service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Merwin

 

Carol Marie Merwin was born Jan. 17, 1967 in Jacksonville, Ill. to Glenda Sue and Robbie Lee Lytle.

She passed away Nov. 24, 2014 at Oklahoma City at the age of 47 years.

Carol grew up in Cheyenne and also lived a short time in Wewoka.

She moved back to Cheyenne in 1986 and married Bill Merwin in 1987.

She completed nursing school in 1998 and worked several years as an LPN in and around Elk City.

Carol enjoyed listening to music, watching movies and had an extensive movie collection.

She also liked to watch the Elk City dirt track races.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her two sons, Joshua Merwin and wife, Shanna, Burns Flat, Okla. Jacob Merwin, Elk City, Okla.; daughter, Vanessa Bryant, Holdenville, Okla.; two sisters, Dawn Musick, Elk City, Okla., Barbara Burton, Winnfield, Tex; two brothers, Ashley Lytle, Mt. Pleasant, Tex., Billy Binion, Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandchildren, Alyssa Sneed, Evan Merwin, Eric Merwin, her mother, Glenda Sue Lytle, Elk City, Okla., and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Myers

 

ADA-Services for Charles Vernon Myers, 85, Ada, are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. His son-in-law Mickey Shaw will officiate.

Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

Mr. Myers died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at a Seminole care center.

He was born Dec. 23, 1929, to Charles Heber and Annie Lawson Myers at Ada.

He attended Latta schools and was a retired truck driver.

Mr. Myers was a member of Morris Memorial Baptist Church.

He and Shirley Young were married June 14, 1952, at Ada. She died Jan. 13, 2014.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Shaw; his son, Ricky Myers; four grandsons; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gene Myers and Stanley Myers; and his sister, Velma Woods.

He was preceded in death by his brother Lloyd Myers and his nephew Evan Myers.

Bearers will be Derek Shaw, Brandon Shaw, Jade Parks, Ricky Myers, Steven Myers and Mike Myers.

Services are under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willard Peercy

Willard David "Bill" Peercy was born on Aug. 1, 1945 in Wewoka, Okla. to Willard and Neely (Kymes) Peercy.

He went to be with his Lord on Sunday, February 8, 2015, in Holdenville, Okla.

He was raised in the Seminole and Hughes County area and later attended Barber College graduating in 1968.

He served his country honorably in the Oklahoma National Guard as a Sergeant.

David married the love of his life, Connie Whitlock on September 9, 1966 in Wewoka.

He is preceded in death by his parents, W. M. Peercy and Neely Peercy, infant brother, paternal and maternal grandparents, brothers-in-law Dee Parker and Phil Whitlock, nephews Lance Whitlock and Ian Upchurch.

Survivors include his wife Connie of the home, daughter Vickie Pettit of Horntown, sisters Louise Parker of Midwest City, Eudena Brewer and Bobbie Rose of Holdenville, two grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at the East Main Church of Christ in Holdenville, Okla.

Charles Kymes will officiate the service.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Pettit, Jon Hudson, Jerome Sherrin, Brian Brewer, Jimmy Brewer and Dennis Kymes.

Interment will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Okla.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home.

Online condolences to the family can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.

Peercy

 

 

 

Franklin Quinalty

 

Franklin C.L. "Frank" Quinalty, 70 year old, long time Oklahoma City, Okla. resident and former Seminole, Okla. resident, passed from this life on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at his home in Oklahoma City.

He was born Nov. 13, 1944 in Seminole, Okla. to parents Daniel H. Quinalty and Eris Vivian (Arthur) Quinalty.

Frank attended Seminole Schools and went on to serve in the Army National Guard 45th Division.

He married Wanda Moses on May 30, 1964 in Seminole, Okla.

The couple lived in various parts of the country before moving to Oklahoma City in 1967.

On Sept. 16, 1967 the couple welcomed their only child, a boy who they named Terry Dwayne Quinalty.

Frank worked as a body shop worker and painted cars in Oklahoma City for 35 years.

His number one hobby was restoring old cars that he could enjoy driving.

He retired from Ferguson Pontiac in Norman, Okla. He had also worked for Hammer and Dolly Body Shop.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Carla Quinalty of Oklahoma City.

One sister and brother-in-law, Judy and David Bussey of Seminole.

One grandson, Stephen and his wife Jackie Quinalty of Oklahoma City, one granddaughter, Samantha Quinalty of Oklahoma City.

One great-granddaughter, Laila Quinality of Oklahoma City and a host of other family and dear friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Eris Vivian (Arthur) Quinalty, by his father, Daniel H. Quinalty. His wife, Wanda (Moses) Quinalty preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2013.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Daniel Quinalty, and by two sisters, Darlene Quinalty and Betty Coleman.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla.

Interment will follow at Little Cemetery in Seminole County, Oklahoma with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating the service.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Darlene Robertson

 

Darlene (Johnston) Robertson, 69 year old, Seminole, Oklahoma resident passed from this life on Monday, January 19, 2015 at her home. Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Wolf Cemetery south of Seminole. Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Sumpter

 

Jamie L. Sumpter, age 59 and resident of Claremore, Okla., passed away in Tulsa on Monday evening.

Jamie Louann Emarthle was born Feb. 13, 1955 in Wewoka, Okla.

She was the daughter of James Emarthle and Flora (McGirt) Emarthle.

Jamie formerly lived in the Bartlesville area for approximately one year in 1978 before moving to Claremore where she had continued her residence to her death.

Jamie and Michael Sumpter were united in marriage on April 13, 1986 in Tulsa, Okla.

She was a home health aide before her health forced her retirement.

Jamie was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Claremore where she also worked as the church custodian.

Survivors include her husband, Michael of the family home; sons, James Sumpter of Claremore and Matt Sumpter, also of Claremore; one granddaughter; brother, Richard Emarthle.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret and brother, Benjamin.

Services were held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home chapel.

Interment followed the service in the Falleaf Cemetery, Copan.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home.

 

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Michael Tenney

 

Michael Owen Tenney, age 62 and a resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at Solara Hospital of Shawnee.

No memorial service is scheduled at this time and cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.

Michael was born on June 18, 1952 in Bakersfield, Calif. to James Ned Tenney and Wanda (Tate) Tenney.

Michael served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant in Vietnam, and he worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

Michael was a long-time police officer for the Konawa, Ada, Stonewall area and for the Rush Springs and Wanette areas.

He was a police officer for twenty-three years. Michael was a member for the Masonic Lodge of Ada.

He married Laura Ann Vincent on Dec. 7, 1985 in Shawnee, Okla.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Ann Tenney of the home; two sons, James Tenney of Ada, Okla. and Mike Tenney; 2 daughters, Teresa M Wolfe of Arizona and Laurie Real of Konawa; one sister, Claire Tryon of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Wanda Tenney; and three brothers, John Tenney, James Ned Tenney, Jr., and James O’Brien.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freddie White

 

Freddie "Fred" Leon White, 75, of Tecumseh, Okla. passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Tecumseh.

He was born on August 14, 1939 to Alfred Ford and Lucille (Burgess) White in Smithville, Okla.

Fred grew up around St. Louis and Seminole, Okla.

He attended St. Louis Public Schools.

After marriage he moved to Tecumseh where he has resided since.

He married Judith "Judee" Gail Seaton on June 5, 1971 in Parris, Texas.

Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from May 6, 1957 to Feb. 19, 1960 and was honorably discharged.

He drove a truck most of his life and owned his own trucking company. After retiring he helped his wife, Judee at TNT Tan & Tone in Seminole. He worked the last few years worked in maintenance at the Highland Church of Christ in Tecumseh.

Fred was a member of the Highland Church of Christ in Tecumseh

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark White; his parents, Alfred and Lucille White; 3 sisters, Bettie Rosamond-Wilson, Yuvonna Joyce Massingale and Theda Dressel; and brother, Alfred "Junior" White.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, of 43½ years, Judee White of the home; son, Don White of Tecumseh; Teana Smith of Shawnee; seven grandchildren,; one great-grandchild and two brothers, Roger White and Terry White.

Visitation will begin 12:00 noon, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 and continue through service time.

Family gathering to meet with friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Doyle Loveland officiating.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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James Adams

 

James Autry Adams Jr. was born June 10, 1939 in Tyler, Tex., to the late James Adams Sr. and Rebecca Adams.

He passed away Monday, Jan. 5th, 2015 in Holdenville, Okla. at the age of 75 years.

Survivors include his wife Catherine Adams of Sasakwa, OK; children David and wife Anita Adams, Donna Adams Chester and husband David, Debra Adams Gallion and husband Aaron, son Michael James Adams; three brothers Dale Cosby, Buddy Gayle Cosby and wife Storm, Gary Paul Adams and wife Gail; one sister Dorothy Sokoloski. Grandchildren Stephanie, Tasha, Hannah, Matthew, James (Name Sake) Emily, Sarah, Katherine, and Christian; Great-grandchildren Telissa , Four, Tyson, Jackson, Boston, Mason, Elaina, Madelyn, and King. Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Special family and best of friends Paul and Pat Jarvis, James Daley, and Billy and Paula Daley, Glenn and Frankie Crowson, Sharon and Bob Naramore.

Preceding James in death are his parents.

James was a retired farmer and rancher, and former owner of Adams and Sons Trucking.

His happiest moments were being on the tractor.

He served four years with the US Navy on the USS Vesuvius, AE 15 and was a member of the American Legion.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Jarvis, David Chester, Aaron Gallion, Specialist James McQuillan, Christian Adams, Matthews Adams and Bradley Bible

Memorial service will be 3;30 Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Willard Davis officiating.

 

 

 

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

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Wanda Adams

 

Wanda Lee (Casey) Adams, 88 year old former Seminole and Paden area resident, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Eufaula, Okla., to be with our Lord and Savior.

She was born May 13, 1926 in Subico, Ark. to parents, Sollie Bert "Sol" Casey and Anna Jane (Quary) Casey.

On July 25, 1954, Wanda married Clinton Bud Adams in Prague, Okla.

Following Bud’s Honorable discharge from his service in the United States Navy where he had served in WWII, the family made their home in the Prague area where Bud worked in construction, and was a police officer for the Prague Police Department in the 1950’s.

Wanda and Bud both retired from Western Electric with Wanda retiring in 1975.

Wanda was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Paden.

Wanda inherited two passions from her mother, one was cooking for her family and friends and the other was quilting.

Many of her relatives and friends have one or more of her quilts atop their beds. Wanda was a very devoted housewife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Wanda leaves to cherish her memory one son, William F. "Bud" Ross, Jr. of Stidham, Oklahoma; one step-daughter, Verna Jean Fipps and her husband Sam of Paden, Oklahoma; one sister, Arletta Hensley and her husband Lynn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; Wanda is also survived by a host of other family and dear friends.

Wanda is preceded in death by her parents; by her husband of 55 years, Clinton Bud Adams; one son, Freddie Lee Ross; one step-son, Robert Clinton Adams; one grandson, Freddie Lee Ross; one granddaughter, Amanda Ross; two great-granddaughters, Trisha Kay "Katy" Taylor and Leslie Lynn Fipps; by three brothers, Curtis Casey, Jessie Casey and Delmer Casey; by two sisters, Retta Mae Oliver and Imogene Austin.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Little Cemetery located north of Seminole, with Jim Eaststep officiating the service.

Visitation will begin on Friday, April 3, 2015.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday evening.

The casket will remain open until service time and will not be reopened.

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

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Alpha Altstatt

 

Alpha Pearl Altstatt was born June 15, 1931 in San Jon, N.M. to Charles Emmett Mott and Violet Mitchell Mott and passed from this life on March 30, 2015 in Shawnee at the age of 83.

As an infant, Mrs. Altstatt traveled with her family in a covered wagon from New Mexico to Oklahoma, and settled near the town of Dustin.

She first attended I-32 (now Graham Schools) and later Dustin Schools where she graduated in about 1948.

On June 17, 1951, she was married to Melbourn Altstatt at the Dustin Assembly of God Church.

They made their home in the Dustin area where they farmed and raised cattle. He preceded her in death in 2006.

Following his passing, she relocated to Eufaula to be near family.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffery Scott Chisum, a son-in-law, Marshall Lee Earls; four brothers and three sisters.

She enjoyed croceting and quilting and also made dolls, doll clothes and various other arts and crafts.

Survivors include four daughters, Marilyn Earls of Tex., Alpha Darlene Douthit and husband Steven of Bowlegs, Kathy Jo McDonald and husband Martin of Meeker and Paula Chisum and John West of Eufaula; a brother, Jack Mott of California, and Doris Storts of Henryetta, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great child, along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wetumka with Rev. Tim Turner officiating.

Pallbearers will be Melbourn Ray Allen, Jonathan David Allen, Jacob Kee, Steven Douthit, Rudell Fernandez and Chris Hale.

Interment will be in the Dustin Cemetery under the direction under the direction of Williamson-Spradlin Funeral Home of Wetumka.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evert Anderson

 

Evert Edward Anderson, 92, longtime Maud and St. Louis area resident, died, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Seminole Care and Rehab Center. Evert was born Jan. 21, 1923 in St. Louis, Okla. to Sarah Francis (McBroom) and Willie E. Anderson.

Evert grew up in the St. Louis and Maud area and attended school there.

He worked for O’Daniel’s grocery for over 30 years as a butcher and meat market manager.

While working there he enjoyed delivering groceries to families and visiting with them and helping them with anything they needed around their homes.

The family remembers him as a loving man who felt that," giving back to the community and helping people was more important than money."

The family has fond memories of his love and devotion to each of them, and the fun they had with him.

Evert loved gardening, attending bluegrass festivals, raising chickens, rabbits and building things from scratch.

He literally was a "jack of all trades."

He loved horses and rode with the Maud Roundup Club in parades and events, while he was a member of the club.

He married Lillian (Housdon) Anderson on September 11, 1942 in St. Louis, Okla.

They have been happily married for 72 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Lillian Anderson of Maud, Okla.; his daughter Glenda Terry of Konawa, Okla., his grandchildren Tina Moon of Shawnee, Okla., Kristi Ginn of Catoosa, Okla., Karrie Bailey of Maud, Oklahoma, Lindsey Bailey of Seminole and Ted Bailey of Tex.; nephew Luther Anderson and his wife Earlene of Maud, Okla. and several other nieces and nephews, two sisters-in-law; Vera Anderson of Shawnee, Okla. and Gladys Anderson of Asher, Okla.; great and great-great grandkids; Eric and Cortney Powell (Bryar), Britni Ginn, Keisha and Jason Wolf (Lyric and Liberty), Alyssa Lindsay, Kenneth Hernandez, Jr., Lakin Henley, Dax Henley, Tazz McKee, En’vee McKee, Tyler Moon and Jackson Moon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Nelda Bailey, grandson, Steve Moon, son-in-law, Jack Terry, and grand son-in-law, Rex Ginn.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla is in charge of arrangements.

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Evert Anderson

 

Evert Edward Anderson, 92, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Seminole, Okla.

He was born Jan 21, 1923 in St. Louis, Okla., to parents, Willie and Sarah Anderson.

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

Memorial services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

Melvin Anderson

 

Dr. Melvin S. Anderson, 103, longtime Seminole resident, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Ardmore, Okla.

Melvin was born Aug. 26, 1911 near Blair, Okla.

He was the fourth of ten children, of Sid and Cora (T’Lola) Anderson.

Melvin graduated from Martha High School, Martha, Oklahoma in 1930; He attended Oklahoma A & M College in Stillwater, Okla. and received his BS degree in 1935, and took his first teaching position at Dwight Mission, an Indian boarding school run by the Presbyterian Church, in the Cookson Hills, near Sallisaw, Okla.

He returned to Oklahoma A & M, in 1937 to obtain his master’s degree, which he received in 1938.

He married Helen Morrison of Wetumka, Okla. during his Master’s study and received his first teaching job at Taylor school, in Bowlegs, Okla. as Principal.

He taught in the public school system for seven years.

After his tenure at Bowlegs, he was employed selling insurance and real estate in Wewoka, Okla.

In 1958 he taught at Emporia, Kans., and while there he took a leave of absence to earn his doctorate in education administration in 1963.

In 1967 he began teaching at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., retiring in 1976.

From there he and Helen moved to Sapulpa, Okla. where she died in 1981.

Two years later he married Bonita Holt Newport, a teacher at New Lima School, he then moved to Seminole in 1983.

Melvin was a longtime member of the Bowlegs Methodist Church.

Those who knew him best appreciated his gentle humor and willingness to help those in need.

Melvin’s hobbies were building, oil painting, hand loom, weaving, he built or helped to build five houses as personal residence.

He also contracted and built one house for a third party.

He loved sports and while in school, he played basketball, baseball, and tennis.

He was captain of the team in high school that went to the state tournaments in Oklahoma City in 1930.

The team won five tournaments.

Melvin is survived by his wife Bonita Anderson of Ardmore, Okla., his son Sewell Sidney Anderson and his wife Judy of Eureka, Calif., and daughter Melrita Davis Foster and her husband George of Park Hill, Okla., step son, Glenn Newport and his wife June of Pine Bluff, Ark. and step daughter, Cathy Marshall and her husband Gary of Gordonville, Tex., grandchildren; Neil Anderson and his wife Tracey of Olathe, Kans., Sharla Anderson Ortogero-Ewa,Hi. David Anderson, Dr. Helen Kathleen Foster Elliott and her husband Brian of Broken Arrow, Okla., Commander Calvin Morgan Foster and his wife Nicole of Crofton, Maryland, Dr. Tol Anderson Foster of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, great grandchildren; Joshua and Avery Elliott, David, Trenton, Elizabeth and Caleb Foster, Morgan and Madeline Anderson, Christian and Aaron Ortogero, Mr. Anderson’s sister Ruby Anderson Cates of Visalia, Calif. and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents his first wife Helen, a grandchild Rhanda Susan Foster in 1991.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, at 7th and Chestnut, Bristow, Okla., with Rev. Katie Hill officiating.

Burial will follow at Bristow Cemetery.

Visitations will be held at the Swearingen Funeral Home on Thursday and Friday, March 5th and 6th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at the First United Methodist Church in Bristow, Okla. beginning at 11:00 a.m.. Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

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Melvin Anderson

 

Dr. Melvin Anderson, 103, longtime Seminole resident died Feb. 27, 2105 in Ardmore, Okla., services are pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

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Billy Armstrong

 

Billy Joe Armstrong, age 67 and a resident of Konawa, Okla. passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.

Rev. Ed George will officiate, and burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Travis O’Dell, Steve Anderson, Larry Bruno, Blaine Armstrong, Bobby Armstrong, Dallas Armstrong, and Doyle Wederski. Honorary pallbearers are T. A. Larney, Frank Armstrong, Dusty Armstrong, Clint Hanks, and Ronnie O’Dell.

Billy was born on Jan. 5, 1948 in Lawton, Okla. to Hobart Armstrong and Irene (Coker) Armstrong.

After graduating from Asher High School and attending Lincoln Tech, he worked as an oilfield driller.

He is survived by one son, Darrell Armstrong of Crowley, Tex.; one daughter, Angela Armstrong of Konawa; one brother, Frank Armstrong also of Konawa; three sisters, Edna Mae O’Dell, Katie Breeden, and Nettie Moreland all of Asher; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hobart and Irene Armstrong; one daughter, Julia Armstrong; two brothers, Danny and Robert Armstrong, and one sister, Mary Wiley.

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Elsie Arthur

 

Elsie Edna (Bailey) Arthur, 87 passed away on April 23, 2015.

She was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Lamar area of Hughes County, Oklahoma to Sam and Edna Jane (Meeks) Bailey.

Elsie had eight siblings, attended Shady Grove School south of Lamar and graduated from Lamar High School in 1946.

She married Bert Arthur on April 26, 1950 in Van Burean, Ark.

To this union were six children, Janie, Rick, Barney, Steve, Jim and Russell.

Elsie worked at Boyce Manor Nursing Home, Seampruf and as a provider in Eufaula and Holdenville and cleaned houses in Eufaula.

Known best for cooking, she loved to ensure that everyone who came to visit never left hungry.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Crocheting, working crossword puzzles and sewing were her favorite pastimes.

Preceding Elsie in death are her parents, husband, four sisters and three brothers, and daughter-in-law Pam Arthur.

Survivors include her children Janie Fisher and husband Danny of Seminole, Rick Arthur and wife Kathe of Holdenville, Steve Arthur of Holdenville, Jim Arthur and wife Lisa of Thackerville, Russell Arthur and wife Pamela of Lamar, and Barney Arthur and wife Dr. Kay Arthur of Lamar, 30 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service has been scheduled for 2:00m p.m on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Lamar Community Center in Lamar.

Pastor Daniel Fisher will officiate the service assisted by Bro. Jerry Sherfield.

Pallbearers will be Mike Goodson, Mark Goodson, John Goodson, Laren Robison, Bobby Smith, and Butch Skipworth.

Interment will follow at the Lamar Cemetery in Lamar, Okla.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville, Okla.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Lamar Cemetery Fund, 8694 E Broadway, Lamar, OK 74850.

 

 

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Brian Bacon

 

Brian Daniel Bacon, 36 year old Bethel Acres resident passed from this life on his birthday Sunday, March 15, 2015 in a motorcycle accident on Hwy 177 north of Shawnee.

He was born March 15, 1979 in Oklahoma City to parents, Jerry Ray Bacon and Susan Jane (Calvert) Bacon.

Following his graduation from high school Brian joined the United States Marine Corp.

Brian was a flight equipment technician for 14 years and 7 months.

During his service to our Country, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom serving three tours to Iraq, from 2004 through 2009.

Brian had earned the Marksman Badge, the Sharpshooter Badge and the rank of Staff Sergeant.

During one of his returns from Iraq he married Pamela Sue Arens on April 25, 2006 in Jacksonville, N.C.

Brian retired from the United States Marine Corp. and returned with his family to Shawnee.

Brian leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Pamela Sue (Arens) Bacon of the home; one daughter, Taydem Sue Bacon of the home; his father, Jerry Ray Bacon of Newcastle, Okla.; his mother-in-law, Helen Arens of New Haven, Ind.; his father-in-law, David and his wife Kathy Arens of Woodburn, Ind.; two sisters, Lisa Haseltine of Haltom City, Tex. and his twin sister, Brandi Cox of Shawnee, Okla.; two brothers-in-law, Jeff Arens of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Matt Arens and his wife Kelly of New Haven, Ind.; three nieces, Kylee Cox, Kelsey Cox and Jaci Hand; five nephews, Connor Cox, Jeremiah Hand, Zach Arens, Tyler Arens and Owen Arens; one great-nephew, Blayden Cagle; grandmothers-in-law, Alvina Rogers of New Haven, Ind. and Beverly Robbins of Angola, Ind.; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Brian was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Jane (Calvert) "Sue" Bacon; and his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Pauline Calvert; and by grandfather-in-law, Edward Rogers.

Memorial services with military honors are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Blackburn Chapel Church located at 36305 Lake Road in Shawnee, Okla., with Pastor Larry Sparks officiating the service.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

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Brian Bacon

 

Brian Daniel Bacon, 39 year old, Bethel Acres resident, and retired United States Marine, passed from this life on his birthday, Sunday, March 15, 2015 in a motorcycle accident north of Shawnee on Hwy. 177.

Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Blackburn Chapel in Bethel Acres.

Full obituary information is pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Bailey

 

Robert Nathaniel Bailey, age 76 and a resident of Asher, Okla. passed away on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at Colonial Estates in Shawnee, Okla.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date, and cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Okla.

Robert was born on Oct. 27, 1938 in Asher, Okla. to Enis Bailey and Evelyn (Conn) Bailey.

He graduated from Asher High School and married Wilda Rush.

He worked as a foreman of the road crew for Pottawatomie County and was a former Mayor of Asher.

He is survived by one son, Gary Bailey of Stonewall, Okla.; one daughter, Leisa McMillin of Asher, Okla.; two brothers, Lloyd Bailey of Oklahoma City, and Donnie Bailey of Shawnee; three sisters, Marilyn Jackson of Burleson, Texas, Pat Gurney of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Cathy Zeelenberg of San Antonio, Tex.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Baker

 

Sarah "Sally" Audrey Lovine (Schafer) Baker passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at Heritage Hills Nursing Home in McAlester at the age of 67.

Sally was born March 17, 1948 in Higgins, Okla. to Gene Shaffer and Wanda Lee (Hurst).

She was a loving homemaker and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Sally loved spending time outside camping at the area lakes where she lived and enjoyed drinking her coffee.

She loved life and was loved by all who knew her. She also loved her dog, Mikey.

Sally is survived by her husband Rick Baker of Blocker; her dad, Billy Franklin of Wilburton; two sons, Brett Jones of Hartshorne and Bobby Adams of the home; two daughters, Tonya Adams Brown of Gowen and Tammy Ford and her husband Nathan of Jenks, Okla.; two brothers, Skeeter Franklin and his wife Sharon of Wilburton and Barry Franklin and his wife Kim of Gowen; one sister, Brenda Franklin of Hartshorne; grandchildren, Brittany Jones and Bo Jones of Bowlegs, Bailey Jones and Blakely Morris of Gowen, Tyler Joe Sipes and Blake Sipes of Gowen, Marissa Sipes of Shawnee, Sarah and Kaylee Brown of Hartshorne, Rebecca and Nate Ford of Jenks; great-grandchildren, Bretlea Layne Bolles and Khylen Valence; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Shaffer; mother Wanda Lee Franklin; grandmother, Gladys and uncles, Barry and Jim Mitchell and David Kuykendall.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God in Gowen with Pastor Jeff Ainsworth officiating.

 

Services are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

 

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Jean Baldridge

 

Jean Baldridge, 84 year old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident passed from this life Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

She was born May 22, 1930 in Seminole to parents William McKinley Harris and Clara V. (Morgan) Harris.

Following her graduation from high school Jean went on to earn her bachelor degree in business from OU in 1957.

She then taught school for 4 years in Webb City, Mo.

Jean returned to Seminole in 1971 and worked for the Seminole Producer for 21 years in the composing department.

Following her retirement Jean kept busy volunteering with the Women’s Auxiliary at Seminole Hospital where she was a "Pink Lady."

She had also worked at the Seminole Historical Society Museum and was a member of the First Christian Church in Seminole.

Jean could also be seen often, doing her mile walking exercise at the "Bridge," at the First Baptist Church in Seminole.

Jean leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Pamela Gregory and her husband Alvin of Maud, Okla.; two sisters, Doris H. Richmond and Clarice Morris both of Seminole, Okla.; one granddaughter, Carrie Lynne (Alpse) Brock and her husband Todd of Wewoka, Okla.; one grandson, Stanley "Stan" Gregory and his wife April of Maud, Okla.; five great-grandchildren, Colton Wood, Gage Wood, Jesse Ray "J.R." Brock, Ashley Gregory, Kyle Gregory and a host of other family and dear friends.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Harris and by one brother, Durard D. Harris.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Pastor Glen Pence officiating the service.

Interment services will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole.

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

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Donna Batt

 

Donna went to be with her savior after a short illness on April 1, 2015.

Donna was born in Durant, Okla. to Ronnie and Imagene Hill on Feb. 7, 1965.

Donna was a loving mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.

She is survived by two sons, Wesley and Kyle Ott; one grandaughter, Mckenzie Ott, her mother, Imagene Woodall, sister Rhonda and husband Randy Hilton, one nephew, Jason Timberlake, one niece, Hailey and husband Rhiason Glass, one nephew, Cameron Timberlake, all of Seminole, and many other loved ones and family.

She is preceded in death by her father Ronnie Hill and grandson, Kaden Ott.

Services are pending.

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Joe Baughman

 

 

Joe Henry Baughman, 55 years old passed away on April 9, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Joe was born on July 20, 1959 in Claremore, Okla. to Ray Henry Baughman and Christine Ruth (Noah) Collins.

Joe went to school at Seneca & Sequoyah Indian Schools.

He also attended Oklahoma City Trade School to be a mechanist.

He worked for many years in the shipping and receiving department for Tanaka Produce in Oklahoma City.

Preceding Joe in death are his parents.

He leaves behind his wife, Bernice (Harjo) Baughman of Seminole, his daughters, Crystal Baughman of Oklahoma City and Christine Baughman and husband Michael Vasquez of Seminole, sisters Victoria Collins and Lori Collins both of Oklahoma City, four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

A wake service was held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville.

Rev. Ed Bear will officiate the service.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville.

Rev. Ed Bear will officiate the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Vasquez, Calvin Warledo, Frank Esparza, Howard Vanderburg, Ashley Rios, and Samuel Esparza. Honorary bearers will be Anthony Harjo, David Harjo, Arnold Eckiwaudah, and Andrew Eckiwaudah. Interment will follow at the Harjo-Warledo Family Cemetery in Wewoka. Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Okla.

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James Bean

 

James Darrell Bean, 56, of Konawa, Okla., passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bruce Sanders of Vamoosa Baptist Church officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavonne Bert

 

Lavonne Bert, age 53 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma departed this life on Friday, March 6th, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Born Sept. 27th, 1961 in Oklahoma City to Clyde Bert and Emma Lee Cochran.

She was a former resident of Wewoka, Okla.

Lavonne was a graduate of Wewoka high school.

She was of the Christian faith.

Preceding Lavonne in death is one daughter Candance Daniellia Bert.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Westwood Cemetery, with Rev. Arnelious Crenshaw Jr. officiating.

Funeral arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

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Jessie Beshears

 

Jessie Ray Beshears Jr., Seminole resident, died Sunday, March 08, 2015 at his residence in Seminole at the age of 56.

He was born Aug. 3, 1958 in Tulare, Calif. to Jessie Ray Beshears and Frances Lorene (Sylvester).

After high school, Jessie enlisted in the US Army and later received an Honorable Discharge.

He married Tamie (McDaniel) on June 25, 1993 in McAlester, Okla.

They moved to Seminole in 1999.

Jessie was a truck driver for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Tamie of the home; daughters, Jennie Ellis and husband Danny of Dallas, Tex., Barbara Patterson and husband Shannon Calger of Wewoka and Michelle Patterson of Gadsden, AL; brothers, Kenny Beshears of Johnson City, Tex., Ronnie Beshears and wife Ragina of Bowlegs, Okla., Randy Beshears and wife Laura of Burnet, Tex., Greg Crase and wife Debbie of Wichita Falls, Tex., Eddie Crase and wife Diana of Moore, Okla. and Aaron Beshears and wife Ashley of Durant, Okla,; sisters, Kimberly Schafer of Buchanan Dam, Tex. and Melissa Bryant and husband Larry of Reydon, Okla.; brother-in-law, Allen McDaniel and wife Collen of McAlester, Okla.; four granddaughters, Maliah, Athena, Isabella and Destiny; one grandson, Christopher; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Jessie was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Beshears, Sr., mom, Wanda Beshears and his biological mother, Lorene Fowler.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the family’s residence, 310 N. 8th Street in Seminole and will last all day.

Arrangements are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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Jimmy Blakley

 

Jimmy Dail Blakley, 70, Seminole resident, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Edmond, Okla.

Jimmy was born May 2, 1944 in Olustee, Okla., to Hagar Marie ( Atterberry) and Troy Charles Blakley.

Jim came to Seminole 35 years ago from La Grange, Georgia to make Seminole his home.

He was a member of the Nazarene Church where he was active and sang at services there.

Jim was a cowboy and loved horses and goats; he played the guitar and piano.

Jim owned and operated Jim’s Service Center in Seminole, Okla. where he had done mechanic work for over 20 years.

Before owning his own business he was a roustabout for Red’s Roustabout service, drove for Bill Clark’s Wrecker Service and drove for Little River Express.

Jim married Mary Ann (Goodfellow) Blakley on May 8, 1962 in Quanah, Tex.

Jim is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jimmy and Vicky Blakley of Seminole, Okla.

