Alvin Yoesel

 

 

Alvin Yoesel, 90 year old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma. He was born February 12, 1926 to Edna and Walter Yoesel in Rulo, Nebraska.

In 1938 the Yoesel family moved to White Cloud, Kansas, where Alvin met his high school sweetheart, Norma Mann. Then on March 20, 1945, the couple married in Hiawatha, Kansas and moved to Augusta, Kansas. Alvin started working in the oilfields and in 1955 the couple moved to Arkansas City, Kansas.

In 1964 the oil business took the family to Seminole, Oklahoma. In the late 1960’s Alvin and Norma started N&Y Trucking Co. then in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s they opened N&Y Heavy Equipment Construction Company, where Alvin worked until his retirement in the 1990’s. Alvin and Norma were also very active members of the First Christian Disciple Church in Seminole.

Alvin and Norma took off to enjoy traveling throughout the United States. Later they joined the Terra Star Park, where Alvin served as president for several years. Norma and Alvin would spend many winters in south Texas with their friends.

Alvin and Norma moved to Eufaula in 2004 where they enjoyed retirement for the next ten years.

After losing the love of his life Alvin moved back to Seminole to live out the remainder of his life.

Alvin leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Sondra Aquilar and her husband Mike of Shelbyville, Illinois, Joyce Allen and her husband, Dewey of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Ivona Watson and her husband, Larry of Seminole, Oklahoma; by one sister, Glenita Thomson of Wichita, Kansas; 7 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 10 great great-grandchildren; and by a host of other family and dear friends.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, Edna and Walter Yoesel, by his wife of 68 years, Norma Aileen (Mann) Yoesel who died April 17, 2013; and by three brothers.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to, "Doll" Campbell and the staff of Seminole Care and Rehabilitation Center, the staff of Seminole Hospital, and to the ladies of Faith Hospice.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Pastor Mark Mucllough and Barry Tims officiating the service.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allie Yahola

 

 

Allie Yahola of Tulsa, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the age of 62. She was a nurse’s aid

Viewing for Allie will be from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Kennedy Midtown Funeral & Cremation, Tulsa, OK 8 N Trenton Ave.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday March 31,2016 at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Withers

 

 

Raymond Birl Withers a Ramona, Oklahoma resident, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016 at the age of 76.

Raymond was born September 19, 1939 in the community of Friendship, just outside of Wetumka, Oklahoma. He lived in Friendship until the age of 10 when the family moved to a farm two miles west of Wetumka.

While in school Raymond set state records in track. He excelled in the 440 and 880, which was a mile run. In 1957, he graduated from Wetumka High School.

After graduating from High School he enlisted in the Army National Guard where he earned the rank of Spec. 4. After his service in the Army National Guard, he was employed at a local truck stop in Wetumka, Oklahoma located at the Highway # 9 and Highway 75 junction.

Raymond met Carolyn Stringfellow and they fell in love and were married. They were not able to have children. They moved from Wetumka to Wewoka, Oklahoma where he was employed with Acker Industry. He worked for Acker until the business closed.

From Wewoka they move to Seminole where he found employment at Kelsey Hayes Axle. After 11 years with Hayes Axle, Raymond went to work for Koch Industry. While working at Koch he was transferred to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. While at Bartlesville he retired from Koch Industry. While living in Ramona, Koch asked him to become their pipeline walker, which he did for three years before retiring again.

Remaining in Ramona, Raymond said good bye to his loving wife and on February 5, 2016, he left this world to join her.

Raymond is survived by four brothers; Bob Royce Withers of Seminole, Oklahoma, Tommy Gerrald Withers of Jacksonville, Florida, Jerry Wayne Withers of Seminole, Oklahoma, Barry Lynn Withers of Auguadilla, Puerto Rico and his wife Carmanita; one sister, Margaret Kristine (Withers) Belle.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn Withers; three brothers, Earl Dean Withers, Carlis James Withers, Lee Roy "Leroy" Withers.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Highway Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating.

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

Messages of condolences may be sent to www.swearingenfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edna Wilson

 

 

Edna Mae Wilson, 71 longtime Seminole resident, died Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma. Edna was born November 9, 1944 in Seminole to Earl Colbert and Pearl (Mills) Colbert.

Edna was a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) at Pioneer Nursing Home in Seminole, Oklahoma. She enjoyed cooking, being with her family and her cats. She was a member of the Church of the Living God and Galilee Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Edna is survived by her son Walter Wilson and his wife, Norma of Baytown, Texas, her daughter Jennifer Freeman and her spouse Stephanie Freeman of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, three sisters Carmelita Jackson, Doris Littleton and Dorothy Wilson all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, her grandchildren Jermaine Vaden, Daymon Burris, KaPrisha Burris, Keirra Wilson, Kandis Ellison, Ashley Smith, Caleb Smith and Armani Parker and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Charles Colbert, William Earl Colbert and James Colbert and two sisters Carolyn Jane Smith and Linda Kay Miner.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Pastor J.C. Simpson and Rev. Geraldine Crawford officiating.

Honorary bearers will be, Gilbert Reese, Reginal Knighton, Randy Winrow, Phillip Wilson, Johnny Littleton and Steven Conway.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Wilson

 

Billy Gene "Bill" Wilson, was born August 28, 1929, in Plainview, Texas to parents Eugene Hendricks Wilson and J.W. "Billie" (Armontrout) Wilson. He attended schools on Petersburg and Plainview, Texas. Bill met Wanda Charlene Ogle on a blind date, and on June 2, 1949, they married in Olton, Texas.

Bill sold real-estate for an agency in Shawnee for one year before starting a real-estate and Tag agency partnership with Curtis O’Daniel in Maud, Oklahoma in 1968. The company was known as "Maud Farmers Land and Homes," later expanded to include "Maud Tool Company." In 1984 the Wilson’s built a new business, "Maud Flowers and Gifts." Bill later owned and operated along with his son Phillip, "Wilson Equipment Company," where they sold a wide variety of farm tractors.

Bill passed from this life on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 86.

Bill is survived by two sons, Joel Wilson of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Phillip Wilson of Seminole, Oklahoma; one daughter, Sheila (Wilson) Genoff of Bixby, Oklahoma; one brother, Tommy Wilson of Shawnee, Oklahoma; one sister, Lynda Dunn of California; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and by a host of other family and dear friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Wanda Wilson, by his second wife Karen Richardson-Wilson, and by two brothers, Johnny Wilson and Jerry Wilson.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Trinity Baptist Church where Bill served as a Deacon.

The Church is located on old Hwy. 99 south of Seminole in "Letha". Pastor Jared Byrns will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Visitation will be Monday, March 28, 2016 and Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Williams

 

 

Mary Viola "Ola" (Marx) Williams, 92 year old longtime Maud, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was born August 3, 1923 in Harjo, Oklahoma to parents Benny Carl Marx and Viola (Johnson) Marx.

Ola had worked for several cafes in Maud and had also worked for nursing homes in the area. Her main love was caring for children in her home. Ola was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who loved her family with everything she had. She was also a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Maud.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Monty Ray Jordan and his wife Hazel Jordan of Maud, Oklahoma; two daughters and a son-in-law, Bonnie Joy Demings of Seminole, Oklahoma, Sammie Earlene Anderson and her husband Luther Anderson of Maud, Oklahoma; one brother, Richard Marx of Hephzibah, Georgia; 8 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Ola was preceded in death by her parents, Benny Carl Marx and Viola (Johnson) Marx; by her first husband, Hughie Jordan; by her second husband Sammie Williams who died in November of 1996; 3 brothers, Carl Marx, Stanley Marx and Benny Marx; 3 sisters, Dorothy Jackson, Edith Boren, and Lorene Stalnaker.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Trinity Baptist Church in Maud, Oklahoma with Rev. Butch Bradley officiating the service. Interment will follow at Wolf Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Oklahoma (Phone 405-374-2424).

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

 

 

 

 

 

Doris Williams

 

 

Shawnee resident Doris D. Williams, 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

She was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Eastland County, Texas, to Herbert Alvin and Mary Etta (Burns) Aldridge.

Doris graduated from high school in Odessa, Texas.

She married James Thomas Williams on Jan. 9, 1952, in Odessa.

Jim worked in the oilfield industry in Texas. When they moved to Macomb, Oklahoma, in the '70s, Jim started his own oilfield business. When Jim retired in 1985, they bought an RV and traveled throughout the western United States and then settled back in Konawa. In Konawa, Doris co-owned D&D Flowers with her daughter, Dianne. Doris was an Oklahoma Master Florist. They also owned Broadway Diner where Doris made all the pastries and pies.

Doris devoted her life to Christ and lived her life according to His principles. She was a member of Northeast Freewill Baptist Church in Shawnee and was involved in many activities.

Doris was a charter member of the Spinning Spools Quilt Guild in Shawnee and the Dallas Guild. Over her years as a member, she held numerous positions including program director and president. Quilting was a huge part of her life. She was an accredited judge and appraiser, and she taught quilting. She would travel to different states for quilt shows. Her favorite was the Christmas Quilt Trunk Show that she presented with Ann Woods. She also spent a lot of time making quilts to donate to cancer survivors, natural disaster survivors, and women’s shelters, just to name a few. Doris was a generous person and if she saw someone in need, she would be the first to help. She was also devoted to her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother who was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank Angelic Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Doris and the family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Williams; parents; and sister, De Alva Aldridge Snell.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda Kay Williams Grandstaff and Robert Neil Grandstaff, Dianne Williams Hackett and Stanley Raymond Hackett Sr.; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; as well as numerous other family, church family, and friends.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at Resthaven Funeral Home with Brother Jimmy Ticer and Brother Quintin Kay officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Whitten

 

 

Craig Lee Whitten, age 64,of Norman, passed away from this world on Thursday, March 3, 2016, in his sleep at his home. The eldest son of Robert Lee Whitten and Agatha Z. Whitten, both deceased, Craig was a graduate of Seminole High School and attended the University of Oklahoma. He was a four year member of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band as well as the Seminole High School marching band.

An avid reader of science fiction and mystery novels, Craig inspired many in his family to become a reader. He was also quite a talker, like his father. Always a kind and gentle soul, no one can remember Craig ever saying anything bad about anyone else. He was always respectful to everyone he met. A diabetic since his teens, Craig never complained. He persevered through adversity in dignified and graceful silence. He was recently diagnosed with a rare form of deadly cancer, but in his typical way, Craig neither complained nor showed fear of death. Some of the last words he spoke were that he didn't want to inconvenience anyone by his illness. Craig was deeply loved by many and he loved his friends and family. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Craig was preceded in death by his beloved father, Robert Lee Whitten and his mother, Agatha Z Whitten, as well as his nephew Brandon Whitten and Michael Whitten; Craig is survived by his younger brothers, Reggie Whitten of Edmond and Kevin Whitten of Lenexa, KS, as well as his sisters in law Lynn and Rachelle; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces, all of whom he loved dearly.

On Wednesday, March 9th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Swearingen Funeral Home, friends and family will be provided a chance to pay their last respects to Craig.

A private memorial service will be held graveside at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10th, 2016, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Seminole under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma (Phone 405-382-3456).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donita Whitley

 

 

Donita June Whitley, a lifelong Seminole resident, passed from this life on February 5, 2016.

She was born on August 13, 1959 in Seminole to Donald Ray and Doris Mae (Chilcote) Melton. She was a member of Lords Community Church.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Coffee, son Michael Coffee, three brothers Rick, Mike and Terry Melton, one sister Teresa Birdwell, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at TFCU Donita Whitley Memorial Fund in Seminole, OK.

Funeral services are still pending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derril Wheat

 

 

Derril D.L. "Pat" Wheat, 84 year old Cromwell, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life at home on Thursday, February 25, 2016 with his loving family by his side. He was born July 18, 1931 in Snowmak, Oklahoma (just south of Seminole) to parents James Buck Wheat and Oma Hazel (Estep) Baker.

Mr. Wheat served in the United States Army in Korea. He was also a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma.

On October 23, 1951 Derril married Betty Jean Minie in Van Buren, Arkansas. Together they always enjoyed spending time at Webber Falls to camp and fish. Mr. Wheat enjoyed fish ponds, flea markets and being with his family.

Mr. Wheat retired after working 33 years for C&J Oilfield Trucking in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Mr. Wheat leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Laura Wheat of Seminole, Oklahoma, Darren and Khristy Wheat of Cromwell, Oklahoma; five daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Haworth of Maud, Oklahoma, Francis and Steve Keeney of Sasakwa, Oklahoma, Patsy and Ricky Haworth of Seminole, Oklahoma, Brenda and Eddie Johnson of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Joann Wheat of Seminole, Oklahoma; one sister, Oma Lee Jarrard of Skiatook, Oklahoma; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; and a host of other family and dear friends. He also had a very special dog, "Tammy" that stayed by his side until the end of his life.

Mr. Wheat was preceded in death by his father, James Buck Wheat; by his mother, Oma Baker; by his wife Betty Jean (Minie) Wheat on July 24, 2001; by one daughter, Patty Burns on November 8, 2014; and by one infant son, Derril Jean Wheat who died in 1956.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016 with Military Honors at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma. Mr. Wheat’s nephew, Terry Jarrard will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery (located north of Seminole on Hwy. 99).

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Webster

 

 

Robert Glenn " Bob" Webster, 94, longtime Seminole resident and businessman, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at Alliance Heath in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Bob was born on January 6, 1922 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and was the oldest son of Robert H. and Ninnon L. Webster. He grew up in Shawnee and graduated from Shawnee High School.

Upon graduating from high school, Bob joined the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving in active duty from 1941 to 1945. He was trained in mechanics and gunnery schools. When World War II was declared he was transferred from New Orleans, to California to a Reconnaissance Squadron. He flew long range patrols between the West Coast and Hawaii. He was then transferred to Florida, where he was trained on different air crafts and joined a Bomber Group. After his training and being transferred back to the west coast, Bob was sent to Guadalcanal where he flew in three campaigns and 65 combat missions. Bob returned to the states on June 1, 1944 and served as a flight engineer instructor until his discharge. He then entered East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, majoring in business and playing football. It was at this time he met and married his wife of 45 years, Mary Jo. They were married on December 18, 1945 in Dequeen, Arkansas and she preceded him in death on August 25, 1990.

While in the service, Bob’s parents moved from Shawnee to Seminole opening an appliance store known as "Webster Electric" on Main Street of Seminole, just south of the old Park’s Drug Store. In 1966 Bob bought his father out, purchased a building across the street and remained in business until his retirement in 1996. The Webster business represented Frigidaire products for 70 years. When the building burned in late 2012, although retired, Bob rebuilt on Main Street to help maintain an open, active business, which is now occupied by Sherwin Williams Paints.

Bob was a baptized Methodist for 81 years and a 32 degree Mason for 60 years. He was a past member of the Seminole Lion’s Club for approximately 30 years, a Life Time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Legion for 67 years. He was proud of his service to his country and a true American and friend to many in the Seminole and Shawnee area. He will be truly missed by all he knew and loved him.

At the age of 93 he was still serving his community. He volunteered at the Inner Faith Community Center and was an active member of the First United Methodist Men’s Club for 65 years. Bob served on the church board and was Sunday School Superintendent.

Bob loved golf and throughout his life, he had made several "Hole in One Shots". Bob was inducted to the Seminole Hall of Fame for a lifetime of service to the City of Seminole, on November 19, 2015.

Bob is survived by his son Dan Webster and his wife Marja of Los Angeles, California, his daughter Marcy Taber of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, grandsons Patrick Westerhoff of Kansas City, Taige Webster of Los Angeles, California, and grandson Bryan who lives in England, and two great-grandchildren Kahlaia and Koben Webster of Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church on Wrangler Blvd., with burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Oklahoma. Rev. Gary O. Wilburn will officiate at the service.

Viewing for Mr. Webster will begin Monday afternoon, however at the Funeral on Thursday the casket will be closed and not opened afterwards.

Friends are encouraged to contribute to the charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Napoleon Washington

 

 

Rev. Napoleon Douglas Washington was born to Fred and Dorothy Washington on June 17, 1950 in Wewoka, Oklahoma where he was also raised. Rev. Napoleon Washington who we called "Popo" changed addresses and went to his heavenly home that's not built by man on March 20, 2016 at the age of 65. His devotion to his family, his church family, and his firm belief in God showed us all how to live the faith until the end and ultimately gave him peace.

Rev. Napoleon Washington was blessed with a loving family. He was united in holy matrimony to his best friend, Regina Colbert, on August 19, 1972 in Stonewall, Oklahoma. From this union, was born a miracle daughter, Mekaelia Marquisha Washington. Napoleon helped raise Meka with patience, love, and humility. He taught her how to fall in love with Jesus! From the very beginning, he dedicated his daughter to God and encouraged her to explore the beauty of his holiness, leading her to become a Psalmist and worship leader.

Rev. Napoleon Washington was a friend of God and a true worshipper at heart! He was kind and always had time to answer a question, interpret a dream or solve a problem, no matter how small! As a Pastor, he taught his church congregation that without holiness no man can see God. He taught that a personal relationship with Jesus guarantees heaven!

He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with the heavenly Father and all is well.

Popo's beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of his wife, Regina Washington; his daughter, Meka Washington; his sisters, Ruthie Barnette, Linda Washington, Wanetta Rogers, Mechelle Washington, Norvell Brown; and his brother, Tyrone Washington; and a HOST of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Dorothy Washington; his sister, Sharon Washington; and his brother, Rickey Washington.

Rev. Napoleon Washington's wake service will be held on Friday March 25th from 7-9 p.m. at the Criswell Funeral home chapel in Ada Oklahoma.

On March 26, 2016, Rev. Willie Guient will officiate the service at First Baptist Church in Stonewall, Oklahoma at 11:00a.m.

Rev. Napoleon Washington will be buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

The family is grateful for all the flowers, prayers, condolences and memories shared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Underwood

 

 

Summer Dawn Underwood, 42, Seminole resident, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Sunday May 1, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma. "She is now absent from the body and present with the Lord."

Meske was born June 16, 1974 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Ramona Ponkilla and Ted Underwood. She is Mikasuki and Sweet potato, her traditional ground was Cheyahv. She grew up in Little community and graduated from Strother High School, in Northern Seminole county.

Meske was a homemaker and also worked with her mate Anthony Conley. She and Anthony were sports enthusiasts and OKC Thunder fans. She loved being with her immediate family and her extended family and friends. She loved old school music, took loving care of Boss and Lela her beloved dogs.

Summer lived in Oklahoma City for a number of years and decided she wanted to come back to her home community where she was loved and missed. She began attending the Lord’s Community Church where she found a peaceful place to hear about "God’s Grace" and worship with many other children of God. She loved her children and wanted to be a lasting part of their lives and often visited with her grandmother Marie.

Summer is survived by her mate Anthony Conley of Seminole, Oklahoma her daughter Kyla Forshee, Oklahoma City; her son Jacob Underwood, Oklahoma City; her mother Ramona Ponkilla, Oklahoma City; grandmother Marie Ponkilla, Seminole; her father Ted Underwood, step-mother Lisa Underwood, Seminole; her brother John Underwood and his wife Ginny Underwood of Yukon, Ok; she is also survived by three nieces, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

The body will be taken to the Lord’s Community Church in Seminole, Oklahoma on Thursday morning, May 5th, 2016 for a wake service that evening at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Lord’s Community Church in Seminole, at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6th 2016. The Rev. Juanita Moreland and Rev. CD Loftis will be officiating the services. Burial will follow at the Underwood family cemetery and will be officiated by retired Reverends Mildred Harjo and Abraham Jackson.

Casket bearers will be; Stephen Ponkilla, Ahalok Harjo, William Pipestem, Thunder Lena, Honece Pipestem, Cha-chio Pipestem. Honorary bearers; Robert Ponkilla, Micheal Paul Wolf, Anthony Tiger.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Stevens

 

 

Charlotte Sue (Detrick) Stevens, age 64 and a resident of Asher, Oklahoma, passed away from this life Thursday morning, March 31, 2016 at Purcell Municipal Hospital.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Louis Baptist Church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Audie Swinney will officiate and burial will follow at Avoca Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Robert Pitchford, Tanner Pitchford, Chris Berry, Claude Hale, Cody Hale, and Dustin Holdge. Tommy Campbell is an honorary pallbearer.

Charlotte was born June 8, 1951 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jessie Elmer Detrick and Melvina (Abney) Detrick. She graduated from Tecumseh High School and married Loran "Stanley" Stevens June 8, 1973 in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley Stevens of the home; one son, Nathan Stevens of Asher, Oklahoma; two sisters, Sherry Campbell of Earlsboro, Oklahoma, and Linda Martin of Dennison, Texas; four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Melvina Detrick; one brother, J.D. Detrick; and three sisters, Anna Mae Rushing, Phylis Jean Detrick, and Sharon Detrick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Steinman

 

 

Barbara Jean (Johnson) Steinman, age 72 and a resident of Seminole, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at AllianceHealth Hospital in Seminole.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Little Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, and Rev. Bill Chesser will officiate. Pallbearers are Gary Tolson, David Cole, and Billy Waller.