Two daughters Connie and Steve Little Seminole, Oklahoma and Joyce and Kevin Anderson of Norman, Okla., his brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Glenda Blakley of West Point, Georgia and sister and brother-in-law Lou Ann and Jerry Templeton of Valley, Ala., eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m.., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with Pastors Danny and Linda Allison officiating.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Funeral will be held on Jan.15, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel located at 1001 N. Milt Phillips Ave., Seminole, OK 74868

 

 

 

 

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Lois Bone

 

Lois Pauline (Forbes) Blythe Bone of St. Louis, Oklahoma entered eternal life on Jan. 24, 2015 at her home, she was 98 years old.

Lois was born Feb. 21, 1916 in Shawnee, Okla. to Delmar Clinton and Lillie Vetner (Brown) Forbes.

Lois has lived in the Pottawatomie county area all her life and in St. Louis for 74 years.

She was a member of the St. Louis Baptist Church.

She was also a member of the Maud Eastern Star Chapter.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Juanita Spillers and husband Tom of Wagoner, Okla., three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, George Blythe, her second husband, George Bone, and her son, Terry Blythe.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the First Baptists Church of St. Louis, Okla.

Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery near Macomb, Okla. Glen Peck will officiate at the services.

Pallbearers are Steve McBride, Zach McBride, Evan McBride, Jarred Blythe, Mike Blythe, and Grant Blythe. Honorary bearers are Mike Cooper, Ty Dean and Dean Mason.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Okla.

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Joseph Bounds

 

"Our boy was taken from us too early."

Joseph Daniel Bounds, age 26 and a resident of Konawa, Okla. passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Seminole, Okla.

Mr. Bounds will be taken to his home located at 35449 EW 1390 Konawa, Oklahoma at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 25th for viewing.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa with Louis Jones officiating the service.

Burial will follow at the Davis Family Cemetery in Sasakwa.

Pallbearers are Hank Harjo, Brandon Harjo, Patrick Harjo, Brian Harjo, Tommy Harjo, Chris Gomez, Steven Alexander, Eric Coley, and Tommy Smith.

Honorary Pallbearers are Terry Harjo, Dale Harjo, Carl Harjo, David Harjo, Terance Harjo, Ricky John Harjo, Simon Garcia, James Heard, Wyatt Wolf, Hvtvike Deere, and Danny Howell.

Joe was born on Dec. 28, 1988 in Ada, Okla. to Richard Bounds and Cecelia (Harjo) Howell. J

oe enjoyed going hunting, fishing, "hanging out" with his family, and riding with his brothers and friends.

He was a great guy to be around, and he would always try to be of help whenever possible.

"He loved life, and many hearts are broken. Our Joe Bounds will always and forever be in our hearts. He will be missed dearly."

He is survived by his father, Richard Bounds and step-mother, Tooter Bounds of Konawa; mother, Cecelia (Harjo) Howell and step father, Danny Howell of Konawa; one brother, Roman Cosar of Konawa; four sisters, Melanie McClain of Ada, Okla., Karen Bounds of Francis, Okla., Andrea Bounds of Ada, Okla., and Melissa Bounds, also of Ada; one brother-in-law, Jesse Harrison; four uncles, David, Dale, Terry, and Carl Harjo; one aunt, Lahoma Harjo; close cousins, DeAmber Garcia and Simon, Hank and Crystal Harjo, Brandon and Stacey Harjo, Susan and Chris Gomez, Patrick and Lindsey Harjo, Brian Harjo, Rachael Harjo, and Natalie Harjo; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother and grandfather, Pauline Francis and Carlee Lincoln "Jack" Harjo; paternal grandmother and grandfather, Anna and Tom Bounds; great grandparents, George W. Harjo and Cora (Davis) Harjo; and three uncles, Jackie and Jerry Bounds, and Jeffrey Harjo.

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Peggy Bowen

 

Peggy Ann Smith Bowen, beloved mother, grandmother, artist and lifelong rancher, died Jan. 14, 2015 in Tulsa after a brief illness. The Burbank, Oklahoma, resident, known to many friends as "Miss Peggy of the prairie," was 76.

A native of Seminole, Okla., she was born on Feb. 9, 1938 to Raymond Lee and Florence Ann (Ware) Smith.

After graduating from Shidler High School, she attended North Oklahoma College in Tonkawa on a music scholarship.

In 1957, she married her high school sweetheart, James Henry "Jim" Bowen Jr. of Burbank, in a military wedding in Mannheim, Germany, where Jim was stationed.

Peggy traveled by ship to Germany for the wedding, and the couple lived there until Jim’s honorable discharge from the service.

Upon returning to Burbank, they settled into the newly built house where they would spend the rest of their lives.

They raised two daughters, operated their ranch and shared many family adventures until Jim’s death in 1987.

Peggy ran the ranch for nearly three more decades, and often spoke of the importance of farming and ranching to feeding the world.

She brought to her work a keen concern for the environment and a love for animals.

When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed fishing, playing piano and singing, painting, cooking, sewing, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren.

She was known in the community as someone who cared for others.

Although she did not talk about it, family members learned over time that she regularly took food and provided help to vulnerable people in the area, especially the elderly.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter, Sheryl Ann Bowen; and brothers Ronnie Lee Smith and Jerry Don Smith. She is survived by daughters Jama Leigh Bowen (Timothy E. Tanton) of Nashville, Tennessee, and Cathy Lynn Bowen of Burbank; grandchildren Jamie Lynn Dunning of Denver, Colorado, Michael Scott Dunning of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Rhys Anjou Bowen-Tanton of Nashville; brother Phillip Gene Smith, of Seminole; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at Albright United Methodist Church, 128 South Palm St. in Ponca City. Rev. Scott Spencer officiated.

Burial followed in the Burbank Cemetery of Burbank, Okla.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Grace Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ponca City.

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Arlene Boyanton

 

Arlene Boyanton, long time Seminole county resident passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her home.

She moved to the Seminole area from Oklahoma City, 30 years ago.

Arlene was born Oct. 8, 1949 in Hobart, Okla. to parents, Claude Dixon Cox and Stella (Web) Brehm.

She married Ronald Boyanton, April 10, 1970 in Yukon, Okla.

Ronald preceded her in death Dec. 28, 2001.

Arlene was a homemaker who loved her family.

She is survived by two sons; Brian Boyanton, of Seminole, Okla., Joshua Boyanton, of McAlester, Okla.; three daughters, Angelica Griffin of Seminole, Okla., Ronda Vanover of Yukon, Okla. and step-daughter, Michelle McDonald of Seminole, Okla.; two brothers, Ernest Brehm and Greg Brehm both of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Charlene Trammel of Norman, Okla., Mary Masopust of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel of Seminole, Okla. with Chaplain Mark Hennen officiating.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are: Michael McDonald, Jim McDonald, Josh Boyanton, Brian Boyanton, Harold Trammel and Kevin Griffin.

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

 


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Arlene Boyanton

 

Arlene Boyanton services will be 1:00 Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Full obit will follow

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Opal Brazell

 

Opal Jean (Williams) Brazell, age 65, a resident of Meeker, Oklahoma and a former resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on January 29, 2015 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South in Oklahoma City.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Mammoth Baptist Church located on Hwy 177 in Meeker.

Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Francis, Oklahoma.

Cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Oklahoma.

Opal was born on August 21, 1949 in Lindsey, Okla. to James Lewis Williams and Dorthy (Samples) Williams. She married Monte Brazell on April 21, 1991 in Miami, Okla. She worked as a grocery store clerk and loved to spend time with her family and friends and to go fishing.

She is survived by her husband, Monte Brazell of the home; two sons, Anthony Cooper of Miami, Okla, and Timothy Bunch of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Annette Botero of Yukon, Okla. and Misty Bullard of Grove, Okla.; one brother, Tommy Williams of Meeker, Okla.; three sisters, Shirley Jones of Meeker, Oklahoma, Dorthy Wade of Meeker, Okla., and Inetha Waters of Konawa, Okla.; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorthy Williams, and one brother, Raymond Lewis Williams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opal Brazell

 

Opal Jean (Williams) Brazell, age 66, a resident of Meeker, Oklahoma and a former resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on January 29, 2015 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South in Oklahoma City.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at Mammoth Baptist Church located on Hwy 177 in Meeker.

Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Francis, Okla.

Cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Okla.

Opal was born on August 21, 1948 in Lindsay, Oklahoma to James Lewis Williams and Dorthy (Samples) Williams.

She married Monty Brazell on April 21, 1991 in Miami, Oklahoma.

She worked as a grocery store clerk and loved to spend time with her family and friends and to go fishing.

She is survived by her husband, Monty Brazell of the home; two sons, Anthony Cooper of Miami, Okla., and Timothy Bunch of San Antonio, Tex.; two daughters, Annette Botero of Yukon, Okla. and Misty Bullard of Grove, Okla.; one brother, Tommy Williams of Meeker, Okla.; three sisters, Shirley Jones of Meeker, Okla., Dorthy Wade of Meeker, Okla., and Inetha Watters of Konawa, Okla.; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorthy Williams, and one brother, Raymond Lewis Williams.

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Bedford Brewer

 

Bedford T. Brewer, 77, lifelong Seminole County resident, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at his home in Bowlegs, Okla.

Bedford was born July 11, 1937 in Friendship, Okla., which was in Southern Seminole County, to Iva (Knight) and Eugene J. Brewer.

Bedford grew up in the Bowlegs area and attended Bowlegs Public Schools and graduated from Bowlegs High School, he was a member of the Bowlegs Baptist Church, past member of the Bowlegs School Board and Bowlegs-Lima Water District Board.

Bedford was owner of Brewer Construction Company, and enjoyed being a tour guide with his Good Neighbor Tours.

Bedford also owned and operated Brewer carpet and flooring company several years ago.

Bedford served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s stationed in Columbia, S.C.

Bedford married Karen White Brewer on May 12, 1960 at the First Baptist Church in Bowlegs, Okla.

Bedford is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen Brewer of the home in Bowlegs, two sons Larry David Brewer of the home and Michael Kevin Brewer and his wife Merry Kay of Piedmont, Okla., two sisters Bobbie Reynolds of Denver, Colo. and Eunice Morgan of Seminole, Okla.; three grandchildren Tyler Holloway Brewer, Parker Samuel Brewer, and Jordyn Grace Brewer.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Eldon White and his wife Carol of Lake Jackson, Tex. as well as several very special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bill Brewer, sisters, Laura Cooper, Trola Quattlebaum, Marie Sisk and Pat Sims Ervin and a grandson Dylan Conner Brewer.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Guy Tucker, Barry Tucker, Jimmy Howard, Steve Kinsey, James Dye, Marvin Botsford, Kevin Savage and Leon Collier. Honorary bearers will be Gary Snow, Randy Allison, Lee Pippin and Kenneth Mendenhall.

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

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Ruben Brewer

 

"R.C." Ruben Carlton Brewer, age 91 a former resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away at his home in Calvin, Oklahoma under the care of Heartland Hospice of McAlester and surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa. Rev. Lonnie Palmer will officiate.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery, and pallbearers will be R.C.’s great grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons.

R.C. was born on Nov.17, 1923 in Konawa, Oklahoma to William Homer Brewer and Ocie E. (Moore) Brewer.

He attended the 7th and 8th grades at Summer Chapel school.

He worked in CC Camp in Oklahoma and in New Mexico. R.C. worked in the shipyard in California during WWII where he met and married his first wife, Hazel Janette Davidson. R.C. was also a pumper and foreman for Bradley Producers and for Consolidated Oil and Gas.

Hazel preceded him in death, and he later met and married Dorothy (Tollett) England in Ada, Oklahoma on Jan. 17, 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Brewer of the home; two sons, Ruben L. Brewer and wife, Sharron of Maud, Okla., and Roger Brewer and wife, Jeanie of Konawa, Okla.; one daughter, Pauline Greenwood and husband, Sam of Byars, Okla.; one brother, Frank Brewer of Maud, Oklahoma; two sisters, Dorothy Mullins of Ada, Okla., and Lorene Cole of Shawnee, Okla.; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Ocie Brewer; first wife, Hazel J. (Davidson) Brewer; one son, Rethel Homer Brewer; three sisters, Laura Marie Downey, Mary Mosley, and Ellen Eberle; and two brothers, W.H. Brewer and Ben Brewer.

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Sharon Brock

 

Sharon Jean (Roberts) Brock, 59 year old, longtime Seminole, Okla. resident passed from this life Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at her home in Seminole surrounded by her loving family. Sharon was born May 13, 1955 in Pampa, Texas to parents Ethel (Etheridge) Roberts and James Roberts.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the Little Cemetery Chapel located in Little Cemetery.

Full obituary information is pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Brock

 

Sharon Jean (Roberts) Brock, 59 year old, longtime Seminole, Okla. resident passed from this life Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at her home in Seminole surrounded by her loving family.

Sharon was born May 13, 1955 in Pampa, Tex. to parents Ethel (Etheridge) Roberts and James Roberts.

Sharon was a homemaker, and she was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Leslie Dean "L.D." Brock of Oklahoma City, Jerry Brock of Seminole, Okla.; one brother, Jerry Roberts of Tuttle, Okla.; one sister, Mary Jackson of Tuttle, Okla.; and eight grandchildren.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and James Roberts, by one daughter, Christie Grensburg, by one sister, Vesta Schumacher, and by three brothers, John Roberts, Dean Roberts and Leslie Roberts.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the Little Cemetery Chapel located in Little Cemetery.

Pastor Bruce Benson will officiate the service.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

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Juanita Brown

 

Juanita Marie "Tea" Brown left her earthly home for her heavenly home Monday Jan. 12, 2015 in Holdenville, Okla. at the age of 92 years.

Born to the late Willis Hunter and Bashie Mae Thompson on Aug. 25, 1922, in Wewoka, Okla., she was a graduate of Douglas High School and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church

Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, husband Johnnie "Mack" Brown Sr., daughter; Annie Brown, and infant son Johnnie Brown Jr.

Survivors include children Lottie Willis of Oklahoma City, Carzell Brown, Wewoka, Okla., and Linda Brown of Wewoka; twelve grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at Macedonia Baptist Church, with Rev. Lee Benson and burial at Westwood Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Greg Brown, Billy G. Brown Jr., Maurice Brown, Marcus Brown, Jermaine Weaver, and Jamerle Brown.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Brown

 

Larry Don Brown, longtime Seminole resident, left the world to be with his Lord on March 11, 2015 in Seminole at the age of 66.

He was born Oct. 8, 1948 in Borger, Tex. to Jasper and Jewel (McDonald) Brown.

Larry graduated from Seminole High School in 1967.

On April 20, 1967, Larry enlisted in the US Army and received an honorable discharge on Oct. 29, 1974.

He married LaDonna G. May on May 17, 1968 and to this union three children were born, Kevin, Crystal and Michelle.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Kevin Brown; daughter, Crystal Kanard; and one sister, Patsy Carter.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Michelle Blair and her husband Jason; grandsons, Kevin and Zack Blair, all of Jackson, WY; grandchildren Fiona Kanard and Michael Kanard of Wewoka; special brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Mary Brawdy of Seminole and a host of other family and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bowlegs with Pastor Andy Quinton officiating.

Services are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Brown

 

Larry Don Brown, longtime Seminole resident, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Integris Seminole Medical Center at the age of 66.

Services are pending with OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violet Brown

 

Violet Lusty Brown age 93, of San Saba,Texas passed away April 11, 2015 in San Angelo, Tex.

Violet was born May 24, 1921 in Bowlegs, Okla., to Lawrence and Rosie King Harris.

She was a member of San Saba’s First Baptist Church. She loved gospel and country music and dancing.

Violet is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins and lots and lots of friends.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Alvy "Judge" Lusty and second husband, Otis Mack Brown.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at San Saba’s First Baptist Violet Lusty Brown Church with Brother Alvino Valdez officiating.

Interment will follow at Wallace Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba.

 

 

Brown

 

 

 

Jane Buchanan

 

Jane Cox Buchanan, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many passed away peacefully to her true heavenly home on April 22, 2015.

Jane, a 32 year breast cancer survivor, fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith through out her life.

Jane was born the 12th of February, 1936 in Wewoka, Okla.

Jane married her devoted husband James Buchanan, and they settled in Wichita, Kans., where they opened James Buchanan Associates.

Jane worked alongside her husband in the insurance business until retirement.

Jane was greatly involved in her church and always graciously opened up her home for Bible studies and church gatherings.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother to her daughters, Sydney Buchanan Dickie and Shana Buchanan Wood, and was affectionately known as "Gammy" to her six grandchildren.

Upon retiring, Jane and James moved to Houston, Tex.

They became very involved at Second Baptist Church where they developed many wonderful friends.

She was known to all as a devoted prayer warrior and always saw the best in every situation; even with terminal cancer she was always a good and faithful servant.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, James Lowell Buchanan, her two daughters, Sydney (Roy) Dickie and Shana (Jeff) Wood, as well as her grandchildren, Jordan, Chase and Samuel Dickie and Jeffrey, Elizabeth, and Connor Wood, all of whom she loved and adored.

Jane’s brothers, Joe (Dorothy) and Johnny (Carolyn) Cox, as well as many nephews and a niece survive her.

Jane’s parents, Mabel and Carl, as well as her brother, Jimmy, and sister, Joann Cox, precede her in death.

A celebration of Jane’s life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Hankamer Chapel at Second Baptist in Houston, Tex.

A family graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Okla.

Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka, Okla.

In lieu of customary remembrances donations may be made to:

Second Baptist Church

6400 Woodway Dr

Houston, TX 77057

The University of Texas

MD Anderson Cancer Center

P.O. Box 4486

Houston, Texas 77210-4486

Or

Vitas Hospice Care

17320 Red Oak Dr #102

Houston, TX 77090

 

 

 

James Burkey

 

James Edward Burkey, 80, longtime Seminole resident died, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at Shawnee, Okla.

James was born Feb. 17, 1934 in Minco, Okla. to Beatrice Josephine (Slover) and Ralph Oren Burkey. James moved to Seminole in 1972.

James grew up on a farm in Pocasset, Okla. and attended schools there.

He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a degree in forestry in 1961.

After his graduation, James moved to Chickasha, Okla., and took a temporary job with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission with the State of Oklahoma, the temporary job led him to a 27 year career with commission retiring in 1988 as a field director; he had worked in several towns all throughout the state before his retirement.

James was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Seminole, Okla., he loved to fish and raise vegetables in his garden and be with his grandchildren.

James served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958.

He was a master mason and a member of the masonic lodge in Pocasset, Okla. where he recently received his 50 year pin.

James married Mary Jane (Greene) Burkey at the Danville Methodist Church in Kilgore, Tex. on Sep. 5, 1958.

James is survived by his loving wife of 56 years; Mary Jane Burkey of Seminole, his son James David Burkey of Pocasset, Okla., his daughter Patricia Leigh Centracco and her husband Bret of Prague, Czech Republic, two brothers Jerry Burkey and his wife Anita of Fletcher, Okla. and Joe Burkey of El Reno, Okla., his grandchildren David Oren Burkey, Hannah Burkey, Caleb Briton Centracco and Peyton Scott Centracco and many nieces and nephews and a host of other family members.

James was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Burkey, Mother Beatrice Burkey, his daughter Cheryl Anne Burkey in 1982.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday Feb. 7, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Honorary Bearers will be Ollie Adams, Fred Basler, Kerry Baker, Clarke Bake, Curtis Lemmings and Donnie Williams.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital or to the Charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Burkey

 

 

 

Jerald Carney

 

Jerald R. Carney, 63, longtime Seminole resident died, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Holdenville, Okla.

Jerald was born March 25, 1951 in Talihina, Okla. to Carrie Mae (Stallaby) and Pete Folsom Carney.

Jerald worked as a fork lift operator and in maintenance, at Wrangler for many years, retiring in 2012.

He was a member of the Indian Nation Baptist Church in Seminole, Okla.

Jerald is survived by three sons; Doug Carney at Broken Bow, Okla., Peter Carney of Killeen, Texas and Melvin Carney of Eagletown, Okla., two daughters RaJohnia John of Wright City, Okla. and Pamela Carney of Eagletown, Okla., one brother George Carney of Seminole, Okla. and one sister Yolanda Ross of Prague, Okla. and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Jerald Carney, Jr.

Funeral services are planned for 2:00 P.M., Friday March 6, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Military Honors. Rev. Bill Barnett and Lewis Johnson will officiate at the service and burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Melvin Carney, James Carney, Doug Carney, Michael Maben, Pete Carney and Dewayne John: Honorary bearers will be RaJohnia John and Pamela Carney.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Chesser

 

Johnny Lee Chesser entered this life on January 20, 1948.

He entered his heavenly home with Jesus Christ on March 9, 2015.

He was born to the late Eddie and Marie (Wagoner) Chesser.

Johnny married Lillian Lee on Feb. 14, 1989, and to this union three children were born.

Johnny served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict.

He was a graduate of New Lima Schools and later received a Bachelor's degree.

He was Pastor of House of Prayer, Wewoka.

Preceding Johnny in death are his parents and nephew Robert Brinsfield II.

Survivors include his wife Lillian of the home, children Keith Andrew Chesser of Sasakwa, Okla., Linda Ruth Wilson of Norman, Okla., Michael Edward James and companion Heather Sharp of Jet, Okla..; sisters: Wanda and husband Bob Brinsfield of London Arkansas, Betty and Dan Wagner of Fla., 16 grandchildren, eight, great grandchildren: and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday March 14, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home with Pastors Bill and Larry Chesser officiating.

Interment will follow at Little Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Gregory Cartwright, Jordan Willson, Jared Wilson, Traevon Wilson, Brent Stone, and Tyler Chesser.

Honorary Pallbearers are Dave Anderson, Jerry Wortman, Wayne McCray, Bill Burns and Lance Farber.

And a host of special aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

Chesser

 

 

 

Ina Childress

 

Ina Faye (Douthit) Childress, 97, longtime Bowlegs, Oklahoma, resident, went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Chickasha, Okla.

Ina was born Jan. 14, 1918 in Heavner, Okla. to Lottie Mae ( Simmon) and James Lloyd Douthit.

Ina was the 2nd of eight children and they grew up in the plant 13 area, south of Seminole, Okla.

The "Douthit boys" were avid baseball players, and Ina would go in and play for them, when one of the boys had to sit out, she could play with the best of the area boys.

Ina was a homemaker and a very dedicated member of the Bowlegs Assembly of God Church.

She married Tom T. Childress on March 13, 1937 and they made their home in Phillips, Tex. for many years until in 1958 they moved back to Bowlegs, Okla., he preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1977.

She is survived by her five children; Opal Nadine Stroud and her husband Darrel of Salina, Okla., Rex Lloyd Childress of Lindsay, Okla., Wanda Maxine Ladd of Chickasha, Okla., Wilma Jean Martens and her husband Lawny of Enid, Okla. and Linda Kay Pewitt and her husband Don of Prague, Okla.; eight grandchildren Tom and Lori Stroud, Michael Ladd, David and Mark Pitts, Neil Martens, Jerry and Donna Pewitt.

Great grandchildren Maxwell, Wyatt, Kelsie, Kiersten, Allie, Hunter, Hayden, Alexis, Kaylee, Audry and two great- great grandchildren Lindy and Lila.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Truman, Herman, John, Riley and Don Douthit, two sisters, Eddie and Bea Webb.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m.., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Wolf Cemetery.

Childress

 

 

 

Connie Choate

 

Connie Sue Choate, 81, of Fort Smith passed away Monday, March 2, 2015.

She was born Jan. 25, 1934, in Wewoka, Okla., to the late Harry and Billy Coughlan.

She loved her lord and savior and attended Haven Heights Baptist Church when she was able.

She was a former housekeeper at Sparks Regional Medical Center and loved to dance and make fudge.

She was preceded in death by her son, Frankie Evans.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.

Connie is survived by her sister, Billie Trosper of Alma; her daughter, Cyndi Miller of Fort Smith; two sons, Larry Evans and Mark Evans, both of Fort Smith; her sister, Laura Rowe of Ontario, Canada; as well as 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mark and Larry Evans, Troy Miller, Marcus and Kirk Evans and Brandon Ming.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Choate

 

 

 

Thomas Christopher

 

Our much-loved husband, father and grandfather passed away suddenly Feb. 17, 2015.

"Coach" Thomas P. Christopher was born to E.V. Christopher and Carrie Christopher on July 27, 1933 in Sayre, Okla.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dan Christopher.

Tom is survived by his wife Patricia; children Vicki Cavenah, Laura Morgan, Jeff Rothrock and Cathy Boykins; grandchildren Sarah Cavenah, Ashley Morgan, Rose Cabaday, Dailey Haren, Danny Levinson, Chad Rothrock, Ryan Rothrock and Jeffrey Rothrock; five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; nephew Derek (Lisa) Christopher and niece Dana Ann (Mark) Bateman, and children.

Tom’s family and all things football were the loves of his life as were golf and horseracing.

Tom grew up in Wewoka Okla., and was active in sports and lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track each year.

After serving in the Army, Airborne Division, from 1954 to 1957 he continued his education at Southeastern College in Durant, Okla.

He graduated with a B.A. in 1960 and later earned a Masters degree.

His first coaching job brought him to California in 1960 where he spent his entire coaching and teaching career in Southern Calif.,; Trona High School, Bishop Amat, San Jacinto High School, Baldwin Park High School, Pius X, Covina High School, and Citrus College.

Tom spent 35 years coaching in and around "SoCal" touching many lives both on the field and in the classroom.

Tom retired from Covina Valley Continuation High School and lived out his days watching football, golfing with buddies, and enjoying his family.

Tom was a second father to many; he was always willing to listen, give his opinion, offer solid advice and support.

He will be missed and forever in our thoughts and hearts.

A memorial service will be held at Todd Memorial Chapel, 570 North Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767, Feb. 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Christopher

 

 

 

Cora Climer

 

Cora Leano Climer, 73, longtime Earlsboro area resident, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla.

Cora was born July 18, 1941 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Beulah (Cannon) and Bud Kinnamon.

Cora attended Shawnee Public Schools where she played basketball.

She graduated from Shawnee High School. She was a former longtime member of the Johnson Church of God in the Johnson Community northeast of Shawnee.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the CB Club. Cora was a homemaker but worked outside of the home on occasion as a clerk at a county mart store and a waitress.

Cora was a member of the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma.

She leaves to celebrate her life, two sons, Tracy Climer and his wife Christi of Earlsboro, Okla. and Kirk Climer and his wife Monaca of Shawnee, Okla., and a step-son, Thad Campbell.

She is also survived by three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Larry Don Climer, who died Sept. 14, 1984, her son Paul Climer, two brothers Bob Kinnamon and Steve Kinnamon and her sister Mary Reynolds.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m.., Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Freedom Assembly of God Church on Highway 3 east of Shawnee, Okla., with Pastor Donnie Knight officiating. Burial will take place at Johnson Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Jeff Wiley, Kevin Parris, Rusty Short, Jordan Parris, Clinton Lincoln and Edward Tibbs.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Climer

 

 

 

Teddy Cloud

 

Teddy Lee Cloud born March 9, 1963 to the late Lee and Judy Cloud, who preceded him in death.

Teddy was a long time resident of Wewoka during his younger years before moving to Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked for Werner Trucking Co. as a driver.

He was forced to retire due to a lengthy illness.

He resided in Seminole County to be close with family.

Ted attended Justice school during his elementary years. He attended high school at New Lima High School where he excelled in basketball before exiting to receive his GED.

Preceding Ted in death are his parents, and oldest brother Leo Allen Cloud.

Survivors include brothers Cleo Cloud , Winifred Cloud, Stanley Cloud of Oklahoma City, Christopher Cloud Ada, and Joseph Cloud of Sapulpa, Okla.: Sisters Patti Gibosn, of Tecumseh, Okla., Lucy Carranza of Dallas, Tex., Pamela Paredes, of Dallas, Tammy Cloud and Nona Cloud both of Oklahoma City, a host of other relatives and friends.

Pall Bearers will be Lelus Spottedcrow, Vernon Spottedcrow, Gary Lena, Glenn Gibson , Jimmy Tiger and Kevin Tiger.

Honorary Pall Bearers, Elidio Carranza, Francisco Paredes, James "Bean" Gipson.

Wake service 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Wake service at Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church Friday March 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Sand Creek Eufaula with Pastor Houston Tiger and Jimpsey Harjo and burial to follow at Tiger Family Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

 

 

Cloud

 

 

 

Fred Clough

 

Fred T. Clough, Jr., 92, longtime Seminole area resident died, Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Seminole.

Fred was born August 11, 1922 in Wirt, Oklahoma to Dora Mae (Barbour) and Fred Tolar Clough, Sr.

Fred moved to Seminole 67 years ago from Floyd, New Mexico, and attended and graduated from Bowlegs Public Schools.

He had received his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his Master’s degree from East Central University.

Fred was retired high school principal and counselor.

He spent most of his career at Bowlegs Schools until he retired in 1987.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Seminole, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Fred loved playing cards with his family at gatherings, camping, fishing, loved his dogs, woodworking and making cabinets, loved to repair things and help people build houses, water sports, including skiing and golf.

Fred was an avid reader; he never stopped learning, in his older years he taught himself how to run a computer and how to email friends.

Fred served his country in the U. S. Army Air Corp, in Air Traffic Control, serving in India- Burma.

Fred served from November 17, 1942 to November 17, 1945, and had made Sargent Rank.

He received the good conduct medal with two bronze service stars, and served in the 724th Army Airways Communication System Squadron, which later became the U. S. Air Force.

Fred married Dorothy Jean (DeShazo) Clough and they were married in July 18, 1942 shortly before he went into World War II and they were happily married for 63 years when she passed away on January 19, 2006.

Fred is survived by his son Dennis Clough and his wife Jewell of Roanoke, Texas, his son-in-law J.R. Pack of Seminole, Oklahoma, sister Betty Darling of Healdton, Oklahoma, three grandchildren John Whalon, Donnie Pack and Dale Pack, six great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and by his special friend Janene Day.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy and his daughter Fredda Pack, his brothers, C.B. Clough and Roy Clough.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Chris Stinnett officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U. S. Air Force.

Pall bearers will be John Whalon, Donnie Pack, Dale Pack, Jimmy Darling, Mike Darling and Kenny Darling. Honorary bearers will be, Jim Hardin, Bill Renfro, Richard Worley, Brandon Whalon, Derrick Pack, Stan Kiker and Lee Stilwell.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Clough

 

 

 

Bobby Clower Sr.

 

Lifelong Seminole resident, Bobby Joe Clower, 69, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1945 in Seminole to R.C. Clower and Christine Pierce (Meek).

Bobby was a retired oilfield worker.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Naomi K. Clower; his mother, Christine Pierce; his father, R.C. Clower and one brother, Jerry Clower.

He is survived by his son, Bobby Clower Jr. of Seminole; his daughter, Julia Ann Clower of Seminole; brothers Phil Clower and John Pierce, both of Seminole and Joe Pierce of Healdton, Okla; three sisters, Billie Leonard of Roff, Okla., Vanessa Rester, Hamilton, Tex. and Laura Hale of Seminole; and special friend, Phyllis Sherwin.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Coates

 

On the morning of March 13, 2015, Jeremy passed away at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City from a heart attack.

He was 44 years old.

Jeremy Arthur Coates was born in Oklahoma City on June 3, 1970.

He was the first child of Harry E. Coates Jr. and Betty D. Coates.

Jeremy was an incredibly precocious child, and his love for the outdoors started at a young age.

He enjoyed summer trips to Colorado with the Cole family, where he was constantly on the lookout for small caves and interesting things to explore.

Jeremy’s lifelong fascination with motorcycles began at a young age as well.

He bought his first motorcycle, a Honda 90, at age 14, and convinced his parents to allow him to ride it 10 miles to and from his house on SE 152nd to Moore Middle School every day.

Jeremy moved with the family, which had grown to include his little sister Heather, to the Little area NE of Seminole in 1985.

He began attending Strother High School, where he was a stand-out basketball player, helping lead the Yellow Jackets to the Class A state tournament in 1988 as the team’s 6’9" center.

Jeremy’s prowess on the hardwood led to his recruitment by numerous college basketball teams.

By the time he left to attend Wentworth Military Academy on a basketball scholarship, he had two little brothers, Eddie (1986) and Brandon (1988), who looked up to him throughout his life.

As an adult, Jeremy felt most at peace when he was outdoors.

Camping, hunting and fishing were more than just hobbies; they were a way of life that Jeremy enjoyed both individually and with close friends.

He loved the freedom he felt when surrounded by God’s creation.

Jeremy’s other passion was the pursuit of knowledge.

He was a voracious reader and was known to give impromptu lectures on the finer points of American democracy and world history.

Jeremy was a fixture in the Oklahoma motorcycle scene.

He owned, built and refurbished numerous bikes – primarily Harley Davidsons – over his lifetime, and was known by many fellow riders as a tough, good-natured and humorous man whose personality made him the perfect MC at multiple motorcycle rallies.

When he returned to East Central University in Ada as an adult to earn degrees in History and Sociology, he single-handedly organized an inaugural motorcycle rally that involved many university departments and was the most widely-attended event in the history of East Central.

Those who knew Jeremy best would describe him as loyal, kind-hearted and fiercely devoted to both the principles and people in which he believed and loved.

He pursued simplicity in the life that only comes with a deep understanding of one’s own values.

Jeremy was loved, admired and respected by many and will be missed greatly.

Jeremy was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harry Coates Sr., maternal grandfather, Dennis Cole and maternal grandmother Sylvia Cole.

Jeremy is survived by his parents, Harry E. Coates Jr. of Seminole and Betty D. Coates of Oklahoma City; his siblings and their spouses, Heather and Colt Kreeger of Greeley, Colo., Eddie and Teri Coates of Boston, Mass. and Brandon and Meghan Coates of Dallas, Tex.; his paternal grandmother, Cuba G. Coates of Seminole; and a multitude of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jeremy is also survived by a little brother, Andrew William Coates of Seminole.

In accordance with Jeremy’s wishes, his ashes will be buried on the Coates family land, which was his favorite place to hunt, fish and enjoy nature.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Colt Kreeger officiating the service.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Coates

 

 

 

Janice Cooper

 

Janice Lea Cooper, 64, former Seminole resident died, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Janice was born May 23, 1950 in Oklahoma City to Betty Jean (Longacre) and Hubert Clifford Aldridge.

Janice was an electrical mechanic at Tinker Air Force Base and retired in 2010.

She had recently moved to Oklahoma City three years ago to be near her daughter.

Janice attended the Church of Christ at Little, and was a graduate of Strother High School in 1968.

She is survived by her Mother, Betty Aldridge of Seminole, Okla., her daughter Mynista Cooper of Oklahoma City, one brother Rusty Aldridge of Seminole, Okla. and a sister Sandy Bass of Seminole, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her Father, her husband, James Cooper in 2002, and a son, Lance Cooper in 1987.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Buddy Aldridge officiating.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla. is in Charge of arrangements.

Cooper

 

 

 

Sally Cossey

 

Sally Malinda Drew Cossey left this life to join her beloved husband Joe in Heaven on April 7th, 2015.

She was an Oklahoma native, born on Feb. 8th, 1949.

Malinda grew up in Wewoka, graduated and also taught at Wewoka High School and obtained her Master's degree from the University of Oklahoma.

She loved her family, her students, her fellow teachers and her schools in Fairview and Brentwood, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Larry Joe Cossey; father, Frank Drew; mother, Bonnie Coley Drew; sisters, Joyce Ann Brown and Jackie Argo and brother, Keith Brown.

She is survived by niece Johnita and her husband Dr. Steve Walker, nephew Fred and wife Wendy Argo, sister-in-law Janis and Randall Brooks, great nephew Dr. Chris and Kathryn Walker, great niece Katherine Malinda and husband James Keesee, great nephew Aaron and Tori Argo, great nephew Brandon and wife Katy Benton, great nephew Tyler Benton, Denson and Jacy Cable, granddaughters, Bren, Sunnie and Hope Cable, great great niece and nephews Jackson, Ryan, Coley and Emma, special friends Lyndel and Cindy East as well as a host of friends and relatives.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be Tuesday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. at Mission Home Missionary Baptist in Wewoka.

Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Wewoka, Okla.

A viewing is also planned for Friday, April 10th in Dickson, Tenn., as arranged by Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Cossey

 

 

 

James Cox

 

James C. Cox age 80 of Wewoka, went to be with His Lord and Savior Thursday, Jan. 29th, 2015 at Solara Hospital Shawnee.

Born January 25th, 1935 in Wewoka, Okla. to the late Carl Cox and Mabel (Harris) Cox.

Jimmy was a graduate of Wewoka High School in 1953 and General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich.

He operated Cox Oldsmobile along with his father for a number of years.

On March 31, 1955 he married Shirley Spears in Wewoka, Okla.

He was a member of Church of Christ, Wewoka, Okla.

Preceding Jimmy in death are his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Shirley Cox, two sons: Keith Cox, Mark Cox, two brothers Johnny and Joe Cox, one sister Jane Buchanon, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at Wewoka Church of Christ and burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

Officiating will be Harold Kimrey, and Bud Ross.

The family will greet family and friends Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Chris, Clint, Trent, Jason, Stephen, Keith, and Mark.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Max Smith, Kayle Smith, Rip Rippitoe, Mark Holley, Dennis Phillips, Phillip McDonald, and Don Posey.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Cox

 

 

 

Dennis Cranford

 

Dennis Kent Cranford, 61 year old Maud resident passed from this life on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

He was born Sept. 1, 1953 to parents Harold A. Cranford and to Velna V. (Winters) Cranford in Ada, Okla.

Dennis was a lifelong Maud area resident who graduated from Earlsboro High School in 1970.

Dennis also earned a two year degree attending college.

Dennis also served in the United States Navy where he earned the National Defense Service Medal.

In 1971, Dennis married Janet M. Birks in Gainesville, Tex.

Dennis has worked as a utility specialist for the past 21 years for Exxon Mobil Company in Shawnee, Okla.

Dennis leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 44 years, Janet Cranford of the home; one daughter, Kimberly Elmore and her husband Mike of Bethel, Okla; one brother, Mike Cranford of Alaska; two grandsons, Jacob Cranford, and Josh Cranford; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Velna Cranford; one brother-in-law, James Birks; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Cumpton

 

Donald (Donnie) Wayne Cumpton passed from this life on Jan. 9 2015.

He was born July 30, 1961 to Reta Davidson and John Cumpton, and was a life time resident of Seminole.

Donnie was a self-employed mechanic who loved to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Reta and Doyle Davidson; father, John Cumpton; daughter and son-in-law Dacia and Chris Bruce; daughter Amanda Cumpton; three cherished grandsons who were his pride and joy, Evan and Syler Bruce and Cason Cumpton; sister Rachel Conway; sister and brother-in-law, Christy and Shannon Babb; brother, Clay Cumpton, nephews, Zac Conway and Blake Babb; Brother and sister-in-law Gary and Beth Davidson and Kevin and Rhnda Davidson; sister and brother-in-law, Devra and Ryan Liebswanger; and brother, Randell Davidson.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Ima Nunnelley and Arnold and Florence Cumpton.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at the Highway Baptist Church

Cumpton

 

 

 

Donald Cumpton

 

Donald (Donnie) Wayne Cumpton passed from this life on Jan. 9 2015.

He was born July 30, 1961 to Reta Davidson and John Cumpton, and was a life time resident of Seminole.

Donnie was a self-employed mechanic who loved to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Reta and Doyle Davidson; father, John Cumpton; daughter and son-in-law Dacia and Chris Bruce; daughter Amanda Cumpton; three cherished grandsons who were his pride and joy, Evan and Syler Bruce and Cason Cumpton; sister Rachel Conway; sister and brother-in-law, Christy and Shannon Babb; brother, Clay Cumpton, nephews, Zac Conway and Blake Babb; Brother and sister-in-law Gary and Beth Davidson and Kevin and Rhnda Davidson; sister and brother-in-law, Devra and Ryan Liebswanger; and brother, Randell Davidson.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Ima Nunnelley and Arnold and Florence Cumpton.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at the Highway Baptist Church

Cumpton

 

 

 

Philip Deere

 

Phillip " JD" Deere was born on November 26, 1947 to the late Frances and James Deere in Claremore, Okla.

He went to be with the Creator on Jan. 20, 2015 at the age of 67 at his home in Norman, Okla. surrounded by his family.

J.D. worked as a truck driver for 5 years, then went to GM in Oklahoma City where he worked till he retired after 20 years.

His hobbies included watching OU sports, playing pool and spending time with his family, and friends, eating traditional meals, joking and teasing around with his nephews.

He enjoyed playing basketball and softball.

He attended Butner Public School before attending Chilocco Indian School where he graduated in 1966.

Survivors included his daughters Phyllis Deere and Brett Summitt of Moore, Okla., Terri Deere and Chris "Buck" Randall of Okemah, Okla, a special friend Donna Thrash of 10 years; five grandchildren Kelcie and Mariah Deere, Erica Summitt, John and Makriya Randall; two sisters Alice Deere Mack of Cromwell, Emma Jean Bowles of Warren Robin, Ga., one brother James Deere Jr. of Little Kansas, Okla; four nephews that he cherished T.J. " Hopiye" Mack, Felix Mack, Kevin Mack, Darrin Mack and one special nephew Jumbo Tiger; one niece Josie Fields; a host of great nieces, nephews, two uncles, one aunt and a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceding J.D. in death are his parents, one grandson Kaden Deere-Thomas, one niece Meleah Mack, and one great niece Cameron West.

Wake service will be 7:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the Mack residence.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Cromwell Indian Community Center and the final resting place will be at the Mack-Bell Family Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the home Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. Saturday to the Indian Community Center.

Pall Bearers will be Donald Hale, Jasper Hale, Willie Hale, Sonny Mack, Rylan Mack, Devin Mack, and Ryan Mack.

Honorary Pall Bearers will be Fish Pond Tribal Members, Clarence "Bolo" Johnson, Mitchell Cypress and Don Stephens

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

Deere

 

 

 

Clarence Dill

 

Clarence Wayne Dill, age 75, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 in Tulsa, Okla.

Services will be Friday, Feb. 13th at 2pm at Tulsa International Church of Christ.

Graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Floral Haven Cemetery.

Viewing will be all day Thursday at Floral Haven funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarence Dill

 

Clarence Wayne Dill, 75, of Tulsa, Okla. and formerly of Seminole, Okla. died Feb.9, 2015 with his family at his side.

He was born Aug. 13, 1939 in Seminole, Okla. to Alta and Earl Dill, Sr. He graduated from Seminole High School and received his Masters of Education from the University of Oklahoma.

He continued his graduate studies in engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Tulsa.

He was a Licensed Professional Engineer in the aviation industry for over 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia Dill, and three children, Thomas Sanders, Sheila Vogann, and Staci Whitaker, all of Tulsa.

He is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Galpin, and brother, Earl Dill, Jr., and his grandson, Charlie Vogann.

Clarence will best be remembered as a man passionate about education and for his generous spirit.

His desire was to help others to be successful in life by sharing his knowledge or his resources freely.

He also had a love for animals, collecting books and antique radios, and studying history and family genealogy.

Services will be Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 2pm and the Tulsa International Church, 5880 S 129th E Ave. Graveside services will follow at Floral Haven Cemetery.

Visitation will be held throughout the day on Thursday at Floral Haven Funeral Home.

Dill

 

 

 

Wanda Dingel

 

Wanda Sue (Smith) Dingel, 69, of Wewoka, departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

She was born Aug. 30, 1945 in Ruston, La., to Hermine and Toy Smith.

She married Ron Dingel on April 4, 1995 at her home near Wewoka, Okla.

Sue attended school in Compton, Calif. and Wewoka Public Schools.

In her adult life, she lived in several different towns including Lake Charles, La., Ruston, La., Muskogee, Okla., Hartshorne, Okla., and then eventually returning to Wewoka, Okla.

She worked as a waitress, cook, beautician, book keeper, home health, and cross country truck driver.

She was a member of Hilltop Family Life Center.

She loved her church family and enjoyed worshiping her lord.

She enjoyed camping at Wewoka Lake, fishing, riding four wheelers, working in her flower gardens, and spending time with family.

She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and wife.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Doris Smith, Betty Snipes and Vicki Davis.

Also, Sue was preceded in death by her two brothers, Hermine Smith Jr. and Eugene Smith, and her granddaughter, Katie Horn.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Dingel, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Conley and April Clark of Perry, Okla.; daughter, Karen Wright of Quincey, Calif.; grandson, Mitchell Horn, two granddaughters, Shayla Gomand and Tiffany Medaris; two great-grandchildren, Trenton and Ashland Horn; sister, Angie Garretson of Wewoka, Okla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwight and Kathy Smith, Grant and Nancy Smith, all of Wewoka, sisters and brothers-in-law Kay and Darrell Smart of New Castle, Okla.; Shonna and George Porter of Wewoka, Okla.; and Randy Whelan of Canadian, Okla.; as well as a host of other family members.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at Hilltop Family Life Center with Brother Russell Ryker officiating.

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Jaidyn Dixon

 

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church located at 126 N. Konawa Street in Konawa, Okla. under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Rev. Mona Fulks will officiate, and burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Jaidyn Reign Dixon was born with her angel wings on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, Okla., to William and Samantha (Jolly) Dixon of Konawa, Okla.

She is survived by her parents, William and Samantha; two half-sisters, Serenity and Sarah Dean of the home; two half-brothers, Nathan and Colton Dixon of Muskogee, Okla.; maternal grandparents, Sam Jolly of Richardson, Texas, and Patricia Jolly of Konawa, Okla.; paternal grandparents, Larry Dixon of Panola, Okla., and Carla Dixon of Prague, OklaIn lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the March of Dimes in Jaidyn’s honor. Memorials for the family may be arranged through Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.

 

 

 

 

 

Juanita Dixon

 

Juanita RDoomy Dixon, 81, longtime Seminole county resident, died Tuesday, January 6, 2014 in Holdenville, Okla.

Juanita was born May 23, 1933, in Jennings, Okla. to Oma Leta (Jones) and George Seward.

Juanita has lived in Seminole county since 1975.

She attended Draughn’s Business School in Oklahoma City and had worked as a bookkeeper for J & M Roofing for over 15 years before her retirement; she had also worked for Hartford Insurance Company, Roofers Supply Co. in Oklahoma City.

She is remembered by her family as being a very loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She loved cooking and made the best biscuits in the world.

She enjoyed canning and making great jelly, gardening, and making things grow, crossword puzzles and watching and feeding hummingbirds.

She loved her family and they loved and admired her.

She and Eugene also loved dancing and they did competition ballroom dancing.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Okemah, Okla., but had been attending the Christ of Christ in Seminole.

Juanita taught each of her grandchildren how to Snow Dance.

Juanita Married Eugene Dixon on Jan. 9, 1954, in Oklahoma City.

Juanita is survived by her son George Dixon and his wife Valarie of Okemah, Okla., two daughters, Curta Jean Mead of Okemah, Okla., Loretta Byrd and her husband Robert of Okemah, seven grandchildren, James Dixon and his wife Lisa, Sean Mead, Charles Byrd and his wife Deana, Vernessa Mead, Sara Hall and her husband Matt, Cassandra Sipes and her husband Jimmy, Kristen Ashpaugh and her husband Jake, great grandchildren, Hailey, Lily, Austen, Makynzee, Emily, Marshall, J.R., Lorali and Brett.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla. with Chris Stinnett officiating.

Burial will take place at Little Cemetery.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla. is in charge of services.

Dixon

 

 

 

Lena Dobbins

 

Lena P. Dobbins, 70, former Seminole resident died, Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Lena was born on April 8, 1944 in Seminole, Okla.

Lena was a computer Analyst at the F.A.A. and retired in 2011.

Lena was a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Lena is survived by her longtime companion Greg Nagorski, two sons Larry Dobbins and Stephen Dobbins both of Oklahoma City, three brothers Reuben Dunn and Benn Dunn both of Seminole, Okla. and Norman Simmons of Okemah, Okla. and one sister Eloise Keen of Del City, Okla., and two grandchildren Nicole Dobbins and Chase Dobbins.

She was preceded in death by her Mother Louisa Dunn and a brother Noah Dunn, Jr.

Services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. with burial at Snake Creek # 2 Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Jordan Keen, Matt Keen, Reuben Dunn, Jr. , Mark Cantrell, William Cantrell and Jeremy Larney.

Honorary bearers will be Chase Dobbins, Sonny Hale, Bill Larney and Cecil Larney.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanda Douthit

 

Wanda "June" Douthit passed through this life and entered the gates of heaven on Feb. 16, 2015; she was surrounded with love and God’s comfort.

June was born June 27, 1938, born second as a twin to her sister Joyce Pettit, to Ruby Mae (Marchant) and Woodrow Murl Foster in Oklahoma City.

June was a member of the God’s Assembly Church in Seminole, Okla., and when she was able to attend, she loved to sing the Gospel of the Lord.

She applied God’s word in everything she did throughout life.

At the age of 15 June married and began her family, two children were born; Beckie Cooper Green and Donnie Cooper. On Nov. 3, 1979 she married Donald Douthit and gained a stepson Terry Douthit.

June is survived by her daughter Beckie (Cooper) Green of Gage, Ok, son Donnie Cooper and his wife Amy of Shattuck, Okla., stepson Terry Douthit and his wife Linda of Tuttle, Okla.

She had eight grandchildren, Traci Wade, Rachel Gonzales, Treshieva Haulcomb, Colton Green, Logan Green, Catrina Cooper, Jessika Cooper and Houston Green.

June also had sixteen great grand – children that she loved dearly.

She is preceded in death by parents, Woodrow and Ruby Foster, her husband Donald Douthit, and one sister Joyce Pettit.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday Feb. 21, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla., with burial at Wolf Cemetery, Seminole County, Okla.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

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Bessie Duncan

 

Bessie Jane (Eslick) Duncan, age 69 and a resident of Sasakwa, Okla., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at her home.

A Wake service was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7th at Rock Springs Church in Sasakwa, and funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8th at the church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa.

Burial will follow at the Walton Family Cemetery near Sasakwa. Rev. Jimsey Harjo and Rev. Houston Tiger will officiate.

Pallbearers are Anthony Eckles, Vincente Aguliera, Finny Howe, Bill Armstrong, Nashobia Hill, and Sunhawk Hill.

Bessie was born on July 7, 1945 in Eufaula, Okla. to Squaire Eslick and Hazel (Culp) Eslick.

Bessie is survived by her husband, Don Hill of the home; two sons, Robert Murphy of Stigler, Oklahoma, and Rickie Murphy of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one daughter, Rose Ann Duke of Tipton, Oklahoma; four step-daughters, Jalena Murphy of Stigler, Tessa Hill of Little Axe, Oklahoma, Felicia Hill of Sasakwa, and Shawana Hill of Waco, Texas; sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Velma Edwards

 

Velma Jean Edwards was born on Dec. 18, 1950 in Wetumka, Okla.

She was the third of six children born to Ms. Mable Alexander.

She received her education in Wewoka, Okla.

After graduating she worked at Wewoka Hospital for many years.

Velma later attended Rose State College and became a Licensed Certified Nurse, and then began her career working for Norman Youth Center for 25 years, until her health failed her.

Early in life she accepted Christ at St. Stephens Baptist Church under the leadership of the Late Rev. Freddie Griffis, where she became a faithful member.

Velma, who's known to everyone as Red, loved sports. She was an avid OU and OKC Thunder fan, she loved to shop, enjoyed her music, and loved living life.

Most of all she loved children, even though she lost one of her own she was a mother to many of her nieces and nephews, her love impacted the lives of her many relatives and friends who admired her graciousness and hospitality.

Velma was preceded in death by her loving daughter; Tywashawn Denise Edwards, two brothers, her grandfather and grandmother, three aunts and one uncle.

Velma departed this life on March 13, 2015.

Forever cherishing her memories a loving, caring and a devoted mother and sister of the home Ms. Mable Alexander and Mary Smith, a devoted brother; Curtis (Evetta) Alexander of Wewoka, Okla., and another loving sister; Syiblean Spencer of Los Angeles, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, two aunts and Uncle L.B. Alexander Sr., and numerous other family and friends.

 

Funeral service for Velma Edwards will be 1:00 p.m. Friday March 20, 2015 at New Life Church Wewoka. Interment will follow at Wisner Cemetery, Wetumka, Okla.

Master of Ceremonies will be Rev. Larry Payne, assisting will be Rev. Bert, Elder Lloyd Thomas, and Elder Wesley Thomas.

Flower Girls will be Pat Griffis, Linda James, Paula Edwards, Joyce Ann Street and Edna Mae Overstreet.

Ushers will be Yvette Sheppard, Linda Brown, Mary Older and Carolyn Jones.

Pall Bearers will be Carzell Brown, Mark Jackson, James Blackshire, Earnest Edwards, Kenneth Edwards and James Griffis.

Honorary Pall Bearers will be Rex Alexander, Stanley Alexander, L.W. Jr., Elroy Alexander, I.V. Alexander and L.B. Alexander Jr.

Edwards

 

 

 

Hazel Fowler

 

Hazel Marie Fowler, long time Seminole resident passed away, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Wichita Falls, Tex. at the age of 94.

Hazel was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Boswell, Okla. to parents, Doc Gillespie and Ruby (Barker) Gillespie.

Hazel lived in Seminole, Okla. for 47 years.

She worked as a cook and nurse's aide at nursing homes and worked in farming at their home.

Hazel was married to Roy Fowler on June 11, 1935 in Wichita Falls, Tex.

She was a member of the Church of God of Seminole.

Hazel is survived by one daughter, Mary Gambill of Iowa Park, Texas and one son, Freddie Fowler of Wichita, Falls, Tex., a brother Richard Gillespie of Eufaula, Okla., a sister Mary Fisher of Tex., twelve grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Little Cemetery, Little, Okla., with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

 

 

 

Hazel Fowler

 

 

Hazel Marie Fowler, long time Seminole resident passed away, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Wichita Falls, Tex, at the age of 95.

Graveside services will be held 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Little Cemetery, Little, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Gist

 

Robert Lee Gist, Jr., a Shawnee, Okla. resident, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at his home in Shawnee at the age of 59.

Robert was born June 14, 1955 in Sulphur, Oklahoma to parents, Robert Lee Gist, Sr. and Lucille (Evans) Gist.

Robert moved from Tecumseh, Oklahoma to Shawnee, Oklahoma.

He was a resident of Pottawatomie County for about 15 years.

He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church of Shawnee, he loved to read his Bible and was a very Godly man who believed in worshipping everyday and he loved to laugh.

Robert washed dishes and did prep work at Amigos and the Cracker Barrel.

Robert married Tammy (Garner) Gist at Liberty Baptist Church of Shawnee on Feb. 14, 2000.

Robert is survived by his wife Tammy of the home; mother, Lucille Gist; three daughters, Sherry Gist and husband, Victor Garner of Crossville, Alabama, Candace Gist of Crossville, Alabama and step-daughter, Cassie McCullough of Shawnee, Okla. and step-son, Randy McCullough of Shawnee, Okla.; one brother, Rickey Gist of Seminole, Okla. and one sister, Becky Inman of Seminole, Okla. and six grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Gist Sr.; one daughter, Patricia Dawn Gist and one brother, Randy Gist.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at Little Cemetery with Brother Phil Thompson officiating.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla.

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Robert Gist

 

Robert L. Gist, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at his home in Shawnee, Okla. at the age of 59. Robert was born June 14, 1955.

Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at Little Cemetery, located north of Seminole, Okla.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sharron Gladden

 

Sharron Lee (Butler) Gladden, age 67 and a life-long resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at her home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa.

Burial will follow at Konawa City Cemetery, and Rev. Ed Bray, Pastor of Cross Timbers Church of Konawa will officiate.

Pallbearers are Barry Streetman, Devin Gladden, Terry Bicknell, Zac Decker, Jim Sharp, and Rick Howsmon.

Sharron was born on June 1, 1947 in Ada, Okla. to Wilma (Crenshaw) and David H. Butler. She was a Konawa High School graduate and a member of Cross Timbers Church.

She lived most of her life in Konawa and married Charles Gladden in 1969.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Gladden of the home; her mother, Wilma Lamb of Konawa; one son, John Gladden and wife, Melinda of Vidalia, Georgia; two brothers, Bob Butler of Coffee City, Tex. and Dwight Butler and wife, Sherry of McLoud, Okla.; two sisters, Donna Walker and husband, Tom of Konawa, and Teresa Miley and husband, Gary from Texas; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, David H. Butler; one son, Joey Gladden; one sister, Carolyn Watts; and Step-father, Walter Lamb.

Gladden

 

 

 

Summer Gokey

 

Summer Dey Gokey, 30 year old Seminole resident passed from this life on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Seminole, Okla.

She was born June 25, 1984 in Claremore, Okla. to parents, Darrell Martin Gokey and Carolyn Dee (Wood) Gokey.

Summer worked at the Best Western Hotel in Seminole as a housekeeper.

She was also a member of Spring Baptist Church in Sasakwa, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her mother, Carolyn Yarbrough of Seminole, Okla.; one daughter, Nacaiah Armaru Gokey of Seminole, Okla.; five brothers, Darrell M. Gokey, Jr. of Shawnee, Okla., Aries Gokey of Seminole, Okla.; Damion Gokey of Seminole, Okla., Delrey Gokey of Pryor, Okla., Tyrone Gokey of Oklahoma City; seven sisters, Latosha Gokey of Dallas, Tex., Cassandra Knox of Shawnee, Okla., Dariel Gokey of Shawnee, Okla., Dina Harjo of Shawnee, Okla., Rosetta Garcia of Chandler, Okla., Deanna Gokey of Edmond, Okla., Rose Cervontes of Florida; grandfather, Matthew Wood of Seminole, Okla.; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Summer was preceded in death by her father, Darrell M. Gokey Sr.

A wake service will be held Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m., March 24, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Noon, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Sac & Fox Community Center in Stroud, Oklahoma with Rev. Kevin Fox and Rev. Ed George will officiate the service.

Interment will follow at the Sac & Fox Nation Cemetery in Stroud.

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

 

 

 

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Cozetta Gordon

 

Cozetta Alice (Brewer) Gordon, 82, lifelong Seminole county resident, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at Shawnee, Okla., at the age of 82.

Cozetta was born Aug. 16, 1932 in Elwood Community that was west of Wewoka, Okla. to parents, Monroe Raymond Brewer and Bessie Carrie (Randolph) Brewer.

Cozetta married Eldridge Gordon, Sr. on Feb. 17, 1951 in Wewoka, Okla. Cozetta was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lima, Okla.

She earned her Masters Degree in Education and an Administrative Degree at East Central University of Ada, Okla. Cozetta was an Elementary teacher and Principal, a member of the Florence Johnson Order of Eastern Star, Oklahoma Teachers Retirement Association, and the Creek Landmark District Association.

Cozetta is survived by her husband of 64 years, Eldridge Gordon, Sr. of Lima, Okla.; three sons, Eldridge Gordon, Jr. of Moore, Okla., Monroe Bernard Gordon of Del City, Okla. and Mark Anthony Gordon of Houston, Tex.; one sister Mattie Mae Clay of Oklahoma City, Okla..

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla. with Rev. Cooper officiating.

Burial will take place at Lima Cemetery, Lima, Okla.

Serving as pallbearers are: Robert Turner, Derrick Jordan, Trai Jordan, Eugene Scott, Shawn Louie and Kevin Posey. Honorary pallbearers are: Eldridge Gordon, III, James Gordon, Gregory Clay, Marvin Keesee and James Hubbard.

Ushers will be Todd Goss, Carolyn Jones, James Jackson, Tonya McIntosh, Heather Jackson, and Treasha Goss. The Order of Eastern Star-Chapter Six will serve as flower girls.

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

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Mark Hannah

 

Seminole resident, Mark James Hannah, Sr., passed away Feb. 24, 2015 at his home in Seminole.

He was born March 13, 1958 in Phoenix, Ariz. to Gerald James and Nancy Carol (Arnold) Hannah. Mark moved from Arizona to Seminole two years ago.

Mark leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Gerald and Nancy Hannah of Phoenix, Ariz.; one son, Mark Hannah of Seminole, Okla.; one daughter, Charlene Hannah of Seminole, Okla.; one brother, Tom Hannah of Calif.; four sisters, Lori Parker of Phoenix, Ariz., Faith Martin of Phoenix, Ariz., Lisa Hannah of Las Vegas, Nev. and Suzanne Hannah of Paulden, Ariz.; four grandchildren, as well as other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Blanche Arnold and Elizabeth Hannah, grandfather, Clyde Arnold and one granddaughter, Serenity Hannah.

A private family memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Angel Harjo

 

 

Angel Rachelle Harjo, 23, lifelong Seminole County resident. Angel was born March 5, 1992 in Oklahoma City.

Angel attended and graduated from Strothers High School and she was a member of North Rock Creek Baptist Church in Shawnee, Okla.

Angel is survived by her mother Pamela D’Ann Underwood of Konawa, father Raymond Harjo,Sr., one brother Raymond Harjo, Jr. of Seminole, Okla., five sisters Angelina Yahola, Stephanie Yahola and Eliza Harjo all of Seminole, Wythema Porras of Shawnee, Okla. and Stephanie Harjo of Bowlegs, and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Nagie Underwood and Tecumseh Harjo and Mary Jane and Johnson Harjo.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at the Underwood/Harjo Family cemetery east of Little, with Abraham Jackson and Ted Underwood officiating.

Angel will be taken to the Seminole Nation Community Center, east of Strothers School, where there will be a wake service on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Casket Bearers will be Honece Pipestem, Cha-Chio Pipestem, William Pipestem, Ronnie Harjo, Christopher Pipestem, and Curtis Gentry. Honorary bearers will be Johnathan Walker, Travis Hunter, Sonny White Buffalo, Jerome Isham, John Underwood and Nathan Harjo.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

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Ellouise Harjo

 

Ellouise Harjo, age 75 years of Ada, Okla. passed departed this life Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Ada, Okla.

Born July 12, 1939 to John Harjo and Katie Mae Davis in Talihina, Okla.

She attended Eufaula Boarding School.

She was a member of Nurcup Harjo Band.

Preceding her in death are her parents, daughter Regina Sue Bounds, son Jerald Wayne Harjo.

Survivors include son Johnnie Ray Harjo, Tonkawa, Okla.; son Sebastion of Ada, OK, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wake service was held 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Spring Baptist Church, Sasakwa, Okla. with Rev. Leon Postoak officiating and burial to follow Spring Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

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Lula Harjo

 

Lula Kay Harjo, 62 year old Seminole resident passed from this life on Monday, March 30, 2015 at her home. S

he was born Sept. 16, 1952 in Claremore, Okla. to parents, Samsochee Harjo and Imogene (Little) Harjo.

Lula graduated from Strother High School in 1970.

She was also a member of Hitchittee Methodist Church.

Lula started working at the Seminole, "Blue Bell Blue Jean Company," before it became "Wrangler," she had also worked as a dietary aid.

She was also a longtime homemaker.

Survivors include; one son, Pete W. Harjo and his wife Patricia of Seminole, Okla.; one daughter, Kimberly Stephens and her husband Claud III of Wewoka, Okla.; three brothers, Percy Harjo and his wife Julie of Antlers, Okla., Bruce Harjo and his wife Gail of Shawnee, Okla., Nathaniel Harjo and his wife Jackie of Seminole, Okla.; five sisters, Mary Jackson and her husband Abe of Shawnee, Okla., Mildrid Harjo of Seminole, Okla., Delois Harjo of Earlsboro, Okla., Renae Larney and her husband Travis of Seminole, Okla., Channon Harjo of Seminole, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Peter Harjo, Jennifer Harjo, Kimbrie Strayhorn, Shemmario Stephens, Shemmei Stephens, Shallomar Stephens, Shiloh Harjo, Jordan Fixico; two great-grandchildren, Ambry Harjo, Evelyn Harjo; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Lula was preceded in death by her mother, Imogene (Little) Harjo, by her father, Samsochee Harjo, by one son, Darren Strayhorn, and by her former husband and the father of her children, Gary Strayhorn.

A wake service is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Seminole Nation Community Center near Strother School. T

he body will be taken to the Community Center on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and returned to Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla.