Barbara was born September 2, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Ralph Willard Johnson and Janet (Murphy) Johnson. She graduated from Dewey High School before attending college. She married Charles Thomas Steinman December 21, 1964 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Barbara worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Public Safety.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Steinman of the home; one daughter, Wendy Sparks and husband, Scott of Paoli, Oklahoma; one brother, Andy Johnson, and one sister, Kathryn Lynch of Bartlesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Janet Johnson; one daughter, Nikki Steinman, and one sister, Patricia Johnson.

The family will greet friends 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Stafford

 

 

Sandra Lee Ward Stafford, 69, passed away May 16, 2016 at her home in Ardmore, OK. She was surrounded by family and friends, and filled with love as she peacefully moved on to Heaven. Sandy was born on January 30, 1947 in Redlands, CA to Dallas and Dorothy Ward.

Sandy grew up in Southern California. Following graduation from San Bernardino High School, she married Robert Smith and made her life as a homemaker. Together they had two sons, Craig and Keith Smith. During the 1970's, she and Robert divorced and continued to raise their sons together through kindness and love.

In 1988, Sandy married Robert Stafford in Southern California, then they moved and made their home in Holdenville, OK. Together they built their farm and enjoyed the country life until his untimely death in 1994.

Robert was the love of her life, and Sandy never remarried. Sandy created a career for herself in Wewoka, OK as 1st Deputy at the Seminole County Assessor's Office. She worked there until health issues forced her into retirement in 2008.

In 2012, Sandy moved to Ardmore, OK to be closer to her family. She immediately joined and became involved at the First United Methodist Church in Ardmore. She was a part of many ministries in her church, her most favorite being Hospitality. Sandy loved gardening, fishing, dancing and especially shopping with her granddaughters.

Sandy was loved by all who knew her, always being remembered as the one who lit up a room and had a beautiful smile. Her taste in clothing and the colors she chose to wear always lifted spirits of those around her. Her beloved pastor Jessica Moffatt Seay once said it best - Sandy was not a lonely soul.

Sandy is survived by her sons, Craig and wife Shanna Smith of Ardmore, OK, and Keith and wife Lori Smith of Lake Arrowhead, CA. She had three cherished grandchildren, Andrew Smith of Lake Arrowhead, CA, Kelsey Smith of Ardmore, OK, and her "Peanut", Kailyn Smith, of Ardmore, OK. She is also survived by her brother, Ken and Barb Ward of Hesperia, CA, numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and her church family. She also had a very dear friend of many years, Julie Carr, who experienced life with her up until the very end.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stafford, her parents, Dallas and Dorothy Ward, one brother, Jim Ward, and a close friend, Robert Carr.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Ardmore on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:00am, with Reverend Brad Dery officiating. Sandy's final wish was for any family and friends who were able, to be a guest in her church on the following Sunday at 11:05am. She was at peace and happy she was joining Jesus, and wanted everyone to celebrate His life along with hers.

Please wear bright colors as she would wear, she did not want black. In lieu of flowers, Sandy wanted donations to be given to Ardmore First United Methodist Church, to be distributed to the Hospitality Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derrell Seigler

 

 

Robert Derrell "Dick" Seigler, 68 year old former Konawa, Oklahoma resident passed from this life on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Derrell was born March 9, 1947 in Olney, Texas to parents, Alvis Seigler and Robbie Lucille (Vann) Seigler. He attended Konawa Schools and went on to serve in the United States Army.

Derrell married Judith Gale "Judy" Megee on July 30, 1968 in Konawa, Oklahoma. Derrell was a truck driver for R & L Carriers.

Derrell is survived by his wife Judy of the home; two sons, Donnie Seigler of Denver, Colorado, Darin Seigler of Denver, Colorado; one daughter, Tracey Clark of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; three sisters, Ginger Collins of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Dorothy Dennison of Witchita Falls, Texas, Joyce Atkinson of Texas; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Derrell was preceded in death by his parents Alvis and Robbie Seigler; one brother, Leonard Seigler and one sister, Gail Johnston.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole, Oklahoma with Military Honors. Burial will be at Vamoosa Cemetery, south of Seminole on Highway 99.

Serving as casket bearers are: Donnie Seigler, Darin Seigler, Zachary Polk, Jeff Manovosky, Brandon Duck and Seth Duck. Honorary casket bearers are: Steve Duck, Darrell Mackey, Logan Snow and Denver Duck.

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

Messages of condolences may be sent to: www.swearingenfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Stailey

 

 

Ruby Lee Stailey, long time resident of Seminole, Oklahoma, passed away Monday May 9, 2016 at the age of 92 in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

Ruby was born July 14, 1923 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to parents William Daniel "Willie" Parsons and Laura (Hopkins) Parsons.

Ruby married Carl "Buster" Stailey, Jr. on April 17, 1946 in Ochiltree County, Texas he passed away in 2012. She was a homemaker and affiliated with 1st Assembly of God Church.

Ruby is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Laura Parsons; husband, Carl "Buster" Stailey, Jr.; two brothers, Russell Parsons and Tommy Parsons; two sisters, Helen Markkula and Jackie Good.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel of Seminole, Oklahoma with Rick Goodin officiating. Burial will take place at Little Cemetery, Seminole county, Oklahoma.

Serving as casket bearers are: Bryan Rawls, Cole Parsons, Don Dorn, Kelly Dorn, Stephen Rawls, Tim Clock and Tracy Bryant. Honorary casket bearers will be Terry Bryant, Tim Parsons and Rick Nichols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Rutledge

 

 

Former Okemah resident James Delbert Rutledge, age 76 years departed this life on Tuesday Feb 2, 2016 in Oklahoma City , Ok. Born June 23, 1939 in Okemah, Ok to the late Benjamin Magruder Rutledge and Flora Patrick Rutledge. He was a graduate of Okemah high school.

In 1957 he joined the Unites States Air Force where he was a loadmaster stationed in Casa Blanca Morocco, North Africa. After the Air Force he became trucking manager for Safeway stores and then trucking supervisor for Homeland stores. He later worked for O.B.I. as a driver delivering blood to hospitals.

James married Shirley Ann Stiffler on July 25th 1958 in Okemah, Ok and three children were born to this union. He was a member of Harvest Life International Church in Midwest City, Ok.

James is proceeded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers: Ed and Don.

James is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Rutledge of Harrah, Ok; daughter Melanie Washburn and son in law Kent Washburn of Choctaw, Ok: son Kevin Rutledge of Harrah, Ok: daughter April Rutledge of Harrah, Ok. eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service of Remembrance will be 10:00 a.m. Sat Feb 13, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka , Ok.

 

 

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Katy Robertson

 

 

Mary Katherine (Majors) "Katy" Robertson, age 88 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Avonlea Assisted Living Center in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Vamoosa Baptist Church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Rev. Bruce Sanders will officiate, and burial will follow at Dora Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Mark Ezell, Chris Freeman, Cory Walker, Bobby Carnes, Don Robertson, and Les Robertson.

Katy was born October 29, 1927, in Eldorado, Kansas to Louie Majors and Gladys (Miller) Majors. She graduated from Maud High School and attended college.

She married Henry Herman "Hank" Robertson December 24, 1946 in Bowlegs, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a group leader of Weight Watchers.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Robertson of Konawa and Tim Robertson of Allen, Oklahoma; one daughter, Becky Freeman of Konawa; three sisters, Dorothy Hollingshead of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Barbara Colvin also of Shawnee, and Betty Stafford of Bowlegs; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Gladys Majors; husband, Hank Robertson; three brothers, Robert Majors, Wilburn Majors, and Ray Hugh Majors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Reno

 

 

Ron Wayne Reno was born on August 17, 1976, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Seminole, Oklahoma, at the age of 39.

Reno, the son of Rick and Rhonda (Moses) Reno, was a resident of Prague. He graduated from Prague High School with the class of 1995. Ron married his high school sweetheart, Kelly Pickard, on September 19, 1998 in Prague.

Reno was the Prague softball coordinator for the North Canadian Softball Association and president of the Prague Youth Softball Association. Reno worked in the oilfield for a total of 21 years. He started out at Morgan Well Service, then went on to Best Well Service and finished out his career with 10 years at New Dominion where he was a well-site supervisor. In his spare time, when he had any, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, coaching his daughters’ softball teams and little league football. He really liked his DIY projects and tinkering in his shop.

Reno's maternal grandparents, Rayburn and Betty Moses preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his wife of 17 years Kelly Reno of the home; daughters Mallori Reno and Maylee Reno, each of the home; parents Rick and Rhonda Reno of Prague; in-laws Jeff and Cynthia Castleman of Prague, Jimmy and Jenny Pickard of Shawnee, Lavon and Louise Coomer of Prague, Everett and Freda Pickard of Shawnee; brother and sister-in-law Teddy Reno and Annah of Prague; sister and brother-in-law Rusty and Wes Seaton of Tecumshe; grandparents, Darrell and Ruth Reno of Stroud and Joyce and Gene Ellison of Prague; nieces and nephews Nylah, Landyn and Adalyn and many other family and friends

The Reno family will receive friends on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Prague with Bro. Tim Emmons and Bro. Scott Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow at Prague Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

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

Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtis Quillin

 

 

Curtis Ray Quillin, left this earth on January 10, 2016 at the age of 47.

Curtis was born in 1968 in Seminole, Texas to Karlos and Sally Quillin and he grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Curtis graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, while concurrently attending Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech, where he earned a certificate in welding.

In later years he earned an electrical certification. Curtis was a skilled craftsman and a licensed pilot. In his earlier years he worked in the oil field at Wallace Inc. and as a welder at Parks Tanks. He also worked as a Millwright for several years all over the state of Oklahoma, as a special circuits tech with AT&T.

His real passion and success was as a businessman and cattle rancher. Curtis was a much loved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Gone but never forgotten.

Please join us in a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 3rd at Enoch Kelly Haney Center at Seminole State College.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a random act of kindness, or donation of time or money to a charitable organization of your choice in Curtis’s honor.

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Purkey

 

 

Marion Gene Purkey, 62 year old, Tulsa, Oklahoma resident, and former Holdenville resident passed from this life on March 6, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born August 3, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to parents, Marion Hamelton Purkey and Winnie Jean (Dewberry) Purkey.

Marion graduated from Holdenville High School in 1971. On June 6, 1977 he married Sheila Dawn Carter in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Marion and his father owned and operated Purkey’s Glass in Holdenville, Oklahoma for many years. He owned and operated Purkey Enterprises as a property manager. Marion was a member of the Walnut Grove Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Mr. Purkey was survived by his wife Sheila Purkey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, one son Matthew Purkey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, two daughters Angela Buie of Stroud, Oklahoma and Rebecca Purkey of Tulsa, Oklahoma and his six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Joshua Purkey and his sisters Vickie Foster and Cathy Foster.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma, with John Sokolis and Randy Baumann officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be; Jeremy Foster, Jamal Khalil, Curtis Summers, Terry Shutts, Kevin Buie and Charlie Foster.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Phillips

 

 

Justin Lowell Phillips, 59, died Saturday, February 20, 2016, in Cromwell, Oklahoma. Justin was a former Seminole resident and was born July 13, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Jacky Phillips and Wanda (Bruce) Phillips.

Justin attended Bowlegs Public Schools and later worked in the Seminole oilfields as a Roustabout and Rig Hand for Joe Mills Well Service and Jerry Scott Drilling Company. Justin was a member of the Lord’s Community Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.

He is survived by a son Justin Glen Phillips of South Carolina, brother Ricky Glen Phillips of Cromwell, Oklahoma, nieces and his nephew and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an unborn daughter, his wife Carla Phillips, and his parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the Faith Hospice for their great care.

Swearingen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Pemberton

 

 

Charles F. Pemberton, Seminole Oklahoma resident passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the age of 86.

Charles was born August 17, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to parents, John Harvey Pemberton and Ruth Ellen (Dean) Pemberton.

Charles graduated from Overton High School in Overton, Texas in 1947. He was raised in East Texas and moved to Seminole seven years ago.

Charles was a member of the Church of Christ and employed in the oilfield industry as a supervisor for Baker Hughes Tools. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War; he was stationed in Germany for 17 months.

Charles is survived by his nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, John Pemberton and mother, Ruth Pemberton Allen; step-father, William Allen; brother, Jim Pemberton and sister, Willetta Sparks.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with burial taking place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole.

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

Messages of condolences may be sent: www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derrel Pearcy

 

 

Derrel "Hop" Verne Pearcy, 76 year old resident of Follett, Texas, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on March 28, 2016. He was born the youngest of four boys in Gorman, Texas on February 24, 1940 to Hollis Oda and Verne Ola (Cornwell) Pearcy.

After graduating High School in Seminole, Texas in 1958, Hop attended West Texas State and graduated from there in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

On June 9, 1962, Hop married Karen "Kack" Sue Bell in the United Methodist Church in Follett and to this union four children were born, Rebecca, Jessy, Kelly and Clay. Hop’s best friend from an early age was Guerry Wright and Kack’s best friend from early childhood was Ann Swope. After the marriage of Ann and Guerry, both couples thought it was great that best friends married best friends.

Hop began his teaching career in Carona, New Mexico where he spent two years before moving to teach in Carrizozo, New Mexico for four years. The Pearcy family moved to Maud, Oklahoma where Hop spent the next 26 years as Head Coach to the Maud Tigers.

Pencil art was a hobby of Hop’s and he was a pretty good artist. His family claims that Hop was a tractor connoisseur and a Brushhog addict. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Maud and attended the United Methodist Church in Follett. Hop was a great dad and coach and at times he thought he was a great cowboy.

Hop was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Peyton Pearcy; brothers Rod and Neil Pearcy; sister-in-law Delores Bell; and brother-in-law Lynn Brown.

He is survived by his wife Karen "Kack" Pearcy of Follett; daughter Rebecca and Terry Goodin of Macomb,OK; son Jessy Pearcy of Lordsburg, NM; daughter Kelly and Kelin Miner of Peidmont, OK; son Clay and Rochelle Pearcy of Newcastle, OK; additional family son Eddie Sweeny of Maud; brother Jan and Charlotte Pearcy of Fairy, TX; sisters-in-law Pat Pearcy, Barbra Brown and Barbara Pearcy; brother-in-law Vernor Bell; grandchildren, Kyle and Tara Goodin and Tyler and Missy Goodin all of Tecumseh, OK, Sarah Goodin and her fiancé Bobby Licklider of Macomb, Cody and Taylor Miner and Hunter Leslie Miner all of Peidmont, Parker, Preston and Paisley Pearcy all of Newcastle, and Derrel Paul Pearcy of Lordsburg; great grandchildren Emery and Ky Goodin of Tecumseh; several nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Services will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Maud High School Gymnasium.

Interment will be at the Fairmont Cemetery in Follett on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm.

Arrangements were entrusted to Scotty Schilling Funeral Director of Follett. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations made in Hop’s name may be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 186, Follett, TX 79034 or to the Maud Football Program, c/o Maud Public Schools, 306 W Main, Maud, OK 74854.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Patterson, Jr.

 

 

Russell Lowell Patterson, Jr., age sixty-six and a former resident of Seminole, Oklahoma, passed away from this life Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Grace Living Center in Oklahoma City.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Little Chapel, and viewing will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25th at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Russell was born July 22, 1949 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Russell Lowell Patterson, Sr. and Julia Pauline (Gurley) Patterson. He graduated from Seminole High School and served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1973. He was an auto and diesel mechanic.

Russell is survived by his mother, Pauline Patterson of Seminole; one son, Bucky Patterson of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Melissa Cervone of Seminole; one sister, Linda Clifton of Seminole; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Lowell Patterson, Sr. and one grandchild, Julia.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buster Parks

 

 

Billy Carl "Buster" Parks passed away March 3, 2016 in an Oklahoma City hospital from congestive heart failure.

Buster was born June 27, 1933 in Wetumka, OK. His parents were Evelyn Sellers and Beecher Parks. They preceded him in death.

Buster married Louetta Clark on April 20, 1952 in Wewoka, and they made their home there. Louetta and Buster were married 49 years. She preceded him in death August 30, 2001.

Buster worked hard all his life. He left school at the age of 13 and worked on the pipe lines to help support his mother and himself. He worked for Jonco Drilling for many years and then worked for Jerry Scott Drilling before he retired as a tool pusher. Buster loved fighting game cocks with his son Brent Parks . He was so proud of the many trophies he won fighting his chicken., The Governor received many phone calls from him when they out lawed fighting chickens, but he never got passed the secretary answering the phone.

Survivors include his four children B.J. Parks of Wewoka, OK, Vickie North and husband Ray of Little, OK, Pammie Fent of Wewoka, and Brent Parks of Okemah , his partner Ryan Bean, five grandchildren Jesse Smith of Wewoka, January North of Prague, Ray North III of Seminole, Krystal Bryant of Wewoka, and Whitney Pettes of Carlsbad, New, Mexico; ten great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Shirley and Preston Clark of Mannford, OK, Lavern and Sonny Russell of Pocassett, OK, Linda Green of Noble, OK and many cousins and other relatives and friends.

They would like to thank Ollie Kemp for her wonderful and compassionate care in the last years of his life.

Pallbearers will be Michael Moomey, Ray North, Ray North III, Brent Parks, B. J Parks, and Chris Parsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dewey Muirhead, Gaylon Linddeman, David Calvert, Hyatt Cayton, William Paul Vance, Preston Clark, Sonny Russell, and Jerry Scott.

The family will receive visitors at Busters home Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, March 7, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dan Factor officiating and burial to follow at Little Cemetery.,

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Palmer

 

 

Martha Mae Palmer, 82, longtime Seminole resident, died Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Seminole, Oklahoma. Martha was born May 6, 1933 in Konawa, Oklahoma to Walter Ceasar and Nancy (Alexander) Burgess.

Martha grew up in the Konawa area and attended Vamoosa School in Seminole County and was a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

She loved attending church at Spring Indian Church, and was a former member of the Seminole Indian Baptist Church of Konawa, Oklahoma.

Martha’s first marriage was to Johnny Notah from Hunter’s Point, Arizona; he came to live in Seminole County in 1946 after being honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps. They settled in Wewoka in 1950 and he lived there until his death in September 2000. Later she married Don Palmer who also preceded her in death.

Martha is survived by her two sons; Ronald W. Notah of Pensacola, Florida and Anthony C. Notah of Jamestown, New Mexico, her brother Jonas Burgess of Seminole, Oklahoma and half-sister Evelyn Puntka of Shawnee, Oklahoma, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, brother Rev. Alexander Burgess, sisters Francis Tanyan, Jane Burgess and Eliza Jessie infant brother and sister, Ina and George Burgess and granddaughter Ronesa "Pooh" Notah.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma, with John Campbell officiating, Burial will be at Little Cemetery.

Wake services will be held on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Casket bearers will be Antony Notah, Marvin Notah, Michael Notah, Tyler Boydstun, Bobby Boydstun, Jr. and Ronnie Burgess. Honorary bearers will be Nathan Notah, Charles Burgess, Lee Wayne Wood and Micah Notah.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvin Osborne

 

 

Marvin Osborne, age 78 passed away Saturday, March 19th, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Born to the late Marshall Lane Osborne and Olivia Guess in Konawa, OK.

Marvin graduated from Douglas High School , Wewoka, OK and worked for the International Union of Operating Engineers for a number of years as a crane operator. He was a member of Seminole Nation Tribe and the Tusekia Harjo Band. He married Beatrice Gray September 15, 1956 in Wewoka.

Preceding Marvin in death are his parents, granddaughter Annika Osborne, two brothers Arthur Clark , Jacob Osborne and sister Ethel Clark.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Beatrice (Gray) Osborne of the Wewoka home; children Sheila Osborne of McKinney, TX, Marvin Osborne Jr. of Ringgold, Georgia, Bruce Osborne of Wewoka, OK and Clint Osborne of Hollywood, Maryland P: eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frances Osborne

 

 

Frances Mae (Harjo) Osborne, age 76 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Chickasaw Medical Center in Ada, Oklahoma.

A Wake service was held at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa from 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016. A second Wake service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at High Springs Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Konawa. Dorsey Nero and Jimsey Harjo will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cosar Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Travis Hunter, Keith Billie, Rick Pemberton, R.D. Coody, Kevin Chapman, and David Farmer.

Honorary pallbearers are Skip Foster, Eddie Barnett, Walter Coker, and George Harjo.

Frances was born November 15, 1939 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Sa-che-me-che Harjo and Stella (Cosar) Harjo.

She is survived by her family, Becky Pemberton of Konawa, Oklahoma, Wanda Coody Coody of Konawa, Tonya Chapman and of Konawa, Regina Chase the Bear of Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Tisha Farmer of Allen, Oklahoma, Keith Billie of Konawa; three grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sa-che-me-che and Stella Harjo; her husband, Harper Osborne; her siblings, Dora Harjo, Diane Harjo, Amos Wolf and Henderson Harjo; and by her son, Ronnie Harjo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reta Newman

 

 

Reta Mae (Hardin) Jarvis Newman, 81, longtime Seminole county resident, passed from this life on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at her home north of Seminole. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Praise Center Assembly of God Church, east of Little. Pastor Chris Lee will officiate the services.

Reta was born to Benjamin Leslie Hardin and Ruby (Briggs) Hardin on October 2, 1934, near Wanette, Oklahoma. They moved from there in 1945 to 4 miles South of Ada, Oklahoma. Reta attended school at Ahloso Elementary School, then high school in Stonewall, where she was an active basketball player.

She met Leroy Jarvis at East Central College in Ada, Oklahoma, and they were married in 1952 after a short engagement. Reta moved to Little, Oklahoma where she and her husband ran a dairy, and Leroy worked for the Soil Conservation, building flood control dams in the 1950’s and 60’s. When they switched from the dairy to beef cattle operation, she went back to school and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from East Central in 1967. Reta taught home economics and science for Varnum and Seminole Public Schools. She was also the Administrative Assistant at the Seminole Police Department for several years.

Later, she married Dave Newman, and together they continued to run cattle on the farm west of Little. She and Dave loved to travel. She was active in the community and attended the Praise Center Assembly of God Church at Little. She was a great cook and on one occasion she even sold a coconut cream pie for $150.00 to benefit the Strother Volunteer Fire Department at Little.

Reta was the family matriarch and the hub of the cousins who depended on her as the keeper of the family history. For years she planned family reunions for both the Hardin and the Briggs families. She was a much-loved cousin.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Tess Jarvis Suter and her husband, Zachary Ryan Suter of the home; great grandson, Zachary Grant Suter of the home; her brother Jim Hardin and his wife Donna of Seminole, Oklahoma; her sister Minnie Nokes and her husband Jackson of Ada, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Bill Dulaney of Wynnewood, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Jarvis Skrdla, many cousins and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leroy Jarvis; Dave Newman, Sister, Jean Dulaney and her son John Phillip Jarvis and two infant daughters Jena Lynn and Neta Kathryn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Neel

 

 

Julia Margaret "Judy" Neel, lifelong Seminole resident passed away, Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Midwest City, Oklahoma, at the age of 76.

Judy was born May 5, 1939, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to parents, Joseph "Joe" Peschl and Christine Nichols. She attended John Marshall High School and Wright Business School of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Judy married Earl Neel in Oklahoma City, October 26, 1958. Judy was employed at Robertson’s Ham and J. C. Penney’s.

She loved traveling, spending time with her family, watching Jeopardy, and shopping for others. She was an avid collector and a member of the E S A and Twin Oak Baptist Church of Seminole, Oklahoma.

Judy is survived by one son, Richard Neel and LaDonna of Seminole, Oklahoma; two daughters, Diane Neel and Theresa Neel, both of Seminole, Oklahoma; one brother, Don Felker of Fort McCoy, Florida; three sisters, Minna Lu Krumland and Bill of Omaha, Nebraska, Debbie Seale and Gary of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; Karen Brooks and John of Nixa, Missouri; three grandchildren, Ashley Neel, Kirsten Stevenson and husband, Matthew, and Matthew Neel. She is also survived by special friends, Vera Rammage and Joyce Williams; special daughter, Connie Robbins; special grandchildren, Levi Brown and Paige Brown.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Christine Nichols; one brother, Gary Peschl; two sisters, Joella Riddle and her husband Henry Riddle, and Juanita Cumpton and her husband Paul Cumpton.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole with Rev. Will Macsas officiating. Burial will take place at Little Cemetery, Seminole County, Oklahoma.

Serving as casket bearers are: Steve Quinalty, Larry Roper, Mark Moody, David Brown, Victor Wright, Joshua Peschl and Lee Pearson. Honorary casket bearers are the men of Twin Oak Baptist Church.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Moomey

 

 

Michael R. Moomey, 72 of Wewoka, Oklahoma unexpectedly passed away April 30, 2016.

Son of Robert W. Moomey and Fern (Moe) Moomey. Mike was born May 20, 1942 in Malone, N.Y. He later moved to Massena N.Y. and graduated from Massena Central High School Class in 1962.

He was a Eagle Scout. After working at Alcoa in Massena, Mike moved to California where he worked at General Motors at the Van Nuys assembly plant until his retirement. Later, he moved to Oklahoma.

He is survived by his brother, Martin Moomey, of Newburgh, N.Y.; sister Anna Moomey of Winthrop, N.Y.; niece Emily Kinnear of Mason, WA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, nephew Luke Kinnear.

Services will be held later in New York for family and immediate friends.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelleta Molloy

 

 

Nelleta Phillips Molloy, 91, longtime Seminole resident, died January 18, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma, Nelleta was born April 14, 1924 in Seminole, to Noah Jefferson Phillips and Una (Woods) Phillips.

Nelleta was a lifelong Seminole resident and homemaker.

She married A.C. "Ace" Molloy on July 12, 1941 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and he preceded her in death on June 22, 1999.

Nelleta is survived by her daughter Janice Houser of Latrobe, Pennsylvania and her son Pat Molloy, of Seminole, Oklahoma, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

No public services were held for Mrs. Molloy.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey McMains

 

 

Harvey Jay McMains went to be with the Lord on December 27, 2015. Harvey was born in Oklahoma City in 1923 and spent his childhood as an Okie, graduating from Classen High School in 1941.

He went on to earn an engineering degree from the University of Texas in Austin and proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII.

Harvey's professional life was highlighted by a 28-year career at SW Bell and AT&T where he retired as a Vice President. In retirement, Harvey was a published author, a respected educator, a valued consultant and an exceptional gardener. He was particularly fond of roses.

Although Harvey had many accomplishments, his greatest was his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Jean Adell Porter.

Harvey and Jean or Grandma and Poppee, as they are affectionately referred to by their family, were married for 70 years. They raised 3 children, Suzanne Koudelka of Camp Verde, AZ, Mary Dencker of Milton, Delaware and Larry McMains of Newcastle, OK.

Poppee is survived by his wife Jean and their 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by many friends and family members and 2 great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William McCuan

 

 

Funeral services for William Edward McCuan will be held Thursday, January 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Little Cemetery in Seminole County, Oklahoma.

William Edward McCuan went to his Heavenly home on January 3, 2016 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He was born to James Arthur and Iva Mae (James) McCuan on March 16, 1927 in Watson, Oklahoma.

Mr. McCuan spent most of his childhood growing up in Oregon and New Mexico where he began working in the saw mills at an early age. He did civilian duties during WWII at Alamogordo, New Mexico and later moved to California where he met and married Ruth Louise Morphis. They were married June 23, 1953 in

San Joaquin, California. It was there that he began a lifelong love for operating heavy equipment. He worked as head repairman at Cal Portland Cement Plant for 10 years. After moving to Oklahoma he worked for Seminole County and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

He retired from there after 20 plus years of employment. Mr. McCuan was a member of the Talladega Masonic Lodge where he served as grand mater two times. He was very creative with everything he attempted to make of fix. The things that he loved the most was his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Wanda Louise McCuan and one brother, Fred McCuan.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ruth Louise McCuan of the home; two daughters, Eva Woodruff and husband David of Cromwell, Oklahoma and Tina Wilcox and husband Mike of Cromwell, Oklahoma; two brothers, Junior McCuan and wife Betty of West Monroe, Louisiana and Robert McCuan and wife Charlotte of Fresno, California; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Jessie Woodruff both of Cromwell, Oklahoma and five great-grandchildren, Tyler Woodruff, Haylie Wheeler, Kalab Woodruff, Wyatt George and Sydnie George.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Jonathan Woodruff, Tyler Woodruff, Justin George, Brian Morphis, Mike Morphis and Tim Morphis.

Honorary bearers include Kalab Woodruff, Wyatt George, Wayne Morris, Donald Morphis and David Morphis.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Andy Young and assisted by Ruby York.

Online condolences may be made at "http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby McClanahan

 

 

Ruby Lynn (Williams) McClanahan, 36 year old Tecumseh, Oklahoma resident and former Seminole resident went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 31, 2016 surrounded by family and friends following a battle with cancer.

She was born November 27, 1979 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to parents Marie Francis (Keck) Williams and Harold Rudolph "Rudy" Williams.

Ruby graduated from McLoud High School in 1997. She worked as a CNA and a Homecare provider.

On October 15, 2012 Ruby married Brent E. McClanahan in Lexington, Oklahoma.

Ruby was a member of the Church of God in Maud, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her husband, Brent McClanahan of the home in Tecumseh, Oklahoma; her mother, Marie Williams of Cayce, South Carolina; 3 sons, Gage Bickel of Cayce, South Carolina, Tyler E. Watson of Oklahoma, Landon Ford Eugene McClanahan of the home; 2 daughters, Macie Renee McClanahan of the home and Kyndrea Belle McClanahan of the home; 4 brothers, James "Jimmy" Williams of Bryant, Alabama, Rudy Williams Jr of Oklahoma, George Williams of Harrah, Oklahoma, Glenn Williams of Oklahoma; 4 sisters, Joann (Williams) Smothers of Cayce, South Carolina, Eva Williams of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Carolyn Williams of San Fidel, New Mexico, Carrie Williams of Oklahoma; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father Rudy Williams in 2001 and by one brother, Richard Williams.

Visitation will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016 and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2016 at the Church of God located at 600 W. Main Street in Maud, Oklahoma with Pastor Dan Kasper officiating the service. Interment will follow at Council Creek Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be: Brent McClanahan, Gage Bickel, Jimmy Williams, Little Jimmy Williams, Jeremy Bullock, and Blaize Blankenship.

Honorary Bearers will be: Jessie Williams, Josh Williams, and Tracey Travis.

The family request that donations be sent to the Church of God at P.O. Box 190 Maud, Oklahoma 74854 in Memory of Ruby (Williams) McClanahan.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

John McCartlin

 

 

John Bryant McCartlin, 52 year old, Shawnee, Oklahoma resident passed from this life on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born December 26, 1964 in Dallas, Texas to parents Glen McCartlin and Maggie (Smith) McCartlin.

The family will receive friends at Swearingen Funeral Home, Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., January 19, 2016.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Rev. Bill Barnett and Father Paul Zahel O.S.B. officiating the service. Interment will be at Vamoosa Cemetery located south of Seminole.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Prudie McCabe

 

 

Prudie Mae (Ramage) McCabe, 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away on February 17, 2016. She was born on December 31, 1933 in Seminole Oklahoma to Willis and Meadie (Mitchell) Ramage.

She married her high school sweetheart Douglas J McCabe in Seminole on August 22, 1952.

She leaves behind her husband Douglas, her son Douglas Jr (Sharon) McCabe, her daughter Melody (Douglas) Laubach, 2 sisters Edna Hudson and Sheila (Bob) Lanning. She is also survived by her 3 grandsons Chris and Matt McCabe and Travis Laubach, 4 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Armalee Payne-Vincent, a brother WL Ramage, a nephew James Payne, and a niece Tricia Lawrence.

Prudie graduated from Seminole High School in 1952. She and Doug made their home in Arizona since 1960. Prudie was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She had a great love of reading, genealogy and her dachshunds.

 

 

 

 

 

Vicki McAnally

 

 

Vicki Lynn McAnally, 56, Seminole resident, died Friday, March 25, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma. Vicki was born on September 28, 1959 in Prague, Oklahoma to Johnny Vaughn and Opal (Warrenburg) Vaughn. She grew up in the Little community and graduated from Strother High School, northeast of Seminole, Oklahoma.

Vicki was a homemaker and a very good cook. She loved to collect bear figurines, cross stitch, music and being with her family.

She married Mitch McAnally on February 12, 1988 in Arkansas.

Vicki is survived by her husband Mitch McAnally of Seminole, Oklahoma; one daughter Brandi McAnally of Seminole, Oklahoma; her siblings, Ron Vaughn of Seminole, Oklahoma, Ann McSperitt and her husband Danny of Bowlegs, Oklahoma, Gayla Conn and her husband, Dale of Moore, Oklahoma, Linda Wilcox and her husband Buster of Seminole, Oklahoma, Gerald Vaughn and his wife Janey of Seminole, Oklahoma and Anita Lemmings and her husband Tom of Seminole, Oklahoma. She is also survived by her granddaughter Serina McAnally.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be; Curtis Bowerman, Jimmy Rodebush, Rick Ginn, Frankie Walker, Mickey Knight, Danny McSperitt. Honorary bearers will be her nephews.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Williams

 

 

Mary Viola "Ola" (Marx) Williams, 92 year old longtime Maud, Oklahoma resident passed from this life on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born August 3, 1923.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Trinity Baptist Church in Maud, Oklahoma with Rev. Butch Bradley officiating the service. Interment will follow at Wolf Cemetery.

Full obituary information is pending with Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey Lovett

 

 

Mickey Lee Lovett, 59 year old Purcell, Oklahoma resident, and former Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life Monday, April 11, 2016 at Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born July 19, 1956 in Seminole, Oklahoma to parents Ralph Lee Lovett and Adrian Lee (Landrith) Lovett.

Mickey graduated from Seminole High School in 1974. On June 14, 1975 he married Cindy Buchanan in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Mickey worked for Firestone Tire Company where he was a tire builder.

The couple moved to Purcell 23 years ago from Seminole. Mickey was a car hobbyist who also enjoyed mowing his yard.

Mickey is survived by his wife of almost 41 years, Cindy (Buchanan) Lovett of the home in Purcell, Oklahoma; by one son, Daniel Lovett and his wife Amber of Purcell, Oklahoma; by one daughter, Tanika (Lovett) Mason and her husband Chris of Norman, Oklahoma; by one brother, Paris Lovett of Eugene, Oregon; by one sister, Sharon Lovett of Purcell, Oklahoma; by four grandchildren, Malachi and Maddox Mason of Norman, Oklahoma and by Logan and Parker Lovett of Purcell, Oklahoma; and by a host of other family and dear friends.

Mickey is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Lee Lovett and Adrian Lee (Landrith) Lovett, by his twin brother, Rickey Lovett, and by two sisters, Linda Robinson and Beverly Walters.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Little Cemetery located north of Seminole, Oklahoma with Larry Buchanan officiating the service.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Love

 

 

William L. Love, 63, Bowlegs resident, died Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at his home. William was born August 17, 1952 in Bowie, Texas to Albert Christifer Love and Irma Iune (Fitzgerald) Love,

William grew up on a turkey farm in Jamestown, California and moved to Bowlegs, 6 ½ years ago from Calipatria, California.

William attended and received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California and his Master’s degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. William was a High School Agriculture Education Teacher for 38 years in California, Idaho and Montana. William was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bowlegs, Oklahoma, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He met Mary A. (Brunk) Love at the Moreno Valley High School in Moreno Valley, California and were married on December 17, 1977 in Sunnymeade, California.

William is survived by his loving wife 38 + years Mary A. Love of Maud, Oklahoma, two sons Clayton Allen Love of San Antonio, Texas, William Stuart Love of Dothan, Alabama, a daughter Leigh Ann Gallion of Edgewater, Maryland, one sister Chris Koschnitzke of Racine, Wisconsin, five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Bowlegs, Oklahoma with Rev. Andy Quinton officiating.

Flowers may be sent to Swearingen Funeral Home at 1001 N. Milt Phillips Ave. Seminole, Oklahoma 74868.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry LeJeune Jr.

 

 

Larry James LeJeune, Jr., 49 year old Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He was born June 30, 1966 in Jennings, Louisiana to parents, Larry James LeJeune, Sr. and Laura Mae (Babineaux) Perry.

Larry graduated from Lake Arthur, Louisiana High School in 1984 and went on to join the United States Marine Corp. While serving our country, Larry earned the Sharpshooter Rifle Badge and the Good Conduct Medal.

On September 6, 1995 Larry married Antoinette Marie "Toni" (Ryder) LeJeune in Lake Arthur, Louisiana. Together the couple moved to Seminole, Oklahoma in 2011. For the past four years the couple worked together at "Lunch and Such" restaurant in Seminole, where Larry was one of the cooks and Toni worked alongside of him.

Larry liked to golf, play poker, hangout with his friends, and he loved to cook.

Larry is survived by his wife of almost 21 years, Antoinette "Toni" LeJeune of the home in Seminole; his father, Larry James LeJeune, Sr. of Sulphur, Louisiana; his mother, Laura (Babineaux) Perry of Lake Arthur, Louisiana; his paternal grandmother, Lena LeJeune of Jennings, Louisiana; one son, Quintin LeJeune of Jennings, Louisiana; two daughters, Michelle LaVergne of Hathaway, Louisiana, Krystal Benoit of Lafayette, Louisiana; three brothers, Bo LeJeune of Lake Arthur, Louisiana, Shannon LeJeune of Lake Charles, Louisiana; three sisters, Leslie Courts of Lake Arthur, Louisiana, Deidra "Dee Dee" Moses of Jennings, Louisiana, Charla Riley of Jennings, Louisiana; three grandchildren, all of Hathaway, Louisiana; and a host of other family and dear friends.

 

Larry is preceded in death by one son, Robbie Benoit who died in 2009, by two brothers, Dwayne LeJeune who died in 2010, and by Robbie Perry who died in 2011, and by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather.

Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Matthews & Son Funeral Home Chapel located at 318 Kellogg in Lake Arthur, Louisiana 70549. Brandon Fruge, will officiating the service.

Honorary Bearers will be: Bill Green, Russell McKelvie, Brian Adams, Bo LeJeune, Mike Courts, and Quintin LeJeune.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Lowell Lay

 

 

Lowell Thomas Lay crossed the finish line Friday April 19th, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Lowell was the first child and only survivor of three boys born to Eddie Harlow and Lillian Pearl Chambers Lay. Lowell was born in Boonville, Arkansas on December 8th, 1931.

He played professional and semi-pro baseball and is listed in the national baseball archives. He worked for Goodrich Tire building tires to play on Goodrich's baseball team and worked there for 25 years.

Lowell married Billye Riggs at the age of 19 and fathered his son; John Thomas Lay, two daughters; Denise Stone who precedes him in death and Kara Sue Watterman of Springfield Missouri.

Lowell married Bernice Smart Ogle December 24, 1977,

Memorial Service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday April 21, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chris Baker officiating.

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

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Kreeger

 

Danny Allen Kreeger, 60-year-old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Monday, April 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He was born February 27, 1956 in Hobbs, New Mexico to parents, Billy Wayne Kreeger and Billie A. (Goodwin) Kreeger.

A graduate of Seminole High School in 1974, Dan earned his Associate’s Degree from Seminole State College in 1976.

On July 26, 1975 Dan married Jane Ware at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma. Their wonderful marriage lasted nearly forty-one years. They had two sons, three grandchildren, and made many wonderful memories together. Dan was a hardworking and admirable father, providing and caring for his family throughout the years.

For over 35 years, Dan owned and operated Specialty Tire LLC. on East Broadway Street, here in Seminole, OK . It seemed like Dan knew nearly everyone in the Seminole community, providing them tires and services on their vehicles for more than three decades.

Customers became friends, and Dan was known to barter by trading tires for local goods to help those who didn’t have money to pay. He often forgave debts due to death or illness and quietly helped many people. If a man passed away that owed a debt Dan would never ask a widow to pay, and instead would consider the debt forgiven. Dan was a tireless worker and trustworthy businessman. His presence in the community will be missed. He leaves the company in the hands of his eldest son, Kyle.

Dan was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Seminole. He had fond memories of his time in the youth group. Later in life, Dan supported his youngest son, Colt, as he entered ministry and began work as a missionary and pastor.

Dan loved the town of Seminole and was active in the community in many ways. He participated in local fishing and hunting clubs, and had numerous lifelong friendships with local residents. He had a lifetime hunting and fishing license and made good use of it. Dan was a Buckmaster scorer and enjoyed hunters bringing their prize deer antlers down to his shop.

Many in the area know Dan through his 17 years of work with the Seminole Tiny Chiefs Football Association. For most of those years, Dan served as chairman and organized games, coordinated coaches and teams, maintained equipment, and so much more. 

Dan and his best friend, Ron Hill, began this work as a way to support their children throughout their Tiny Chief years. Dan continued running the organization long after his boys and nephews were no longer participating; seeing the smiles on young players and cheerleaders was a joy to him. He touched many young lives.

Dan was happiest when he was with friends, spending time at the lake, or hunting for deer and turkey. He was an outdoorsman from the days of his youth, and an excellent deer hunter. Dan worked as hard as anyone, but he always took time to relax through boating sand bass fishing at Lake Eufaula, or watching the forest from a tree stand on Tate Mountain.