Abe Jackson and Ray Tainpel will officiate the service.

Casket Bearers will be: Allen Jackson, Sam Harjo, Jacob Harjo, Eric Harjo, Isiah Harjo, Echo Harjo, Jonathan Harjo, and Joseph Harjo.

Honorary Bearers will be: Po Larney, Sam Spencer, Cody Harjo and Trey Spencer.

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

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Frank Harris

 

Frank Wilson Harris, 64, of Copperas Cove, Tex., passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Senior Citizens’ Center building 111 Randolf in Seminole.

Frank was born Sept. 26, 1950 at the old home place on Little River.

He was the seventh of thirteen children born to the late Floyd and Lillie Shepherd Harris of Earlsboro.

He graduated from Pleasant Grove Schools in 1968.

Frank lived in Oklahoma and Texas, but loved his time in Arizona.

He enjoyed remodeling homes and will be remembered for his free spirit.

Frank had a talent for singing, which led him to be the lead singer for many rock and roll bands.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Grady, O.D. and Winston and a niece, Donita Engelke.

Frank is survived by his siblings, Esther (Don) Hopkins, Jeannie (Arnold) Melton, Winnie (Phillip) Stillwell, Larry (Linda) Harris, Bobby Harris, Allen (Berta) Harris, Darrell (Rebecca) Harris and Phillip Harris.

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Orthel Harris

 

Orthel "Archie" Harris, 84, longtime Seminole resident died, Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Oklahoma City.

Orthel was born in Scottsville, Ark. to Birch Field (Buck) and Gladys (Brown) Harris.

After the family relocated to Oklahoma, he worked, farming, in his younger days.

He always had stories to tell about the mischief they got into working the fields.

Later he worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation retiring in 1995, with 27 years of service.

He loved working in his garden after retirement.

It seems he had a " green thumb" and could always produce a large amount of vegetables that he enjoyed giving away.

He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He married Mary Jane Faltermier in Maud, Okla. on March 28, 1954.

They raised their family of three boys and one girl in the Seminole area.

They are Orthel Harris, Jr. of Seminole, Bob Harris and his wife Mitzi of Seminole and Gerald Harris and his wife Brenda of Wylie, Tex. and his daughter Sharon Ghalandachi and her husband Ammad of Katy, Texas.

He had many grandchildren and great grandchildren that he enjoyed spending time with.

After the loss of Mary Jane in 2001, he married Myra Cummings Harris in 2004, they enjoyed several years together.

He enjoyed a special relationship with her children Dan and wife Barbara of Tampa, Florida, and Debbie Darr and her husband Tim of Seminole and their families.

Also surviving him are brothers, Athel Harris of Brooksville, Okla., Willie Harris and his wife Camilla of Seminole, Thurman Harris and his wife Georgia of Sulphur, Okla., Ray Harris and his wife Helen of Valiant, Oklahoma, sisters Edith Sbabo and Ruby Maner, both of Russellville, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by a sister Nina Fay Cowan.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 A.M., Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Pastor Bill Chesser officiating.

Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Ryan Harris, Tim Darr, Dusty Darr, Trace Darr, Jesse Harris and John Lee.

The family will receive family and friends , Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orthel Harris

 

Orthel " Archie" Harris, 84, longtime Seminole resident died, Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Funeral Services are pending and will be announced for Saturday paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Hart Jr.

 

Douglas "Butch" Hart Jr. was born on December 14th, 1955 to Douglas Hart Sr. and Mary Ann Hart.

Douglas passed away on his favorite holiday Valentines Day.

He graduated from Wewoka High School in 1974 and went into the Navy shortly after.

His mother and sister Eloise Glover precede him in death.

He leaves his father Douglas Hart Sr., brother, Kenneth Hart (Clarissa Hart), daughter Diamond Jackson and two grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Westside Community Center, 101 N. Seminole St. in Wewoka.

Arrangements were entrusted to OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Haynes

 

Dennis George Haynes passed away in Holdenville on Monday, March 9, 2015, at the age of 48 years.

Dennis was the son of Hoover & Aggie (Sewell) Gibson, born on July 4, 1966 in Talihina, Okla.

He was brought up in Holdenville and Wewoka. He graduated Wewoka High School in 1984, and earned an Associates Degree in Accounting from Wright Business College in Oklahoma City.

He was employed in various occupations and worked for Wal Mart, for Wrangler in Seminole, and as a cashier at Creek Nation Casino in Holdenville.

He was a member of the Indian Nation Baptist Church in Seminole.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Hoover Haynes & Aggie Gibson.

He is survived by two sons, Nick Haynes and Zach Bradley, and their mother, Ladawn Billy, all of the home; three sisters: Martha Huntley of Seminole, Polly Harrison of Holdenville, and Amanda Haynes of San Carlos, Arizona; sex aunts: Velma Martin, Wanda Sewell, and Deborah Sewell, all of Wewoka, Little Pauline Haynes, Big Pauline Haynes, and Lou Haynes, all of Henryetta; five uncles, Jack Sewell of Idabel, Newman Sewell of Tahlequah, Thomas Sewell of Dallas, Tex., Bill Haynes of Seminole, and Vernon Haynes of Ariz.; three nieces, three nephews, eighteen great nieces and nephews; various other family members, and many friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. at Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church in Wewoka.

Officiating ministers are Rev. Houston Tiger, Rev. Bill Barnett, and Rev. Louis Johnson.

Pallbearers are Wallace Scott Jr., Bunny Powell, Michael Scott, Roy Powell, Darrell Powell, and Danny Powell. Honorary pallbearers are Comma Harjo, Lewis Harjo, Johnny Wayne Harjo Jr., Marty Haynes, Billy Haynes, and Zach Bradley.

Services are under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glen Henry

 

Coach Glen "Bullet" Henry, 75, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.

He was born July 20, 1939, in Seminole, Okla., the son of Arthur Beecher and Letha Oline (Siler) Henry.

His early years were spent in Oklahoma.

In 1949, the family moved to Wyoming where he graduated from Newcastle High School in 1957.

He met and married his high school sweetheart, Karen Nygaard.

They moved to Chadron, Neb., where they attended college.

Glen played football and basketball at Nebraska State College at Chadron and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in Physical and Health Education and Life Sciences.

In 1966 he continued his education at Nebraska State College, earning his Master’s of Science in Education and Administration with an emphasis in the Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education and Recreational Programs.

Until he retired in 2004, he served as an Associate Professor for 38 years at the University of Northern Iowa in Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services.

After graduating, he taught and coached for two years in Greybull, Wyo., prior to moving to Cedar Falls in 1966, where he took a job as a football coach at the University of Northern Iowa.

Glen Henry served as UNI’s first men’s swimming coach and remained the head coach through the 1981 season.

He also took on the additional responsibility of women’s head coach his last year of coaching.

He led the Panthers to 10 men’s North Central Conference championships, with his swimmers earning 129 individual conference titles.

Fifty-seven male athletes were national qualifiers and 35 earned All-American accolades.

He earned Coach of the Year honors seven times. In addition, he served on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules Committee, was chair of the Collegiate All-American Swimmer Selection Committee, and was a state, district and national swim clinician. He refereed and coordinated 17 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s National Swimming and Diving Championships from 1977-1995.

He was the author of The Certified Swimming Officials’ Case Book, and in 1995 founded the Intercollegiate Swim Officials Association. Henry has received the UNI Alumni Achievement Award and has served as President and Fund Drive Chair of the UNI Athletic Club.

A swimming and diving scholarship endowment has been established in his name. Glen was inducted in the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. UNI named its competitive pool in his honor.

He retired from UNI in 2004. That July, he and his wife Karen, were injured in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

He spent the last 10 years doing motivational speaking and helping coach the UNI women’s swimming and diving team.

Glen was an entrepreneur, inventor and owned several businesses in the Cedar Valley area.

He served as President of the Lions Club.

He was also an entertainer, singing and playing guitar in his own band.

He was very involved in spinal cord injury research for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

He always had a positive attitude that he maintained despite his injury.

He fought and battled through the injury like a true champion to the end, the man, the coach and the athlete that he was.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Henry of Cedar Falls; one son, Lance Henry, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Lisa (Gregg) Holmes of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Lori (Bob) Donnelli of Scottsdale; a nephew, Glen C. (Sandy) Henry of Cedar Falls; three grandchildren, Taylor and Blake Donnelli, and Jackson Holmes; two brothers, Thomas (Connie) Henry of Stratton, Neb., and Vernon (Arlene) Henry of Casper, Wyo.; two sisters, Faye (Terry) Cole of Carlsbad, Calif., and Maggie (Bill) Riley of Rock Springs, Wyo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Arthur Beecher Henry Jr.

Services were 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the UNI Panther Athletic Club/Glen Henry Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Henry

 

Marion Streetman Henry, 77, Oklahoma City resident, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Marion, a former longtime Seminole, Okla. resident, was born Jan. 12, 1938, in Oklahoma City to Mildred (Akin) and Frank Streetman.

Marion lived in, Seminole, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma during her lifetime.

She attended Sasakwa Public Schools in Sasawka, Okla. and Seminole High School, where she graduated in 1956.

She remained friends with many of her high school classmates, throughout the years and visited often and traveled with them.

Marion was currently a member of the Village Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, and formerly First Baptist Church in Seminole, where she was active and sang in the choir at each.

Marion worked for Canadian Valley Electric Coop in Seminole for many years.

Most of her life she was a homemaker, taking care of her family.

She spent many hours cooking and baking and loved to have family over to cook some of her specialties, such as fried chicken and spaghetti.

She loved watching and going to Seminole High School and Oklahoma University football games, being with children, and especially those of her family, and was a loving mother, sister and grandmother.

Marion is survived by her husband, Wilburn Henry, Sr. of Oklahoma City, two sons, Rick Withrow and his wife Devona of Seminole, Okla. and Scott Ridgeway and his wife Kathy of Gunnison, Colo.; two step children, Gloria Crawford of Seminole, Okla. and Wilburn Henry, Jr. of Oklahoma City, brother Mark Streetman and his wife Pamela of Norman, Okla. her sisters, Phoebe Wetzel and her husband Jim of Edmond, Okla. and Susan Jordan and her husband Claude of Shawnee, Okla.; three brothers in-law, Jon Withrow of Norman, Okla. and Phil Withrow of Okla. City, Okla., Jay Henry and his wife Margaret of Okla. City, Okla. and her sister-in-law, Janie Davis of Shawnee, Okla.; six grandchildren, Nicole Cummings, Madi Withrow, Alexis Tigrett, Miller Ridgeway, Rachel Johnson, and Cullen Jett; nieces and nephews, Katie McElvaney, Emily Streetman, Roxie Hogg, Michael Wetzel, John Jordan and David Jordan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mildred Streetman, and her first husband, Gerry Withrow.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb.y 25, 2015, at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Streetman and David Jordan officiating.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Michael Wetzel, John Jordan, David Jordan, Miller Ridgeway, Jim Wetzel and Claude Jordan.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Henry

 

Marion A. (Streetman-Withrow) Henry, 77, Oklahoma City resident who was a longtime former Seminole resident died, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Funeral Services are pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Hensley

 

Robert Eugene Hensley, longtime Wewoka resident, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 2015 in Holdenville, Okla., at the age of 89 years.

Robert E. was born April 22, 1925 in Okmulgee, Okla. to Beula (Gill) and George Washington Hensley.

In the early 1930's the Hensley Family moved south of Wewoka.

Robert attended Justice School until the 8th grade.

After his junior year in high school, he was drafted into the Army on Aug. 27, 1943 at Ft. Sill, Okla.

Robert was in the field artillery, Blln. Pine Tree Division , Power River 155.

He was in the Italian Campaign during World War II, walking nearly 700 miles earning 3 bronze stars and World War II Victory Medal.

Robert was discharged from service in 1945 and returned to graduate from Wewoka High School in 1946.

On June 1, 1947, Robert married Wanda Lee Cook at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wewoka, Okla.

Robert worked as parts manager at the Malloy-Doyle Ford Garage in Wewoka and later at Perry Ford in Holdenville before operating Bob's Village Market for nearly 20 years.

He was a Wewoka School Board Member for several years and a member of the VFW Post 1311.

He was an avid fisherman and always had a good fishing story to tell.

He loved to play dominoes, garden and spend time with his family.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory by his wife of 67 years, Wanda Lee Hensley of the home; son Tommy and wife Pam Hensley of Wewoka; daughter Terry and husband Mike Clemmer of Seminole.

He is also survived by his grandson Robert Lee Clemmer of Seminole, Okla.: sister-in law Eunice Hensley of Hominy, Okla.: brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws James and Willie Cook of Aurora, KS: Hilda and Bill Schmidt of Cincinnati, Ohio: Glenn and Lucy Cook of Wewoka, Okla.: Doyle and Pat Cook of Wewoka, Okla.: Shirley and Preston Clark of Cleveland, Okla.: step-grandchildren Michael Clemmer, Amy Holland, Angela Rush of Stratford, Okla.; six step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents: brothers George Jr., Noble, Bill, and Lin Hensley; sisters Shirley Barbre Tucker and Juanita Summers; nephews Jimmy, Ricky, and Larry Hensley; and nephew Mike Barbre.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Heritage Village Nursing Center in Holdenville, Okla. for their compassionate care of Robert.

Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery, Wewoka, Okla.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Phillip Weston, Kenneth Johnson, Mike Thomas, Mark Hensley, and Nick Hensley.

Robert was a very proud World War II Veteran. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Military Room at Seminole Nation Museum, PO Box 1532, Wewoka, OK. 74884.

Arrangements will be by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Hensley

 

 

 

Daniel Herriman

 

Daniel Herriman, age 77 and a life-long resident of Konawa, Okla. passed away at his home on April 16, 2015 surrounded by his family under the loving care of Faith Hospice.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Rev. Ed Bray, Pastor of Cross Timbers Church of Konawa will officiate.

Pallbearers are Dave Herriman, John Davis, Jacob Calhoun, Danny Herriman, Jeremy Herriman, Dusty Herriman, Justin Boissenin, and Ernie Herriman.

Dan was born on Feb. 2, 1938 in Asher to Dave Herriman and Josie (Davis) Herriman.

Dan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, and he worked as a mechanic for Seminole County.

He was also a member of Cross Timbers Church of Konawa.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, one son, Danny Herriman of Konawa; two daughters, Janet Bate of Harrah, Okla. and Susie Yott of Konawa; sixteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Josie Herriman; two daughters, Pam Whaler and Josie Herriman; one son, James Herriman; and three brothers, Ernie, Euel, and Darrel Herriman; and four sisters, Florence Yott, Gracie Foran, Ida Ewing, and Opal Jolley.

 

Herriman

 

 

 

Ella Hickerson

 

Ella was born January 7, 1929 in Washita County near Cloud Chief, Okla., to Dave and Nancy (Self) Eskew, and passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

She graduated from Lake Valley High School, and married Robert O’Neal Hickerson Oct. 9, 1949 in Gotebo, Okla.

Her greatest love was in taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ella is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert O. Hickerson; three children, Roberta Bender, Lind Plummer and husband, Maurice II, Robert O. Hickerson II; one brother, Royce Eskew; eight grandchildren, Paula Marriott, Ryan Pierce, Terri Smith, Brenda Pace, Maurice Plummer, III, Kristi Powell, Robert Scott Hickerson, and Alexander Hickerson; 18 great-grandchildren, Joshua Marriott, William Pierce, Kaylee Pierce, Tashianna Watts, Macava and Princella Smith, Kendra and Kylie Pace, Darrin, Jayla, Mackenzie and Addison Plummer, Chase, Logan, and Paige Powell, Robert Eli and Brooklyn Hickerson.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother; two sisters; and one sone-in-law.

Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Sharon Cemetery, Gotebo, Okla.

Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel Moore, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Hines

 

Robert Ellery Hines, 74 year old, Pauls Valley, Okla. resident passed from this life on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.

He was born March 31, 1940 in Seminole, Okla. to parents, James Leslie Hines and Stella Mae (Standerfer) Hines.

Ellery attended Bowlegs Schools before he joined the United States Army.

Following his Honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1962, he married, Mildred Zunk on March 27, 1965 in Dickinson, Texas.

Ellery worked for Cox Construction and later for the Worley Trailer Moving Service.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, he also loved attending turkey shoots, collecting guns, knives, and many other things.

Ellery loved spending time at his son, George’s ranch with all of the animals.

Survivors include two sons, George Hines and his wife Rosemary of Pauls Valley, Okla, James Hines of Dickinson, Tex.; four daughters, Stella Drewing and her husband Danny of Bacliff, Tex., Patricia Keith and her husband Charlie of Seabrook, Tex., Tammy Hines of Alvin, Texas and Jackie Sciascia and her husband Donnie of League City, Tex.; his former wife and the mother of his children, Mildred Zunk of Dickinson, Texas; one sister-in-law, Carol Hines of Seminole, Okla.; 13 beloved grandchildren, one great-grandson, Hunter Wayne; and by a host of other family and dear friends.

Ellery was preceded in death by his father, James Leslie Hines; by his mother, Stella Mae (Standerfer) Hines; by sister, Virginia Patrick and her husband Alfred; by brothers, James Hines and his wife Faye, Clarence Hines and his wife Hilda, Roy Hines and his wife Maxine, and Earl Hines.

 

 

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla. with Military Honors. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery with Steve Choate of The Church of Latter-Day Saints officiating the service.

Casket Bearers will be: Leslie Hines, Jeff Hines, Brittany Clement, Jacob Castille, Robert Carrigan and Matt Hines.

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

Hines

 

 

 

Mary Honsinger

 

 

 

No public services will be held for Mary Ruth Dawson, 78, of Chickasha.

Mary Ruth Honsinger was born on October 24, 1936 in Seminole, Okla., the daughter of Ray and Goldie (Saxon) Honsinger.

Mary lived in Chickasha until her death, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.

Mary grew up and attended school in Seminole but later moved with her sister and brother-in-law, Margret and Earl Orr, to Midland, Tex., and graduated from Midland High school.

There she met the love of her life, John Dawson.

They were married at The Chapel by the Courthouse in Juarez, Mexico in Nov. 1955.

They renewed their vows on May 21, 1966 in Las Vegas.

Throughout their 35 years of marriage, John and Mary were successful in many personal and business ventures.

John passed away in 1990 Mary continued to run a successful printing business in California until her retirement in 1993.

Mary moved to Oklahoma in 2000 to be near her family and to help her brother-in-law, Earl Orr, care for her sister, Margret.

She enjoyed traveling, playing bingo and working puzzles in her spare time.

She had over 1,000 puzzles and had put each one together.

Mary also donated lots of toys to kids’ organizations.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Dawson; her parents, Ray and Goldie Honsinger; three brothers, Bob, Lee Edward and Richard Honsinger; and two sisters, Patricia Crummert and Margret Orr.

She is survived by three sisters; Roberta Phelps of Seminole, JoAnn Julian of Seminole and Connie Jeffrey of Eufaula; brother-in-law, Earl Orr of Chickasha plus numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. We will miss Mary.

Mary's wishes were to be cremated.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Benton Hopkins

 

Benton Thomas "Tom" Hopkins, Jr., former Seminole county resident passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 in Oklahoma City at the age of 73.

Tom was born July 8, 1941 in Oklahoma City to parents, Benton Thomas Hopkins, Sr. and Mary (Reid) Hopkins.

Upon his completion of high school, Tom attended Barber College and owned and operated his own barber shop.

Tom married Norma Jean (Kernell) Hopkins in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Oct. 20, 1977.

Tom is survived by his wife of the home, Norma Jean Hopkins; two daughters, Michelle Hopkins, and Jennifer Hopkins and four grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, mother and stepfather.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel of Seminole, Okla. with pastor Leon Postoak and Rev. Chebon Kernell officiating.

Burial will take place at the Kernell Family Cemetery, located west of Seminole, Okla.

Serving as casket bearers are: Jason Kernell, Aaron Kernell, Tino Kernell, Anthony Kernell, Todd Smith and Chris Smith.

Honorary bearers are: Rocky Kernell, and Greg Kernell.

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

Hopkins

 

 

 

Irene Ingram

 

Irene Mae (Cook) Ingram of Cromwell, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at her daughter's home in Cromwell.

Born Jan. 14, 1949 in Salem, Calif. to the late Lewis Charles Cook and Dorothy Mae (Maynard) Cook.

Irene worked a number of years for Dunkin Donuts as Manager. She was of the Baptist Faith.

Preceding Irene in death are her parents, son Jerry Keith Wands, first husband Gerald Keith Wands, two brothers Jimmy Cook and infant brother.

Survivors include children: Traci Elliott of Seminole, Suretta Irene Wands , Shannon Cellars, Angela Wands all of Cromwell, Okla.; thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; brother Charles Cook of Oklahoma City, sister Wilda Wells of Shawnee, Okla., numerous other relatives and friends,

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Bearden Holiness Church with Pastor Timothy Flynn.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

Ingram

 

 

 

Clifford Jackson

 

ADA-Services for Clifford Eugene Jackson, 74, of Ada, are 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Steve Wilburn will officiate.

Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mr. Jackson died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at a local nursing home.

He was born March 31, 1941 in Seminole, Okla. to Godfrey Dewitt Jackson and Mable Grace McDaniel Jackson.

He graduated from Seminole High School and received a Master’s Degree from East Central University.

He married Evonda Joyce Scott on Dec. 5, 1986 in Las Vegas, NV.

Mr. Jackson was a State Trooper with Troop F with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 23 years.

He later was a Jail Administrator for the City of Ada for 19 years.

Mr. Jackson was a member of Fitzhugh Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Evonda, of the home; his children, Julie Wilcox and husband Bill of Plano, Tex., Brian Jackson and wife Kim of Oklahoma City, Jill Darnell and husband Bill of Houston, Tex., Justin Priest and wife Tana of Roff and Kandyce Davis of Ada; two brothers, Charles Jackson and wife Willie of Alex and Kenneth Jackson and wife Carol of Las Cruces, N.Mm.; his grandchildren, Conner Priest, Zac Byrd, Kaitlyn Davis, Kymber Davis, Jennifer Darnell, Lindsey Boudreau, Shawna Martell and Kris Carter; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and a sister, Helen Barlow.

Bearers will be the OHP Honor Guard.

Honorary bearers will be Tim Stone, Jack McNutt, Steve West, Carl Allen, John Wayne Smith, Paul Roan, Pete Peterson, Harvey Phillips, Mike Wegrzyn, and Ed Coffey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaRonda James

 

LaRonda Lynn (Pitts) James was born Oct. 18, 1970, in Clinton, Okla.

She went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla.

Ronda is the daughter of Richard and Maggie Kilgore of Wewoka, Oklahoma and Steve Pitts of Maud, Okla.

She attended Seminole Schools and worked as a DDCA at Oakridge Nursing Home in Wewoka, until her health failed.

Ronda lived a full life in her short 44 years.

Her greatest pleasure was becoming a mother to her daughter Madison.

She loved the 4th of July with family and having fun, especially her brothers chasing her with fireworks.

Ronda loved spending time with family and enjoyed the time she spent with her cousins and great cousins, whom she considered nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with her beloved dog, "Toby," whom she called her "Little Man."

Ronda was truly loved by her family and will be greatly missed by her daughter Madison James of Wewoka, Okla., her parents Richard and Maggie Kilgore of Wewoka, Okla. and Steve Pitts of Maud, Okla., brothers; Charlie Pitts and his wife Shannon of Wewoka, Okla. and Richard Kilgore Jr. of Wewoka, Okla. and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Rhonda was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Frank and Ruth Gore, paternal grandparents Ray and Betty Dorrough, her Aunt Linda Henington and her cousin, Joanie Mooney.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel and burial will follow at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole, Oklahoma. Rev. Glen Peck, of the St. Louis Baptist Church will officiate at the funeral.

Casket bearers will be; Charlie Pitts, Richard Kilgore, Jr., Stephen Kilgore, Teally White, Quinton Pitts and Buddy Henington.

Honorary bearers will be Korrey James, Quinton Pitts III, Matthew Hill, Tate Johnson, Qualen Mariott, Kahaner Mariott and Charles "Boo Boo" James.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole is in charge of arrangements.

James

 

 

 

Loise Jennings

 

Longtime Seminole resident, Loise Jennings passed away Sunday, Jan. 25 at the age of 108.

She lived through two world wars, 18 presidencies, the Great Depression and the Oklahoma Dust Bowl.

Graveside services were in Duncan, Okla. for family members and friends on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

The oldest of four brothers and one sister, Loise was born Aug. 30, 1906 near Joshua, Tex. to Frances Emmaline (Knottts) Jobe and Early Virgil Jobe.

She graduated from Joshua High School and later moved to Comanche, Okla. with her family.

Loise played the piano in the Comanche church her father founded when she was 16.

Loise later married her high school sweetheart, Robert Jennings in 1926, and moved to the rough-and-tumble Seminole County oilfields.

Loise and Bob raised four daughters: Billye, Pat, Frances and Carole.

Seminole remained her home for nearly 90 years.

She used ingenuity and economy as she skillfully managed a household, raised a family, tended a large vegetable garden and cultivated beautiful flowers.

She was an excellent cook.

Her hands were never idle, crocheting beautiful afghans, producing exquisite cut-work embroidery and creating entire wardrobes for her daughters.

It was not unusual for Loise to sew all night to provide a new dress for one of her daughters to wear the next day.

She renewed her Oklahoma driver’s license at age 99.

The examiner noted he had never passed a driver of her age.

Loise was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 1972, and daughters Frances and Billye in 2014.

Surviving family include daughters, Pat (Leon) Short of Seminole, Okla., Carole (Eldon) White of Lake Jackson, Tex., son-in-law James ‘Pinky’ Coates of Shawnee, Okla., son-in-law Jim Upendahl of Stillwater, Okla., brother Earl (Sara) Jobe of Poteau, Okla., sister-in-law Betty Jobe of Tulsa, ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and her adopted son Adnan (Reyne) Tarhoni.

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

Jennings

 

 

 

Doyle Johnson

 

A true son of the red earth of eastern Oklahoma, Doyle Thomas Johnson passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and into the awaiting arms of his Savior, on Jan. 15, 2015.

We know that Doyle was greeted at the gates of Heaven by all of his family members and many friends who have gone on before and were near and dear to him during his long life.

Doyle was born on Nov.3, 1925 in Sapulpa, Okla. to Timothy W. and Izetta (Hart) Johnson.

Doyle’s parents were honored to be founders of the Seminole First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he became a member at the age of 12.

Doyle grew up and attended school in Seminole, where he participated (and excelled) in every sports activity and was recently voted into the Seminole Football Hall of Fame.

He attended one year at Seminole Junior College and then transferred to Oklahoma State University where he played basketball for Coach Henry Iba as a member of the 1945 National Championship Team.

He returned to Seminole in 1948, where he owned and operated Oklahoma Pump and Oil Well Supply for over 30 years, before selling the business to concentrate on the operation of his oil leases.

During his years in Seminole, he enjoyed playing golf with friends and family, playing bridge and attending the horse races.

In 1994, he moved to Oklahoma City, but continued to cherish and maintain the special ties he had with long term friends and businesses in Seminole.

A member of the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, Doyle loved God and his country, and was a firm believer in the conservative principles and ideals on which our nation was founded.

Doyle’s love of sports in general was passed on to his children, inspiring a large family of loyal Oklahoma State fans.

He still loved to attend Oklahoma State basketball games and did so as long as he was able.

Doyle also enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of The Dinner Group in Oklahoma City, and attended as long as his health allowed.

He made traveling an adventure and before illness overtook him, was able to win the contest with his eldest daughter on who would be the first to visit the seven continents!

Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Izetta Johnson; his wife, B.W. Johnson; his brother, Wayne Johnson; his sister, Elaine Bennett; and numerous friends and comrades.

Doyle is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Jennifer Freed and husband Rodney of Shawnee, Okla.; Janice Jones of Tulsa, Okla.; and Julia Wood of Tulsa, Okla.; sons David Johnson and wife Tammye of Tulsa, Okla. and Doyle Johnson of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren Jason Freed of Portland, Ore.; Joshua Freed and wife Monica of Shawnee, Okla,; Jessica Freed of Tulsa, Okla.; and Sam Jones of Tulsa, Okla.; great-grandchildren Campbell Freed, Laney Freed and Tayton Harris; brother Roy Johnson on Tulsa, Okla.; and Jim and Teri Hunter of Okla. City, who looked upon (and loved) Doyle as a father in his later years.

Also left to rejoice in his home-going are numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and long-time friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m.., Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with a reception following at the funeral home.

Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Okla. Rev. Glen Pence will officiate at the funeral service.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Doyle T. Johnson to; the Temple Historic Preservation Foundation 1733 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 or the Oklahoma State University Foundation, 400 South Monroe, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74076-1749 Attn: Cowboy Basketball Program.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, 1001 N. Milt Phillips Ave., in Seminole, Oklahoma.

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Robert Johnson

 

Funeral services for Robert "Robbie" Glenn Johnson are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Church of Christ in Seminole, Okla. at 12040 Hwy 99 North. Chris Stinnett and John Roberts, Jr. will conduct the service.

Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla.

Robbie died Monday, March 2, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Ada, Okla. with family and friends by his side following a short battle with cancer.

Robbie was born October 12, 1969 in Seminole, Okla. to Charles "Butch" and Auttis Johnson.

He attended Pleasant Grove School, graduating in 1988.

He attended Gordon Cooper Technology welding school and Arrow Trucking School.

He married Carolyn Blaylock on Jan. 7, 2012 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

They made their home in Horntown, Okla. and are members of Fairview Cowboy Church in Holdenville, Okla.

Robbie was a truck driver with a love of making metal art with welding.

At the time of his death he was employed by Flint Energy moving oil rigs.

Growing up, Robbie loved spending time with his grandpa Gillespie, listening to his stories, going to cattle sales, fishing, boating and time at the lake.

He enjoyed restoring old cars, singing karaoke, motorcycle rides with friends and benefit poker runs.

Robbie's happiest times were spent with friends and family.

He loved being with his grandkids, watching them play sports and showing animals.

Robbie leaves to cherish his memory his wife Carolyn of the home, his parents, Charles "Butch" and Auttis Johnson of Seminole, Okla., son and daughter-in-law Rath and April Pryor, Horntown, Okla., daughter Kendra Blaylock and fiancee' Boone Griffin, Holdenville, Okla., Brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Tina Johnson and Billy and Jayme Johnson of Seminole, Okla., brother-in-law, Marty and wife Debbie Nall, Holdenville, Okla., four grandchildren, Hailey, Riley and Rohby Pryor of Horntown, Okla. and Jaylee Griffin, Holdenville, Okla., mother-in-law Sue Nall, Holdenville, Okla., several nieces and nephews and a host of other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his uncle Billy Gillespie.

Pallbearers will include: Rath Pryor, Travis Gillespie, Kevin Bane, Larry Grant, Roger Vorheis and Boone Griffin.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Rohby Pryor, Kolby Johnson, Jake Johnson, Marty Nall, Stan Ward, Rick Lovette, Steve Mathis, Gary Mize, Roy Griffin, Troy Keefer, Bert Hoselton

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Robert Johnson

 

Robert Glenn " Robbie " Johnson, 45, lifelong Seminole resident died, Monday, March 3, 2015 in Ada, Okla.,

Funeral services have been planned for 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ on North Highway 99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geneva Jones

 

Geneva Lou Jones, 62 year-old, lifelong Seminole resident passed from this life Friday, April 17, 2015 at her home in Seminole.

She was born Nov. 1, 1952 in Seminole to parents, Alice Bean and Thomas Jones.

Geneva was a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

She is survived by her significant other Raymond Jay Harjo, two daughters Sherrie Lynn Jones Walker of the home and Crystal Michelle Springwater of Weatherford, Okla., two sisters Loretta Votaw and Bertha Tilkens, three brothers Issac Foster, George Walker and Thomas F. Jones, Sr., eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by mother, Alice Bean McGirt; step father, John McGirt; father, Thomas Jones; two brothers, Issac Foster and George Walker; sister, Anna Louis; one son, Daniel Ray Jones and great granddaughter, Taylayla Ray Dawn Jones.