He built his dream house at Lake Eufaula and intended to spend many summer and holiday weekends there with family and friends. Dan left this life too soon, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Dan leaves to cherish his memories his wife of almost 41 years, Jane (Ware) Kreeger of the home; two sons, Kyle Kreeger of Seminole, Oklahoma, Colt Kreeger and his wife Heather of Greeley, Colorado; his father, Bill Kreeger of Seminole, Oklahoma; his sister, Mitzi and her husband Gene Houck of Seminole, Oklahoma; his mother-in-law, LaVonne Ware of Seminole, Oklahoma; his sister-in-law, Teresa and Steve Dean of Seminole; three grandchildren, Jackson, Reece, Jett Kreeger all of Seminole, Oklahoma; two very special friends, Ron and Joyce Hill of Seminole, OK; and a host of nieces, nephews, and a number of dear friends. Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Kreeger (2013); by one brother, Derrell Kreeger (2008); and by his father-in-law, Jim Ware (2001).

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Seminole First Baptist Church located at 420 Reid Street in Seminole, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at Little Cemetery located north of Seminole on Hwy. 99.

Serving as pallbearers: Kyle Kreeger, Colt Kreeger, Kade Houck, Chad Houck, Jeff Dean, Mike Duncan. Honorary Pallbearers: Ron Hill, Randy Chaffin, Zane White, Chuck Stennett, Dwayne Goodnight, Gene Houck, Steve Dean, Rodney May, Gerald Jones, David Wilson.

In honor of Dan’s memory, donations can be made to the Oklahoma chapter of "Hunters Against Hunger" by going to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/donations/hah.aspx.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma, with Matt Pollock and Colt Kreeger officiating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice Jackson

 

 

Eunice Faye Corbett Jackson, 82, of Eufaula, passed away on January 11, 2016. She was born on January 29, 1933, in McMann, Oklahoma the daughter of Mack Daniel and Bertha Owen (Johnson) Corbett.

She attended Dundee School for eleven years but left school to get married. On August 17, 1950, Eunice married Bruce M. Jackson in Gainesville, Texas. Bruce and Eunice moved to Augusta, Georgia where Bruce was in basic training. They made their home in Pruitt City until Bruce’s death in 1997.

Eunice owned and operated Millie’s Café in Countyline for fifteen plus years. It sold in 1992. She was a member of the Ratliff City Baptist Church in Ratliff, Oklahoma.

Survivors include: Ernest "Babe" Smith, of the home; her daughters, Thurza Baker of Seminole and Holly Belvin and husband Luke of Ft. Worth, Texas; her sisters, Thelma Myrick Slackey and husband Coy of Durant and Geraldine Cordell and husband Delbert of Norman; three grandchildren, Stephen and Adam Baker of Seminole, and Rae Ann Buchanan of Grand Prairie; and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bruce Jackson, son, Bruce Eugene "Gene" Jackson, sisters, Juanita Bray and Lois Warner and her brothers, Eugene Corbett and Lawrence Corbett.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Kelley Memorial Chapel with Dr. Rev. Marvin Chamberlin officiating.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Baker, Adam Baker, Luke Belvin, Tony Buchanan Jr. (Big Tony) and Tony J. Buchanan 3rd (Little Tony). Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.

Burial will follow at 3:30 at the Velma Cemetery under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hbmfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doris Jackson

 

 

Born to Nellie and David Roberts, Doris Imogene Jackson, born Doris Imogene Roberts, came into the world on April 26, 1927 and passed away at her home on March 24, 2016. She was 88 years old.

Gene and her family moved to Globe when she was 14 from Seminole, Oklahoma. She attended Globe High School and worked at the local Upton’s.

She married Don L. Jackson on Feb. 10, 1951 and they lived in the area all of their married life.

Gene also worked in the Men’s Department at JC Penney’s in downtown Globe and for several years, she worked in the office at Cablecom Cable Company.

She retired in the early 1980s to begin doing the things she loved, like gardening, bird watching, going to yard sales, shopping, cooking, arguing with dad and spoiling grandchildren, then later great grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her beloved husband, Don Jackson in 2002 and her beautiful daughter Karen Jean Smith in 2015.

She leaves behind children, Darrell Jackson (wife Pam) Mark Jackson (wife Leslie) and Jeri Byrne (husband Bill); grandchildren, Darren Smith, Justus Byrne, Kristi Smith, Leslie Petty, Kurt, Zachary and Nicholas Jackson; and great grandchildren, Rylee Byrne, Kaleb, Kyle and Keilen Petty. Siblings Dene Deal, Don Roberts, Joyce Foley and Wayne Roberts.

She was the rock of our family and she will be greatly missed.

Services will be held at the Central Heights Baptist Church on April 2, 2016. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and services at 10 a.m. with a brief graveside service at Mountain Breeze Cemetery, and then a fellowship at Central Heights Baptist Church, located at 5773 E. Main St., Globe, Ariz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Huntley

 

 

Thomas (T.S.) Huntley was born October 4, 1965 to Stella Mae Huntley and Jake Huntley, the 13th born child. A loveable person that will be missed.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Donna Huntley; six sisters, Shirley Huntley, Lillie Huntley, Adella (Billy) Stephens, Ruby Huntley, Lavoris Huntley and Pearl Huntley along with a host of nieces and nephews, all of Wewoka.

He was proceeded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

A graveside service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Westwood Cemetery with Rev. Rickey Burton officiating the service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Hunter

 

 

Martin Linsay Hunter, 79, Wetumka area resident, and former Seminole resident, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at his home. Martin was born on January 7, 1937 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Lester Hunter and Eva (Atchison) Hunter.

Martin retired from Pacific Gas and Electric in California after many years of service to that company as an electrician. He served as a private in the U.S. Army in 1954. He was also a Mason.

Martin married Shirley Janet Turner on March 8, 1958 in San Pablo, California and she preceded him in death on November 14, 2007.

Martin is survived by his two daughters, Kelly Diane Currier and Carla Helen Malouf both of Wetumka, Oklahoma, his sister Nina Murphy of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, his son Robert Hunter and great-grandson Nicolas Hunter.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma, with Pastor Brad Burton officiating at the service. Burial will follow at the Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be; Jesse Bunyard, Robert Silveria, Robert Malouf, William Malouf, Randall Malouf, Matt Murphy, Brandon Hunter and Robbie Hunter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hulwa

 

 

Former Seminole County resident John Joe Hulwa, age 61 years passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK. Born January 29, 1954, in Okemah, OK to the late Andy Hulwa and Sallie Roberts Hulwa.

John was a graduate of Butner Schools and worked for Collegiate Caps and gown as a material cutter for over 20 years. He was a member of Greenleaf Baptist Church.

Preceding John in death are his parents, wife Mildred and sister Nell Marie Bemo.

Survivors include his daughter Rebecca Hulwa of Oklahoma City, OK; sisters Emma Fish of Okeechobee, FL, and Bernice Fish of Oklahoma City , six grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wake service will be 7:00 PM Friday, January 22, 2016 at Greenleaf Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Greenleaf Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Harjo officiating and Rev. Legus Harjo assisting with interment at Greenleaf Baptist Cemetery. The body will be taken to the Church at 3:30 PM on Friday.

Pallbearers will be Reese Bert Jr., Dalton Bert, Stephen Harjo, Leney McNac Jr., Roland Roberts, Randy Roberts, Sonny Hale, and Jimsey Fish.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Perry, Frank Coachman, Alex Fish Jr., and Pablo Cardenas

Funeral arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Hughes

 

 

Martha Anna Hughes was born at home in north east Edmond on March 15, 1925. She passed away in her sleep of advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at The Fountains at Canterbury, Oklahoma City. She was 90 years old.    Martha was the daughter of Dudley Dewitt and Anna Theresa Ellis. 

She grew up on a farm during the depression when times were hard.  As the oldest child she looked after her younger brothers while her parents tended to the work on the farm, including gardening, milking, baking and canning.   She is a graduate of Meridian eighth grade, attended Pleasant Valley school in Edmond and graduated Arcadia high school in 1943.

Immediately out of high school she joined thousands of other girls wanting to help the war effort and became "Rosie the Riveter."  Martha worked at the Douglas plant in Midwest City.  She was a bucker who worked opposite the riveter as the crew assembled C-47 Skytrain Cargo planes for the war in Japan.  Just as soon as the war was over, so were the jobs at the plant.   She later worked for the Daily Oklahoman as a proofreader, for the Macklanburg - Duncan plant, and for the City Bus station café.

She was married to and divorced from Bernard Stiles.  Together they had one daughter, Anna Sue Stiles Austin. 

Martha later married Lloyd Hughes. They were married for 45 years before his passing in 2003.  They resided in many locations including Laverne, Woodward, Maud, Bowlegs, but the majority of their life together was spent in the Seminole area where she has many lifelong friends.  

A woman of many gifts and talents, Martha loved to cook and was good at it.  In the 1960's she and Lloyd ran the L & M Café in Bowlegs.  Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Hughes owned or managed several Cafés.  

Over the years, she helped her husband run a bicycle repair shop, a mechanic shop and a number of used goods and swap-shop stores in the Seminole area.  Several years during the summers they would travel from Texas to Wisconsin selling glassware and other goods on the county fair circuit.    

Martha loved her blended family.  Besides Martha’s daughter, Lloyd had three children from a previous marriage who they would guide and support as parents.  They were also foster parents to several boys who they loved like their own children and who they kept in touch.  

Preceding her in death are her parents Dudley and Theresa Ellis; her infant brothers Kenneth and Walter Ellis; her infant sister Opal Ellis; her husband, Lloyd Hughes; son, Rex Hughes; brother, Dewitt Ellis; Bernard Stiles; sister-in-law, Leigh Ellis.

Survivors include her daughter, Anna Sue Austin of Midwest City; her son Luther  Cauldwell of Oklahoma City; her brother, Woodrow M. Ellis of Edmond;  her daughter, Donna Stewart (Wesley) of Amarillo, TX; Loretta Jean Ronhounde of Amarillo; grandson, Mark Allen Austin (Christina) of Seminole; granddaughter, Jill Nunnelley, of  Seminole; granddaughter  Tonya  Wren (Matt) of New Orleans, LA;  Dean  Hughes (Elaine) of Topeka KS; And great grandchildren Patrick Austin (and fiancé  Nikki) of Seminole;  Steven Austin of Seminole; Kaylee Grandstaff and Helen Nunnelley, both of Seminole; Brandon McGraw, Oklahoma City; Theron McGraw, Tecumseh; Haley and Cameron Hughes of Topeka, KS; Sister-in-law Roberta Ellis of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Loved by all who knew her, she will be missed by many relatives and friends. 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond.  A Memorial service will be held in Seminole on Friday, March 4th at 2:00 pm at the Swearingen Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alma House

 

 

Alma Lucille (Wilhelm) House, 95 year old Avondale, Colorado resident and former Seminole County, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Crowley County, Colorado. She was born December 13, 1920 in Scottsboro, Alabama to parents, Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Wilhelm and Willie "Mae" (Roach) Wilhelm.

On February 23, 1938 Alma married William Columbus House in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Alma lived in Seminole County for 74 years where she was a member of the Wolf Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Alma is survived by three daughters, Patricia A. Fowler of Avondale, Colorado, Virginia A. Reekie of Livingston, Alabama and by Linda D. Jackson of Waurika, Oklahoma. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and by a host of other dear family and friends.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, T.J. and Mae (Roach) Wilhelm, by her husband, William C. House who died April 15, 1985, and by one son, Pete E. House who died December 20, 2011.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Wolf Cemetery with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating the service.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Williams

 

 

Helen Imogene (Pierce) Williams was born June 17, 1922 near Duncan, OK to John and Ella Pierce.  She passed away on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, KS.  Helen is the youngest of John and Ella's eight children. 

On July 12, 1941, Helen married Oscar C. Williams and lived in Oklahoma until 1950.  Helen and Oscar moved to Wichita, KS with their two small daughters, Gloria and Judy. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters Bea, Nell Barker, Ruth Bogart, and her brothers Dempsey Pierce, Bob Pierce,  and CR "Kido" Pierce, husband Oscar, daughter Gloria Crabtree, sons-in-law Jerry Crabtree and Jim Ross. 

She is survived by daughters Judy Ross and Kathy Williams and son Charles (Jetta) Williams nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services are scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Oklahoma . 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's name to Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center or Botanica in Wichita.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Haworth

 

 

Teddy R. "Ted" Haworth, 67 year old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Seminole Care and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole. He was born November 3, 1948 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to parents, Milton Haworth and Gracie Elizabeth (Stockham) Haworth.

Following Ted’s graduation from Seminole High School in 1968 he went on to serve our Country in the United States Navy. He later went on to earn his associate degree from Seminole State College.

Ted married Carolyn Sue Morrison on December 28, 1974 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Ted had worked as an ordained minister, and then as a truck driver for, Tiger Truck, Independent Tank Co., Oklahoma Liquefied Gas Co. and for the City of Seminole. He was a member of the Haney Methodist Church.

Ted leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 41 years, Carolyn Sue Haworth of the home in Seminole; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Holt of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; three brothers, Ricky Haworth and of Seminole, Oklahoma, David Haworth of Seminole, Oklahoma, Jeff Haworth of Seminole, Oklahoma; one sister, Sharron Morris of Seminole, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Ted was preceded in death by his father, Milton Haworth, by his mother, Gracie Elizabeth Haworth, by his twin brother, Eddie Haworth, and by one sister, Janet Streets.

Private family services are scheduled.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ostie Harjo

 

 

Ostie Jane (Merritt) Harjo, 63, Wewoka resident, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in Wetumka, Oklahoma. Ostie was born July 28, 1952 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Wesley Green Sr. and Cora Mae (Lena) Green. She grew up in Wewoka, Oklahoma, where she lived most of her life. She attended Justice Schools, New Lima Schools and Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Ostie was a homemaker and was a member of the Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church, southwest of Wewoka, Oklahoma. Ostie was a proud tribal member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

She is survived by five sons; Mose Merritt of Wetumka; Edmond Harjo of Ada; Clifford Harjo of Wewoka; Charlie Harjo of Atoka; Isaiah Harjo of McAlester; one daughter, Yahnah Factor of Seminole; three brothers Billy Merritt of Seminole; Wesley Green, Jr., and Oscar Bunner both of Wewoka; four sisters Kizzie Wildcat of Wetumka; Vanessa Green of Wewoka; Linda Martin of Seminole and Mary Woods of Maud; 12 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Ostie was preceded in death by her parents; a son Christopher Merritt, Maternal grandparents Charley and Winey (Joshua) Lena, Paternal Grandparents Ena and Annie (Harjo) Green, a brother Charles Merritt, two great nephews and two great nieces, family and friends.

Funeral services are planned for 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Rev. Houston Tiger officiating. Burial will follow at the Fixico-Lena Family Cemetery, south of Wewoka, Oklahoma.

Wake services will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

Casketbearers will be Mel Lena, Muskoke Yargee, Justin Patton, Russell Daniels, Tom Culberson, Jr., and Hunter Woods.

Honorary bearers will be Justin Wildcat, Mark Factor, Tommy Culberson and Rick Woods.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Haas

 

 

Beatrice D. (Guinn) Haas, age 89 and a longtime resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away at her home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa. Rev. David Sutton and Rev. Quinton Kay will officiate. Burial will follow at Vista Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Kirk Etheridge, Scott Haas, Randy Haas, Jake Kay, Ron Kinnamon, and George Wallace. Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Davis, Jim Stockton, Ernest Stuckey, and Mace Perry.

Bea was born April 21, 1926 in Konawa to Rev. E.J. Guinn and Lee (Oxley) Guinn. She graduated from Shawnee High School, and married George E. Haas on October 26, 1945 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

She was a member of the N.E. Free Will Baptist Church of Shawnee. She also worked at Sears and at Kress stores.

She is survived by one son, Harold Haas Lou of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one daughter, Connie Lee (Haas) Kay of Konawa, Oklahoma; three sisters-in-law, Mary (Haas) McCuistion of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, Nancy (Schultz) Haas of Garland, Texas, and June Haas of Waldron, Arkansas; five grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. E.J. Guinn and Lee (Oxley) Guinn; her husband, George E. Haas; four sisters, Beulah (Guinn) Kinnamon, Vesta (Guinn) Sparks, and Wanda (Guinn) Sangster, and Earlene (Guinn) Perry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenora Gutierrez

 

 

Lenora Christine Gutierrez, age 36 departed this life on Monday, February 1st, 2016 in Wewoka, OK. Born February 16, 1979 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Les Arnold and Genell Rhea Arnold,

She was a graduate of Bethel High School and worked for IQOR Call Center as a Customer Service Agent.

Lenora and Patrick Gutierrez were married April 11, 2007 in Wewoka, OK.

Survivors include her parents, Less and Genell Arnold, of Bethel Acres, husband Patrick Gutierrez, children Ashton Ford, Aaron Ford, and Patrick Gutierrez III all of Wewoka, OK., brother Andy Arnold of Sublette, KS, sister Lori Zwermann of Bethel, OK, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Service of Remembrance will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 6, 2015 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Collyer officiating.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Seminole animal shelter.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronnie Golden

 

 

Ronnie Golden, age 65 of Seminole, departed this life Sunday, March 6th, 2016 in Midwest City, OK. Born December 19, 1950 in Oklahoma City, OK to the late Bernie Golden and Mattie Peirson Davidson.

Ronnie was self-employed automotive painter. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church Wewoka.

Preceding Ronnie in death are his parents.

Survivors include children: Porter Golden of Norman, OK, Stephanie Golden, Ryan Golden, Brent Golden, Zachary Golden all of Wewoka, OK and Elizabeth Golden of Norman, OK; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday, March 11, 2016 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Wewoka, with Rev. Larkin Byrd officiating and burial to follow at Westwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beuna Glenn

 

 

The funeral for Beuna Verlene (Bigham) Glenn, will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Ada, OK with Bro. James Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Swan Hill Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Henninger~Hinson Funeral Home.

Beuna was born April 24, 1927 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Charley and Lela (Suttle) Bigham and passed away January 18, 2016 in Enid. She was raised in Fittstown, Oklahoma where she attended McLish High School. Beuna married Floyd Alfred Glenn on April 2, 1944.

She was an active member in First Baptist Church, Seminole, Oklahoma, First Baptist Church, Seminole, Texas and First Baptist Church, Durant, OK. Active on many church committees, she was very proud of creating Worship Banners – mostly for First Baptist Church, Durant.

Beuna was an accomplished seamstress, fashioning clothing for the family and many clients. When her business changed direction to become "Beuna’s Drapery", she decorated homes throughout Oklahoma, west Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

Beuna is survived by her daughters, Linda Hutto; Shirley and husband Jim Suttle; granddaughters, Amber, Dalaina and husband Ross, Angie and husband Andy; four great-grandchildren, CJ, Alexis, Jack and Oliver; sister Sue Aday and numerous other family members and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Alfred, and one brother, Charles.

Condolences may be made on-line at www.enidwecare.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Charley Gilbert Jr.

 

 

Charley James Gilbert, Jr., 75, lifelong Seminole county resident, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016, in Seminole, Oklahoma. Charley was born October 12, 1940 in Wewoka, Oklahoma, to Charley Gilbert Sr. and Eva Lee (Sandrige) Gilbert.

Charley served his country in the U.S. Army as a sergeant from 1961 to 1967. He was a certified auto body technician for Fred Jones Ford in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for many years where he had earned the top service award for two consecutive years.

He was a member of the Ethiopian Reformed Coptic Church of Christ, east of Seminole in the Nobletown area, where he served as General Bishop.

He was married to Claudia Ann Stephens Gilbert on November 15, 1959 in Wewoka, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife Claudia Ann Gilbert of Wewoka, Oklahoma; son Billy W. Stephens and his wife Adella of Wewoka, Oklahoma, his daughters, Sandra D. Doolittle and her husband Ray of Wewoka, Oklahoma, Towanda L. Phillips and her husband Robert of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rhonda Gilbert- Stovall and her husband Derick of Chesapeake, Virginia and Kelley V. Gilbert of Wewoka, a brother Clavis Gilbert and his wife LaRue of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and a sister Lena M. Ingram of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, twelve grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

Graveside services are planned for 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Machpelah Cemetery (8.2 miles east of Seminole on highway # 9 and south 3 tenths of a mile) with Roy M. Stephens and Claud Stephens, Jr. officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Garrison

 

 

Ronald Allen Garrison, of Dallas, Texas, son of Robert and Saundra Garrison, of Seminole, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Dallas. Ron was born on April 16, 1966 in Broken Arrow and was a dialysis patient for 10 years.

A memorial service is set for Saturday, April 9th at the Chapel at Little Cemetery.

Ron was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Mary Garrison, Chester and Ruby Baker; uncles, Wayne Baker, Johnny Baker and Benny Smith; aunts, Suzanne Polson and Morna Baker.

He is survived by his parents, his brother Robert Wayne Garrison, of Woodstock, Ga.; his aunt Linda Smith, of Shawnee and uncle Norman Polson, of Independence, Kans. and a nephew Marine Sgt. Robert William Garrison, of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Cremation was conducted by A. Cremation of Mesquite, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Franklin

 

 

The Greatest Generation lost one of its own when Robert Leonard (Bob) Franklin made his transition on May 13, 2016. Bob was born April 30, 1925 in Duncan, Oklahoma.

The son of Leonard (Frank) and Alma Franklin, he had two sisters, Irene and Loretta. Bob was moved with the family at the age of four to Seminole where he grew up, graduating from Seminole High School in 1943. He was concerned that he might be drafted to serve in World War II before graduation since he wanted to get his diploma before enlisting in the Army Air Corps.

He did get to graduate and by 1944 found himself with the 8th Air Force in Attlebridge, England. Bob was a B-24 navigator and had flown 32 missions at the age of 19. He was injured once, was awarded a Certificate of Valor, earned five Air Medals and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. His last mission was April 16, 1945, about two weeks before his 20th birthday.

After separation from the service with a Reserve Commission, he entered Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) where he was a member of Kappa Sig fraternity. He was recalled to active duty in 1947 and became First Lieutenant during his second tour of duty. Discharged in 1953, Bob completed his degree in history and government at the University of Oklahoma in 1955.

He worked in the Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center in St. Louis, Missouri until retirement. While there he became an accomplished artist, specializing in portraiture. Bob was also an avid golfer.

Bob is survived by his sister Loretta Franklin Jones, a niece Tracey Elizabeth Harris, a nephew John (Mack) Harris, Jr. a grand niece Megan Harris, and the love of his life, Janet Sherrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister August Irene Sherrod.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Walker Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kris Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole. Walker Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. To share memories, or to sign the guest book online, please visit www.walkerfuneral.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mable Faulkner

 

 

Mable Marie Faulkner, 86 year old longtime Maud, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life just past midnight on the morning of Sunday, February 7, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Dewey Lee Faulkner.

A celebration of Mabel’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Church of God in Maud, Oklahoma with Pastor Dan Kasper and Pastor Robin Thames officiating the service.

Full obituary information is pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma. www.swearingenfuneral.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mabel Faulkner

 

 

Mabel Marie Faulkner, 86, passed from this earthly life on Sunday, February 7, 2016, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Dewey Lee Faulkner.

Left to cherish her memory are; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Melissa Faulkner of Hooker, Oklahoma; daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Don Hale of Eufaula, Oklahoma; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Jim Storts of Knoxville, Tennessee; special sister-in-law, Virginia Griffith and husband Bob, of Seminole, Oklahoma; her 10 grandchildren; Dana Faulkner of Spearman, Texas, Allyssa Gutierrez of Hooker, Oklahoma, Jonathan Faulkner of Guymon, Oklahoma, Joshua and Andrew Faulkner of Alva, Oklahoma, Donnie Hale of Maud, Oklahoma, Tina Tanyan of Seminole, Oklahoma, Jason Storts, Tammy Lopez and Tonya Toth all of Knoxville, Tennessee, 16 great-grandchildren; Mariah Mitchell, Zach Saylor, Roman Rodriguez, Emily and Jonathan Gutierrez, Tyler Johnson, Amanda Smith, Alex and Caleb Storts, Dominic and Manny Lopez, Ethan, Anna, Caroline, Nicholas and Lydia Toth and 11 great-great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews and friends.

Mabel’s life was completely changed in 1952. Dewey’s aunt, Zelma May Daniels, invited her to a service at the Church of God, in Maud, Oklahoma, where she gave her life to God and became a new creature in Christ Jesus. Pastor Dan Kasper was her faithful pastor for nine years in Maud, where she loved worshipping with her precious church family.

The last two years of Mabel’s life were lived and enjoyed in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Jim. Pastor Robin Thames was her faithful pastor in Knoxville, where she enjoyed worshipping with the people of God, just as she had in Maud, the 61 years she was there.

Mabel always had a smile for a friend and stranger alike. She was a woman of great faith in God. Her love for others was clearly seen in all she did.

A celebration of Mabel’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M., February 13, 2016, at the Church of God, in Maud, Oklahoma at the corner of Highway 9A and Main Street. The family will greet friends and church members at 9:15 A.M., Saturday at the Church of God. Private family burial services will follow at Cummings cemetery in Maud.

In Lieu of flowers, Mabel asked that donations be made in memory of her to the Church of God Building Fund, sent to Pastor Dan Kasper, P.O. Box 190, Maud, Oklahoma, 74854.

Services are under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Fair

 

 

Willie Bernard Fair departed this life October 15, 2015 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 54 years.

Born January 8th, 1961 in Oklahoma City to the late Willie Fair and Martha Ann Roberts. He was a graduate of Wewoka High School.

He enlisted with the US Army November 30, 1984 and served until February 2, 1987. After that he made his home in Tulsa, OK and worked as a warehouse worker.

Preceding Willie in death are his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Survivors include his sister Deborah Bert of Spencer, OK; four brothers Gerald Roberts of Lexington, OK, Steven Sandridge of Los Angels, CA, Leon Jackson of Atoka, OK, and Tryrone Fair of Shawnee, OK: two aunts Ms Curly Ann Lewis of Midwest City, and Nellie Mae Myers of Oklahoma City; one uncle Carnell Fair of Wewoka, OK and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be 1:00 PM Saturday February 20, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Willie Guient officiating. Internment at Westwood Cemetery under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berni Ensminger

 

 

Bernice "Berni" Virginia Ensminger, of Hugo, OK, passed away January 8, 2016, in Paris, TX. Berni was born on July 14, 1936, to Oscar Warner Sheppard and Canzadie "Sadie" (Woolever) Sheppard at the Dixie Lease in Seminole County, OK.

She grew up in Wewoka, OK and Fresno, California where she graduated from the West Coast Bible School Junior College. She also lived in the Bay Area in California and worked in retail store decoration in San Francisco before returning to Oklahoma.

She married George Donald Ensminger Sr. on July 7, 1958, in Wewoka, shortly after George’s graduation from Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University). They later lived in Ada, OK prior to their move to Hugo in 1970.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Springs Chapel Cemetery.

Berni was very talented in the arts. She was a skilled interior designer, oil painter, photographer, and writer. She wrote short stories, poetry, and music and had several articles published.

She was the founding president of the Little Dixie Art Association and coordinated the art show at the Choctaw County Fair for several years in the 70’s. She was a member of the Southeast Oklahoma Art Guild and a chairwoman for the Oklahoma Arts and Humanities.

Berni spent many summers in Taos, NM, studying oil painting with artist Tico Mascarenas and collaborating with other artists in that art community, including the late R. C. Gorman, the internationally recognized Native American artist.

She enjoyed the Taos community, establishing relationships with not only local artists but also the Indian dancers of Taos Pueblo. On summer evenings at the Pueblo-owned Kachina Lodge, Berni could be found assisting the child dancers in adjusting their authentic tribal costumes prior to dance performances. Berni enjoyed and loved Taos so much that she considered it her ‘second’ home.

Berni had a beautiful singing voice and played the piano, organ, guitar, and accordion. As a 10-year old, she sang on the KSMI radio station in Seminole, OK. In the 1960’s, she sang on several television shows in the Ada, OK market and as a featured country vocalist at rodeo events. At various times, she sang in gospel choirs in California and with the 1000 member voice choir for Benny Hinn Ministries in Tulsa and Houston. She loved classic country, gospel, and Broadway music, including her favorite musical "Camelot".

During Berni’s work career, she worked in retail merchandising as a buyer for Sears and Wal-Mart and spent several years in the insurance industry with the Walter White Insurance Agency and later Farm Bureau. She and her husband George owned and operated the Olde Postlight Antique Shop in downtown Hugo in the late 90’s.

Berni loved working in her yard. She enjoyed collecting angel and Santa Claus figurines, blue and white porcelain, and flow blue glassware. She loved to travel, visit flea markets and antique stores, shop, and watch any old or new western movies. She was a fan of Oklahoma State University sports and activities as several family members attended the university at one time or another.

She is preceded in death by her husband, George, her sister, Beatrice Conger, and her brothers, O. C. (Junior) Sheppard Jr and Harold Sheppard. Also, a niece, Janie Sheppard Porter; four (4) nephews: Dennis Roe, Danny Weeks, Tommy Sheppard and Eddie Sheppard; beloved brother-in-law, Ed Conger; and sister-in-law, Trina Sheppard. Waiting on her in heaven, too, is a lifetime of family pets, including but not limited to Herman the dachshund mix and her beloved poodle, Cindy.

She is survived by her son George Donald Ensminger Jr and wife Debbie Dove of Las Lunas, NM; her daughter Denise Smith and husband Gary of Boswell, OK; three (3) grandsons: Cole Smith and wife Jamie of Boswell, OK, and Dalton Smith and wife Paige of Durant OK, and Justin Dove and wife Erin of Las Vegas, NM; and several nieces and nephews, Barbara Roe of Wewoka, OK; Cindy Abernathy of McAlester, OK; Sherry McNichols of Tulsa, OK; Julie McGee and husband Mike of Laramie WY, Buck Wilson and wife Judy of McAlester, OK; Robert (Robby) Sheppard and partner John Martin of Ft. Smith, AR; Ricky Sheppard and wife Toni; and Mitch Sheppard of Denver, CO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lois Emarthle

 

 

Lois Janett (Foraker) Emarthle, age 82 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away from this life Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at her home.

A wake service is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 at the funeral home. Rev. George Harjocee will officiate, and burial will follow at Alex Emarthle Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Calvin Harjo, Neal Harjo, Solomon Garrison, Jonah Garrison, Casey Tsosie, and Haydoekeo Tsosie.

Honorary pallbearers are Gary Tomahsah, Mick Weryackwe, Ricky Harjo, Robert Bushy, George Anaya, Steve Harjo, and T.J. Overbey.

Lois will be taken to the home Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for viewing, and she will be brought back to the funeral home Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the Wake service.

Lois was born August 16, 1933 in Sulphur, Oklahoma to Charles Foraker and Amanda (Cooper) Foraker.

She married Alex Herbert Emarthle June 21, 1953 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. She was a Chickasaw Tribal Member and a member of the Standing Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Alan Emarthle of Six Nations Reserve, Canada; five daughters, Debra Harjo of Seminole, Darlene Emarthle of Konawa, Denise Emarthle of Konawa, Diane Emarthle of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Melody Emarthle of Konawa; two sisters, Charlesetta Carrillo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Laquita Tomahsah of Lawton, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Amanda Foraker; her husband, Rev. Alex Herbert Emarthle; one grandson, Aaron Harjo; and one sister, Charlotte Nevaquaya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Elliot

 

 

Kenneth W. Elliott age 82 passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at his Tulsa residence.

Ken was born May 5, 1933 in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma to Walter Elliott and Arlie (Lyles) Elliott.

He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. He married the love of his life, Ruth E. Canaday, in Cromwell, Oklahoma.

Ken worked as a union carpenter in the building industry for twenty years. He was a member of Eastland Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Arlie Elliott and his son, Kenneth (Kenny) Elliott, Jr.

Ken is survived by his wife, Ruth Elliott, his children Jeanny Allensworth of Cromwell, Oklahoma, Shreta Martinez of Alice, Texas, Sylvia Campbell of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Scott Elliott of Catoosa, Kenneth Elliott III "Rusty" of Claremore, Linda Edens of York, South Carolina, his stepdaughters, Shelia Morgan of Broken Arrow, Sherrie Dawson of Verdigris, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Private family services are being planned.

Arrangements were entrusted to Schaudt’s Glenpool Funeral Service and Cremation Care. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences to the family online at www.schaudtfuneralservice.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Dunn

 

 

Edith "Irene" (Harper) Dunn, lifelong Seminole County resident, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Seminole Care and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole at the age of 90.

She was born September 13, 1925 in Seminole County to Samuel and Edith M. (Britton) Harper.

Irene graduated from Varnum High School in 1944. She worked for a short time at Douglas Aircraft after high school.

Irene married Clyde E. Seay and he preceded her in death in 1968. She later married Marvin Dunn on May 14, 1969 in Seminole and he preceded her in death on January 23, 2009.

Irene is survived by one son, Ronald Seay of Seminole; daughter, Pamela Blalock of Seminole; grandchildren, Kerry Robertson and husband Shane, Casey Lyle, Kevin Lyle, Katie Therrien and husband Carl, Brittany Hamilton and husband Brian; great grandchildren, Jacob Blalock and Gage Robertson; great-great-children, Raylee and Weston; nephews, Bill Jones, Gerald Jones and Kenneth Charles Self; niece,

Teresa Quiett; special close friend, Sissy Bailey and a host of other family and friends.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sherry Chambless on December 20, 2008; two sisters, Alma Jones and Helen Self; two brothers, Eugene and Alvick Harper and her beloved dog, Skip.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Little Cemetery in Seminole with Larry Vickers officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Driggers

 

 

Charles Driggers, 70 year old Seminole County resident passed from this life on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born October 18, 1945.

He was recently preceded in death by his wife Susan Carolyn (Willard) Driggers on September 26, 2015.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Driggers

 

 

Charles David Driggers, 70, Wewoka resident, died Monday, January 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born on October 18, 1945 to Charley Mosely Driggers and Wilma Jane (Riley) Driggers.

Charles was a longtime coach and teacher in the following schools, Fillmore, Wister, Dustin, Coleman, Bowlegs, Butler and Justice Schools south of Wewoka where he retired in 2013. Charles graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma in 1973.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Susan Driggers on September 26, 2015.

Charles was survived by his daughter Michelle Nelson of Seminole, Oklahoma, David Garrett Driggers of Seminole, Oklahoma, two grandchildren and his sisters, Ann Massengill and Jan Casey, six nieces and nephews and several other family members.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma, with Rev. Jason Yarbrough officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Condon Grove Cemetery near Milburn, Oklahoma with David Boggs officiating.

The family will receive friends at a visitation on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole Oklahoma is in charge of service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gladys Donaldson

 

 

Gladys Chadick Donaldson departed this life Monday, March 28th, 2016 in Muskogee, OK at the age of 78 years. She was born in Eufaula, OK on March 21, 1938 to the late Jesse Luke Moody and Grace Pearl (Prater) Moody.

She worked for Jerrell Clothing Factory as manager in the sewing department. Her hobbies were bowling with the league, country dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Preceding Gladys in death are her parents, first husband Bob Chadick.

Survivors include her husband Darrel Donaldson of Ft Worth, TX; two sons and spouses Bob Chadick and Teri of Norman, OK, Tom Chadick and Kelli of Nashville, TN; step-sons John Donaldson and wife Jan of Ft Worth TX and Andy Donaldson and wife Toni of Ft Worth, TX; five grandchildren Amy Sneed of Ada, OK, Nichole Judd of Midwest City, OK, Brady Chadick, and Savanna Chadick both of Gainsville, TX and Riley Thomas of Nashville, TN: sisters Wilma Moody of Muskogee, OK, Eunice Mizell of Skitaook, OK, Ruby Dismuke of Tulsa, OK, one bother D L Moody of Oklahoma City and two brother-in-laws Jim Chadick and Zane Smith of Wewoka, OK

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 1, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Basden officiating and burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennie Cunningham

 

 

Bennie Wayne Cunningham, a resident of Prague, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the age of 52 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Bennie was born September 15, 1964 at Amarillo, Texas to parents, Billy Wayne Cunningham and Donna Elaine Roberts.

Bennie married Gwendolyn Diane (Geraldon) Cunningham on February 13, 1993 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bennie was of the Baptist faith, served in the United States Navy. Bennie was a owner and broker in the meat industry.

Bennie loved going fishing at Eufaula Lake, he loved hunting, playing golf, Thunder Basketball and OU Football.

Bennie is survived by his wife, Diane Cunningham of the home; mothers, Dorothy Cunningham of Center, Texas and Donna Roberts of Romulas, Oklahoma; one son, Joseph Tenpenny and his wife Ariel of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; two daughters, Nicole Nowlin and her husband Ryan of Wichita, Kansas, Rachelle Lehman and her husband Ryan of Seminole, Oklahoma; one brother, Billy Cunningham and his wife Nikki of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren, Hunter Lehman, Anna Lehman, Lane Tenpenny, Kendall Scott, Emerson Nowlin and Natalie Nowlin.

Bennie was preceded in death by his father, Billy W. Cunningham; grandparents, Billy and Joyce Cunningham, Everett and Bessie Wiggins; two uncles, Bruce Cunningham and Barry Cunningham; one aunt, Sue Wiggins; and great niece Keeleigh Cox.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Highway Baptist Church of Little, Oklahoma with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Burial will take place at Little Cemetery, Little, Oklahoma.

Family and friends are encouraged to wear their OU apparel while attending the funeral service.

Serving as casket bearers are: Ryan Lehman, Ryan Nowlin, Joseph Tenpenny, Billy Cunningham, Kevin Moore and Rick Smith. Honorary casket bearers are Hunter Lehman and Lane Tenpenny.

Visitation will begin Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home beginning at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, October 3, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..

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

Funeral Information: October 4, 2016, 11:00 AM

Highway Baptist Church located at Hwy 99 North, Seminole, OK 74868

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Crelia

 

 

Barbara Sue Crelia (Boatman) of Wewoka passed away at home on Sunday, January 31, 2016. She was born on June 11, 1946 to Henry Boatman and Lilian (Smith) Boatman in Wewoka.

Barbara grew up and attended school in Wewoka. She married her husband Carl Crelia on September 10, 1962 at the Wewoka Assembly of God Church. Barbara was an avid sports fan and loved to watch the OU Sooners. She loved music, cooking and flying and was an excellent copilot. Barbara also loved to spend time with her family at any opportunity.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; Henry and Lilian Boatman, and a brother; Bob Gray. She is survived by her husband; Carl Crelia, her children; Dwayne Crelia and wife Penny of Seminole, Michael Crelia and wife Vanessa of Tuscon, Arizona, Jerry Crelia and wife Milisa of Waco, Texas, and Lisa Black of Wewoka, nine grand children, four great grand children, her sister; Donna Holland and husband Dewayne of Wewoka, her brother; Eddie Boatman and wife Cleta of Seminole, and her sister Glenna Sneed of Wewoka, as well as numerous other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Wewoka Church of Christ, with Raymond Cain officiating and Aaron Alsbrooke assisting. Interment will follow at the Tate Mountain Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka. Online condolences can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dottie Craft

 

 

Dorothy "Dottie" King Craft, 82, passed away on May 4, 2016 in Shawnee, OK after a long illness. She was the wife of Joe Craft of Earlsboro, Oklahoma who passed from this life on May 4, 2016 just a few hours after Dorothy.

Dorothy was born on September 6, 1933 in Many, LA, the daughter of Lena Graham and Willie Ray. A long-time resident of Seminole, Dorothy was retired from First State Bank in Seminole and had been an active volunteer in Pink Ladies of Seminole and was a Red Hat Lady.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, W. R. "Bill" King, and a daughter, Virginia King Brenner of Great Meadow, NJ.

She is survived by a daughter, Pam Duncan of Harrah, OK, a son, William R King Jr of Stamford, CT, and a brother, Bennie Ray of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by 1ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating the service. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery in Seminole, OK.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org/donate would be appreciated.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Craft

 

 

Joe Kenneth Craft, 95, longtime Seminole/Earlsboro resident, died Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Avonlea Cottage in Seminole, Oklahoma. Joe was born August 26, 1920 in Cordell, Oklahoma to Albert Edward Craft and Norma (Haliburton) Craft.

Joe worked for Skelly Oil Company for 15 years in the Velma, Oklahoma area. After Skelly Oil merged with Getty Oil Company, he worked for them as an oilfield mechanic for over 20 years. He also was an oilfield pumper and rancher while holding down his full time job. Joe retired at the age of 63, but continued ranching and pumping wells for several companies in the Seminole, Oklahoma area.

He was a family man and a loving father. He was a Godly man who raised his children to go to church. He loved hunting, fishing and raising cattle. Joe was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Mr. Craft was survived by his sons; Randy Craft and his wife Peggy of Houston, Texas, Terry Craft and his wife Karla of Velma, Oklahoma; two daughters Phyllis Adams and her husband Ollie of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Pam Gustus and her husband Steve of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His grandchildren, Rory O’Neal, Kim Hooker, Keith Moreland, Kendall Moreland, Julie Branson, Dusty Gustus, Tiffany Portwig, Courtney Craft, Rodney Craft, JB Craft , Laci Zeist and Tony Craft.

Mr. Craft was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, LaNore Craft and his 2nd wife, Dorothy King Craft, his daughter Kay Waller, grandson, Trent Craft, granddaughter, Diane Griffin, all his siblings and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Immanuel Fellowship

Church, on Highway 3 north of Seminole State College, with Pastor Tim Tate officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lu Conger

 

 

Lu Ella Conger, 83, lifelong Seminole resident, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Colonial Estates Nursing Home in Shawnee, where she had been staying for a short time. She was born on February 12, 1932 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Archie Lee Parsons and Sarah (Vela) Parsons.

Lu sold Avon Products for over 30 years, which she loved, because she enjoyed visiting with friends and family.