Wake services are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Snake Creek Baptist Church East of Little Cemetery, and Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Snake Creek Baptist Church.

She will be buried at the Jones Family Cemetery. Rev. Dorsey Nero and Rev. Bill Hobia will officiate at the services.

Serving as honorary Pallbearers are: Paul Lee McGirt, Jeffery Wayne Harjo, Derek Ellis McGirt, Eric Scott McGirt, Vincent Hernandez, Steve Fixaco, Jeremy Culvert, Elijah Ray McGirt, Gregory Ray Thomas Jones, Eben Zen Walker, Fredro Tiobias Warledo, Dathon Leon Warledo and Jimmy Leon Warledo, Evans Dean Harjo and Daniel Riley Jordan.

 

 

 

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Geneva Jones

 

Geneva Lou Jones, 62 year-old, lifelong Seminole resident passed from this life Friday, April 17, 2015 at her home in Seminole.

She was born Nov. 1, 1952 in Seminole to parents, Alice Bean and Thomas Jones.

Geneva was a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole.

Full obituary information is pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

Marjorie Jones

 

Marjorie Lois Jones, of Wewoka, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1940 to James A. Hamilton Jr and Lillian Florence Hamilton (Clark) in Somers Point, N.J.

She met and married Roland Lee Jones while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force.

To this union two children were born; Sondra Lee Jones and Jeffery W. Jones.

Marjorie graduated high school in Atlantic City, N.J.

She always tried to be a friend when you needed one and always made each holiday special for all those around her.

Preceding Marjorie in death are her parents; James and Lillian Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband; Roland Jones, her children; Sondra Gazin (Jones) and husband Bob of Edmond and Jeffery Jones of Wewoka, her grand daughter; Melissa Jones of Tulsa, grandson; Ashley Jones of Atlanta, Georgia, granddaughter; Amanda Gazin of Edmond, and a great granddaughter; Bradon Bruner, and numerous family and friends.

Graveside Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Keen

 

Sarah M. Keen, 75 year old, Seminole, Oklahoma resident passed from this life on Monday, February 9, 2015 at her home in Seminole.

She was born December 26, 1939 in Marlow, Oklahoma to parents, William H. Kates and Betty Lou (Hashburger) Kates.

Following her graduation from high school Sarah married Wiley Ray Keen in Shawnee, Oklahoma on January 26, 1957.

Sarah was not only a homemaker and mother she worked alongside of her husband in the family business.

She kept the books for Wiley Keen Construction until her retirement on January 1, 2005.

The couple moved to Seminole 18 years ago from Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Sarah was of the Baptist faith.

Sarah leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 58 years, Wiley Ray Keen of the home; five sons, Wiley R. Keen Jr. of Stuart, Oklahoma, Daniel J. Keen of Seminole, Oklahoma, Tommy T. Keen Sr. of Nowata, Oklahoma, Randy L. Keen of Barling, Arkansas, Jeffry A. Keen and of Dale, Oklahoma; one brother, Bill Kates of Bellefontaine, Ohio; two sisters Lena Dearth of Glendale, Arizona, Deloris Griffen of San Diego, California; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, William and Betty Lou Kates; one granddaughter, Lisa Marie Keen; by one sister and brother-in-law, Nina May and Ron Willett; and by one sister-in-law, Iris Kates.

A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Harvey Road Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Pastor Russell Vicars will officiate the service.

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

 

 

 

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Norma Kiker

 

Norma "Sue" Kiker, age 55 and a life-long resident of Wolf, Okla., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Integris Medical Center in Seminole, Okla.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel of Seminole, Okla.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Richard Winters will officiate, and burial will follow at Wolf Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Tommy Aldridge, John Gordon, Mike Douglas, Randy Bird, Kyle Kiker, and Josh Morris.

Honorary pallbearers are Justin Kiker and Ray Ingram.

Sue was born on February 24, 1959 in Tyler, Tex., and graduated from Maud High School.

She married Jimmy Ray Kiker on Aug. 6, 1977 at Rock Church, west of Maud, Okla.

She worked as the Office Manager of Mega Movies.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Kiker of the home; two sons, Josh Kiker of Ada, Okla., and Jake Kiker of Konawa, Okla.; one daughter, Kim Ingram of Coal Creek Canyon, Colo.; two brothers, Robert Bost of Baltimore, Md., and Willie Gordon of Maud, Okla.; one sister, Vivian Dietz of Greenwood, Tex. and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Joann Gordon.

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Pauline Kimmel

 

Funeral services for Pauline (Northcott) Kimmel, 90, longtime resident of the Fox area, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church of Healdton with the Rev. Dan Patman and Pastor Susan Marks officiating.

Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery in Healdton.

Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.

Pauline was born Oct. 8, 1924, at Bowlegs, Okla., to the late D. Onie Northcott and Bessie (Rose) Northcott. She departed this life Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Fairfield, Texas.

Pauline was raised in the Ada area attending school there.

She was one of six children and had commented saying her mother had the perfect recipe for a family, having three boys and then three girls.

Pauline was the next to the youngest girl.

While she was a senior in high school, she met Louis Kimmel, who was attending East Central University studying to be a teacher and a coach.

They dated about one year and were united in marriage on June 15, 1942, at Konawa, Okla.

Shortly after, Louis was called up from the Army Reserves and they moved to Calif., and lived a year while he was in training.

While residing in California, Pauline did some modeling and was a homemaker.

When Louis left for active duty during WWII, she moved back to Ada with family.

After serving again in the Korean War, Louis received his first teaching position at Comanche in 1952.

They lived in Comanche until 1963 when they moved to the Fox, where Louis had a position at Fox Public Schools.

They made their home in Fox raising their two children, Paula and Rodney.

Pauline was very active in the community being a member of the Healdton Municipal Hospital Auxiliary.

She also sold AVON for many years and always a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Healdton.

Louis preceded her in death on April 14, 2005, and since Pauline has resided at the Sterling House in Corsicana, Texas.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Herman, Jay and Olen; and two sisters, Faye Nelson and Dorothy Lee Pritchett.

Survivors include her daughter, Paula Clark and husband, Jimmy of Fairfield, Texas; son, Rodney Kimmel and wife, Carla of Spiro; grandchildren, Cristal Banks and husband, Jason, Mindy Pickens and husband, David, Christopher Kimmel and Corey Kimmel; great-grandchildren, Kayli Banks, Macie Banks, Cameron McVeay and Davie Pickens; and numerous nieces and nephews and other family.

Pallbearers are Jeff Woods, Jason Banks, David Pickens, Steve Kimmel, Corey Kimmel and Monty Carl "Cutter" Pritchett.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Healdton in memory of Pauline.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 7 this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.

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James Kirk

 

Memorial services for James Stanley Kirk, age 67 of Bonham, Tex., will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka, Okla.

James passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at his home.

James Stanley Kirk was born in Wewoka, Okla. on Jan. 21, 1946 to James Noble and Bonnie (Smith) Kirk.

He served in the United States Army, and was a psychiatrist for Dallas County MHMR until he retired.

He survived by mother, Bonnie Smith; step daughters Janet Van Derlinden and Theresa Blackburn; step son, Claude Hill; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, wife Mona June (Easter) Kirk and one brother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Kirk

 

Memorial service for James Stanley Kirk, age 67 of Bonham, Tex. will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Wewoka.

James passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015 at his home.

James Stanley Kirk was born in Wewoka, Okla., January 21, 1946 to James Noble and Bonnie (Smith) Kirk.

He served in the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam Confilct in the Armored Tank Division, and later was a psychiatrist for Dallas County MHMR until he retired.

He is survived by mother, Bonnie Smith; step-son, Claude Hill; and many grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, wife Mona June (Easter) Kirk, and one brother Phillip Kirk, step father Kenneth Smith, Step son Dewayne Hill.

In Lieu of flowers please make donation to Wounded Warriors, PO Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Lawrence Krueger

 

Lawrence Gustive Alvin Krueger passed from this life on Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 89.

He was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Pierce, Neb., to Ben and Bertha Krueger.

Lawrence married Estellene Wilson on May 23, 1949, in Eureka, Calif. Lawrence served his country in the United States Navy as a Seaman First Class during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of the VFW, the DAV, and the American Legion.

He was a very giving man. He loved to play dominoes, bingo, cards and board games.

He even played dominoes twice at the Governor’s mansion.

He also crocheted and made bed spreads.

He once crocheted an American flag.

He enjoyed arts and crafts, as well as, reading westerns and watching old movies. He was a huge OU football fan.

Lawrence also collected eagles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Bertha Krueger; his wife, Estellene; brother, Albert; and one sister, Rose.

Lawrence is survived by one son, Jimmy L. Krueger of Antlers, Okla.; son, Garry A. Krueger and wife, Charlene of Moreland, Okla.; daughter, Elaine L. Bridwell and husband, John of Ardmore; son, Alvin C. Krueger and wife, Debra of Nashoba, Okla.; son, Tony B. Krueger of Minco, Okla.; daughter, E. Linda Dickinson and husband, Junior of Antlers; son, Scott L. Krueger and wife, Anita of Seminole, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Emil; brother, Clarence; sister, Betty; sister, Bernice; sister, Inez; sister, Arlene; as well as, numerous other relatives and host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the Chapel at Burkhart Funeral Service in Antlers, Okla., with Brent Franks officiating.

Interment will follow at 4 p.m. at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, Okla., under the direction of Burkhart Funeral Service.

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Shirley Lamirand

 

Shirley Ann (Blythe) Lamirand, age 76 and a resident of Asher, Okla., passed away at Solara Hospital in Shawnee, Okla. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at Wanette Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Okla.

Dallas Red Barnes will officiate.

Shirley was born on July 12, 1938 in Eubanks, Okla. to Samuel Blythe and Josie (Payne) Blythe.

She graduated from high school in Millington, Tenn. and married Charles Edward Lamirand on March 5, 1955 in Purcell, Okla.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charles Lamirand of the home; two sons, Terry Lamirand of Wellington, Kans., and Billy Lamirand of Asher, Okla.; three daughters, Carol A. Davis of Shawnee, Okla., Carrie Lynne Malone of Asher, Okla., and Bobbie Jo Wauahdooah of Asher, Okla.; two sisters, Betty S. Simpson of Shawnee, Okla., and Geniva Brumley of Moore, Okla.; eleven grandchildren and four great granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Josie Blythe; one son, Charles Edward Lamirand, Jr.; and one great granddaughter, Sadie Malone.

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Philip Landers

 

 

 

Funeral services for Philip Edward Landers will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in the Okemah High School Panther Dome at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah.

Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home.

Philip Edward Landers was extremely proud and happy to be a life-long citizen of his beloved Okemah, Okla.

He was proud of his hometown, his home state, and he greatly enjoyed the oil and gas production industry.

He was born October 30th, 1933 as the first and only son of John and Vilena (Krumme) Landers.

Philip and his sister Phyllis, who was two years younger, grew up in a peaceful and loving family atmosphere.

Philip was active in school and community activities and in high school played on the Okemah High School basketball team.

The summer before his senior year, he joined a wheat harvesting crew as they moved northward; during that experience Philip decided that working in the oil industry might be better than harvesting wheat and he returned to Okemah to complete his education.

In 1948 his father had formed Landers Well Service and Philip began to work on weekends and during school holidays as a hand.

After high school he started in the oil industry as a roughneck and very soon became a driller, the youngest in Oklahoma.

In 1954 he joined his father and uncle, Virgil Landers, at Landers Well Service.

During the late 1950’s Philip was in the National Guard, 45th division, and was stationed on the East Coast for six months.

He served his hometown in 1965-6 as President of the Okemah Jaycees and in 1966 he was recognized by the United States Jaycees as Jaycee of the year.

In 1968-9 he was elected Mayor of Okemah and in 1970-1 he served on the Okemah Utility Board.

After eleven years in the well service business he met his good friend Marvin Musgrove.

In 1965 they formed Landers & Musgrove Oil Company and recompleted their first well that year.

Forty years later they were still going strong.

When Marvin passed in 2007, they had significant production in central and northern Oklahoma as well as Kansas.

Landers Oil & Gas, Inc formed in 2008 and Philip continued on.

Philip was proud to be an active member of the OIPA (Oklahoma Independent Producers Association) and vocal member of the Board of Directors.

Philip had no desire to be an officer, so in recognition of his active and vocal support, he was tabbed OIPA’s Ambassador at Large.

He had a smile, enthusiastic personality, pride, energy and love for the industry that attracted others to join OIPA and to find pleasure in business activities.

In 1992 Governor David Walters appointed Philip as a founding member of the Commission on Marginally Producing Oil & Gas Wells.

He also became active in the OERB Petro Pros, a program whereby producers went into classrooms to teach students about the importance of the industry.

Philip also expressed his love for the Okemah High School programs with strong financial support for scholarships and building projects like the PantherDome. In 1990 he commissioned wood sculptor Clayton Coss to carve the school mascot - a life size crouching panther.

Philip gave it to Okemah High School as a Christmas gift. Philip was also hopeful that the "hot/cold" watertowers might be preserved as well, contributing to the cause.

Philip made his home three miles north of Okemah that he named Rabbit Hollow; he loved the outdoor life and often fished in the two small lakes east of his house.

He really enjoyed hunting deer, in season of course, from his back porch and bedroom window.

Philip Landers was full of love and happiness and certainly enjoyed life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vilena Landers.

He is survived by his sister, Dr. Phyllis Landers Logsdon, Tulsa; his daughter Cynthia Jean Landers, Tulsa; two sons - Philip Warren Landers and his wife, Susan of Tampa, Florida and Dr. John Landers and his wife Gretchen of Tulsa; eight grandchildren - Angie and Mandi; Brad, Emilee, Jesse; and Derrick, Parker, and Gentry; three great grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Serving as active pallbearers will be John Landers, Philip W. Landers, Russ Witham, Steve Massey, Andy Tucker and Ed Landers.

Honorary bearers include: Pat Martin, Ron Stepp, John Cassidy, Pete Brown, George Krumme and David Lucas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Stained or to the Okemah Public Schools Foundation.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Brian Matthews and Rev. Valerie Steele.

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Arthela Legg

 

Arthela " Artie" Daphine Legg, 65, longtime Butner School Educator and Basketball coach, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 in Wagoner, Okla.

Artie was born Feb. 12, 1949, in Weleetka, Okla. to Daphine Mae (Newman) and Edward Neal Dooly.

Artie was also a current school board member for Butner Schools.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m.. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Butner Schools in Cromwell, Okla., and burial will be at the Wetumka City Cemetery in Wetumka, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthela Legg

 

Arthela " Artie" Daphine Legg, 65, longtime Butner School Educator and Basketball coach, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Wagoner, Okla.

Artie was born Feb. 12, 1949 in Weleetka, Okla. to Daphine Mae (Newman) and Edward Neal Dooly.

Artie was a school teacher and was the grade school girls basketball coach for 27 years at Butner Schools in Cromwell, Okla. before her retirement.

After retirement she was elected to serve on the Butner School Board, a position that she held until her death.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cromwell where she was very active and played the piano for church services.

Artie was a graduate of Jenks High School and received her Bachelors of Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.

She enjoyed fishing, being with her family, her teaching career and church activities.

Artie is survived by her two brothers and sisters-in-law; James and Donna Dooly of Sapulpa, Okla. and Tom and Anna Dooly of Claremore, Oklahoma; her sister and brother-in-law; Julia Ann and Robert Ford of Wagoner, Okla., seven nieces, six nephews and sixteen great nieces and great nephews and many friends, former players and students.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the new gymnasium at Butner Schools in Cromwell, Okla., and burial will be at the Wetumka City Cemetery in Wetumka, Okla.

Casket bearers will be her nephews; Rob Ford, Jeremy Ford, Erin Dooly, Adam Dooly, Justin Cheatham and Brian Taylor.

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Stella Lena

 

Stella May Lena, 90, longtime Seminole resident died, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at her home in Seminole.

Stella was born June 15, 1924 in Eufaula, Okla. to Rhoda (Cato) and Toney Barnett.

She had lived in Seminole since 1959.

Stella was a homemaker most of her life, but during World War II she was a "Rosie the Riveter" at Douglas Aircraft in Calif.

She was a member of Indian Nation Baptist Church in Seminole, Okla.

Stella is survived by five sons; Louis Lena of Oklahoma City.

Lawrence "Dinka " Lena of Oklahoma City, Okla., Walter Leon Lena of Phoenix, Ariz., Benny Lena of Shawnee, Okla. and Mark Lena of Seminole, Okla.; three daughters Shirley McBride of Muskogee, Okla., Linda Lou Lena of Wewoka, Okla. and Kahleetah Williams of Seminole, Okla.; twenty-nine grandchildren and fifty-eight great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday Jan. 23, 2015 at the Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church, Southwest of Wewoka, Okla., with Rev. Houston Tiger and Rev. John Wayne Tulsa, officiating.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Okla.

There will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m., Thursday evening at the Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church.

Casket bearers will be Phillip " Bugz" Barnoski, Ricky "Bum" Barnoski, Johnathan Barnoski, Lance Barnoski, Bradley Barnett, Mark Johnson. Honorary bearers will be Butch Yargee, Wayne Pebworth, Captain Smith, Chris Factor and Chiefy Butler, Quan D. Ngo and Tam D. Ngo.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

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Nancy Lindbeck

 

Nancy (Newman) Lindbeck, age 58 and a resident of Konawa, Okla. passed away on Thursday, Feb., 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Ada, Okla.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12th at Cross Timbers Church of Konawa.

Pastor Ed Bray will officiate.

Nancy was born on Nov. 3, 1957 in Minnesota to John and Elizebeth Newman.

Nancy lived in Konawa for the last ten years of her life.

She loved cooking, doing craftwork, and watching sports, especially college and NFL football.

She will be missed by the friends that she made in Konawa and by her family very much, and by Joseph Baker and Missy Smith.

She is survived by one daughter; Summer Newman, one brother, Gordon Newman; two sisters, Karen Hagburg and Pam Newman; and one grandchild, Chasmine Newman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James and David Newman.

 

 

 

Maydean Lovelady

 

Funeral Services for Maydean Lovelady were held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Okemah, Oklahoma.

Interment followed at the Weleetka Cemetery in Weleetka, Okla.

Maydean Lovelady, former resident of Okemah, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, SC.

She was 95 years young. Maydean was born in Weleetka, Okla., on July 6, 1919 to the late Nevada and Lula Belle Rappe

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Wayne Lovelady.

Her sisters Myra Cleaver, Mary Baker, Jewel Ellison, Ada Bacon, Opal New, Lillian Dennis; brothers Carl Rappe, Roy Rappe and Nevada Rappe, Jr.

Her beloved grandsons Lon Wayne Goodspeed and Dane Tolson.

Survivors are her four children; Alleene (Curtis) Holland of Columbia, SC; Brenda Goodspeed, Norman, Okla., Stanton Lovelady, San Francisco, Calif., and Jeanie Lovelady, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Cheryl (Doug Quackenbush)Holland, Kyle(Wendy) Holland, Lori(John) Eikel, David (Julie) Goodspeed, Chanel(Sebastian) Katic. Eight great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Sisters-in-law Helen Rappe, Oklahoma City and Norma Rappe , Okemah.

After moving to Seminole, she made many new friends including the sister of Woody Guthrie.

She and Mary Jo traveled all over Oklahoma visiting schools to educate children about the legacy of Woody.

She loved her time as a member of the First Baptist Church of Seminole.

Her freezer was always full of cakes, pies and casseroles to take to anyone in need of a beautiful smile and a HUG!

Serving as active pallbearers were DeLoss McGraw, Kutter Goodspeed, John Eikel, Tyler Ford, Lance Warn, Nick Lambeth and Justin Eikel.

Honorary bearers included Curtis Holland, Kyle Holland, David Goodspeed and Joe Baker.

Services were under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Lawrence Matlock.

Lovelady

 

 

 

Hazel Lusty

 

Funeral service for long time Wewoka and Holdenville resident; Hazel Lusty, 100 of Yukon, Okla. will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday March 31, 2015 at Spring Baptist Church in Sasakwa, Okla. and interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, OK.

Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

She died on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Yukon, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel Lusty

 

Funeral service for long time Wewoka and resident; Hazel Lusty, 100 of Yukon, Oklahoma will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday March 31, 2015 at Spring Baptist Church in Sasakwa, Okla. and interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Okla.

In a twinkle of an eye, Hazel Coker Lusty, age 100 years, went to her Lord and Savior, Thursday, March 26, 2015.

She was born Feb. 6, 1915 to David Coker and Selina Micco Coker at the old David Coker home place.

She attended grade school at Mekusukey Boarding School and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, 1934, in 3 years.

Her graduation was delayed due to staying home to help her Mother raise two younger brothers, David and George.

Hazel married Elmer Lusty, Oct. 31,1935, deceased, 1984.

She is survived by sons Robert of Holdenville, Okla., Leon and Gail of Newalla, Okla., David and Nell of Yukon, Okla, daughter Blanche Huneycutt of Port Orange, Fla, twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and two great great children.

She was baptized Oct. 10, 1937, by Rev Bill Coker and became a member of Mekusukey Baptist.

She moved her membership to Spring Baptist Church July 8, 1959, where she served as a Women's Leader, Creek Bible Study, Leader, WMU Director and various church positions.

She lived a very diversified life by being involved in church work, as a Rosie Riveter during WWII she welded WWII Victory Ships, she owned a business and was a Court Interpreter for some Seminole clients.

She was an encourager, prayerful humble mother that prayed David and Nell to Jesus and into their nursing home ministry.

 

 

 

Lusty

 

 

 

Loretta Marley

 

Loretta Jane (Morrel) Marley, 79, of Seminole, Okla. left to be with the Lord on Monday, April 6, 2015 at her home.

Loretta was born on Oct. 6, 1935 at the old Macomb Wye "Y".

She was the 4th daughter of Reece "Van" and Lillian "Lil" (Adkins) Morrel.

Her life began with her weighing in at 1 ½ lbs, and her Grannie Jane saved her by putting her in a shoe box and placing her on the oven door of an old wood cook stove.

In 1941 the family moved to Bakersfield, Calif. where she started to school.

In 1943, the family moved back to the old family home on Fairview Road and she went to Eagle School District 58 ½.

She graduated from the 8th grade and attended Macomb School during her freshman year and finished school at Harjo.

After finishing school she worked as a waitress at the Grand Café and Modern Grill where she met her future husband on July 13, 1953.

She married Jerry Lee Marley, Jr. on Feb. 17, 1954 in Yuma, Ariz. and to this union 8 children were born.

They celebrated 52 years together before his death on September 9, 2006.

They traveled to different states before settling down in Seminole on July 30, 1980.

Loretta worked for Varnum Public Schools as a Kindergarten Teacher’s Aid for 17 ½ years.

She enjoyed going to church with her husband and children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Lee Marley, Jr.; one infant daughter; youngest son, Karry Marcus Marley; her Grannie Jane; parents, Van and Lil Morrel; three brothers, Reece, Tom and Billy Morrel; three sisters, LaVana Starrett, Cookie Spicer and Lilly Mae Prahm.

Those left to cherish her memory are 5 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Jerry Lee III and Kathy Marley of Cromwell, Okla., Larry Marley and Debra Love of Sallisaw, Okla.; Gary and Jackie Marley of Madera, Calif., Perry Dalton Marley of Sallisaw, Okla. and Terry and Donna Marley of Seminole, Okla.; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Sherry and Kevin Keeth of Depew, Okla. and Shelly and Gregg Comstock of Seminole, Okla.; two special former daughters-in-law, Nita Marley and Teresa Swofford; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy and Ray Kelly of Shawnee, Okla. and Dollie Peters of McLoud, Okla.; and numerous extended family and friends.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to Ester Chastain, Donna Quinalty, April Morrison, Bob and Mary Williams, Dr. Chairandus of Heartland Hospice, Dr. Demera of Shawnee Medical Center and Dr. Click of Shawnee Family Physicians and Nurse, Jennifer Vaughan of Carter Health and Hospice.

Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 and from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 and continue through service time.

Family gathering will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Cooper Funeral Home.

Service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with services conducted by Larry Marley.

Burial will follow at Little Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

Marley

 

 

 

James Martin

 

 

James David Martin, longtime Seminole county resident, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in Sulphur, Okla. at the age of 73.

David was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Maud, Okla. to parents, Lois Graden Martin and Eleanor (McCullough) Martin.

David joined the United States Army and served his country in the Vietnam War.

After his military service he worked as an oilfield roustabout.

He also was a member of the Assembly of God Church where he loved to sing Christian songs and play his guitar.

David is survived by two daughters, Lisa Danell Martin of Norman, Okla., Jacquline "Jackie" Leeanne Allen of Seminole, Okla.; five brothers, John Paul Martin and his wife Aaroneta of Greenville, Tex., L.G. Martin, Jr. and his wife Julie of Maud, Okla., Lawerence Wesley and his wife Joyce of Sasakwa, Okla., Lemuel Timothy Martin and his wife Linda of Maud, Okla. and Luther Carlus Martin of Maud, Okla.; two sisters, Rebecca Lou Duncan of Sulphur, Okla., Cindy Kay Robertson and her husband Ronnie of Seminole, Okla.; three grandchildren, Ravonda Lilly, Rachael Allen, Sarah Ruth; four great grandchildren, Noah Ruth, Jacob Allen, Vanessa Lilly and Caleb Ruth.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Lois Graden and Eleanor Martin; brother, Daniel Leon Martin; two sisters, Frieda Lee Martin, Billie Sue Curtis; grandparents, Carlus Cleveland, Hettie Angelene Martin, Luther McCullough and Pearl Robinson.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with brothers, Rev. Wesley Martin and Rev. Tim Martin officiating.

Burial will take place at Cummings Cemetery, Maud, Oklahoma.

Serving as casket bearers are: Michael Martin, Levi Blackburn, Chris Lee, Rev. Dan Martin and David Coker.

The family would like to give a special Thank You to the Sulphur Veterans Center and the Arbuckle Memorial Hospital of Sulphur, Okla.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla.

Martin

 

 

 

Doyle McCracken

 

Doyle Ray McCracken, 81, Maud resident, died , Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Maud, Okla.

Doyle was born Dec. 24, 1933 in Oklahoma City to Lena (Ruth) and Floyd Hamilton McCracken.

Doyle came to the Seminole and Maud area 35 years ago from Meeker, Okla.

Mr. McCracken was a minister and a bricklayer during his working years.

Doyle married Mildred "Sue" Cripps on Oct. 14, 1958 in Durant, Okla.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mildred "Sue" McCracken of the home in Maud, Okla.; five sons, Terry Lee McCracken and his wife Terry of Maud, Daniel McCracken and his wife Kandi of Tecumseh, Okla., Johnnie McCracken and his wife Shelia of Konawa, Okla., Barry and Shannon McCracken of Maud, Okla., Samuel McCracken and his wife Cathy of Fittstown, Okla., his two daughters, Sandra Harris and her husband Glenn of St. Louis, Okla. and Sheila Myers of Anderson, Calif., his grandchildren, Brad and Ginger Harris of Muse, Okla., Terry Jr. and Kellie McCracken of Okmulgee, Okla., Sonya and Chad Fekin of Tecumseh, Okla., Bobby and Jill McCracken of Paden, Okla., Josh McCracken of Wewoka, Okla., Tisha Messinger of Holdenville, Okla., Christopher McCracken of Norman, Okla., Dale Lynn McCracken of Ark., Laken and James Tinkler of Wetumka, Okla., Malachi McCracken of Midwest City, Okla., Heaven McCracken of Maud, Okla., Misty Templeman of Meeker, Okla., Johnathan and Victoria McCracken of Shawnee, Okla., Terry Wayne McCracken of Maud, Okla., Destiny McCracken of Tracy, Calif. Blake McCracken of Shawnee, Okla., Dustin Harris, Riley McCracken and Austin McCracken all of Fittstown, Okla.; his great grandchildren, Nicole Fekin and Thaddus Fekin of Tecumseh, Okla., Keyda Harris and Breana Harris, of Muse, Okla., Aden Tinkler and Aaron Tinkler both of Wetumka, Okla., Ethan Templeman and Tyler Templeman both of Meeker, Okla., Bentley McCracken and Aubree McCracken both of Shawnee, Okla., McKenzie McCracken of Maud, Okla., Kayla Jo McCracken of Okmulgee, Okla., Mercy McCracken and Rylan McCracken both of Paden, Okla. and a very special loved one Sherry McCracken, Rev. Larry Beach who stood by the family during Mr. McCracken’s illness and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Roger McCracken, seven sisters and five brothers.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at the Cummings Cemetery west of Maud, Okla. with Chaplain Earl Hood officiating.

Visitation is at the Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home at 110 N. Broadway, Maud, Okla.

Funeral services are under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Oklahoma.

Funeral Information: February 2, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Cummings Cemetery located at West of Maud, Maud, OK 74868

McCracken

 

 

 

Joan McGill

 

 

Joan Condulle McGill, a resident of Seminole county for the past 50 years, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at her home in Maud, Okla. at the age of 81.

Joan was born Dec. 13, 1933 in Wewoka, Okla. to parents, Thomas Condulle and Addie (Long) Harjo.

After graduating from high school she attended Seminole State College and was a member of the Achena Presbyterian Church.

Joan retired in 1995 after 35 years working in the Civil Service with 23 of those years working at the Shawnee Indian Health Clinic.

She married Walter J. McGill who preceded her in death in 1978.

Joan is survived by two sons, Thomas G. McGill, Royce J. McGill both of Maud, Okla.; one daughter, Windy McGill-Cox of Maud, Okla.; one brother, Claude Condulle his wife Maxcine of Okla. City, Okla.

She is also survived by five grandchildren.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Addie Harjo and Thomas Condulle and brother, Osceola Condulle.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Achena Presbyterian Church, southeast of Maud, Okla.

Elder Rick Harjo, Elker Frank Sewell and Elder Marion Jones will officiate the service.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Okla.

 

McGill

 

 

 

Roland McGirt

 

Roland McGirt II died on Feb. 9, 2015, at Hughley Hospital due to a long illness.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1977, in Wewoka, Okla.

Wake services will be held Monday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church in Wewoka, Okla. Burial will follow at McGirt Cemetery in Sasakwa, Okla.

Survivors include Roland’s parents, Roland and Cinda McGirt; his sister, Shannon Cully; and two brothers, Jonathan McGirt and James McGirt, all of Glen Rose; three nieces; three nephews; one great-nephew;two aunts; four uncles; and a host of cousins and friends.

McGirt

 

 

 

Verda McWethy

 

Verda Mae (Adams) McWethy, age 79 and a resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel of Konawa.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery, and Don Stanberry will officiate.

Pallbearers are Robbie McWethy, Tim McWethy, Chris McWethy, Travis Stanberry, Amos Sipes, and Troy Stanberry.

Honorary pallbearers are Austin Sipes, Trent Stanberry, and Brandon McWethy.

Verda was born on March 19, 1935 in Marked Tree, Ark. to Shelby Adams and Susie Bernice (Beck) Adams.

She married Jewel McWethy on March 5, 1955 in California, and she was a machine operator for Solo Cup Industry in Ada.

She is survived by five sons, Ted McWethy and wife, Lena of Allen, Oklahoma, Danny McWethy of Ada, Oklahoma, James McWethy of Konawa, Okla., Ronny McWethy and wife, Julia of Muskogee, Okla., and Allan McWethy and wife, Dinah of Willow Grove, Pa.; two daughters, Debbie Barnes and husband, Jim of Roff, Okla., and Linda Sipes and husband, Doug of Holdenville, Okla.; two brothers, Shelby Adams of Calif., and Bruce Adams of Modesto, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Shelby and Susie Adams; her husband, Jewel McWethy; and eight brothers and sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Merwin

 

Carol Marie Merwin was born Jan. 17, 1967 in Jacksonville, Ill. to Glenda Sue and Robbie Lee Lytle.

She passed away Nov. 24, 2014 at Oklahoma City, Okla. at the age of 47 years.

Carol grew up in Cheyenne and also lived a short time in Wewoka.

She moved back to Cheyenne in 1986 and married Bill Merwin in 1987.

She completed nursing school in 1998 and worked several years as an LPN in and around Elk City.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her two sons, Joshua Merwin of Burns Flat, Okla., Jacob Merwin, of Elk City, Okla.; daughter, Vanessa Bryant, of Holdenville, Okla..; two sisters, Dawn Musick, of Elk City, Okla., Barbara Burton, of Winnfield, Tex.; two brothers, Ashley Lytle, of Mt. Pleasant, Tex., Billy Binion, Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandchildren, and her mother, Glenda Sue Lytle, of Elk City, Okla.

Private family services have already been held.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coleena Middleton

 

Coleena Kay Middleton, Cromwell area resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at her residence in Cromwell at the age of 62.

She was born April 29, 1952 in Oklahoma City to Clifford Mel Sneed and Estelle (Sandoval).

Coleena married Richard Earl "Rick" Middleton on Sept. 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev.

She loved doing crafts and making jewelry.

Coleena worked as a manicurist and later as a cashier for Walmart.

She also spent time traveling over the road with husband Rick until his retirement from truck driving.

She was a proud member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Wewoka.

Coleena is survived by her husband, Rick of the home; one daughter, Rachel Dawn Berryhill of Holdenville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Cloud-Walker of Aubrey, Tex., Deborah Sneed of Oklahoma City, Anita Hulsey of Oklahoma City and Tawahnah Love of Glendale, Ariz.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Mel Sneed and Estelle Sneed Love; one son, Uriah Berryhill, III; one sister, LaDonna Leard and one brother, Loren David Zerbel.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2104 Seran Drive, Wewoka, OK.

Arrangements are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coleena Middleton

 

Coleena Kay Middleton, Cromwell area resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at her residence in Cromwell at the age of 62.

She was born April 29, 1952 in Oklahoma City to Clifford Mel Sneed and Estelle (Sandoval).

Coleena married Richard Earl "Rick" Middleton on Sept. 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev.

She loved doing crafts and making jewelry.

Coleena worked as a manicurist and later as a cashier for Walmart.

She also spent time traveling over the road with husband Rick until his retirement from truck driving.

She was a proud member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Wewoka and loved spreading the word and encouraging people to visit JW.org.

Coleena is survived by her husband, Rick of the home; one daughter, Rachel Dawn Berryhill of Holdenville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Cloud-Walker of Aubrey, Tex., Deborah Sneed of Oklahoma City, Anita Hulsey of Oklahoma City and Tawahnah Love of Glendale, Ariz.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Mel Sneed and Estelle Sneed Love; one son, Uriah Berryhill, III; one sister, LaDonna Leard and one brother, Loren David Zerbel.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2104 Seran Drive, Wewoka, Okla.

Arrangements are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

 

Middleton

 

 

 

Coleena Middleton

 

Coleena Kay Middleton, Cromwell area resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at her residence in Cromwell at the age of 62.

She was born April 29, 1952 in Oklahoma City to Clifford Mel Sneed and Estelle (Sandoval).

Coleena married Richard Earl "Rick" Middleton on Sept. 2, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev.

She loved doing crafts and making jewelry.

Coleena worked as a manicurist and later as a cashier for Walmart.

She also spent time traveling over the road with husband Rick until his retirement from truck driving.

She was a proud member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Wewoka and loved spreading the word and encouraging people to visit JW.org.

Coleena is survived by her husband, Rick of the home; one daughter, Rachel Dawn Berryhill of Holdenville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Cloud-Walker of Aubrey, Tex., Deborah Sneed of Oklahoma City, Anita Hulsey of Oklahoma City and Tawahnah Love of Glendale, Ariz.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Mel Sneed and Estelle Sneed Love; one son, Uriah Berryhill, III; one sister, LaDonna Leard and one brother, Loren David Zerbel.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2104 Seran Drive, Wewoka, Okla.

Arrangements are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

 

 

Middleton

 

 

 

Albert Miller

 

Albert Preston "Sonny" Miller, Jr. 83 year old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Friday, April 3, 2015 in Seminole.

He was born Sept. 2, 1931 in Coalgate, Okla; to parents, Albert Preston Miller, Sr. and Fannie (Self) Miller.

On July 26, 1950, Sonny married Doris Marie Nelson in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Sonny had worked several jobs throughout his life.

He had been a salesman, he worked in the oilfield, as a tool pusher, and he worked as a truck driver for C&J Trucking in Seminole for 45 years.

Sonny was a member of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Seminole.

He enjoyed the senior water aerobics class at Seminole State College.

Sonny and his buddy "Ham" were always seen together at Daylight Donuts in Seminole.

They always brightened the day for the customers who came through the donut shop.

Sonny leaves to cherish his memory, one son, Paul Miller and his wife, Debby, of Norman, Okla.; one sister, Paula Sadler and her husband Jim of Slayton, Tex.; four grandchildren, Felicia Echelle of Seminole, Okla., Bill Miller of Seminole, Okla., Carl Miller who is an Army Staff Sergeant at Ft. Rucker, Ala., Ruthie Betts of Norman, Okla.; seven great-grandchildren; several close friends including David Sanders of Seminole, Okla., Larry and Gayla Hicks of Seminole, Okla.; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Sonny is preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Doris Marie Miller; by one infant son, Charles Miller; by one son, Bill Miller; by one brother, John Miller and by one sister, Barbara Maxine "Bobbie" Johnson.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Okla. with Dr. Jack Medlock officiating the service.

Honorary Bearers will be the men of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.

Visitation will begin on Monday morning, April 6, 2015 until 8:00 p.m., then on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 until the service time.

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

Miller

 

 

 

Mark Miner

 

Mark Timothy Miner born Nov. 1, 1958, passed away March 27, 2015 in the comfort of his home surrounded by family.

"Tim" was born in Borger, Tex. to Wylene and Johnny Miner.

He is survived by his mother Wylene Miner, his daughter Sharee Miner-Stafford and husband Nathan Chesser, son Mark Miner and wife Lindsey Wadsworth-Miner, brother Johnny Craig and wife Theresa Miner, brother Terry and wife Teresa Miner, and sister Tina and husband Michael Lowery, grand-children Evan and Dayton Stafford, and Piper Miner, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Johnny C. Miner, wife Tammy Miner, grandparents Sam and Frankie Harper, and John Boy and Maye Miner.

Special honorary brother Bobby and wife Janette Corbin, honorary sister Angie Watson, honorary brother Bobby Wieck and honorary brother Chester Phillips.

Tim worked many years at Expanded Solutions in Wewoka, Okla., and Stafford Ranch, LLC for several years.

He loved to fish, ride motorcycles and spend time with family and friends.

He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

There will be a private dedication for family and close friends.

 

 

Miner

 

 

 

George Mitchell

 

 

 

Longtime Southern Illinois oil field drilling contractor George N. Mitchell died Thursday at his home in Carmi. He was 84.

The George N. Mitchell Drilling Company started in 1939 when five Mitchell brothers began servicing oil fields in Seminole, Okla., mainly for the Sinclair Oil Company.

During the oil boom of the 1940s, Thomas Mitchell and his four brothers moved to Carmi to form Mitchell Brothers Drilling and Trucking Companies.

Drilling activities began to slow down in the Basin in the 1950s and '60s, and the Mitchell Brothers' partnership dissolved.

The drilling side of the company, with just one rotary rig, continued under the ownership of Thomas A. Mitchell Drilling.

Upon his death, Thomas' widow, two sons and a daughter inherited the company.

One of Thomas' sons, George N. Mitchell, held the drilling company together during the lean times of the '60s.

The company survived under George's leadership and grew into a major Illinois Basin drilling company.

Today, George N. Mitchell Drilling Company employs more than 85 people and operates a fleet of 10 modern drilling and completion rigs capable of drilling vertical wells as deep as 8,000 feet.

Funeral services for George N. Mitchell were 11 a.m. Monday at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.

Mitchell

 

 

 

Terrie Moberly

 

Terrie Dawn Moberly, departed this life Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Wewoka, Okla. at the age of 65 years.

She was born Dec. 30, 1949 in Ft. Ord, Calif. to the late Theodore and Angela Parris.

Terrie married Ted Olsen August 15, 1995, in Oklahoma City.

Preceding Terri in death are her parents, one brother and one sister.

Survivors include husband Ted Olsen of the home, children Alice Ann Eastom of Tahlequah, Okla., William Hall Jr. of Calif., and Tammy Hall of Tenn. and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be at Stout-Phillips Funeral Chapel Thursday, 3:00 p.m. March 26, 2015.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Moberly

 

 

 

Loyd Monks

 

Loyd Monks, age 86 and a resident of Seminole, Okla., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Wewoka Care Center.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla.

Rev. Larry Chesser will officiate and burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Mike Sherrin, Eric Haworth, Matthew Jenkins, Carl Miller, John Raines, and Mike White.

Honorary pallbearers are Gene Beller, Bill Miller, Rustyn Jones, Brad Hinton, Eugene White, Jake Dourough, and Mark E. Kelly.

Loyd was born on Oct. 10, 1928 in Foss, Oklahoma to Elsworth Monks and Rosa Mae (Shaw) Monks.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1962 in the Korean War.

He married Wanda Lee Secrest on Jan. 15, 1959 in Denison, Tex.

He moved to Seminole from Caddo, County in 1975.

He was a member of the Gleaner Holiness Church of Wewoka, and he retired as a pipeline worker for Commercial Brick.

He is survived by one son, Tommy Monks of Bowlegs, Oklahoma; one daughter, Deborah Jones of Wewoka, Okla.; one brother, Clay Monks of Meeker, Okla.; one sister, Barbara Hawthrone of Ocean Side, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded his parents; one son, Raymond "Skippy" Ussery; eight brothers and sisters.

Monks

 

 

 

Veta Moore

 

Veta F. Houston Moore, 87, longtime resident of Wewoka, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015.

Veta was born on Sept. 10, 1927 in Cully, Okla. to Audie and Ruth Houston.

She married Cecil Moore, her childhood sweetheart, on May 16, 1946 in Wewoka, Okla. and moved to New Orleans, La., where they lived for a few years.

Upon returning to Wewoka, in 1955 they established Veta & Cecil’s Beauty Salon and worked in the community for 45 years.

She is preceded in death by her father James Audie Houston, her mother Ruth Blankenship Houston and her son Kenny Don Moore.

She is survived by her husband Cecil Moore of Wewoka, Oklahoma, her sister Joann Stewart of Huntsville, Alabama, her daughter Sondra Reid and son-in-law Robert Reid of Springfield, Mo., five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church of Wewoka, Okla. officiated by Reverend Chris Baker. Burial will follow at Wewoka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Wewoka.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nettie Moreland

 

Nettie Louise (Armstrong) Moreland, age 71 and a resident of Asher, Oklahoma passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at her home.

Nettie was born on Aug. 27, 1943 in Konawa, Okla. to Hobart Armstrong and Irene (Coker) Armstrong.

She graduated from Asher High School in 1961.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Asher and was baptized on July 3, 1955.

Nettie loved sewing, reading, and working puzzle books; but most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Larry Bruno of Asher, Okla.; three daughters, LaDonna Baird of Asher, Okla., Lisa Bruno of Asher, Oklahoma, and Mary Davis and husband, Ty of Norman, Okla.; one brother, Frank Armstrong of Konawa, Okla.; three sisters, Edna Odell of Asher, Okla., and Katie Breeden of Ada, Okla., and Vesta Mauch from San Bernadino, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Brian Bruno, Michael Baird, Ian Bruno, Eric Bruno, Maddox Davis, Brock Davis, and Adley Davis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobart and Irene Armstrong; one daughter, Deborah Bruno; one son, Johnny Hudgins, Jr.; three brothers, Danny, Robert, and Bill Armstrong; two sisters, Betty Burgess, and Mary Ward; and two grandsons, Jody Bruno and Jimmy Baird.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa, Okla.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery. Rev. Bobby Hernandez, Pastor of Redeeming Grace Church of McAlester, Okla. will officiate, and pallbearers are Travis Odell, Larry Bruno, Bobby Armstrong, Ronnie Odell, Hobart Armstrong, and Darrell Armstrong.

Honorary pallbearers are Steve Anderson and Brandon Sexton.

Moreland

 

 

 

Earl Morphis

 

Earl H. Morphis passed away in his home on April 17, 2015.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cromwell Pentecostal Church.

Earl was born August 19th, 1936 at Castle, Okla., to Theodore Earl Morphis and Ila May Floyd Morphis.

Earl graduated from Mason High School and later married Nelda Middleton.

He worked many years as a production foreman for Big Yank.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, wife Nelda Jean Middleton Morphis, Brother; Jerry Morphis, sisters; Darlene Morphis Julian and Sue Morphis Larney.

He is survived by his Children; Larry and wife Rebekah Morphis of Ponca City, Eugene Morphis of Wewoka, and Frankie and wife Juanita Morphis of Wewoka, grandchildren; Melanie, Christopher, Stephen, Earl, Ted, Ryan, Isaiah, and Kevin Morphis, sisters; Audrey and Bill Miller of Blackwell, Barbara and Bob Shackelford of Wewoka, brother Allen and Margie Morphis of Newton, Alabama, relative Donald and Bessie Morphis and numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are Christopher Morphis, Ted Morphis, Ryan Morphis, Earl Morphis, Kevin Morphis, Stephen Morphis, and Isaiah Morphis.

Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Morphis

 

 

 

Mary Mosley

 

Mary Louise Mosley passed away on April 13, 2015 at the age of 79. Mary was born December 24, 1935 in Seminole, Okla., to Ocie and Homer Brewer from Vamoosa, Okla.

Mary was one of nine children.

Mary grew up in Vamossa, Okla. and met Junior Mosley in grade school.

Mary graduated from Vamoosa High School in 1954.

While in high school, she played basketball and won the All-State Basketball Championship three years in a row.

Mary and Junior dated all through high school.

They were married on June 17, 1954, in Konawa Okla., under a peach tree, at the minister’s house.

After the wedding, Mary’s sister Ellen took them to Aggie’s Pig Stand for lunch.

Junior and Mary moved to Fresno, Calif. in 1955 and had four children.

Mary attended Fresno City College and graduated with her LVN degree.

She worked at Valley Children’s Hospital for 17 years as an ER nurse.

Junior passed away Oct. 8, 1997 after 44 years of marriage to Mary.

Her hobbies were: quilting, sewing, "junken," and spending time with family.

Mary did not know a stranger and made friends at yard sales and thrift shops.

Mary was a kind women, devoted mother, grandmother, and granny.

She not only raised her children, she helped many other kids.

Mary was giving, loving, loyal, protective, and accepting.

She will be remembered for her kindness, love and the way she treated everyone.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents Ocie and Homer Brewer; husband, Junior Mosley; son, Larry Mosley; brothers, W.H. Brewer and Ben Brewer; sisters Laura Marie Downey and Ellen Eberle.

Mary is survived by her children: daughters, Debra Huff and Joyce Garner; son, Michael Mosley; beloved daughter-in-law, Michele Mosley Ostby; and foster son, Jeff Hough; five grandchildren: Chris Huff Jennifer Canedo, Jarrod Huff, Nicole Thompson, Matt Mosley; and two great-grandchildren: Cody Borges and Marley Mosley; siblings, R.C. Brewer, Frank Brewer, Lorene Cole, and Dorothy Mullins.

The gravesite memorial service is scheduled for Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 1411 W. Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728.

Mosley

 

 

 

Robert Murphy

 

Robert Lee Murphy, Sr. age 51 a resident of Stigler and a former resident of Seminole County, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

Robert was taken to the Rock Springs Baptist Church in Sasakwa, Okla. at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2nd for a wake service scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at the church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.

Rev. Jimsey Harjo, Rev. Houston Tiger, and Rev. Milton Allen will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Walton Family Cemetery near Sasakwa.

Pallbearers are Jason Byrd, Scott Hanks, Bubba Pennly, Ronald Daniels, Tushka Hill, and Isiah Daniels.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his biker friends.

Robert was born on Nov. 7, 1963 in Clinton, Okla. to Richard E. Murphy and Bessie (Eslick).

He worked as a roofer for many years and was a member of the Tallahassee Presbyterian Church of Seminole, Okla.

He was also a Deacon and a Trustee of the Church.

He married Jalena Hill on Jan. 4, 1996 in Seminole, Okla.

He is survived by his wife, Jalena (Hill) Murphy of the home; five daughters, Sasha Higdon of Stigler, Okla., Shawana Smith of Ada, Okla., Tarena Craig of Okla. City, Shadow Carpenter and Jocelyn Carpenter both of Ada, Okla.; one brother, Rickie Murphy of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Rose Ann Duke of Tipton, Okla; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. Murphy and Bessie Duncan; three sons, Robert Murphy, Jr., Derrick Murphy, and William Eslick; and two nephews, Justin and Nathan Howard.

Murphy

 

 

 

Robert Neils

 

 

Robert "Bob" Rudolph Neils of Sasakwa, Oklahoma passed away Monday, Jan. 19th, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla. at the age of 84 years.

Born in Colgate, Wis. to the late Herman Neils and Meta (Stark) Neils.

Robert married A. Estelle Hutchinson in Dallas, Tex.

March 18, 1955, they would have been married 60 years this March.

Bob served in the US Air Force and worked in Civil Service for 37 years.

Preceding Bob in death are his parents, two brothers and two sisters Herman Neils, Edward Neils, June Sielaff, and Roberta Neils.

Survivors include his wife Estelle of the home; children Susan D. Klein of Jefferson City, Mo., twins Robin M. Creekmore, of Oklahoma City; Robert M. Neils of Oklahoma City, Ronald A. Neils of Maud, Okla., and Thomas K. Neils of Tulsa, Okla.: Sister Carol Thornton of Albuquerque, N.M..: 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren

Pall Bearers will be Robert M. Neils, Thomas Neils, Ronald Neils, Aeric Creekmore, Charles Estes, Brian Creekmore, C.J. Correll, Aeric Creekmore II.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Sasakwa, Okla. with Rev. Charles "Dusty " Klein and Pastor Gary Choate officiating, with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Neils

 

Carl Nelson

 

Carl Lee Nelson, 79, lifelong Seminole resident, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla.

Carl was born Jan. 31, 1935 in Seminole, Okla. to Leona Faye (Mitchell) and Alvie Cleo Nelson.

Carl spent most of his working career working in pipeline construction and as a heavy equipment operator.

Carl was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Seminole.

Carl married Etta Belveal Nelson on Oct. 21, 1960 in Sherman, Tex.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Etta Nelson of the home, two sons Eddie Nelson of Seminole, Okla. and Michael Lindsey of Comanche, Okla., two daughters Sandy Marshall of Seminole, Okla. and Carla McDaniel of St. Joseph, Mo., one brother Don Nelson of Houston, Tex., fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Donna Sue Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy and Nita Moreland officiating.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Chuck Anderson, Tommy Darr, Mark Quinailty, Kyle Kreeger, Brent Ingram, and Jerod Marshall. Honorary bearers will be George Lewellen, C.T. Johnson, Don Pinkerton, Kendall McDaniel, Bret Billings, Caleb McDaniel, Quinton Undsey, and Dillon Whetstine.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Nelson

 

 

 

Shirley Northrip

 

Shirley Jean Belyeu Northrip, of Seminole, went home to be with the LORD after a long fight with cancer at the age of 72 in her home surrounded by family on Monday Feb. 2, 2015.

Shirley was born in Seminole, Oklahoma on December 4, 1942 to Piney Johnson Belyeu and Herman Belyeu.

She married her sweetheart, Bobby Joe Northrip, in June of 1958.

They chose to raise their family here and have been Seminole residents ever since.

Throughout all the trials of life, they never left each other’s side and this June they would have been married for 57 years.

In 2003, Shirley retired from VF Jeanswear, also known as Wrangler, where she proudly worked for over 35 years.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Herman Belyeu, her mother, Piney Thomas, and one sister, Gloria Edwards.

Among those she leaves to cherish her memory are her loving husband Bobby Northrip; two sons Terry Northrip of Newalla, Okla., and John of Seminole, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister Patsy Mowery of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and one brother Brian Belyeu of Hobbs, New Mexico.

Memorial services will be held at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.on Thursday, Feb. 5,2015 at 2pm with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

Interment will immediately follow at Little Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Terry Northrip, John Northrip, Zachary Northrip, Whitney Northrip, Dylan Parton, and Nealon Adams. Honorary Pallbearers are Eddie Carnes and Kevin Blevens.

Services will be under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Oklahoma.

Northrip

 

 

 

Ronesa Notah

 

Ronesa (Pooh) Jeanette Notah age 42 years of Seminole, Okla. passed away Tuesday evening at her home.

Born May 23, 1972 in Norman, Okla. to Ronald Walter Notah and Marilyn J. McGeisey.

Ronesa attended Butner High School and attended Gordon Cooper Vo-tech studying Deisel Mechanics.

She was a member of Middle Creek #2 Baptist Church. She previously worked for Sharpe Wrecker service as secretary.

Preceding Ronesa in death are grandparents Thomas Samuel McGeisey Sr. , Johnny Notah, two sons Triston Caudil Parsons and Johnathan Chance Gates.

Survivors include her parents, children Micah -Lee Dawn Notah, of Seminole, Okla., Johnny Thomas (JT) Notah of Wewoka, Okla., Jeremy Daniel Notah -Weger of Wewoka, Okla., Samuel Ray Notah of Harrah, Okla., and Micheal Lee Weger II of Wewoka, Okla.: grandmothers Martha Palmer; Jane E. McGeisey; brother and sisters Ronna Jayne (Notah) Carmicheal of Benicia, CA, Jayna Marie McGeisey of Wewoka, Okla., and Brian Todd Jones of Wewoka, Okla.; step-father Bobby Dayle Condren Sr; step-sister Rachel Janae ( Condren) Tullis, and step-brother Bobby Dayle Condren Jr. of Oklahoma City.

Wake service will be 7:30 p.m., Sunday Jan. 11, 2015 Middle Creek #2, with Pastor Frank Moppin and Pastor George Harjochee officiating.

The body will be taken to Middle Creek at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Middle Creek #2 and burial to follow at Middle Creek #2 Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Wess Phillips, Dustin Hair, Timothy McGeisey, Coey McGeisey, Franklin Dwight McGeisey Jr. and Chisman Theodore McGeisey II.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

Notah

 

 

 

Alice Orr

 

Alice Elane Orr, 84, Altus, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at her home.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah, Okla.

Services are under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.

Alice was born on Febr. 15, 1931 in Weleetka, Okla. to Vernon Wesley and Anna Laura (Gibson) Lemons.

She was the oldest of eight kids.

She grew up in the Wewoka, Okla. area and graduated from Butner High School in 1950.

She worked as an assistant manager for the S & H Green Stamp store in Altus for many years.

After that, she worked for the Social Security office and the Altus Senior Citizens Center.

Alice was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Her parents, a brother, Dale Lemons, and two sisters, Lois Streater and Dorothy Turner, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Valdez of Altus, Okla., and Robin Schubert of Valdosta, Ga.; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Bicknell of Wewoka, Okla. and Peggy Lemons of Smyrna, Ga; two brothers, Winford Lemons of McLoud, Okla. and Jerry Lemons of Wewoka, Okla.; and numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will meet at the Mission Home Baptist Church North of Wewoka on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m., and lunch will be served around 11:30.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Television Ministry.

Orr

 

 

 

Shirley Osborn

 

Funeral service for Shirley Osborn of Holdenville will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Holdenville.

Mason Leftwich will officiate with David Pope assisting. Burial will follow at the Wetumka Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Okla.

Shirley Faye May was born on Nov. 16, 1935 in Wetumka to Andrew Jackson May and Flossie (Pruitt).

She attended Wetumka Public Schools.

She married Charlie Osborn 61 years ago in Wetumka.

Shirley was baptized in 1973 at the Church of Christ in Tecumseh.

Mrs. Osborn was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Devoe Maye in 1995; Roger Eugene May in 2003 and sister, Barbara Whittern in 1999; and her grandson Tony Houck in 1997.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie Osborn, of the home; children Sharla (Tommy) Hughes of Holdenville, Sandy (John) Garner of Holdenville, Sherry (Mark) Neese of Edmond; 11grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way), 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Jerry May, Claremore; sisters, Obie Osborn, Wetumka, Claudetta (Bob) Tapley, Texas, Judy Collier, Wewoka, Janie (Wayne) Mize, Earlsboro, and Ladonna (Jim) Nutter, Jeanie (Gerald) Jones, and Mary (Ronald) Brawdy, all of Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Jeff Garner, Branden Garner, Colby Bowen, Scott Black, Scotty Bowen, and Marcus Neese.

Honorary bearers will be Derek Neese, Garrett Neese, and Mikeal Garner.

 

 

 

Osborn

 

 

 

Ivory Overstreet

 

Ivory Overstreet Jr., 67 year old lifelong Lima, Okla. resident passed from this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was the fifth child born to parents Ivory Overstreet, Sr. and Carrie (Johnson) Overstreet on Oct. 16, 1947 in Lima, Okla.

Ivory graduated from Lima High School in 1965, where he excelled in Basketball.

Following high school he moved to Washington D.C. for many years before returning to his home town.

Ivory and his wife Francine Overstreet lived in Lima until her passing in 2009.

Ivory worked as a welder for many years.

Ivory leaves to cherish his memories, two daughters, Cheryl and her husband James Harris of Oklahoma City, and Stephine Johnson of Washington D.C.; three grandsons; two special aunts, Annie Lee Johnson and Marie Overstreet both of Lima, Okla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ivory is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and seven siblings.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Lima Senior Citizens Building with Rev. Frank Washington officiating.

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

 

 

 

Overstreet

 

 

 

Tommy Parsons

 

Tommy Ray Parsons, 80, passed away April 10, 2015.

Services for Tommy will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Piedmont First United Methodist Church with interment following at Chapel Hill Memory Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Parsons

 

Jenifer Susan Parsons, age 42, of Cushing, died March 14th, 2015, at Cushing Regional Hospital.

Jeni was born in the Cushing Hospital on Nov. 21, 1972. She attended Seminole public schools.

She was a state champion in track and graduated valedictorian of her class.

After graduation, she attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in public relations.

After collage, Jeni worked in Norman for a while and then moved to California, where she lived for 10 years.

She lived in Florida briefly before returning to Oklahoma.

On her return, she worked at A-Z Property Management, and spent much of her time following her nephew’s activities.

Jeni loved the arts. She loved music, painting, and most of all she loved to read.

She enjoyed working, spending time with her family and her animals, and playing golf.

Jeni was survived in death by her mother and father of Cushing, Bill and Sue Parsons; her sister and brother-in-law, Russell and Chandra Moyer; her nephews, Wil and Sam Moyer; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Cushing with Travis Gates of Shawnee officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Cushing.

Because of Jeni’s love for reading, the family would like memorial contributions to be given to the Cushing Public Library, 215 N. Steele Cushing, Okla. 74023.

You may share your condolences with the Parson’s family at www.davisfhcushing.net.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

 

Parsons

 

 

 

Booker Perry

 

Booker Thomas Perry, 53, died at Golden Living Center in Madison, S.D. on Jan. 25, 2015.

He was born Sept. 16, 1961 in Seminole, Okkla. to Booker and Betty (Beard) Perry.

He grew up in Oklahoma where he graduated from high school.

He served in U.S. Army, and after teh service, he attended Dakota Wesley University in Mitchell.

He worked in various manufacturing plants in Mitchell and Madison before he became disabled.

He is survived by one son, LaMonte Stock-Perry of Huron, one stepson, LeRoy Pittman of Gaylord, Minn., five stepdaughters, Diamond, Deyona and Danielle Little and Delecia and Jersahm Maisonet all of Huron, one brother, Ted Perry of Denver, Colo., and one sister, Charlotte Davis of Montgomery, Ala.

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

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Weiland Funeral Chapel with Rev. Keith Bundy officiating.

Burial will be with military honors and will be in Graceland Cemetary.

Visitation will occur one hour before services at teh Weiland Funeral Chapel, which is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marjorie Pierce

 

Marjorie Belle Pierce, 82, of Warrensburg, Mo., died Sunday, March 22, at Ridgecrest Nursing Center in Warrensburg, Mo.

Visitation services were from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Warrensburg, Mo.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Basye officiating.

Pallbearers will be Brad Hunter, Keith Fenwick, Ryan Fenwick, Steve Arnold, Brett Hieronymus, Ed Phillips, Scott Maple and Mike Magee. Honorary pallbearer will be Jim Arnold.

Interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Hutchinson, Kans.

She was born July 19, 1932, in Wewoka, Okla., the daughter of Jack and Hortense (Rankin) Smith.

Marjorie was a graduate of Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kans.

She then attended and received both bachelors and masters degrees from University of Kansas.

Marjorie was a homemaker and mother until 1983 and then began teaching high school English and Drama at Knob Noster High School until she retired in 2007 after 24 years.

She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Warrensburg, Mo.

Marjorie is survived by two daughters, Kirsten Fenwick and husband Keith of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Tori Hunter and husband Brad of Warrensburg, Missouri; one sister, Margueriette Perfette of Newton, Kans., three grandchildren, Christian Fenwick of Kansas City, Missouri; Ashley Fenwick and Ryan Fenwick both of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and one cousin, Jim Arnold of Oilton, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ben Smith.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Marjorie Pierce Scholarship Fund for the Fine Arts, c/o Brad Hunter, 401 Swallow Street, Warrensburg, Missouri, and can also be left in care of Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, Mo.

Pierce

 

 

 

Carmen Pittenridge

 

Carmen Leatha (Surber) Pittenridge, age 64 and a resident of Asher, Okla., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at her home.

A private family memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Okla.

Carmen was born on January 12, 1951 in Chickasha, Okla. to Raymond Surber and Juanita (McKinney) Surber. She married Bill Pittenridge on March 1, 1991 in Bridge Creek, Okla.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Pittenridge of the home; one son, Michael Griffin of Georgia; one daughter, Dulsa Maloney of Calif.; two brothers, John Surber of Chickasha, Okla., and Frank Surber of Moore, Oklahoma; three sisters, Donna Barker of Chickasha, Okla., Deanna Carter of Washington, Okla., and Betty Gregory of Ninnekaw, Okla.; seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Poe

 

Bill C. Poe was born April 18, 1939 to John and Ann Poe in Stonewall, Okla.

He passed away at his home March 19, 2015 at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Johnny and Doyle.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory beloved wife Donna and his children, Billy Poe of Antlers, Lynn and husband Todd Martin, Weatherford, and three grandsons.

He and Donna Pope were married January 8, 1960.

After graduating from Maud High School, he joined the Navy.

He achieved the rank of BT2 and spoke often of his service there.

He worked in the finance industry from 1963 to 1974.

He and Donna moved to the Broken Bow area in 1972 with their two children Billy and Lynn.

He worked in the Power House at Valliant as a Boiler Technician and retired from Weyerhaeuser after 26 years of service.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, March 23, 2015, at First Baptist Church, Broken Bow, OK, at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will be held at Cummings Cemetery, Maud, Okla. at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Ronald Postoak

 

Ronald "Ronnie Ronch" Postoak, age 56 of Wewoka, departed this life Friday, March 13th, 2015 in Holdenville, Okla.

He was born June 28, 1958 in Los Angeles, Calif. to the late Leonard Wade and Elizabeth Thomas Postoak.

Ronnie was a graduate of Hartshorne high school and received an associates degree from Okmulgee Tech.

He previously worked for C & C Tank Service as a truck driver.

He was a member of Tom Palmer’s band.

Preceding Ronnie in death are his parents, brothers Terry Postoak, and Walter Williams, one sister Peggy Johnson.

Survivors include his wife Robin Miller of 30 years, Wewoka, Okla.; children Catherine Postoak, Kyle Postoak, Luke Postoak, and Jeff Miller all of Wewoka, Okla., three grandchildren, brothers and sisters Winston Postoak of Oklahoma City, Edward Postoak of Seminole, Timmy Postoak of Holdenville, Linda Postoak of Wetumka, and Johnnie Postoak of Oklahoma City.