Her husband Jack and two sons, Richard and Shane Conger preceded her in death. She leaves behind a daughter, Pam Gann of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two sons; Jim Conger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and David Conger of Seminole, Oklahoma; three loving daughters-in-law, Toni Nall, Jean Orrell and Lillie Davidson; three grandchildren, Phil Perry, Nicole Conger and James Hewitt, one great grandchild, Randy Don Perry, her cousin and best friend, Marjorie Stewart of Butner, Oklahoma, and a sister-in-law, Velena Sawyer of Wewoka, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, south of Wewoka, Oklahoma.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel Conatser

 

 

Hazel Mae Conatser, 75, longtime Seminole resident, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Seminole. Hazel was born March 28, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to James Kenneth Panick and Thelma (Zettlemoyer) Panick. She moved to Seminole in 1964 from Texas.

Hazel was a homemaker and a 30 year volunteer with the "Pink Ladies" at Seminole Hospital. Hazel loved children and enjoyed kid’s sports and coached little league baseball for some time. She attended Trinity Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma

Hazel married Harley F. "Buddy" Conatser on August 19, 1960 in Spearman, Texas. Harley preceded her in death on June 10, 2014.

Hazel is survived by three sons and their spouses, Harley Conatser and his wife Teresa of Seminole, Oklahoma, Gary Conatser of Seminole, Oklahoma and Roger Conatser and his wife Lisa of Yukon, Oklahoma, two daughters and their spouses; Karla Leonidou and her husband Costa of California, and Sherry Smith and her husband John of Ponca City, Oklahoma; two brothers Chuck Panick of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Ricky Lee Panick of Guthrie, Oklahoma; one sister Pauline Doss of Midwest City, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, and a host of other dear family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers John Panick, Richard Panick and James Panick, two sisters Marie Panick and Elizabeth Panick.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 15, 2016 at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating at the service.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8: 00 P.M., Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt Thank You to "Faith Hospice" and "Visiting Angels" for the outstanding care given to Hazel.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Colbert

 

 

James Colbert was called home while peacefully surrounded by his family on January 19, 2016. James was born February 9, 1944 to Atha (Jack) and Willean Colbert.

James taught and coached high school football prior to joining the Army National Guard where he retired after serving more than 35 years.

James was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bobby Colbert; son, James Colbert Jr.; and granddaughter Triana Thomas.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of the home, daughter Angela Thomas, sons Jeff Colbert, Chris Mantooth and Brent Mantooth; seven grandchildren, sisters Roberta Wright and husband Herb, Charlene Wall and husband Bob, brothers Sonny Colbert and wife Sharon, Cletus Colbert and wife Cindy, Eddie Colbert, sister-in-law Carolyn Yeoman and husband Byron and numerous nieces and nephews.

James grew to love fishing as a young boy and was most happy living on Keystone Lake where he was able to take his grandchildren fishing to his hearts desire.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 23rd at First United Methodist church on Mannford, OK with interment at 1 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22nd at Mannford Funeral Home from 1-6 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Clarehouse in Tulsa, OK or to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ervin Clayton

 

 

Ervin Earl Clayton, Wewoka resident, departed this life Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Wewoka, OK. Born July 4, 1934 in Sasakwa, OK to the late Ervin Clayton Sr. and Marie Dona (Rogers) Clayton.

Ervin was a graduate of Sasakwa High School and East Central State College with a bachelor of Arts. He worked for First Nation Bank of Wewoka for a number of years as an loan officer. He served as director and host for many foreign exchange students. He attended First Assembly of God Church, in Wetumka.

Preceding Ervin in death are his parents, sisters Dorothy Whitlock, Thelma Williams, and one brother Delbert Clayton.

Survivors include daughters Cynthia Ann Sheridan of Burleson, TX, Bonnie Ranae Whitley of Sand Springs, OK, Kevin Earl Clayton of Wewoka, OK and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 9, 2016 at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Curt Bellinger officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Nathan Sheridan, Ryan Whitley, Anthony Sheridan, and Alex Whitley.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Christ

 

 

Former longtime Wewoka resident Pamela Kay Probasco Christ passed away Saturday, April 16th, 2016 in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the age of 68. Pam was born September 29th, 1947 in Abilene Kansas to George Probasco and Juanita Young Probasco. Pam graduated from Cushing High School and then graduated from Central State with a Masters Degree of Counseling. Pam then attended Oklahoma State University pursuing her Doctorate degree.

Pam worked many years as a counselor for Wewoka Public Schools. She enjoyed enriching the lives of others thru education. Pam loved to go shopping and reading. Pam enjoyed life and most of all she loved her boys; Ryan and Blake.

Pam is preceded in death by her parents and a grandson Garrett Christ. Pam is survived by her sons; Ryan and Stacy Christ of Wewoka and Blake and Amber Christ of Tecumseh, grandchildren; Gracie Christ, Irie Christ, Clara Christ and Creed Christ, sisters; Sharon Peery of Stillwater, Chrystal Probasco of Skiatook Oklahoma and her brother Erv Comer of New Mexico.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday April 20, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Cushing with Brother Dan Anderson officiating and interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing, Oklahoma.

The family request in lieu of flowers please make a donation to Lane's World Splash Pad, PO Box 1532, Wewoka, Oklahoma 74884.

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

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Chance

 

 

Stephen Randell Chance, age 64 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away at his home Friday, January 29, 2016

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

Stephen was born January 15, 1952 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to Charles Chance and Inez (Bird) Chance.  He worked as a medical technician aide, and married Doris K. Lang.

He is survived by his wife, Doris K. Chance of the home; one son, Stephen Chance, Jr. of Cleburne, Texas; one daughter, Stephanie Wilson of Burleson, Texas; two step-sons, Todd and Thomas Webb of Purcell, Oklahoma; two brothers, Billy Chance of Waco, Texas and James Chance of Cleburne, Texas; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Inez Chance and one son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Chambers

 

 

Honorable Chief Kenneth "Foley" Edward Chambers, 65 passed away from this life on Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home with his wife Deb by his side.

Chief Chambers was born on July 11, 1950 in Sasakwa, Oklahoma to parents Martha (Factor) and Lawrence Chambers. On January 27, 1990 Ken married Deb Johnston.

Ken worked all his life in the power plant and construction industry. He took a four year break when he was elected to the position of Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2005. He was a member of the Tallahassee Band and the Deer Clan. He was a member of the Spring Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Deb, daughter Sheri Reynolds of Oklahoma City, son Kenny Chambers of Holdenville, son Brian Chambers of Ponca City, nine grandchildren Also, his sisters Wanda Bruner of Oklahoma City, Ruby Rose of Seminole and Lena McWilthy of Ada, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends whom he loved dearly

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Lawrence Chambers, brothers Jessy Ray Chambers, Charles Edward Chambers and Tommy Lawrence Chambers.

A wake service was held from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka. Rev. Kelly Tiger officiated the services.

Pallbearers will be Nyko Symonds, Gage Chambers, Kenny Chambers, Brian Chambers, Jason Reynolds, and Dave Imwalle.

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

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

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Birkicht

 

 

Eugene Howard Birkicht was born on July 27, 1924, in Seminole County, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, in Norman, Oklahoma, at the age of 91.

Eugene, the son of Ira Oliver and Beulah Bell (Parsons) Birkicht, was a resident of Seminole.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Eugene worked as a truck driver for a box factory for over 17 years.

Eugene’s parents, two infant sisters and one brother, Billy Ray Birkicht preceded him in death.

Survivors include: Daughters and son-in-law, Jeannie and Barry Whitten of Tulsa, and Vickie Fry of Muskogee; Grandchildren, Justin Fry of Muskogee, Jarrod Fry of Muskogee, and Dora Burge of Tulsa; Great-grandchildren, Jacob and Charlotte Fry; Brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Delores Birkicht of Spencer, Fred and Dorothy Birkicht of Pineville, LA, and

Ira Charles Birkicht of Prague; Sisters, Rosa Goforth of Seminole, and Norma Lee Goss of Seminole and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM, at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Pastor Doug Meshell officiating. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery in Seminole.

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

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

Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Bergen

 

 

Donna Bergen, 52, Del City, Oklahoma resident died, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Del City, Oklahoma. Donna was born November 25, 1963 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Homer and Virginia Bergen.

Donna grew up in the Maud, Oklahoma area and attended Maud Public Schools. She was a dress shop manager and a hostess at a restaurant. Donna enjoyed the summer. She loved the sun, going to the lake, fishing, and tent camping. Some of her fondest memories growing up were camping trips at Lake Murray and in the Kiamichi mountains where the family would meet the Texas cousins every summer. Donna loved her family and friends, and was always the life of the party.

Donna attended and was a member of the St. Louis Baptist Church in St. Louis, Oklahoma, where she was saved in January 1973.

Donna is survived by her parents; Homer and Virginia Bergen of Shawnee, Oklahoma, her sister, Cindy Bergen Guinn and her husband B.J. of Shawnee, Oklahoma, her children; Miranda Groves and her husband KC of Paden, Oklahoma, Zach Cheatham of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Daniel Cheatham of Prague, Oklahoma; grandchildren Colten White, Tynslee White, Kahle Groves, Bob Groves, Adelene Cheatham, Bentley Cheatham; nieces and nephews; Jessica Pospisil, Jeremiah Pospisil, Jarrett Guinn and Randi Guinn, Drew, Asher, and Emmy Guinn and Jett and Phoenix Novotny, also by her loving caregiver and close friends Don " Pops" Hullett and Bob Peters, whom she also considered her family.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home, in Seminole, Oklahoma.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Belcher

 

 

Charles Clifford "Perk" Belcher, Seminole resident, died January 18, 2016 at his home in Seminole. Charles was born January 18, 1930 in Clendenin, West Virginia, to Walter and Lula (Norwell) Belcher.

Charles served in the U. S. Navy from 1959 to 1954. Charles was retired from International Harvester after 21 years as a diesel mechanic.

After retirement he worked as a mechanic for a trucking company in Midwest City, Oklahoma and Thompson and Son’s Oil drilling company in Asher, Oklahoma. He was a hardworking man who took very good care of his family. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, fixing things and working crossword puzzles.

He married Betty Rhodes Belcher on May 18, 1954 and they were married for 61 years.

Perk is survived by his wife Betty Belcher of Seminole, two daughters, Shelly Kurkey and her husband Donny of Rootstown, Ohio and Teresa Swofford and her husband John of Seminole, Oklahoma, a son Michael Belcher and his wife Glennda of Wewoka, Oklahoma; sisters Phyllis Boggs of Cleveland, Ohio, Betty Woods of Fallingrock, West Virginia, Linda Woods of Cottontree, West Virginia, Joy Beirne of Clendenin, West Virginia and Annie Gandee of Clendenin, West Virginia, two brothers, Don Belcher of Deerfield, Ohio and Bill Belcher of Cleveland, Ohio; his grandchildren, Mitchell Belcher, Vernon Belcher, Amber Marley, Kevin Kurkey, Kyle Marley, Jeff Kurkey and Marissa Williams; great grandchildren, Taylor Young, Mayce LeForce and Donald LeForce.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harry Lee, Cecil Edward, Robert, James Herman and Clyde Emerson, a sister Maudie Mae, and children Tom Belcher and Jonathon Belcher.

No services have been planned at this time.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bud Bailey, Sr.

 

 

S.J. (Bud) Bailey Sr., 77 year old Seminole OK resident died Saturday, March 26, 2016 in OKC, OK.

Born July 6, 1938 to Homer Woodrow Bailey & Anna Jewel (Hill) Bailey.

Bud attended Strother Schools and Hills Business College, graduating as a certified court stenographer.

In OKC Bud created "Bailey Court Reporting" which would grow to be the largest independent court reporting firm in the southwest U.S. Retiring in 2013 to north Seminole county, on the "old home place."

The Naval veteran and avid motorcyclist leaves behind two sons S.J. (Sonny) Bailey Jr. (Bonnie) of Bison, OK and Michael Alan Bailey (Teresa) of Mustang; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, a sister and brother in law Robbie Sue and Billy Wilson of Pasadena, Texas and two nephews.

A Memorial service will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday March 29, 2016 at McNeil’s Funeral Service 525 W Highway 152 Mustang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anita Coleman

 

 

Anita Ann Boatman Coleman died Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. after a long illness. She was born August 12, 1957 and she was the daughter of the late Frank and Janice Boatman, of Lubbock, Texas.

She left behind a husband, Herbert Coleman.

She was preceded by her parents, a sister, Carolyn Boatman Worthy and a Niece and Nephew, Donna Moreno and James Worthy of Lubbock Texas.

For information on the funeral arrangements, please contact John or Donna Lovelady of Seminole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enide Adair

 

 

Enide Lou Cunningham Adair left her earthly life on February 13, 2016.

She was born in Calvin, Oklahoma on December 27, 1933 to Thelma Catherine Williams Cunningham and Clarence Homer Cunningham, the third girl of a family of eight children.

She married Jack Walter Adair on June 6, 1964 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Enide is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Neva Floy Alt and Barbara Faith Forsythe, and brothers, Buddy Addison Cunningham, Bryant Homer Cunningham and John Dennis Cunningham.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; son, Jeff Walter Adair and his wife Karina; two grandchildren, Leonardo and Katherine; sister, Velda Ruth Hough and brother, David Lee Cunningham, and many nieces and nephews.

Enide graduated from Wewoka High School in 1952 and stayed in close contact with members of her graduating class her entire life.

Enide was an active member of the Oklahoma Prairies Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed researching and compiling family genealogy and composing poetry.

Visitation will be Tuesday at Mercer-Adams, from 9am-9pm with the family present from 6-9pm. Services will be held at 2pm, Wed., Feb 17, 2016 at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service in Bethany with burial to follow in Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City, OK.

To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winnie Yancey

 

 

Life long Seminole resident, Winnie Ruth (Jackson) Yancey, affectionately known as "Woo" to her family, passed away at her home in Seminole on Monday, February 1, 2016 with her family by her side.

Winnie was born in Seminole on November 25, 1934 to Lemuel James and Bernice Jackson (Hieronymus).

Winnie grew up in the Plant 13 area south of Seminole and attended Bowlegs school from which she graduated in 1952.

Winnie married, Carl "Bo" Yancey on July 5, 1952. Winnie loved her church and was a long time member of the Church of Christ.

She began her career as a bookkeeper at Norton-Ramsey Chevrolet in Seminole and worked at various Chevrolet and Ford dealerships in Texas. She then spent 17 years with Teachers Credit Union in Oklahoma City. She later worked as site manager at Konawa Senior Citizens Nutrition Center where she loved working with the senior citizens.

She ran an antique and collectable shop in the house next to her own for many years and enjoyed opening for business whenever a shopper would stop by. Winnie was also a former member of the, "Pink Rose Flower Club," in Seminole.

After Winnie retired, she was a full time homemaker, which was her passion. Winnie also enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, working on genealogy, growing flowers, bird watching, her cats, reading, watching her grandsons play sports, and spending time with her family.

Winnie is preceded in death by her parents: Lemuel James and Bernice Jackson; two brothers, Lemuel James Jackson, Jr., Billy Joe Jackson, and one son, Russell Clay Yancey.

Winnie is survived by her husband of almost 64 years, Carl "Bo" Yancey; one daughter, Kathy Lynn (Yancey) Rosamond; one brother, Carl Don Jackson; five grandchildren, Clayton Yancey, Cole Yancey, Grant "Matt" Rosamond, Joshua Rosamond, Amanda (Rosamond) Hodge; four great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.

Family with greet visitors Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Graveside services will be held at Little Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 with Ray Newell, elder of the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Seminole, officiating the service.

Serving as casket bearers are: Clayton Yancey, Larry Sneed, Bobby Allen and Ryan Harris. Honorary casket bearers are: Cole Yancey, Matt Rosamond, Joshua Rosamond, Melvin Matthews and Charles Padgett.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audie Woodard

 

 

Audie Wayne Woodard, 79, longtime Seminole resident, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at his home. Audie was born on June 9, 1936, in Cache, Oklahoma to Earl Marvin and Elmer Edna (Price) Woodard. He grew up in Cache, where he attended school and graduated from Cache High School in 1954.

After high school, Audie attended and graduated from Cameron Junior College in Lawton, Oklahoma, with an associate’s degree and then went to Midwestern College in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he received his bachelor’s degree in education. He went to Cameron University and Midwestern State College on a basketball scholarship.

He later received his master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and his doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University, all while continuing to perform his duties as an educator.

His adult life was spent as an educator, basketball coach, principal, counselor and superintendent. Audie never stopped learning. He came to Seminole from Weatherford, Oklahoma Public Schools, where he worked from 1975 to 1980. He served Seminole Public Schools as superintendent from July 1, 1980 to June 30, 1991.

After retirement, he continued his work in education, with Barlow & Associates, as an education consultant, specializing in school financing and grants. He was still active with Barlow at the time of his death.

While in Seminole he was involved in the Chamber of Commerce, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Rotary Club, as well as many state, national teacher and superintendent professional organizations.

Audie loved all sports. He love to read, going to the movies, playing music, especially bluegrass music, where he was a gifted musician that learned to play the banjo, fiddle, harmonica and piano, all by ear. He loved genealogy and loved learning, which he continued to do so until his death.

Of all the things he did and enjoyed doing, his true love was his wife, children and grandchildren. He had the honor of handing each of his children their high school diploma, when they graduated from high school. He kept in close contact with his grandchildren and remained deeply involved in their lives.

He was survived by his wife of 59 plus years, Gail Woodard of the home in Seminole; two sons, Craig Woodard and his wife, Stephanie, of Nevada, Texas, Blake Woodard and his wife, Mareta, of Enid, Oklahoma, his daughter, Susan Kitson and her husband, Scott, of Ashville, North Carolina, his brother, Larry Woodard and his wife, Carole, of Frisco, Texas, his grandchildren, Courtney Harding and her husband Kyle, Colton Woodard, Chase Woodard and his wife Rachel, Kiley Woodard, Matthew Kitson, Quincy Kitson and James Kitson, two great grandchildren, Camryn Harding and Hawkins Harding.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Edna Reeves.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma, with Elizabeth Davis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the "Audie Woodard Memorial Scholarship Fund" for an outstanding Seminole High School graduating senior seeking a profession in education. Send donations to Seminole Public Schools @ 617 N. Timmons Street, Seminole, Oklahoma 74868.

Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma is in charge of memorial services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cariol Wheeler

 

Cariol Dovey Wheeler, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, resident passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in Oklahoma City, at the age of 65.

Cariol was born January 1, 1951 in Miami, Oklahoma to parents, Otis W. Moore and Virbie Leta June (Jones) Moore. Cariol was of the Christian faith and was employed as a nursing assistant at several nursing homes.

Cariol is survived by three sons, Warren Briggs and his wife Cheryl of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Daniel Burton and his wife Sheila of California, Thomas Burton and his wife Angela of Seminole, Oklahoma; one daughter, Espy Boswell and her husband Jason of Colorado; four brothers, Otis Moore, Jr., Dwayne F. Moore, Charles A.L. Moore, Paul R. Moore; two sisters, Glenda Jean Cole of Oklahoma and Crystal A.T.F.I. Moore; 12 grandchildren, Steven Briggs, Christopher Briggs, Connor Briggs, Dylan Burton, Jordan Burton, Kyleah Burton, Josh Boswell, Will Boswell, Katie Boswell, Allen Boswell, Bailey Burton, and Brandon Burton.

Cariol was preceded in death by her father, Otis Moore; mother, Virbie Leta June (Jones) Moore; husband, Wiley Wayne Wheeler and sister, Nadine June Starkey.

A Memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Messages of condolences may be sent to:www.swearingenfuneralhome.

 

 

 

James Walker

 

James Leon Walker, nicknames "Bones" and "Buster," 74, went to be with the Lord, Monday, Aug. 9, 2016, at his residence in Shawnee.

Bones was born to Willard Walker Sr. and Henryetta Bentley Walker on Dec. 13, 1941, in McLoud.

He was married to Penny Alexander and later married Cynthia Longhorn and Francis Butler.

Bones went to Dale High School. Bones served in the United States Army for four years as a marksmen and infantry in Germany. Then he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving for over 18 years.

Bones was an ordained minister. He was a member of the Native American Church.

Bones was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: brothers, Leroy Walker, Henry Walker, Leonard Walker, Bennie Walker, Marlin "Oskus" Walker and sister, Baby Walker-Stillborn.

He is survived by his sons, Jonas Walker of the Home, Cecil Walker of Shawnee, Chip Walker of Shawnee, Johnny Ray Walker of Shawnee and daughter Channa Walker LaFromboise, Sunrise Tiger Ross and Sharon Tiger, brothers, Willard "Poncho" Walker, Forrest "Kesko" Walker, sisters, Mary Dora Kaskuske, Lela Walker and Catherine Walker, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Walker Home Place. Burial followed at the Walker Home place early Wednesday before Sunrise.

To sign the book or share memories online, visit www.walkerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Roy VanZant

 

 

Roy M. VanZant, 64 year old longtime Seminole County resident and current Midwest City resident, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 20, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. He was born September 15, 1951 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to parents, Junior M. VanZant and Mary Pearl (Gray) VanZant.

Roy worked as a mechanic at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma until his retirement.