Wake service will be 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel.

The body will be taken to Spring Baptist Church Sasakwa Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. for a 2:00 p.m. Funeral Service with Rev. Leon Postoak officiating and burial at Postoak Family Cemetery, Sasakwa, Okla.

Pall Bearers will be Richard Bruner, Thompson Postoak, Paul Postoak, David Postoak, Brian Postoak, and Victory Colungo.

Arrangements By Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Postoak

 

 

 

Sherry Qualls

 

Sherry Kay (Wright) Kilcrease Qualls, 75 year old, longtime Velma, Okla. resident passed from this life on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at Country Club Care Center in Duncan, Okla.

She was born Au. 9, 1939 in Maud, Okla. to parents, Thelma (Parnell) Wright and M. Ector Wright.

Sherry moved to the Duncan, Velma area in Stephens County in 1972 from Moore, Okla.

She was a homemaker and had attended Calvary Baptist Church near Marlow, Oklahoma. Sherry had been a member of the Red Hat Society.

Sherry leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Gary Kilcrease of Velma, Okla., Lee Kilcrease of Duncan, Okla.; one daughter, Teri Drye of Hanford, Calif.; two brothers, Jerry Wright of Ft. Worth, Tex., Bill of Columbia, S.C.; seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Sherry is preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Ector Wright, by her first husband and the father of her children, Wayne Kilcrease who died in 1998, by her 2nd husband, Joe Qualls who died in 2010, by one brother, Marvin Wright and by one sister, Helen Marie Smith.

Memorial services for Sherry will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

Elwyn Rainwater

 

Elwyn Lonnie Rainwater, 63, longtime Seminole County resident, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Seminole, Okla. Elwyn was born April 2, 1951 in Holdenville, Okla. to Jewell Nadine (Pruett) and Chester Otto Rainwater.

Elwyn attended and graduated from New Lima High School in 1969.

He was a plumber and had worked with his father in the family business, Rainwater Plumbing Company in Wewoka, Okla. for many years.

He will always be remembered as a good natured person, easy going and kind to all.

He loved the outdoors and watching old western movies, especially John Wayne. He loved to follow OU Football and annual softball finals.

He is survived by three sisters, Sharon Campbell and her husband Charles of Eufaula, Okla., Marilyn Rainwater of Seminole, Okla. and Wanette Coker and her husband Boyd of Checotah, Okla. and a brother Rollie Rainwater of Seminole, Okla., along with several nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darrel Reeves

 

Darrel Lyn Reeves, 61 year old long time Seminole County resident passed from this life on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

He was born April 12, 1953 in Konawa, Okla. to parents, Quilla (Pratt) Reeves and Roy Reeves.

Darrel lived in Maud and Seminole where he had worked in the oilfield, as a truck driver and in the hay fields.

On June 23, 1979 Darrel married Nancy Lee Stidman in Ada, Okla.

Darrel is survived by one daughter, Rebecca Reeves of Seminole, Okla.; by one son, Justin Reeves of Oklahoma City; by two sisters, Shelba Crist of Athens, Texas, Sylvia Jo Elliott of Glenpool, Okla.; two granddaughters, and a host of other family and dear friends.

Darrel is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Reeves who died Nov. 26, 2010; by his mother, Quilla (Pratt) Reeves; by his father, Roy Reeves; and by one brother, Gerald Reeves.

Memorial Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Little Cemetery.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Reeves

 

 

 

Sharon Rhodes

 

Sharon Kay Rhodes, 62, longtime Seminole resident, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Seminole, Okla. Sharon was born Aug. 7, 1952 in Shawnee, Okla. to Joyce L. (Timmons) and Charley A. Lackey.

Sharon grew up in Seminole and attended Seminole Public Schools and graduated from Seminole High School in 1970.

Sharon married John Rhodes on July 1, 1972 in Seminole, Okla.

Sharon worked for Wrangler in Seminole for over 18 years in the Pressing Department before her retirement in 2001.

Sharon was a very active member of the Temple of Praise Church in Seminole.

Sharon loved to be with her grandchildren as much as possible.

She is survived by her husband, John Rhodes of the home, her daughter Angela Callahan and her husband Robby of Seminole, Okla. and two sons Gary Rhodes and his wife Nakia of Oil Center, Okla. and Troy Rhodes. Of Oklahoma City, her grandchildren Joshua Callahan, Caleb Callahan and Harley Callahan all of Seminole and Kya Rhodes of Oil Center, Okla.and Morgan Miller of Wetumka, Okla., and great granddaughter Isabella Baker, her sister Carolyn Hinesley and her husband Virgil of Earlsboro, Okla., along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and her sister Bernice Jody Pack.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Temple of Praise Church at 11100 N. University in Seminole. Rev. Jeff Nance will officiate at the service. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

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Karen Richardson

 

Karen Marie Posey-Richardson, 73, longtime Seminole resident, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Wewoka, Okla.

Karen was born May 10, 1941 in Enid, Okla. to Marie (Mitchell) and R. J. Posey.

Karen moved to Seminole forty years ago from Plainview, Tex.

She had owned R.C.’s Café in Maud, Okla. and The Coffee Barn in Seminole, Okla., also Apollo Oil Tools in Seminole, Okla.

She was always known as one who loved working.

Karen was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Seminole and was an adjunct accounting/business teacher at Seminole State College.

She loved her dogs, traveling, country western and gospel music.

Karen graduated from Enid High School, Seminole State College and Graduated from East Central University in Ada, Okla., with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She is survived by her husband Bill Wilson of Seminole, Oklahoma, two sons, Dusty Gaff of Nash, Okla. and Matt Cone of Seminole, Okla. and her daughter Shawn Baxter of Bowlegs, Okla., two brothers Al Posey of Enid, Okla. and Jack Posey of Ft. Worth, Tex., five grandchildren, Dakota and Cheyenne Gaff, Collin and Caleb Cone and Chris Richardson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Trinity Baptist Church of Letha, Okla.

Rev. Carl Whitfield will officiate at the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter, Department 2845 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74182.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla. is in Charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

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Vincent Riley

 

Vincent John Riley was born Oct. 25, 1953, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Jean Howell of Konawa; sisters Denise Coon of Seminole, Johnnie Howell of Las Vegas, Nev., Sue Howell of Shawnee, Anita Howell of Sasakwa, Alisha Howell of Konawa, Sheila Howell of Seminole, Shelly Watson of Bethel, Mary Howell of Shawnee, Betty Miller of Byng, Teresa Riley Jeannie Riley, Felicia Riley, all of Tucson, Ariz., Lara Riley of Las Angeles, Calif., Edletha Riley of Tuscon, Ariz.; brothers Irvin Riley of Bowlegs, Franklin Riley, Dino Riley, Wayne Riley and Gary Riley all of Shawnee, Karl Woods of Oklahoma City, Sammy Howell of Pink, William ‘Dub’ Howell of Tecumseh, Danny Howell of Ringling; and daughters Shannon Cully of Konawa, Eliza Botone of Yukon and Morningstar Botone of Binger.

Preceding Vincent in death are his father, Edmont Riley of Bowlegs; brothers Randall Riley of Shawnee and Jesse West; and sister Arlene Riley of Denver, Colo.

Services for Vincent will be Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Eufaula Church.

Burial will follow at the Riley home in Bowlegs, and a meal will be served for the family at 11:00 a.m.

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Patsy Roberts

 

Shawnee resident, Patsy Ruth Roberts, 76, passed away at a local nursing home Monday, April 27, 2015.

Services for Patsy are scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Walker Funeral Service Chapel.

Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

 

 

 

 

 

Darlene Robertson

 

Darlene (Johnston) Robertson, age 69 and a resident of Seminole, Okla., passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at her home.

Graveside services were scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Wolf Cemetery south of Seminole.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

Pallbearers were Josh Pettit, Brittany Robertson, Tyanne Bogle, Kateland Kirkpatrick, Samantha Roney, Hunter Harjo, Ethan Caldwell, and Gideon Caldwell.

Darlene was born on Nov. 28, 1945 in Hugo, Okla. to Sam Johnston and Ellie (Gayler) Johnston.

She married Donald "Don" Wayne Robertson on April 10, 193 in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was a Thumber at Well’s Lamont in Hugo for several years, and a cross-country truck driver for thirty-two years until her retirement.

She is survived by her husband, Don Robertson of the home; one son, Donald Robertson and wife, Donna of Chickasha, Oklahoma; two daughters, Marlene Harjo and husband, John of Seminole and Shelia Self, also of Seminole; one brother, Loyd Johnston and Jimmi Stubblefield of Depew, Oklahoma; two sisters, Eunice Cockren of Soper, Okla. and Ester McDaniel of Decater, Texas; ten grandchildren, Josh Pettit, Brittany Robertson, Tyanne Bogle, Samantha Roney, Tate Caldwell, Kateland Kirkpatrick, Gideon Caldwell, Hunter Harjo, Shyla Harjo, and Tera Self; and eight great grandchildren, Peyton Kirkpatrick, Maddy Kirkpatrick, Lilly Kirkpatrick, Dagan Robertson, Xander Kirkpatrick, Jentri Robertson, Karter Kirkpatrick, and Branson Caldwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, William Johnston, and one sister, Jackie Foster.

 

 

 

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James Robertson

 

James "Arnold" Robertson, age 81 and a resident of Konawa, Okla. passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel of Konawa.

Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery. Rev. Jim McMillan, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Konawa will officiate.

Pallbearers are Nick Estes, Nathan Enns, Matt Stephens, Josh McGuire, Mark Robertson, and Keith Robertson.

Honorary pallbearers are Marvin Patterson, Bill Kennedy, Van Chew, and Bob Hatter.

Arnold was born on March 30, 1933 in Tupelo, Okla. to Alfred and Nettie (Goss) Robertson.

He graduated from Vamoosa High School in 1951 and received his Bachelor of Science from East Central University in Ada, Okla.

Arnold was an Educator of Industrial Arts in Science and Math.

He married Ruby Robertson on Dec. 20, 1952 at Vamoosa.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the fire direction control for the first atomic cannon in 1953 and 1954.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Konawa.

Arnold enjoyed fishing and woodworking, and he loved his granddaughters very much.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Ruby Robertson of the home; two sons, Les Robertson and wife, Shelley of Purcell, . wife, Sherita of Moore, Okla.; two brothers, Alfred Robertson, Jr. of Konawa, Okla., and Keith Robertson and wife, Yvonne of Okemah, Okla.; four sisters, Dean Wall of Harrah, Oklahoma, Laquita Huckleberry of Konawa, Okla., Billie Collins and husband, Lyle of Shawnee, Okla., and Jerry Lemmings and husband, Ronnie also of Konawa, Okla.; four granddaughters, Ashley Estes and husband, Nick, Riley Stephens and husband, Matt, Madison Robertson, and Jessica Robertson; and one great grandson, Connor Estes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Nettie Robertson; and two brothers, Herman and Dick Robertson.

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Bertha Romine

 

Bertha Lee Romine, 99, of Hoxie died Jan. 13, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge.

She was born Dec. 25, 1915 in Tuckerman to Jessie and Deasy Berry Barker.

On June 4, 1932 she married Amos "Shankie" Romine in Newport.

She moved to Lawrence County in 1939, where she was a homemaker and a member of the Walnut Ridge Assembly of God Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; son, James Romine; daughters, Marie George and Jane Harp Hullett; brothers, Jessie, Joe, and Clarence Barker; sisters, Merniva Thompson, Cilar Huskey, and I.V. Kollar; and grandson, Allen Romine.

Survivors include her sons, Bill (Wilma) Romine of Rockford, IL, Clarence (Kathy) Romine of Seminole, OK, Ed (Frankie) Romine of Hoxie; sisters, Sybel Barnham of Swifton, Julia Keedy of Cash, and Anna Jo Gale of GA; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; and sixteen great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Thursday, January 15th from 6 to 8pm in the Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Walnut Ridge.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 16th, at 10 a.m. in the Cox Chapel with Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Romine officiating.

Burial will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge.

Bertha’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers are the staff of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherri Ross

 

Sherri Elaine Ross, age 53 and a former Seminole County resident, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Norman Regional Hospital.

A wake service was held Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole.

Rev. Bill Hobia and Rev. Bill Barnett will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Ross Family Cemetery in Seminole County.

Pallbearers are Jonathan Harjo, Joseph Harjo, Josh Lena, Aaron Lena, Garret Lena, Brian Spencer, Stephen Spencer, and Marshall Tiger.

Honorary pallbearers are James Sonny Williams, Roy Holata, Bobby Jack Spencer, Nathan Harjo, and Mel Lena.

Sherri was born on March 13, 1962 in Claremore, Okla. to Houston Ross and Maggie Jane (Harjo) Ross.

She graduated from Strother High School.

She was the Manager of "Po’Folks" and the manager of Shoneys.

She was also a daycare attendant and a resident attendant for Kirkpatrick Manor for Seniors.

Sherri also did volunteer work for Norman Regional Hospital.

She is survived by one sister, Patty Ross of Norman, Okla.; one aunt, Elsie Ross of Seminole, Okla.; cousins, Nowatha Cope, Sonny Williams, Roy Holata, Rosemary Holata, Jacqueline Harjo, Samuel Spencer, Eugenia Lena, and Mariam Spencer; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Houston and Maggie Ross; aunts, Pauline Williams and Nora Fife; and uncles James Fife, Amos Harjo, and Tony Harjo.

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Dale Roubidoux

 

Dale Dominic Roubidoux, 49 year old, long time Shawnee, Okla. resident passed from this life Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Pioneer Nursing Home in Seminole, Okla.

He was born May 30, 1965 in Dalhart, Texas to parents, Joseph Mason Roubidoux and Lillian Barbara (McIntosh) Roubidoux.

Dale graduated from Arizona’s, "Phoenix Indian High School" in 1984.

He was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in Komatke, Arizona and is a current member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Shawnee.

Dale had worked in construction most of his life and had also worked as a grounds keeper at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee.

Survivors include his mother Lillian Barbara (McIntosh) Roubidoux of Shawnee, Okla.; six brothers, Jonas Roubidoux of San Carlos, Ariz., Doyle Roubidoux of Shawnee, Okla., Noel Roubidoux of Albuquerque, N.M., Joel Roubidoux of Shawnee, Okla., Barney Bigman of Goodyear, Ariz., Rick Hoffman of Wash.; one sister, Margaret (Roubidoux) Bailey of Shawnee, Okla.; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Dale was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Mason Roubidoux; two brothers, Paul Roubidoux and Neal Roubidoux.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Sac & Fox Nation Chapel in Stroud with Jonas C. Roubidoux officiating the service.

A Traditional Native American Ceremony will follow at the Sac & Fox Nation Cemetery with Darrell McElvany conducting the burial rites.

Pallbearers will be: Jonas Roubidoux, John Stoneroad, Chris Stoneroad, Anthony Roubidoux, Zachary Ibarra and Robert Roubidoux.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Joel Roubidoux, Darrell McElvany and Richard Hoffman.

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

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Kenneth Sallee

 

Kenneth Gene Sallee, age 67 years of Wewoka, Okla. passed away at his home Wednesday, Jan. 14th, 2015. Born July 31, 1947 to the late Arthur Sallee and Imogene DeArmond Sallee.

Kenneth married Dana Marie Sneed, Dec. 7, 1965 in Wewoka, Okla., she precedes him in death Nov. 28, 2014.

Kenneth worked for Wewoka Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff Department and Wewoka Public School.

He was of the Baptist Faith. Kenneth enjoyed working on lawn mowers, watching the Three Stooges, but most of all he loved spending time with his family who will miss him dearly.

Preceding Kenneth in death are his parents, wife Dana, sisters JoAnn Dowdy, Patsy Johnson, Peggy Maylen and Karla Carroll.

Survivors include his children Kenneth G. Sallee II, of Midwest City, Timothy Bart Sallee of Midwest City, and Glynda Lippe of Wewoka; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; his brothers Bill Sallee, of Waldron, Ark., and David Salle of Columbia, Mo.: sisters Shirley Williams of Waldron, AR, Glenda Condict, Cromwell, Okla., Lucille Salle of Waldron, Ark., and Terri Dale Harrell, of Canute, Okla., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka with Pastor Dan Factor officiating.

Sallee

 

 

 

Judge Sawyer

 

Judge Sawyer, age 80 years went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday morning March 14th, 2015 at his home in Wewoka, Okla.

He was born May 16, 1934 in Wewoka, Okla., to the late Harvey Brock Sawyer and Lillie Mae (Williams) Sawyer.

Judge married Velena (Lena) Jane Conger on Sept. 4, 1954 in Konawa, Okla., and to this union three children were born.

Judge worked 10 years for Cal and Herb Horn Texaco Station, then he owned and operated Sawyers DX Service Station for 3 years, and later worked at Thomas Electric company for 13 years.

Judge retired from Lobar Oil Company after 36 years and was on the USDA Board of Directors.

Judge enjoyed working on the farm and tending his cattle, most of all he loved and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Judge was a member of Mission Home Missionary Baptist Church.

Preceding Judge in death are his parents, one sister Bertha Jones, five brothers Gene, Leroy, Hugh, Frank and Jack Sawyer, and daughter-in-law Paula Sawyer.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lena, children Jesse Sawyer, Wewoka, Okla., Teresa Loeffelholz and husband Joe of Alvord, Tex., Larry Sawyer, and wife Marsha of Wewoka.

Nine grandchildren Brandon Johnson, Tommy Sawyer, Justin Fleming, Christa Laughlin, Rex Powers, Chris Sawyer, Jessica Sawyer, Keith Sawyer, and Courtnei Sawyer; twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pall bearers will be: Justin Fleming, Rex Powers, Chris Sawyer, Keith Sawyer, Brandon Johnson and Tommy Sawyer.

Honorary pall bearers will be members of the Mission Home Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 18 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Wewoka with Stout-Phillips Funeral Home, Wewoka, Okla. Pastor Matt Wyatt will officiate.

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Nicholas Sharpehill

 

Nicholas Antonio Michael Sharpehill, age 42 and a former resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at St. Anthony Hospital of Oklahoma City.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date, and cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Okla.

Nicholas was born on Sept. 7, 1942 in Rock Hill, S.C., to William Sharpe and Wanda (Hill).

After graduation, Nicholas became a Certified Nursing and Medical Assistant.

He was a long-time resident of Konawa before moving to Shawnee, Okla.

Nicholas is survived by his ex-wife, Susanne Sharpehill of Konawa; his parents, William Sharpe of Shawnee, Okla. and Wanda Williamson, also of Shawnee, Okla.; and two sons, Jonathan Sharpe of Tampa, Florida, and Christian Sharpe, also of Tampa Florida.

His was preceded in death by one son, Julian Alexander Wilson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Shirley

 

Michael Kevin Shirley, 53, longtime Seminole resident passed away , Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the O.U. Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Michael was born July 12, 1961 in Placerville, Calif., to Byron R. Shirley and Loretta A. ( Curnett) Shirley.

Michael worked for many years with D & D Construction in Colo., pulling Fiber Optic Lines.

He also worked for Goff, Inc. in Seminole, Okla. for the past 9 years in the maintenance department.

Michael is survived by his wife, Diana Shirley of the home in Seminole, Okla., his children Serinady and Blaiden of the home, Jackie Shelton of Oklahoma City, and Kyle Shelton of Wewoka, Okla., his mother and step father, Loretta A. Ryan and Jackie D. Ryan of Seminole, Okla., his brother Ray C. Reed of Craig, Colo. and sister Raylene C. Reed-Buckley of Auburn, Wash..

Michael was preceded in death by his father and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. at the Swearingen Funeral Home.

A celebration of life memorial services will be planned in the near future.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Smith

 

David Bradley Smith was born in Shawnee, Okla., on Aug. 20, 1945, to Don and Ora mae Smith.

He departed from this life on Jan. 28, 2015 in Norman, Okla.

He was 100 percent disabled as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange during his military service in Vietnam.

He was a resident of the Veterans’ Center in Norman, Okla. where he resided for the three years prior to his death.

David Smith attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his degree in business.

He managed his family’s real estate business in Seminole until he became too ill continue that position.

David is survived by his wife, Kathy Smith of Norman, Okla., his son, Darren Douglas Smith of Wewoka, Okla., and a brother, Don Allen Smith of Fort Smith, Ark.

He is remembered by his family and friends for his cheerful and caring personality and his enthusiasm for OU Football, the Oklahoma City Thunder professional basketball team, and the Seminole State College Trojan Baseball team for which he announced games.

A memorial service will be held at the Norman Veterans’ Center on Feb. 9, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in the name of David Bradley Smith be made to the Norman Veterans’ Center, 1776 E Robinson Norman, OK 73071

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Smith

 

James Eugene Smith, 77 year old Seminole resident, entered eternal life on January 17, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla.

James was born on April 30, 1937 in Claremore, Okla. to Joe Harry and Opal Jean (Porter) Smith.

On Oct. 23, 1964 James married Judy Faye (Vass) in Shawnee, Okla.

James retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1999 after 42 years of service as a track supervisor.

Eight years ago they moved to Seminole from Haysville, Kansas.

James loved playing golf and watching golf on television after he became unable to play himself.

He also loved watching cartoons with his grandchildren, fishing, Tradio, yard sales, swap meets and Okla. University sports.

He always smiled.

James leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 50 years, Judy; two sons, James B. Smith of Seminole, Okla. and Jay Scott Smith and wife Elizabeth of Seminole, Okla.; two sisters, Betty Hollingsworth of Seminole, Okla. and Jayne Salcido of Calif.; two grandchildren, Natalie Stone and Zane Smith as well as other dear family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Opal Smith, three brothers, Glenn Smith, Bobby Smith and Joe Dean Smith.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at the Little Cemetery chapel with burial to follow at Little Cemetery.

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

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Letha Smith

 

 

Letha Lee Smith, Seminole resident died, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at her home. Letha was born Sept. 8, 1930 in Idabel, Okla. to Martha M. Rosie (Boyd) and James Dodson Williams.

Letha was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother to all her family.

Letha had moved to the Seminole area seven years ago from Meeker, Okla., and was a member of the Jarvis Church of God.

Letha married Wiley Paul Smith on June 9, 1948 in Ft. Smith, Ark. and he preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1990.

Letha is survived by three sons Steve Smith of Johnson, Okla., John Smith of Seminole, Okla. and Harold Smith and of Skiatook, Okla., six daughters Ruth Bales of Earlsboro, Okla., Sandra Edings and of Eufaula, Okla., Brenda Scott of Livingston, Tex., Elaine Bledsoe of Sallisaw, Okla. and Regina Sexton of Kingston, Okla., twenty four grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and eighteen great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wiley Smith, sons David Smith and Lonnie Smith, grand-daughter, Sherrie Ross, Grandson Daniel Sexton, great granddaughters Kaylee Smith and Oliva Ross.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m.., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Tecumseh City Cemetery in Tecumseh, Okla. Cindy Roberson will officiate at the service.

Casket bearers will be Dustin Smith, James Ross, John Smith, Steve Smith, Bradley Dehart and Jesse Totty. Honorary bearer will be Howard Davis.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theresa Smith

 

Theresa Smith left this life on at the age of 93 on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Theresa Sietsema was born Jan. 2, 1922, in Alpine Township, just outside of Grand Rapids in Kent County, Michigan, to Peter Sietsema and Theresa Baker Sietsema, who both immigrated to America from The Netherlands.

Theresa is preceded in death by husband Gerald Smith. She is also preceded in death by sisters Clara Sterken, Elizabeth Theule, Esther Hamelink, and Helen Nyholt and by brothers George Sietsema and Ray Sietsema, all of the state of Mich..

She is survived by sister Marguerite Steele of Marne, Mich., and many nieces and nephews.

Theresa is survived by son Tom Smith and wife Shirlene Smith of Seminole; daughter Deanna Hamilton and husband Dan Hamilton of Seminole; son Paul Smith of McLoud; grand children Wade Smith, Janice Harjo, Shanell Smith and Kyle Smith; great grandchildren Carter Riley, Seth Harjo, Megan Harjo and Kameron Riley.

After growing up in Michigan and attending business school there, Theresa and a sister moved to and worked in San Diego, Calif.

There she met husband-to-be, Gerald Smith.

They were married on Aug. 12, 1944, in Palo Pinto County, Tex.

She moved to Seminole to work and live with his parents until he returned there from his service in the U.S. Army.

Gerald and Theresa owned and operated a steam laundry business in Seminole, then later coin-operated dry cleaning and Laundromats.

For years, they enjoyed traveling in RVs, including annual stays in Colorado.

Throughout her life, Theresa loved and appreciated many types of music.

She was an excellent cook - most everything she prepared was from 'scratch'.

After their children were grown, she delighted in weekly Bridge.

She walked routinely, even after 90 years of age.

She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Seminole.

Theresa’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to her caregivers including Dr. Kemp, his staff, and all at Avonlea Cottage Assisted Living and Faith Hospice.

Her friendly smile will be missed by many.

Services will be held in the Historic Strothers Chapel located at Maple Grove Cemetery, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015 with Matt Pollock officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Seminole Humane Society, P.O. Box 88, Seminole, OK 74818 or other charity would be appreciated.

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

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Bobby Spencer

 

Bobby Jack Spencer, age 79 and a resident of Seminole, Okla. passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at his home.

A Wake service was held at 6:00 p.m. Monday at the family home located in Seminole, and funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole.

Houston Tiger will officiate, and Bill Hobia will assist.

Burial will follow at the Ross Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jonathan Harjo, Joseph Harjo, Brian Spencer, Stephen Spencer, Josh Lena, Aaron Lena, Marshall Tiger, and Tracy Ray Lindsey.

Honorary pallbearers are Nathan Harjo, Mel Lena, Jeff Tiger, Roy Holata, and Garrett Lena.

Bobby was born on Feb.18, 1936 in Seminole, Okla. to Silas Spencer, Sr. and Lizzie (Coody) Lindsay.

He worked as a roustabout for Joe Mills for a number of years, and Bobby also worked as a custodian for Strother High School.

He married Elsie Ross.

He was a member of the GAR Creek Ceremonial Grounds, and he was a baptized member of the Wewoka Indian Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Spencer of the home; two sons, Samuel Spencer of Seminole and Roy Holata also of Seminole; four daughters, Jackie Harjo of Seminole, Eugenia Lena of Shawnee, Okla., Mariam Spencer of Seminole, and Rosemary Harjo of Wewoka, Okla.; six brothers, Edward Spencer, Silas Spencer, Jimmy Lindsey, Eugene Lindsey, Walter Lindsey, and Leroy Mitchell; one sister, Augustine Lindsey; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Leslie Spencer, Thomas Lindsey, Charles Lindsey, George Jones, Bill Spencer, Rex Spencer, and Alex Lindsey; and five sisters, Mary Ann Crain, Bertha Lindsey, Ina Mae Spencer, and Nellie Spencer.

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John Starr

 

Wewoka resident John David Starr, age 26 passed away Thursday, Feb. 19th, 2015 in Seminole, Okla.

Born July 14, 1988 in Ada, Okla. to Jimmy Armstrong and LaQuita Starr.

John was a graduate of Sasakwa High School and a member of Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church.

He was a nurse at McCalls Chapel in Ada, Okla.

He enjoyed drawing and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Preceding John in death are his grandparents Daniel Starr, Joe and Louise Billie, Vivian Bender and Lillian Spencer and three uncles.

Survivors include his parents Jimmy Armstrong Jr. and wife Lisa Barnes of Seminole, Okla. and LaQuita Starr and Wallace Cully of Konawa, Okla.; grandfather Jimmy Armstrong Sr. of Tecumseh, Okla.; grandmother Nell Starr of Wewoka, Okla.: siblings Matthew Armstrong, of Wewoka, Okla., Kristina Armstrong of Oklahoma City; step-sisters Andrea Hernandez, Rosana Deere, Josie Albertson; step-brother Robert Culley, his companion Jennifer Robinson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pall bearers will be Josiah Harjo, John Harjo, Curtlon Penoskee, Elijah Penoskee, James Fulks, and Big Foot.

Honorary Pall bearers will be Matthew Armstrong, MIchael Starr, Robert Culley, and Jonas Carpitcher.

Wake services will be 6:00 PM Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel.

The body will be taken to Sand Creek Eufaula at 4:00 PM Monday for a 7:30 p.m. Wake Service with Rev. Houston Tiger officiating.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2015 at Sand Creek Eufaula with Rev. Houston Tiger and Rev. Mitchell Taylor, burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

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Otis Starrett

 

Otis Deloin Starrett, 84, formerly of Sallisaw, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

He was an oil field worker and a Pentecostal.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Agent Mallory-Martin Chapel in Sallisaw with burial at Akins Cemetery in Sallisaw.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey; two daughters, Helen Butz of Fellows, Calif., and Phyllis Logan of Seminole, Okla.; three sisters, Ruthie Montgomery of Hominy, Okla., Bonnie Taylor of Tenkiller Lake, Okla., and Edna Dodson of Sallisaw; two brothers, Andrew Mathis of Sallisaw, and Frank Moreland of Blackwell, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be 4-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home

 

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Susan Stinnett

 

Susan Kay Stinnett, aged 72, of Konawa, Okla. and formerly of Hampshire, Tenn., passed away at her home on Monday, April 13, 2015 after a year and a half long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Stinnett was born on May 28, 1942 in Lincoln, Nebraska to John Z. and Ida Speed Treanor.

Sue graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1960, and attended Moody Bible College in Chicago for three years before returning to Lincoln to attend and work for the University of Nebraska.

She began singing on the Back to the Bible Broadcast when she was a young girl, and music continued to be a major part of her life.

Sue moved to Oklahoma City in 1966 to live with her sister Sally, and there met Harmon Stinnett, her husband of 47 years.

They married on Nov. 4, 1967, in Oklahoma City.

Sue spent her life as a homemaker and mother to two children Danny Stinnett of Hampshire, and Ellen Herriman of Konawa, and as an "adoptive" mother to many of her childrens' friends.

She worked as a teacher's aide at Hampshire Unit School for 10 years, and later worked as a teller at BancFirst in Konawa.

She is remembered by her family as a loving mother, sister, grandma, and aunt.

Sue never met a stranger, and all remember her for her outgoing and loving personality, her sense of humor, her beautiful voice, and her love for her Lord.

She is survived by her husband, Harmon Stinnett, of the home, son and daughter-in-law Danny and Kelly Stinnett of Hampshire, Tenn., daughter and son-in-law Ellen Herriman and Henry Keiner of Konawa, Okla., granddaughter Samantha Bays and husband Kyle of Summertown, Tenn., grandson David Herriman and former son-in-law Dave Herriman of Konawa, Okla., sister and brother-in-law Sally and Elmer Kliewer of Oklahoma City, Okla, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, John Z. and Ida Treanor.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Grace Community Church in Vamoosa, Okla., officiated by Pastor Drew Isaacs and Rev. Darrell Stinnett.

Time of the service is pending.

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Stinnett

 

Susan Kay Stinnett, aged 72, of Konawa, Okla. and formerly of Hampshire, Tenn., passed away at her home on Monday, April 13, 2015 after a year and a half long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Stinnett was born on May 28, 1942 in Lincoln, Nebraska to John Z. and Ida Speed Treanor.

Sue graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1960, and attended Moody Bible College in Chicago for three years before returning to Lincoln to attend and work for the University of Nebraska.

She began singing on the Back to the Bible Broadcast when she was a young girl, and music continued to be a major part of her life.

Sue moved to Oklahoma City in 1966 to live with her sister Sally, and there met Harmon Stinnett, her husband of 47 years.

They married on Nov. 4, 1967, in Oklahoma City.

Sue spent her life as a homemaker and mother to two children Danny Stinnett of Hampshire, and Ellen Herriman of Konawa, and as an "adoptive" mother to many of her childrens' friends.

She worked as a teacher's aide at Hampshire Unit School for 10 years, and later worked as a teller at BancFirst in Konawa.

She is remembered by her family as a loving mother, sister, grandma, and aunt.

Sue never met a stranger, and all remember her for her outgoing and loving personality, her sense of humor, her beautiful voice, and her love for her Lord.

She is survived by her husband, Harmon Stinnett, of the home, son and daughter-in-law Danny and Kelly Stinnett of Hampshire, Tenn., daughter and son-in-law Ellen Herriman and Henry Keiner of Konawa, Okla., granddaughter Samantha Bays and husband Kyle of Summertown, Tenn., grandson David Herriman and former son-in-law Dave Herriman of Konawa, Okla., sister and brother-in-law Sally and Elmer Kliewer of Oklahoma City, Okla, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, John Z. and Ida Treanor.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Grace Community Church in Vamoosa, Okla., officiated by Pastor Drew Isaacs and Rev. Darrell Stinnett.

Time of the service is pending.

 

 

 

 

 

George Stone

 

George Herbert "Herbie" Stone, 71 of Charleston, W. VA went to be with the Lord on April 18th, 2015.

He was born Sept. 12, 1943 in Slippery Rock, Pa. to the late George Stone Sr. and Roxie Jones Stone Davis.

He is preceded in death by, wife Sandra Maston Stone of 40 years; stepfather Robert Davis; and brothers Roger, Tommy, Roy Stone and Randy Davis.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Donna Stone; daughters Teresa (David) Sheppard and Pamela Stone of Oklahoma; sisters Sandy (George) Burns, Iris Stone (sister-in-law); brothers Frankie, Terry (Anne) Stone, Clinton (Joyce) Stone and Phil (Judy) Ball; grandchildren Kasey Sheppard, Chris Stone, Joey Devivo, Sabrina Mayabb, Vincent Mayabb; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 stepsons and 2 step grandchildren.

A celebration of Herbie’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23rd, at Elk Funeral Home Charleston, W. VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of choice.

 

 

Stone

 

 

 

Helen Stroup

 

Helen Louise (Sherrill) Stroup, passed away April 4, 2015 at Heritage Village Retirement Center in Holdenville, Okla.

She was born March 14, 1922 in Pittsburg, Okla. to Albert Roscoe Sherrill and Rosalie (Watkins) Sherrill.

At the age of 3, her father died of pneumonia leaving Helen’s mother to raise a small child by herself.

On Oct. 20, 1927 her mother, Rosalie Sherrill, married Claud Troop, whom she loving called Daddy Claud.

On Oct. 20, 1942 Helen and Lyall Stroup were married at midnight in the home of Albert and Sadie Russell in Wewoka, Okla.

The marriage was officiated by Rev. T. Grady Nanney pastor of the Baptist Church in Wewoka.

She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Wewoka where she had been secretary twice before purchasing the Wewoka Credit Bureau in 1969.

She and her husband owned and operated Park-In, (old Green Spray) before Lyall retired in 1985.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband Lyall Dwight Stroup, who died June 5, 1990.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Pitts of Seminole, Okla. and son Lyall "Rusty" Dwight Stroup II, of Wewoka, Okla.

She is also survived by her granddaughter, Renee Wilson and Mike Wilson, great-grandson Matthew Wilson and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Wilson, all of Chickasha, Okla, her sister Claudine Mayberry and brother-in-law Tim Mayberry from Indian Trail, S.C.

Other survivors include her three nieces Donna Jones-Sudol of Wichita Falls, Tex., Stephanie Martin of Charlotte, N.C. and Tracey Elders of Rock Hill, S.C.; and four nephews Cory Stroup, Hernando, Fla.; Ray W. Brooks Jr., Pearland, Tex., Robert "Skipper" Brooks, of Angleton, Tex. and Bret Mayberry of Charlotte, N.C.

She was very proud of her Chickasaw heritage, being the great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth "Betsy" (Love) Allen, whom played a formative role in establishing the principle that married women could own their own property and that it could not be seized by their husbands or their husbands' creditors.

The landmark Married Women's Property Act of 1839 in Mississippi

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday April 10, 2015 at Stout Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Wewoka, Okla.

Rev. Susan Rice, pastor of the First United Methodist Church will officiate.

Interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Wilson, Timothy McNaughton, Keith Claybrook, Randy Tingwald, Mark Barnhart, Greg Arbuckle and Bruce Wilkerson.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wewoka.

 

Stroup

 

 

 

Alpha Swearingen

 

Alpha B. Swearingen, 91, longtime Seminole resident died, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 in Shawnee, Okla.

Alpha was born on Nov.9, 1923 in Headrick, Okla. to Minnie B. (Jones) and Dee O. Chambers.

Alpha grew up in the Bethany, Okla. area and attended schools there.

Alpha was the City Clerk and City Treasurer for many years for the City of Seminole, before her retirement.

She had previously worked for her husband’s C.P.A. firm (David L. Swearingen) and legal secretary for Bishop and Wantland, Law Firm.

Alpha was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Seminole and voter inspector for the Seminole County Election Board.

Alpha loved golf, playing bridge, horse racing and going to Las Vegas.

Alpha married David L. Swearingen on Feb. 24, 1944, in Oklahoma City, and he preceded her in death on April 27, 1967.

Alpha is survived by her three sons; David Swearingen and his wife Linda Beth of Pensacola Beach, Fla., Toby Swearingen and his wife Kellye of Seminole, Okla. and Tom Swearingen and his wife Esperanza of Shawnee, Okla.; two daughters Nancy Villines and her husband John of Seminole, Okla. and Linda Swearingen of Seminole, Okla., great-grandsons, Finneas and Drake Mitchell.

She is also survived by a brother Jesse Chambers and his wife Ramona of Bethany, Okla. and a sister Doris Simpson of Bethany, Okla.; her grandchildren Mathew Sean Villines of Seminole, Okla., Oswald Mitchell and his wife Amber of Shawnee, Okla., Justin Mitchell of Oklahoma City, Jacob Swearingen of Seminole, Okla. and Alea Swearingen of Seminole.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, sister Helen Young, grandson David Sean Swearingen, on May 9, 1982 and her longtime special companion Leonard Saffa in 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla. and burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole.

Casket Bearers will be Mathew Villines, Dwayne Goodnight, Jacob Swearingen, Oz Mitchell ,Justin Mitchell and Dean Simpson.

The family request memorial donations be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Swearingen

 

 

 

Walter Taff

 

Walter Lee Taff, 76, longtime Maud, Okla. resident, entered this life on July 11, 1938 and entered eternal life on Feb. 27, 2015.

Walter was born in Harjo, Oklahoma, northwest of Maud, to Chrisa Lee (Wise) and O.O. "Bud" Taff.

As a child, Walter lived in California, but spent the majority of his life in and around the Maud, Okla. area.

Walter graduated from Harjo High School, and then spent three years serving in the U.S. Army, in the 501st infantry, as a paratrooper.

Walter retired from Tinker Air Force Base in 1993 as a jet mechanic.

After retirement he went to work in law enforcement for the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department as a transport officer and deputy.

Walter married Erma June (Bussey) on Sept. 18, 1964 in Maud, Okla. and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Walter is survived by his wife Erma Taff of Maud, Oklahoma, his daughters Kelley Azlin of Maud, Okla.and Casey Stackhouse and her husband Eddie of Maud, Okla., one brother and sister-in-law Jimm and Betty Taff of Maud, and one sister Linda Garner of Maud, Okla.

He is also survived by two step-sisters, one step brother, five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin Taff, and daughter Donna Lynette Taff.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Maud, Okla., with Rev. Butch Bradley officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the U. S. Army.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Okla.

 

 

Taff

 

 

 

Chayton Thomas

 

Baby boy Chayton Kaine Thomas was born and passed away March 8th, 2015 at Seminole Medical Center in Seminole, Okla.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday March 31, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Stan Smith officiating.

Survivors are his parents Allison Frazier of Wewoka and Conchattee Kaine Thomas of Bowlegs, Maternal grandparents; Mysti Splawn of Wewoka, great grandparents; Sue Jimboy of Konawa, Betty Frazier of Latta, maternal great great grandmother Norma Splawn of Oklahoma City, Paternal grandparents; Starlite Christie of Bowlegs, paternal great grandparents; Darlene and Bill Satepauhoodle of Bowlegs and a host of other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by great grandfathers; Paul (P.D.) Splawn and Jeff Frazier and grandfather Abel Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Thomas

 

Linda Diane Thomas, 66, longtime Seminole resident, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in Oklahoma City.

Linda was born June 4, 1948 in Barstow, Calif. to Dorothy Lorene (Cleveland) and Ernest Eugene O’Bryant.

Linda was a homemaker and had also worked in several area restaurants during her life such as Herman’s Pig Stand, The Harvest House and The Hamburger Hangout.

She also was former owner of the Townhouse Restaurant and Nita’s Café in Seminole.

Linda attended the First Assembly of God in Seminole.

She married Doyle Ray "Joe" Thomas on Oct. 30, 1972 in Oklahoma City, and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2003.

Linda is survived by her son Danny Thomas of Navasota, Texas, her two daughters Kim Brauning of Seminole and Audra Young, all of Seminole, her five grandchildren and her three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doyle O. Long officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Brian Jolly, Darus Mills, Scott Rossman, Patrick Austin, Dathan Thomas and Curtis Young.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Thomas

 

 

 

Margy Trujillo

 

Margy Nell Trujillo, age 84, of Wewoka departed this life Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at her home in Wewoka.

Born Nov. 29th, 1930 in Nowata, Okla. to the late Harley and Tabitha (Wheeler) Gallop.

She moved to Wewoka in 1946 from Nowata, Okla. and graduated from Wewoka high school in 1948.

She married Jacob Trujillo August 1970 in Texas, he preceded her in death November 1995

Margy was a member of First Baptist Church.

She loved to sew and crochet.

Preceding Margy in death are her parents, brothers William Marshall Gallop and Carol Gene Gallop.

Survivors include daughter Denette Kay Van Hemert, of Bakersfield, Calif. and son Donald Dale Branum Jr. of Orange Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Christopher Timbreza and wife Seta,of Brush Prarie, Wash.; Casondra Barker and husband Leigh, of Wichita, Kans., Mailee Harrell and husband Caleb, of El Paso, Tex., and Brittany Trader of Maylen, Ala.; great-grandchildren Lauren and Caleb of Brush Prarie, Wash., and Cassidy and Dannikah of Wichita, Kans. and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Baker of First Baptist Church Wewoka officiating, and burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Trujillo

 

 

 

Lottie Uptegraft

 

Lottie Jean Uptegraft passed away Friday, Jan. 2nd, 2015 in Holdenville at the age of 101 years.

Jean was born Dec. 13th, 1913, at Buffalo Springs, Tex. to Lee and Cassie (Carter) Brooks.

She attended George Town Texas Public Schools and later married Dalton "Nip" Uptegraft and they made their home in Wewoka.

Jean worked many years as a Bookkeeper for Morgan Ford and Matheny Ford in Wewoka.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and five siblings.

She is survived by her children; Darryl Uptegraft of Wewoka, Sharon Collier of Burleson Tex., three grandchildren; five great and two great great grandchildren.

Graveside service was 1:00 p.m. Monday Jan. 5, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Okla.

Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

Uptegraft

 

 

 

Blanche Vanlandingham

 

Blanche Leona Browning – Vanlandingham, age 88, passed away Feb. 7, 2015 at NHC Hillview in Columbia, Tenn.

Blanche was born June 30, 1926 in Bowlegs, Okla. to the late Claude V. Vanlandingham and the late Minnie Annette Self.

She was married to Eugene Browning for many years before being widowed in 1989.

Blanche was a hard worker and put a lot of time into working for General Motors in Oklahoma City.

You could often find Blanche in outdoors.

She always had a great appreciation for nature.

Every year spring there would be a new bud that she had nurtured.

She enjoyed the simple pleasures like going fishing or having her morning coffee on the porch.

But, she loved most of all spending time with her family.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Blanche is survived by: her daughters: Claudia (Gary) Cantrell and Carla (Manuel) Janette Andonegui; grand sons: Austin Chase Riley Andonegui and Sean (Korie) Cantrell; and great grand children: Landon Chase Cantrell and Callie Rose Cantrell; and brother: Louis Vanlandingham.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. one hour prior to service time at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia, services were held at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Vaughan

 

 

 

James Charles "Charlie" Vaughan was born Dec. 16, 1943, in Seminole, Okla., to Houston and Clara (Gilliam) Vaughan. He crossed over into glory April 12, 2015, at the age of 71.

After growing up in Erik, Okla., and Springdale, he served three years in the Army during the Berlin crisis.

He started working in the timber and wood products industry in Waldron.

This is also where he met his wife of 48 years, Patsy Harris.

This started a career that spanned more than 30 years until he retired as the vice president of procurement for Kansas City Southern railroad in 1995.

Upon retirement, he was a member of the Waldron City Council, followed by four terms as the Scott County judge.

His love for horses was also evident throughout his life as he raised, trained and raced quarter horses for himself and others for many years.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Patsy of Waldron; two sons, Will and his wife Kristy of Lavaca and Charles Allen and his wife Tami of Lindale, Texas; daughter, Savanna of Waldron; and six grandchildren, Reece, Madison, Darby, Kylee, Brooks and Sadie. He is also survived by one brother, John Sarratt and Tammy of Goodman, Mo.; and two sisters, Gloria Forbes and Burl of Skiatook, Okla., and Cricket Ginnett and Doug of Neosho, Mo.

Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Waldron with the Rev. Ken Overturf and Bro. Rickey Hunt officiating. There will be a private burial prior to the memorial service under the direction of Martin Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Richard Cagle, Jeff Gilbert, Bill Wagner, Jerry Davenport, K.J. Johnson, Gary Plummer and Reece Vaughan. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Keener, Bob Edwards, Ronnie Johnson and the Scott County Road Crew.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Charlie’s name to the Scott County Boys and Girls Club at P.O. Box 1013, Waldron, AR 72958; or to First Baptist Church in Waldron at P.O. Box 247, Waldron, AR 72958.

Vaughan

 

 

 

Darrel Veach

 

Darrel Wayne Veach of Bowlegs, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 at his home.

He was born on July 24, 1943 in Shawnee to Erin Veach and Bessie (Hendricks) Veach.

Darrel attended school at Varnum Public School and later went to work in the Oilfield, where he worked for many years.

Darrel is preceded in death by his parents; Erin and Bessie Veach, his sister; Barbara Smith, and his brothers; Harold Veach and Larry Veach.

He is survived by his wife; Joan (Webb) Veach of the home, his children; Darrel Veach of Seminole, Lynn Hughes of Clinton, Mississippi, and Regina Allen of Prue, his grand children; Kathy, B.J., Joshua, Shawn, Curtis, Rebecca and Sara, and 10 great grand children, his brothers; James Veach of Choctaw, Aaron Veach of Wewoka, and Albert Veach of Bartlesville, and a sister; Evelyn Hadley of Bartlesville, as well as numerous other family and friends.

Graveside Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Little Cemetery with Pastor Larry Chesser and Pastor Toni Chesser officiating.

Pall Bearers will be Shawn Allen, Albert Veach, Joe Barnhill, Harold Lambertson, James Veach and Jim Hendricks.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Stout - Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka.

 

 

Veach

 

 

 

Starland Veach

 

Starland Lloyd "Star" Veach, 45 year old lifelong Seminole County resident passed from this life on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Midwest City Regional Hospital.

He was born Feb. 19, 1970 in Seminole, Okla. to parents, Paula (Webster) Veach and to Harold Veach.

Star graduated from Bowlegs High School in 1988.

He married Jackie (Pierce) Veach on August 26th in Wewoka, Okla.

Star worked for several local companies at different times as a tanker truck driver. He worked for Oklahoma Liquefied Gas, Hooten Oil Company and for Oklahoma Custom Coating.

Star had attended the Bowlegs Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his mother, Paula (Webster) Veach of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; two sons, Eldon Veach of Konawa, Okla., Dalton Veach of Konawa, Okla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharlet and Jason Huff of Seminole, Okla.; two brothers Mitch Worley of Tecumseh, Okla., Mike Worley of Bowlegs; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sabra (Veach) Dixon and Jason Dixon of Pratt, Kansas, Kristina Veach of Houston, Texas; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Star was preceded in death by his father, Harold Veach; by his wife, Jackie (Pierce) Veach who died on Feb. 23, 2005; by two brothers, Sean Veach, Mark Wilfong; and by one sister, Myra Wilfong.

Graveside Services are scheduled for Noon, Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Wolf Cemetery. Pastor Steve Lawrence will officiate the service.

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

Veach

 

 

 

Sherre Vincent

 

Sherre Lynn Sexton Vincent, age 57 and a resident of Lexington, Okla., passed away at home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Vamoosa Baptist Church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa, Okla.

Ron Vansil will officiate, and burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Roger Forney, Rosemarie Crawford, Romon Jones, and Tim McMullen.

The family will receive guests from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan.11th at the funeral home.

Sherre was born on July 6, 1957 in Midwest City, Oklahoma to Jasper Sexton and Shirley (Jamison) Sexton.

After graduation, Sherre became a Correction Officer and worked for Lexington Correctional Center for approximately 27 years.

She married Eric Vincent on May 15, 1989 in Lexington, Oklahoma.

She is survived by her husband, Eric Vincent of the home; parents, Jasper and Shirley Sexton of Konawa; two daughters, Jamie Eaker of Onsted, Mich. and Melissa Rogers of Ada, Okla.; one step-son, Keidrick Stevenson of Texas; two step-daughters, Erica of Oklahoma City, and Shelly of Choctaw; one brother, Tommy Sexton of Konawa; two sisters, Darlene Foster of Edmond, Okla.and Sharlene Genee of Somerset, Mich.; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for funeral expenses at Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa.

Vincent

 

 

 

Lynn Washburn

 

 

 

Lynn W. Washburn, 82 year old, Seminole, Okla. resident passed from this life on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at his home in Seminole.

He was born May 1, 1932 in Frederick, Okla. to parents James Thomas Washburn and Beulah Parthine (Haynie) Washburn.

Lynn served in the United States Air Force, 474th Installation Squadron, where he earned the Korean Service Medal and the UN Service Medal.

He then worked as an electrician for a sign installation company out of Oklahoma City until his retirement.

Survivors include three sisters, Sue Anderson and Harry Diaz, Brenda Basco and her husband Jerry, and Rosetta Barr and her husband Scotty.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

Washburn

 

 

 

Louise Wegman

 

Louise (Stephens) Wegman, age 88 and a life-long resident of Konawa, Okla., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Seminole Care and Rehab Center in Seminole, Okla.

Graveside services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Vista Cemetery west of Konawa, Okla. under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Rev. Ed Bray, Pastor of Cross Timbers Church will officiate.

Louise was born on Nov. 8, 1926 in Konawa, Okla. to Arch Stephens and Lillie (Bickerstaff) Stephens.

She graduated from Konawa High School and married William L. Wegman on May 2, 1952 in Konawa.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Konawa and worked as a secretary for a commercial laundry.

She is survived by one son, Gary Wegman of Konawa; two grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Lillie Stephens; husband, William Wegman; and one sister, Bonnie Bullington..

Wegman

 

 

 

John Wesley

 

John L. Wesley Sr, 59, passed away at his home in Arlee on Sunday, April 12.

A member of the Seminole Nation, he was born in Holdenville, Okla. to Leon & Emma Wesley.

He was raised in Oklahoma and served in the US Army prior to his coming to Jobs Corps where he met his wife.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon Howard and Emma (Herrod) Wesley, Sr. of Wewoka, Okla.; his wife Luanna Plant Wesley, and a brother, Victor Wesley of Phoenix, Ariz.

He leaves behind his sons John Wesley Jr ( Kendra), and Charles Lucas Plant (Arrianna)., and daughters Malina RedHorn (Bucky) and Rolanda Wesley; 11 grandchildren, and brothers and sisters Ida Wesley Gonzales of Holdenville, Leon Howard Wesley Jr. of Owasso, Andy Wesley of Holdenville, Lee Wesley Gomez of Konawa, David Wesley of Okemah, Emma Ruth Wesley Harjo of Shawnee, and Letitia Wesley of Wewoka in Oklahoma.

A wake is at the Arlee Community Center with Rosary at 8 pm Thursday.

Wake closing will begin at 1 p.m. Friday with a mass celebrated at 2 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission in St. Ignatius with burial following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be presented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn West

 

Carolyn West was born on Nov. 25, 1944, in West Virginia.
She made Oklahoma her home in 1970.

She became ill in Oct. 2014, and after a long battle, the Lord took her home on Jan. 13, 2015.

When her soul departed this earth, she left behind sons Earl West Jr. and Michael West; daughters Dolly Bettis, Sherilyn West-Schexnider and Velma West; 38 grandkids, 64 great-grandkids; and lots of friends and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl West Sr.; her son, Rickey West; sister, Louise Hinzman; son-in-law, Jeffry Schexnider; daughter-in-law, Rachael West and great-granddaughter Shirley Ann.

Chick will be laid to rest on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Graveside service will held at Neal Cemetary, with Brother Guy Cagle Officiating.

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Richard Westphal

 

Richard Orville Westphal, 92 year old, longtime Seminole resident passed from this life Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 in Seminole, Okla.

He was born Feb. 1, 1922 in Gorman, S.D. to parents, Clarence Westphal and Margret "Maggie" (Rausch) Westphal.

Mr. Westphal joined the United States of America Army Air Force where he served during World War II.

During his time in the service he had flown 51 missions over Germany.

He also earned the American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; World War II Victory Medal; and the European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Service Stars.

Following his discharge from the military where he had earned the rank of Staff Sergeant, he went to work as a Dairy Farmer and Milk Producer in Central Oklahoma.

Mr. Westphal had also worked in Insurance Sales and in the Oklahoma Oilfields.

Mr. Westphal was of the Baptist faith and was also a long-standing member of the Dairy Farmers Association.

On Sept. 9, 1945 Mr. Westpahl married the love of his life, Nola Faye Maloy, in Long Beach, Calif.

The couple were married for 64 years.

That’s when sadly, Nola Westphal, passed from this life in 2009.

Mr. Westphal leaves to cherish his memory one son, David and his wife Mary Kay Westphal of Seminole, Okla.; three daughters, Linda and her husband Mike Palmer of Ada, Okla., Paula and her husband Tom Briggs of Pottsboro, Tex., Patricia "Tricia" and her husband Mike Griffin of Wolf, Okla.; one brother, Henry Westphal of Gettysburg, S.D.; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and dear friends.

Mr. Westphal is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Maggie Westphal, by his wife Nola Westpahl and by one brother, Maynard Westphal.

A Celebration of Mr. Westphal’s life will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla. with Military Honors.

Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud, Okla. with Rev. Sandy Harjo officiating the service.

Casket Bearers will be, Scott Jackson, Tavis Westphal, Brent Griffin, Michael Palmer, Chad Kneeland, and David Griffin.

Honorary Bearers will be, Tyler Hobbs, Roger Mabon, and Shane Ringels.

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

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Richard Wesphal

 

Richard Orville Westphal, 92 year old, Seminole, Okla. resident passed from this life on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 in Seminole, Okla.

He was born Feb. 1, 1922 in Gorman, S.D. to parents Clarence Westphal and Margret "Maggie" (Rausch) Westphal.

Mr. Westphal was a longtime dairy farmer and milk producer in the central Oklahoma area.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole with Military Honors.

Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud, Oklahoma.

Full obituary information is pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Williams

 

Funeral Services for Betty Lou Williams, 91, of Seminole, will be held Monday, April 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel with Kim Hayes officiating.

Betty Lou Williams was born Oct. 9, 1923 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the daughter of Levi A. Null and Grace M. (McLain) Null.

She died Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Blanchard, Okla.

Betty grew up in Ninnekah, graduating from Ninnekah High School.

She met Harold "Slim" Williams, in Lawton and they were married Oct. 19, 1943.

They raised their family of five children in Seminole and Betty resided there for over 50 years.

She worked at the Seminole Producer as a proofreader and at Bluebell Wrangler, a clothing manufacturer in Seminole, and also as a seamstress at Lillian Russell Clothing Manufacturing.

Betty collected salt and pepper shakers and also had a collection of angels.

She loved to read her weekly tabloid papers and she also loved to listen to country music.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Dennis and Billy Null, and her husband, Harold "Slim" Williams.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Nottnagel of Chickasha; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lynne Williams of Montgomery, Tex.; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Barbara Williams of Blanchard; daughter and son-in-law, Dana and David Taylor of Wewoka; son, David Williams of Moore; grandchildren, Diane Meek, Ronnie Franklin, Scott Franklin, Justin Williams, Aaron Williams, Jeremy T Williams, Jacob Williams, Cheyenne Williams, Melissa Brooks, Steven Hudgins, Richard Taylor, and Shonna Stone; sixteen great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 701 SE 82nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73149 and they may also be reached at (405) 632-9631 or at www.crossroadshospice.com.

Interment will be in Ninnekah Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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Dale Williams

 

Dale Williams was surrounded by family, friends and his loving wife Dorthy and his little buddy, Peanut when he loosed the chains of earth and entered heaven praising his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ on April 13, 2015.

He was born to Grace and Oren Williams on Sept. 28, 1930 in Oil City, Okla.

He graduated from Fox High School.

He married a little barefoot blonde, Dorthy Jean Jordan on Sept. 2, 1950.

He was a lifelong oilman beginning around the Healdton area, later working offshore in La., and returned to the St. Louis area in 1969.

He lived on his own land with cattle, oil wells and his wife and family.

This was a lifelong dream of his.

He accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of 13.

His decision began a beautiful journey through life which included working in the mission fields of Louisiana and serving as a deacon in Louisiana missions and here in Oklahoma.

He taught Bible studies to many people and shared Jesus with everyone he met.

There was rejoicing in Heaven when he entered because many of his friends are there because he shared his life with them.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jean Williams of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Glenna Rene and Tom Jackson of Maud, Okla.; son and daughter-in-law, Glen Dale and LaVeon Williams of Maud, Okla.; and daughter and son-in-law Billie and Ken Lowrie of Denton, Tex.; Grandchildren Bart and Jamie Jackson and great-grandson Jace of Norman, Okla.; Charessa and Jonathan Svec and great grands Alyssa, Aubrianna and Bryce of Elgin, Okla.; Joshua and Megan Williams and great grands Jackson Dale and Jules of Tecumseh, Okla.; Jordan and LaRae LaBouff and granddog, Chip of Hampden, ME and the Texas great grands Timothy, Austin and Faith Ann and the Missouri great grands Brooklyn, Madeline and Logan and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Louise Peard and Lucille Bennett, his brother Leon Williams, grandson Tyge Dale Jackson and great grandson Jude Robert Jackson.

The life of Dale Williams will be celebrated at 11:00 on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Trinity Baptist Church in Maud, Okla., where Dale served as a Deacon for many years.

Bro. Butch Bradley will be officiating the service.

Interment will follow at Collins Cemetery located in Saint Louis.

The family has requested that donations be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Falls Creek or Children’s Camp Fund in Memory of Dale Williams at P.O. Box 177, Maud, Oklahoma 74854.

Visitation will be at Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

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Carol Williamson

 

Carol Ann Williamson, age 69 and a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at her son’s home in Asher, Okla.

A memorial service will be at the home of Stanley Cannon in Asher, Okla. on Thurs. Feb. 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., and is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Okla.

Carol was born on March 22, 1945 to Mary Juanita (Rand) and Jesse Viau in Antioch, Calif.

She worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Konawa.

She is survived by her son, Stanley Cannon of Asher, Oklahoma; her daughter, Kim Daniels of Morris, Oklahoma, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Curtis Wilson Jr.

 

 

 

Curtis Wilson, Jr., age 52 passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at his home in Oklahoma City.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla.

Rev. Roy Robertson will officiate.

Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Seminole.

Pallbearers are Butch Courtney, Michael Wilson, and Travis Courtney.

Curtis was born in Oklahoma City to Curtis D. Wilson, Sr. and Wanda Gay (Beaver) Wilson.

After receiving his G.E.D., he worked as a warehouseman for a thrift store.

He is survived by his father, Curtis D. Wilson, Sr.; two sisters, Elizabeth Tooker of Mustang, Okla. and Annette (Wilson) Courtney of Norman, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Gay (Beaver) Wilson; grandparents, Carrie and Noah Wilson, and Daniel and Bettie Beaver; stepmother, Betty Wilson, and three aunts and three uncles.

Funeral services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

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Sharon Withers

 

Sharon Ann Withers, 66, Seminole resident died, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at her home in Seminole.

Sharon was born March 21, 1948 in Sentinel, Okla. to Velma Mae (Rochelle) and Eldon Blaine Radford.

Sharon was a homemaker, had worked for Wrangler for eight years and was a certified nail tech at Classy Cut’s in Prague, Okla.

She had moved to the Seminole area 45 years ago from Texas, and was a member of the Ideal Street Baptist Church.

Sharon married Jerry W. Withers on Aug. 27, 1965 in Weleetka, Okla.

She is survived by her husband Jerry W. Withers of the home, two sons Clinton Withers of San Antonio, Tex. and Jon Withers of Seminole, Okla., her daughter Jerri LeaAnn Tyler of Konawa, Okla., two brothers Jim Radford of Seminole, Okla. and Mike Radford of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, three sisters Mary Eldred of Sulphur, Okla., Gail Eddington of Moore, Okla. and Lana Barton of Sulphur, Okla., eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by Debbie Gribble.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m.., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Highway Baptist Church north of Seminole, with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to help with funeral services.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.K. Wright

 

L.K. "Ham" Wright, 88, longtime Seminole resident, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at his home in Seminole.

Mr. Wright was born January 9, 1927 in Clemscott, Okla. to Dorris (Braboy) and Willie B. Wright.

Mr. Wright worked for many years as a roustabout and service man for The Seminole Company, which was an oilfield service company in Seminole.

Ham attended and graduated from Asher High School.

Mr. Wright was best known to his close friends as "Ham" and "Hambo".

Ham could be seen many mornings at the Daylight Donut Shop drinking coffee and greeting friends with his longtime friend and running buddy, Sonny Miller.

They always had a corner table by the front door and loved to say hello to everyone, especially the children, and would always give the school kids a "High Five" as they left for school.

Ham loved to go fishing with Glen Braboy.

They spent many days fishing before Mr. Braboy’s death.

Ham also loved watching college sporting events.

Ham is survived by his brother, Herman Wright and his wife Ann, of Midland, Tex., sister Lois Everhart of Ontario, Calif., a sister-in-law, Gatha Wright of Tahlequah, Okla., several nieces and nephews and close friends, Charles and Betty Webster, Sonny Miller, Stan Kiker, all of Seminole, and Gene and Neta Webster, who preceded him in death.

Ham married Jeannie Lucas Wright on August 28, 1951 at the Free Will Baptist Church in Wolf, Okla., she preceded him in death on March 6, 1993.

Ham was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jeannie Wright, his son, Rickey, in 1956.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at the Little Cemetery, north of Seminole with his nephew, Keith Braboy officiating.

A visitation was held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Swearingen Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.

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Henry Yargee

 

Services for Henry Yargee, Sr., 61, of Allen are 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Levina Beaver Senior Center in Wetumka, Rev. Houston Tiger will officiate. Burial will follow at Wetumka Indian Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Yargee died Thursday, March 5, 2015 at his home.

He was born Aug. 30, 1953 in Talihina, Okla. to Phillip and Winey Scott Yargee.

Mr. Yargee was a packer with Solo Cup Company in Ada until his retirement.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Faye Yargee of Moore; son, Henry Yargee, Jr. of Oklahoma City; his grandchildren, Mason, Caden, Nasstasja "TaTa", Trey, Aydnick, Keland, Natalia and Araseli "Honey"; two great grandchildren, Ana-Lissa and Haleigh; seven brothers, Tarpie Yargee, Okemah, Robert Yargee, Okemah, Jacky Yargee, Okemah, Steve Yargee, Checotah, David Yargee, Okemah, John King, Nashville, TN and Wallace Scott, Yeager; four sisters, Evelyn McLemore, Wetumka, Bessie Talamasy, Holdenville, Rovena Yargee, Holdenville, and Josie Yargee, Holdenville; his companion, Lou Yargee of Allen; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three stepbrothers, Sam Yargee, Roman Yargee and Joseph Yargee; and two step-sons, Leonard Frazier and Reubin Frazier.