Survivors include three sons; Casey VanZant of Long Island, New York, Avery VanZant of Seminole, Oklahoma, Nathan VanZant of Seminole, Oklahoma; two daughters, D.D. VanZant of Dallas, Texas, Miracle Johnson of Mountain Air, New Mexico; three brothers, "Cozzy" VanZant of Harrah, Oklahoma, Michael VanZant of West Fork, Arkansas, G.W. Cross of Coweta, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mary Ann Briscoe of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Georgia Anna Gibson of Moore, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and dear friends.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents, Junior and Mary Pearl VanZant, and by one brother, Walter VanZant.

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

Details for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loretta Underwood

 

 

Funeral services for Loretta Lynn Underwood will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Cromwell Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment will follow at the Welty Cemetery.

Loretta Lynn Underwood was born March 20, 1968 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Donald Rich and Charlsie (Bevan) Rich. She passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Okemah at the age of 47.

Loretta was a 1986 graduate of Mason High School. She and Richard Underwood were married April 29, 1988 in Cromwell, Oklahoma. Loretta was a former daycare worker; having worked for Webbs Daycare near Cromwell.

She also worked for the sewing factory in Pharoah, Oklahoma and the Wrangler Plant in Okemah. Loretta was a member of the 8th Street Community Holiness Church of Okemah.

She is preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

Survivors include her husband Richard Underwood of Castle, Oklahoma; her mother, Charlsie Rich of Okemah; one brother, Mark Rich of Okemah and her grandmother, Emily Bevans of Okemah.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Josh Mosley, Kelwin Ashley, Edward Dodson, Nicholas Dodson, Bruce Brown and Bill Chesser, Jr.

Honorary bearers include Allen Carter and Eddie Jones.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Rev. Ruby Nail York and assisted by Rev. Larry Chesser.

Online condolences may be made at "http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Thompson

 

 

Bobby Joe "Old Pal" Thompson was born on April 16, 1927, in Hominy, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Thursday, January 21, 2016, in Shawnee Oklahoma, at the age of 88.

Bobby the son of William "Henry" and Flossie Birdie Pattison Thompson, was a long-time Seminole resident. He married Gwendolyn "Sue" Welch on February 14, 1952. Bobby proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was an Office Manager with Mid-Continent Supply Company of Oklahoma. He was of the Methodist faith and loved fishing.

His parents, wife, brother, daughter Nila Jean, and two great-grandsons Jacob Wayne and Luke Ryan Ellis, preceded Bobby in death.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law: Nancy Jo and Don Ellis of Seminole; grandsons: Garrett Ellis and his wife Rachel of Paden; Chris Ellis and his wife Courtney of Seminole; great-grandchildren, Daxton, Cru, and Tarashay Ellis of Seminole, Gabriella and Lillian Ellis of Paden; and brother: Ralph Thompson of Ft. Gibson.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM, at the Pawhuska City Cemetery in Pawhuska with Kris Steele officiating. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

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

Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James C. Simpson

 

 

James C Simpson was born on January 28 1958 and died on May 16 2016.

Services are put on by Rolfe Funeral Home. Services will be held at Immanual Fellowship Church in Seminole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Rose

 

 

Jamie Marie Rose of Seminole, OK passed away on April 8, 2016 in Midwest City, at the age of 44 years. She was born on April 8, 1972 in Seminole, to James Edward Rose and Ruby (Chambers) Rose.

Jamie attended school at Seminole Public Schools.

Jamie is preceded in death by her father; James Edward Rose, and a sister; Anjanette Jones.

She is survived by her mother; Ruby Rose, her children; Dana Orellana of Oklahoma City, Jalisha Boatman of Oklahoma City, Gage Shull of Bowlegs, Whitney Shull of Wolf, Frankie Rose of Shawnee and Gabe Rose of Hoaxie, Arkansas, two grandsons; a brother Ed Bruno of Seminole, three sisters; Dianna Sorola of Houston, Latricia Young of Shawnee and Juanita Orr of Seminole, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jordan Dawkins, Trent Haley, Benny Houck, Tim Young, Timothy Young and Ed Bruno.

Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka.

Funeral Services are schedule for 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 12, 2014 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Chapel.

Online Condolences can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements by Stout-Phillips Funeral Home

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louie Richards

 

 

Louie Venson Richards, 82, longtime Seminole resident, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Louie was born June 12, 1933 in Lehman, Texas to Chester Lee Richards and Ida (Brazier) Richards.

Louie was retired from the U. S. Army, where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. He served in Korea, Vietnam and the Cuban Crisis, in all he served 20 years to his country. After his retirement from the military he drove a school bus for New Lima Schools and retired from Fred Jones Manufacturing on Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Louie enjoyed fishing and watching his grandkids play sports. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing solitaire, and repairing televisions and radios.

He married Sarah Verene Dye on August 8, 1959 in Plainview, Texas; she preceded him in death.

He is survived by one son Louie Venson Richards, Jr. and his wife Charlene of Wewoka, Oklahoma, one daughter Kay Lynn Hasbell of Seminole, Oklahoma, two sisters Exa Weber of Herford, Texas and Billie Martin of Big Spring, Texas, one brother Donnie Richards of Lubbock, Texas, five grandchildren; Leslie and Aaron Driver of Swansea, South Carolina, Jesslyn Richards of Wewoka, Oklahoma, Kendall Johnson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Charla Hamilton and Greg Hamilton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Tommy Hasbell of Seminole, Oklahoma, seven great grandchildren, Bella and Abi Driver of Swansea, South Carolina, Kyndilyn Johnson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brooklynn Winlock of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chance Winlock of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Adilynn Hamilton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aayden Cochran of Snowflake, Arizona and Houston Lee Hasbell of Grove, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sarah, and his siblings, Juanita Newman, RB Richards, Corene Self, Chester Richards, and Junior Richards.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma, with Jimmy and Nita Moreland officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be; Kendall Johnson, Greg Hamilton, Louie V. Richards, Jr., Brian Young, Robert Rouner and Ricky Rivas. Honorary bearers will be Chance Winlock, Kevin Andrews and Jeremy Hinton.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtis Radford

 

 

Curtis Dale Radford, age 47 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Health Alliance Hospital of Midwest City, Oklahoma.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Vista Cemetery located four miles west of Konawa, under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.

Rev. Mitch Williams and Richard Winters will officiate. Pallbearers are Paul Gilbert, Frank Wilson, Dusty Wilson, Darin Radford, Mike Sharp and Jim O’Neal.

Curtis was born November 21, 1968 in Ada, Oklahoma to Shirley (Morrow) Radford and Dale Radford. He graduated from Konawa High School and attended college. He worked as a pumper for Radford Oil and Gas.

He is survived by his parents, Dale Radford and wife, Carlon of Konawa and Shirley Lane Radford of Konawa; two brothers, David Lane of West Lake Village, California and Darin Radford of Konawa; two sisters, Laura (Radford) Collins of Houston, Texas and Paula (Radford) Childers of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Mark Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Priest

 

 

Robert (Bob) Priest of Ione CA, died on January 26, 2016 at the age of 81 after a courageous battle with COPD.

Bob was born on August 22, 1934 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to George David and Cora Lee Priest. Bob and his family lived in Oxnard California and he graduated from Oxnard High School and enlisted in the US Air Force where he was stationed in Oklahoma. It was there that he met his first wife Jane, and they had three children.

Bob was a barber for over 20 years in Sacramento, California. During this period, he also earned the rank of MSG in the US Army Reserve. Upon his retirement from the Army Reserve he and his wife Susan M. Priest retired to Ione, CA, where he enjoyed a number of years playing golf, poker, and visiting with his many friends in the neighborhood.

Bob loved golfing, fishing, making model airplanes, cooking, playing the guitar, and all his pets. He especially enjoyed travelling in the motor home visiting his birthplace, places he grew up and making trips with his children and grandchildren. In 2015, Bob was privileged to visit 14 states and saw many beautiful parts of the country.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, George and Cora, his brother, Carl. Bob will be loved and missed by his surviving wife, Susan; daughter, Jennifer (David), daughter Rebecca, son, Marcus (Stephanie) ,grandchildren, Mellissa (Rich), Kris (Brandi), Michael, and Simon, and great grandchildren, Tyler, Julia and Nathan.

His family would like to thank the caring staff at Sutter Memorial Jackson ICU and in particular his nurse, Denise.

At Bob’s request, no services will be held. Donations in his name may be sent to A-Pal Humane Society, 1245 Jackson Gate Rd., Jackson, CA 95642 or the charity of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Pierson

 

 

Hazel "Kathleen" (Hammond) Pierson, age 91 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away from this life Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at her home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Konawa. Charlie Henthorn will officiate and burial will follow at Little Cemetery.

Casket bearers are Joe Morgan, Ty Huckleberry, Kent Winters, Roy Hicks, Mark Wright, and Tommy Sexton.

Honorary casket bearers are Zach Pierson, Jeremiah Pierson, Chris Crane, Tim Sanders, Tony Sanders, Mikey Woodrum, and Steven Gentry.

Kathleen was born July 13, 1924 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Floyd Hammond and Nancy (Creps) Hammond. She attended school in Oilton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Konawa. She married Ace Pierson November 21, 1944 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Kathleen was a cafeteria cook for the Konawa schools.

She is survived by two sons, David Pierson of Konawa, and Dwayne Pierson of Hinton, Oklahoma; one daughter, Deana Sanders of Konawa; one sister, Barbara Byrd of St. Paul, Minnesota; eight grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Nancy Hammond; husband, Ace Pierson; one brother, Floyd Hammond, II; one sister, Helen Sperling; four step-children, Jane Horton, Orvelene Ragsdale, Acelene Dorset, and Willis Pierson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmo Phillips

 

 

Elmo Phillips, age 90 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away from this life February 3, 2016 at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Vamoosa Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Rev. Mitch Williams will officiate. The family will receive guests 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Elmo was born April 18, 1925 in Konawa to Henry and Lucy (Kelton) Phillips. He was an Army veteran of WWII and was wounded in action receiving a purple heart and a bronze star.

He married Eddyth "Rusty" Poston April 2, 1946, in Konawa, and he worked as a truck driver for the State Department of Transportation. Elmo loved to travel the state to eat out, and he loved to go fishing and camping, and to raise a garden to give away to neighbors and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Roger Phillips and wife, Linda of Oklahoma City, and Larry Phillips and wife, Dianne also of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lucy Phillips; his wife, Rusty Phillips; one son, Lyndell Phillips; four sisters; and two brothers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Perry

 

 

A celebration of life for Carolyn Sue Perry will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at Maple Grove Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma. A private family burial will be held following the services.

Carolyn Sue Perry was born on December 6th, 1939, in Effingham, IL, to Harley Perry and Janice Perry. Carolyn had no brothers or sisters, but had six children of her own.

Carolyn was raised and educated in Seminole, Oklahoma, where she grew up as a member of the Seminole Church of Christ. She spent most of her adult life living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was employed as an Office Manager for Executive Courier for a number of years, and later managed several local clubs in the Tulsa area.

Carolyn passed away on February 5th, 2016, in Lewisville, Texas, after a long illness.

Carolyn mostly enjoyed spending time with her six children, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by five sons and one daughter - Steve Lemons of Helena, OK, Lisa Elrod and husband Billy of Tulsa, OK, Chuck McMahan and wife Tammy of Tulsa, OK, Paul McMahan and wife Jaye Lynne of Flower Mound, TX, Kenneth McMahan of Tulsa, OK, and Michael Briedwell of Tulsa, OK. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Harley Perry, mother, Janice Perry, grandparents, WH and Mamie Perry, granddaughter, Billie Dawn Elrod, and two great-grandchildren.

Condolences can be made via email to mcmahansells@gmail.com or 214-505-6294

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marva O’Neal

 

 

Marva Jean O’Neal passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016. She was born on March 8, 1937.

Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, located at 1451 E. 45th St. in Shawnee at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Burial will take place at Westwood Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orvil Neal

 

 

Funeral services for Orvil Gene Neal will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Victory Christian Center Church in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Bearden Cemetery.

Orvil Gene Neal was born January 17, 1937 in Clearview, Oklahoma to Charlie and Ida (Smith) Neal. He passed away, Monday, May 9, 2016 at his home in Cromwell at the age of 79.

Mr. Neal worked as a farmer and also for Okfuskee County for 10 years. He and Olivia Marie Lane were married October 17, 1963.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Helen LePoint; two sisters, Eula Moore and Julia Moore and two brothers, Fred and Roy Neal.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia Neal of the home; four sons, Lonnie Neal of Wewoka, Hank Neal of Wewoka, Charlie Neal of Okemah and Jerry Neal of Cromwell; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Timmy, Jedidiah and Benjamin Neal, Darrel Shackleford, Seth Neal and Roy Neal.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Mike Neal.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Morrison

 

 

Fred Morrison, 86, longtime Seminole resident, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Seminole, Fred was born on June 7, 1929 in Cromwell, Oklahoma to James Eve Morrison and Alice May (Hunt) Morrison.

An Angel came Tuesday morning and took a faithful servant home. Our beloved husband, father and grandfather went to be with his Savior, family and friends and waits for us to join him. Our Dad was the best husband, father and grandfather anyone could ever be blessed with.

Mom and Dad will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sunday, February 7, 2016, and the following is a story of how they met;

It all started on a cold winter’s night many years ago. Nineteen year old Maudie Woods hurried over to her friend’s house after learning they had just lost a loved one. Little did she know on that night she would be coming face to face with her destiny.

After giving her condolences she walked into the kitchen; there she saw twenty one year old Freddie Morrison standing in front of the kitchen sink, his hands buried in a pan of soapy dishwater.

As the handsome cowboy turned and smiled at the pretty brunette he knew that right then and there his heart would belong to no other. Three months later they were married.

Freddie was middle aged when the Lord called him to preach; together they started their own church and were revered by many. In their church community they became known as Brother Fred and Sister Maud.

Together with Brother Fred’s preaching and Sister Maud’s piano playing (some say she could play a mean piano, mostly by ear) they brought many a lost soul to the Lord.

They have inspired many people including their five children and grandchildren and great grandchildren not only with their words but also by how they have lived their daily lives. Some of their rules for a long and happy marriage are:

Never go to Bed angry, Work together to keep your faith strong, (it will carry you through life’s peaks and valleys), Say I love you every day, Laugh a lot…

Sixty one years later you could still find Brother Fred standing in the kitchen in front of the sink with his hands in a pan of soapy dishwater, and as he turned and smiled at Sister Maud he knew that his heart still belonged to no other, and as Sister Maud smiled back at Brother Fred she knew that he was still her handsome beloved cowboy, He was her destiny.

Dad touched and changed many lives, he set a great example for us all, by living his faith every day, " We miss you already, God speed Dad, We Love You".

Fred is survived by his loving wife Maudie Morrison of the home, four sons Fred Morrison and his wife Ella, James Morrison, and Terry Morrison and his wife Linda all of Seminole, Oklahoma, two daughters Leora Cox of Seminole, Oklahoma and Debbie Mills and her husband Vernon of Newalla, Oklahoma, two brothers James Morrison and his wife April of Seminole, Oklahoma and Richard Morrison of Seminole, Oklahoma, three sisters Betty Kean and her husband Eldon of Seminole, Oklahoma, Cora Lee Hunt of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Carolyn Haworth of Seminole, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Elizabeth and his son-in-law Ronnie Cox.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Little Chapel at Little Cemetery, north of Seminole. Jimmy and Nita Moreland and J.C. Simpson will officiate at the service.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thelma Morris

 

 

Thelma Louise (Pippins) Morris, age 82 and a resident of Asher, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

Services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Asher, Oklahoma under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa, Oklahoma. Pastor Dale Griffith will officiate. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Quinton City Cemetery in Quinton, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers are Justin Morris, Brandon Morris, Clyde Morris, Korey Hokett, Jack Coker, and James Thomason.

Thelma was born January 10, 1934 in Russellville, Oklahoma, to Jessie Clarence Pippins and Lillie Gladys (Smith) Pippins. She graduated from Quinton High School, and she attended college in Finley, Oklahoma.

Thelma married Bobby Joe Morris May 21, 1955 in Oklahoma City at the Church of God. She worked as a bookkeeper for two department stores, and Bobby worked for Tinker Air Force Base for 21 years. They were married for 59 years before he passed away October 30, 2014.

Thelma is survived by two sons, Mark Morris of Norman, Oklahoma, and Ronald Morris of Asher, Oklahoma; one brother, J. D. Pippins of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Lillie Pippins; her husband, Bobby Joe Morris; one son, Kevin Morris; two brothers, Elery Harold Pippins and Dource Pippins; and one granddaughter, Amy Digison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherman Mitchell Sr.

 

 

Sherman Mark Daniel Mitchell, Sr. 26, Shawnee resident died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sherman was born July 1, 1989 in Sherman, Texas to Hiram Beverly Mitchell, Jr. and Marilyn Ruth (Shaw) Mitchell. Sherman grew up in Seminole and attended and graduated from Seminole High School, where he played football, basketball and was active in Weightlifting.

Sherman was a member of the Galilee Temple of Praise and Deliverance in Seminole, Oklahoma, where he sang in the choir.

He is survived by his father and mother; Hiram B. Mitchell, Jr. and Marilyn R. Mitchell of Shawnee, Oklahoma; his son Sherman Mark Daniel Mitchell, Jr. of Seminole, Oklahoma, daughter Kadynce Danyell Mitchell of Seminole, Oklahoma; brothers Stacey A. Mitchell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Eddie C. Mitchell of Norman, Oklahoma, Hiram L. Mitchell III of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Markus D. Mitchell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Noah Isaiah Mitchell of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Immanuel Gerald Dean Mitchell of Shawnee, Oklahoma, sisters Rahsheliah Harper of Moore, Oklahoma, Audra L. Rex of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Gamaliel Mitchell of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his four uncles; Larry T. Crawford, Sr., Leonard Mitchell, Andre Shaw and Franklin Shaw, both paternal and maternal grandparents; Seymore and Geraldine Shaw and Hiram and Bernice Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M., Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Fresh Fire Outreach Center located at 1101 E. Main Street in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Pastor Geraldine Crawford and Seymore Shaw, Jr. will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Casket bearers will be: Fredrick Shaw II, Antonio Depp, Javelin Hartfield, Fredrick Shaw Jr, Quintel Burris, and Jimmie Hartfield Barkus.

Honorary bearers will be: Jalik Barkus, Larry Crawford III, Seymore Shaw III, Garrison Combs, Anthony Powell, Cornelus Crawford, Larry Crawford Jr, and Timothy Crawford.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deutreen Miller

 

 

Deutreen Elisbeth Miller, long time Seminole resident passed away, Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Seminole, Oklahoma at the age of 88.

Deutreen was born March 12, 1927 in Calera, Oklahoma to parents, John Robinson and Jewel (Self) Robinson. She married Hans Macnay Miller, November 3, 1945 in Madera, California. She moved from California in 2005.

Deutreen was of the Christian faith and a Convalescent Home nurse’s aid from which she retired.

Deutreen is survived by three sons, Johnnie Miller of Seminole, Oklahoma, Tracy Miller of Chowchilla, California and Michael Miller of Oak Dale, California; four daughters, Sandra Renteria of Seminole, Oklahoma, Deborah Martin of Wewoka, Oklahoma, Marchelle Miller of Chowchilla, California, Louanne McGhee of LasVegas, Nevada; one sister, Patty Self Walker of Chowchilla, California.

Deutreen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jewel Robinson; four brothers, Toots Robinson, Jack "Shorty" Robinson, Dutch Robinson, Pete Robinson and one sister Vi Jones.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

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

Messages of condolences may be sent: www.swearingenfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jalean McGaugh

 

 

Services for Jalean McGaugh, 97, of Ada are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Harold Ware will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

Mrs. McGaugh passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at a local nursing home. She was born August 23, 1918 in Bebee to Ben and Mae Glover Crow. She was born a twin.

She grew up in Wewoka and graduated from Wewoka High School in 1936 and also graduated from Hills Business College in Oklahoma City.

She married Lonnie Lester McGaugh on January 15, 1937. He preceded her in death June 8, 2011. They were married 74 years. She and her family moved to Ada in 1962.

Mrs. McGaugh was a homemaker and had also worked for McBride Clinic as the office manager and later for Carl D. Osborn, M. D., retiring in 1993. Mrs. McGaugh had many interests: gardening, flowers and most of all her family. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry McGaugh of McAlester and Jack McGaugh and his wife Lea Ann of Flint, MI; four grandchildren, Kevin McGaugh, Ada, Mike Christopher, Frisco, TX, Stacy McGaugh, Cleveland, OH and Eric McGaugh of East Lansing, MI; eight great-grandchildren; and a twin sister, Nadean Cluck of Wewoka.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmit McCraw

 

 

Emmit Huegene McCraw, age 80 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away from this life Friday, April 22, 2016 at the V.A. Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

A Wake service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday Night, April 25th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church four miles west of Konawa. Fr. Adrian Vorderlandwehr, O.S.B. will officiate.

The Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with full Navy military honors. Fr. Adrian will officiate, and burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Bob Bassett, Alan Bassett, Donnie Payne, Gary Payne, Tiffany Huddleston, and Jared Factor. Honorary pallbearers are Alex Bayarena, Junus Malone, Gene Inmon, and Eddie Inmon. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Taps will be played by his grandson, Jake Douglas McCraw.

Emmit was born to James Edward McCraw and Laura (Lehman) McCraw at Sacred Heart, Oklahoma. Emmit enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955.

He retired in 1975 receiving numerous medals over his career, including Defense Service Medals, Vietnam Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionay Medal, and a Bravery Commendation.

He served on four attack aircraft carriers. He also retired from the Oilfield Industry after more than twenty years.

He married Judy (Carr) McCraw on December 14, 1984 in Ada, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife, Judy McCraw of the home; one daughter, Vickey (McCraw) Harjo of Denver, Colorado; one son, Bruce McCraw of Konawa; three step-sons, Junus Malone of Corpus Christi, Texas, Gene Inmon, of Konawa, Eddie Inmon of Konawa; one step-daughter, Mary Bayarena of Corpus Christi, Texas; four brothers, Glen McCraw, Jimmy McCraw, Jerry McCraw all of Konawa, and Dean McCraw of Stillwater, Oklahoma; two sister, Geneva Heskett of Dallas, Texas, and Carolyn Bassett of Maud, Oklahoma; many grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Laura McCraw; one son, Doug "Butch" McCraw; one daughter, Kathy (McCraw) Wolf, and one granddaughter, Chelsea Rachele McCraw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Clymer

 

 

Mary Helen Clymer, 87, longtime Seminole resident, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma. Mary was born November 16, 1928 in Eldorado, Arkansas, to Smith "Doc" Arnold and Alice (Bass) Arnold.

Mary worked for various oil companies in the Seminole area for many years as a secretary. She had also worked for O G & E and the City of Seminole. Mary was a member of the Walnut Street Church of Christ and served as a Pink Lady at the Seminole Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting and painting.

She married Marvin "Bo" Clymer on August 28, 1964 in Seminole, Oklahoma and he preceded her in death on March 24, 2014.

Mary is survived by her sister Alice "Sally" Christopher of Seminole, Oklahoma, her nieces Sue Herriman, Jackie Acree and her husband Sam, of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Jamie Bates and her husband Steve Frazier of Kansas City, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bo Clymer and her brother, Jack Arnold.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Strother Historic Memorial Chapel at Maple Grove Cemetery, with Bobby Allen officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noma Mansell

 

 

Noma June (Thomas) Mansell, 83 year old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, February 29, 2016 at her home in Seminole. She was born April 28, 1932 in Dustin, Oklahoma to parents, Cecil Frank Thomas and Marjorie Curley (Lee) Thomas.

On November 26, 1954 Noma married Samuel T. "Sam" Mansell in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Noma and her family have been long associated with the Assembly of God Churches in the Seminole County area. She was a charter member of Tri-City Christian Center (now known as Immanuel Fellowship Church). Noma was very strong in her faith and would often minister to many in the community. She was a member of the American Bible Society where she had served as area coordinator. Serving as area coordinator she was blessed with the opportunity to travel the world. Noma enjoyed leading Bible studies, shopping, camping, boating, fishing, and she was a wonderful cook.

Noma was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and most of all a child of God.

Noma leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of almost 62 years, Sam Mansell of the home, two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Anthony Mansell and his wife Donna of Pasco, Washington, Scott Allen Mansell and his wife Jennifer of Farmington, New Mexico, one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Loretta Thomas of Kennard, Texas, one sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Eugene Melton of Wichita, Kansas, 5 grandchildren, Andy Mansell, Alan Mansell, Katelyn Mansell, Hollie Mansell and Nate Mansell. She is also survived by a very special couple she and Sam adopted in Spirit, Dee and Calvin Bennett of Seminole, Oklahoma, and their son Jonathan Bennett whom she considered a grandson. Noma is also survived by a host of other family and dear friends.

Noma was preceded in death by her parents, by one son, Thomas Ray Mansell and by one brother, Gene Thomas.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Glen Pence officiating the service. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rickey Lovett

 

 

Rickey Lynn Lovett, 59, of Wewoka, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at OU Medical Center. He was born July 19, 1956 to Ralph L. Lovett and Adrian L. (Landrith) Lovett in Seminole, Ok.

Rick grew up in Seminole and joined the Army National Guards. He worked as an oily in the oilfield for 25 years before becoming disabled.

Rick married Atonia Kaye Cordell in 1975. Together they had two sons; Bradly Scot Lovett and Rickey Lynn Lovett Jr. Atonia (Toni) passed away with breast cancer in 2007. In 2013 Rick married Linda L. Gean.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Atonia, son Brad and two sisters Linda Robinson and Beverly Walters.

Rick is survived by his wife Linda Gean; son Rickey L. Lovett Jr., grandson Mario Martinez and dog Rot, all of the home; sister Sharon Lovett, brothers Paris Lovett and wife Kim; his twin Mickey L. Lovett and wife Cindy; three stepkids, Charlie Whitlock, Clayton Whitlock and Marvelle Whitlock; three brother-in-laws, Robbie Cordell and wife Gayle, Rickey (Pete) Cordell and Billy (B.J.) Cordell and wife Tami; Summer Barnett, mother of five of Rick’s grandchildren; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and lots of friends. He will be missed by many. I love you Dad.

Services are still pending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Kreeger

 

 

Danny Allen Kreeger, 60 year old longtime Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Monday, April 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born February 27, 1956 in Hobbs, New Mexico to parents, Billy Wayne Kreeger and Billie A. (Goodwin) Kreeger.

Danny graduated from Seminole High School in 1974. He went on to earn his associate degree from Seminole State College.

On July 26, 1975 Danny married Jane Ware at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Danny owned and operated Specialty Tire LLC. on East Broadway in Seminole for 35 years.

Danny was very active with the Tiny Chiefs Football Association, serving as chairman most of the 17 years he worked with the organization. He was also a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Seminole.

Danny leaves to cherish his memories his wife of almost 41 years, Jane (Ware) Kreeger of the home; two sons, Kyle Kreeger of Seminole, Oklahoma, Colt Kreeger of Greeley, Colorado; his father, Bill Kreeger of Seminole, Oklahoma; his sister, Mitzi and Houck of Seminole, Oklahoma; his mother-in-law, LaVonne Ware of Seminole, Oklahoma; his sister-in-law, Teresa of Seminole; three grandchildren; and a host of nieces nephews and a number of dear friends.

Danny was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Kreeger (2013); by one brother, Darrell Kreeger (2008); and by his father-in-law, Jim Ware (2001).

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 22, 2016 at The Seminole First Baptist Church located at 420 Reid Street in Seminole, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery located north of Seminole on Hwy. 99.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma. www.swearingenfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Augusta Kersey

 

 

Augusta Belle " Aunt Gus" Kersey, 90, longtime former Seminole resident died, Sunday, February 14, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma, where she had been living for past few years with her son and daughter-in-law.

She was born January 16, 1926 in Mesilla Park, New Mexico to Thomas Lyle and Ethel (Stansill ) Lyle. She came to Seminole as a young girl.

She graduated from Seminole High School, and worked and as a nurse’s aide at Seminole Hospital and was a homemaker. Augusta was a member of the Franklin Baptist Church.

She married Clarence Lester Kersey on June 24, 1945 in Seminole, Oklahoma and he preceded her in death on November 3, 2001.

She is survived by her son Tim Kersey of Norman, Oklahoma, six grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Mildred (Kersey) Farley, two brothers, one sister and a son Chris Kersey.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday February 19, 2016 at the Franklin Baptist Church at 72nd and Franklin road in Norman, Oklahoma, with burial following at 4:00 P.M. at Little Cemetery north of Seminole, Oklahoma.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Kean

 

 

Jimmy Dale Kean, 72 year old Seminole County resident, passed from this life on January 28, 2016 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born September 14, 1943 in Seminole, Oklahoma to parents, Albert Forest Kean and Cora (Edney) Kean.

Following High School Jimmy enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany, Thailand, and Vietnam. During his service he earned the rank of Sargent, Jimmy also earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Jimmy went on to own and operate, "Kean’s Trucking" for several years. On July 10, 2012 Jimmy married Rosa (Uhl) Kean in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa Kean of the home; two sons, Eric Kean and his wife Sherry of Missouri, Ricky Kean of Ada, Oklahoma; two daughters, Linda Martin of Phoenix, Arizona, Regina Zanis of Jensen Beach, Florida; five brothers, Eldon Kean of Seminole, Oklahoma, Melvin Kean of Aurora, Missouri, Carroll Don Kean of Aurora, Missouri, Lonnie Kean of Seminole, Oklahoma, Jerry Kean of Arkansas; four sisters, Dora Jacks of Moore, Oklahoma, Glenda Roland of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Sue LeMaster of Seminole, Oklahoma, Barbara Kean of Sulphur, Oklahoma; 9 grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Cora Kean, by one step-daughter, Linda Zeien, and by one brother, Kenneth Kean.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 1, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma with Military Honors. Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating the service. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Corky" Johnson

 

 

Mr. Jimmy Joe "Corky" Johnson of Lexford Court, formerly of Seminole, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at his home.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Lee Proctor. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Corky was born Sept. 21, 1947, in Shawnee to Joe E. Johnson and the late Jimmie Nell Sharp Johnson. He was a custom home-builder in North Carolina and Oklahoma for over 40 years, being personable with each of his clients. When he was not working, Corky was an avid deer hunter. He traveled to many states and Canada for the "thrill of the hunt." Corky also enjoyed piddling with woodworking.

Corky is survived by his wife, Sherry Simpson Johnson; sons, Eric Johnson and wife Beth of Monroe, and Brent Johnson of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Emma and Zachary Johnson; father, Joe E. Johnson of Shawnee, Oklahoma; sister, Debbie Kinnamon and husband Jim of Shawnee, Oklahoma; a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and Sherry’s children, Lori Barnhardt Nash and husband Kenny, Devon Barnhardt and wife Michele, and grandchild Morgan Barnhardt.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Corky’s memory to NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation) Sawtooth Farm, BRS, Inc, 208 Hwy 49 N. Richfield, NC 28137.

On line condolences may be sent to www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilkinson Funeral Home of Concord, North Carolina, is assisting the Johnson family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Huddleston

 

True Vernon Huddleston, 78 year old Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at his home in Seminole. 

He was born July 16, 1937 in Clayton, New Mexico to parents, Henry Baker Huddleston and Alice (Gonzales) Huddleston. 

Full obituary information is pending with Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma. www.swearingenfuneral.

Ann Houston

 

 

Services for G. Ann Houston, 80, of Konawa were 2:00 Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Rev. Roger Miller officiated. Burial followed at Vamoosa Cemetery.

Mrs. Houston passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Clarehouse in Tulsa. She was born September 12, 1935 in Sasakwa to Troy and Sarah Doolen. She attended Rocky Point grade school and graduated from Vamoosa High School. She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from East Central Univeristy in Ada.

She married Bill Houston June 26, 1954 in Konawa. He preceded her in death October, 2001. Mrs. Houston was a 3rd grade teacher for the Konawa School System until her retirement. She was a Christian and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include a son, Sam Houston and his wife Nannette of Sand Springs; a granddaughter, Laci Stocks and her husband Bobby of Coweta; grandson, Cody Houston of Sand Springs; a sister, Fern King of Konawa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Harrison Doolen; and two sisters, Jesse Doolen-Ward and Johnnie Collinsworth.

Bearers were her son, Sam Houston; grandson, Cody Houston; granddaughter, Laci Stocks; and grandson-in-law, Bobby Stocks.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dewayne Hopkins

 

 

Dewayne Edward Hopkins, 47, Seminole resident, died Friday, February 12, 2016 in Seminole. Dewayne was born February 15, 1968 to Jauleel Ray Hopkins and Ruth Ann (Stevens) Hopkins in Enid, Oklahoma.

Dewayne was a Certified Nurse Assistant and Security Guard. He married April Dawn Streater on May 1, 2006 in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Dewayne is survived by his wife, April Hopkins of Seminole, Oklahoma, his father-in-law and mother–in-law Kirk and Edwina Goodman of Wewoka, Oklahoma, two brothers Darrel Wade Hopkins and Ray Hopkins both of Seminole.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwayne Holland

 

 

Dwayne Holland age 77 of Wewoka, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, March 16, 2016 in Ada, OK. Born July 19, 1938 in Tupelo, OK to the late Harvey ND Holland and Mildred Madilene Hanson Holland. He was a graduate of Stonewall High School and on October 14, 1977 he married Donna Gray.

Dewayne worked as a mechanic for Big Yank in Wewoka, for a number of years.

Preceding Dewayne in death are his parents, two brothers Glenn Edward Holland, and Donald Lee Holland, one sister Yuvonda Ruth Holland.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Donna Holland of the home, son Ricky Dewayne Holland of Ada, OK; daughter Doris Lynell Hayes of Ada, OK; Step-children Cheryl Eubanks of Anaheim, CA, Dana Young of Norman, OK, Rhonda Bush of Enid, OK; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brothers Charles Holland, and Troy Holland both of Durant, OK; one sister Wanda Maples, of Bonham, TX and a host of other relatives and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Holland, Chris Holland, Troy Holland, Charles Holland, Cody Clopton, Joseph Chavez, and Michael Hayes.

Funeral Service were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Wewoka Church of Christ with Aaron Alsbrook officiating.

Services were under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Wewoka, Oklahoma.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Higdon

 

 

Billy served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant. He served for 20 years and was active in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He played basketball while in the U.S. Air Force and was known as "Shanks". He also voluntarily coached little league baseball and basketball while in the military.

Billy grew up in Seminole and graduated from Seminole Public Schools. After retiring from the military he later received his Master’s Degree in Education from, East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Billy was a school teacher and coach. He coached basketball and baseball. He taught in Calvin and Maud school systems. He was also a well know referee throughout the state of Oklahoma and was known as "Coach" by many.

Billy was a member of the Church of Christ, Elks Lodge # 2516 and served as secretary, and the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association.

Billy married Anna Marie (Hollingshead) Higdon on July 12, 1953 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Billy is survived by his wife of 63 years Anna Marie Higdon of Seminole, Oklahoma, two sons, Don Higdon and his wife Tracy of Arkansas, and Tom Higdon and his wife Karen of Arkansas, one daughter, Mona Reeves and her husband Mark of Konawa, Oklahoma, one sister, Margie Tull of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Billy was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, who loved his family dearly. Some of his favorite hobbies included: Camping, following his grandchildren in sports and other activities, and researching his family tree.

He will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 16, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole. Mr. Higdon will receive full military honors at the service.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Hester

 

 

Randy Earle Hester, long time Seminole, Oklahoma, resident passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his home in Seminole at the age of 62.

Randy was born July 27, 1953 in Fairhope, Alabama to parents, Clinton Benjamin Hester and Bobbie Claire (Jolley) Hester.

Randy married Nancy (Thomas) Hester, January 1, 2001 at Atoka, Oklahoma. He was a retired loan manager.

Randy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Seminole, Oklahoma.

Randy is survived by his wife, Nancy of the home, son, Billy Clinton Hester of Wylie, Texas; three daughters, Judith Lynn Tatom of Panama City Beach, Florida, Christi Eastwood of Atoka, Oklahoma, Marinda Copeland of Atoka, Oklahoma; one brother, Robert (Bob) Hester of Raleigh, North Carolina; one sister, Linda Erickson of Yukon, Oklahoma and seven grandchildren.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton Benjamin Hester and Bobbie (Jolley) Hester.

Memorial services are planned for 2:00 p.m. Monday May 16, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Coy Tingle officiating.

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

Messages of condolences may be sent www.swearingenfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denny Heath

 

 

Dennis "Denny" Lloyd Heath, age 73, passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at his home in Kaw City. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at First Osage Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Fairfax Cemetery under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home. Visitation hours will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home. The family has suggested memorials to American Legion in Ralston and contributions may be left at Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home.

Denny was born Aug. 2, 1942 in Seminole, the son of Clair and Geneva Faulkner Heath. He attended Fairfax Public Schools and served in the National Guard for 11 years. He served on the Fairfax School Board from 1975 to 1986 and was the owner/operator of Errols Auto Body in Fairfax. His hobbies were Wednesday night poker with his friends, fishing with Chuck, OU football, the Bluegrass Festival and he loved cooking for his family and friends.

Survivors include his loving life partner, Jill Hogan Sims, of Kaw City and his previous wife of 22 years Cecelia Daniels Heath; two daughters Irene Gibson, of Fairfax and Dawna Bowman and husband Mark, of Fairfax; four grandchildren, Jared and Sasha Gibson and Lee and Chase Bowman; two great-grandchildren, Benton Welch and Hunter Gibson; extended family, Danny Sims and son Riley, of Wichita, Kan.; Tiffany and Steven Blake and sons Cooper and Mason, of Edmond; Whitney and Chad Phipps and children Madison, Dalton and Clayton; two brothers, Errol Heath, of Pawhuska and Doyle Heath and wife Wanda, of Fairfax; three sisters, Paula Elliott and husband Lee, of Fairfax; Jeanith Goad and partner Mike, of Oologah; and Johnna Kerr and husband Marty, of Winfield, Kan. He "Loved Many" and was Loved by "Many More" — Denny knew not one stranger. He had a heart of gold our community will miss him dearly.

An online guest book may be signed at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelia Hatton

 

 

Shelia Christine (Higdon) Hatton, age 56 and a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, passed away from this life December 31, 2015 at her home.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9th at the River Church located in Ada, Oklahoma. Jeremy O’Brian will officiate, and cremation is under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa.

Shelia was born August 4, 1959 in Ada, Oklahoma to John Cecil Higdon and Margaret Marie (Langford) Higdon. She worked as a sewing operater at Wrangler, and she also worked for Reeves Packing and for the Salvation Army.

She married Wesley Lee Hatton in Ada, Oklahoma. Shelia enjoyed being with family and friends, and she loved cooking funeral dinners for the church.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Hatton of Ada; one daughter, Felecia Griffis of Konawa; and numerous family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Higdon; two brothers, Jimmy Ray Higdon and Cealra Higdon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Harrison

 

 

George Harrison former Wewoka resident, age 65 of Norman, OK passed away Monday, February 29th, 2016 at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. Born February 27, 1951 in Wewoka, OK to the late Grover Harrison and Judy (Tiger) Harrison.

George was a graduate of Hartshorne High School and later served in the United States Marine Corps serving in The Vietnam War. George was a member of Hill Top Presbyterian Church in Wewoka.

George is preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Laverne Johnson, Buddy Harrison, Willie Harrison, Thomas Harrison and James Harrison.

George is survived by his wife Karen Harrison of Norman, children; Anthony Lee Byrd of Okmulgee, George Harrison Jr. of Norman, Gregory Harrison of Norman, six grandchildren; siblings; Richard Harrison of Wewoka, Eugene Harrison of Wewoka, Leroy Harrison of Wewoka, Raymond Harrison of Wewoka, Wanda Bruner of Wewoka, Patricia Harrison of OKC, Juanita Williams of Wewoka, and adopted brother Bill Graham of OKC.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 5, 2016 at The Wewoka Hill Top Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mickey Hill and Pastor Larry Harrison officiating.

Pallbearers are Thomas Harrison, George Harrison Jr., Gabriel Garza, Jerome Harrison, Tom Williams and William Pennock.

Honorary Pallbearers are Gregory Harrison, Leroy Harrison, Richard Harrison, Raymond Harrison and Eugene Harrison.

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

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Hargis

 

 

Melvin David Hargis, 54, lifelong Seminole resident, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Seminole, Oklahoma. David was born June 28, 1961 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Melvin Eugene and Nancy Etta (Littlejohn) Hargis.

David attended Seminole Schools and graduated from Seminole High School in the class of 1979. He attended and graduated from Seminole State College and while at SSC he worked in the Assist Lab as a tutor. He completed his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

He was currently employed with Clour Engineering in Norman, Oklahoma, until his death. He worked with his grandfather Clarence Hargis and father Melvin Hargis in the Hargis Cabinet Shop on West Strothers for many years. He enjoyed meetings of the Tool collectors club and going to tool shows looking for deals on antique tools, which he loved to collect. He was a member of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association. He also loved computers and anything to do with them. David was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Although David was a very private person, he always came through for his family in their time of need, He was dearly loved and we will all miss him deeply.

David is survived by his sisters Nancy Jeanette Tiger of Seminole, Oklahoma and Martha Ellen Howard and her husband Kirk of Allen, Texas, his nieces and nephews Nancy Ellen Maye and Kursten Devoe Maye both of Seminole, Oklahoma and Leah Nicole Howard and Adam Howard both of Allen, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial services are planned for 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma. Bill Barnett of the Indian Nations Baptist Church in Seminole, will officiate at the service.

Swearingen Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Gunter

 

 

Elizabeth Ruth "Liz" Gunter, 75, longtime Seminole resident and educator, died Friday, January 22, 2016 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Elizabeth was born September 28, 1940 in McCamey, Texas to William Wallace and Nancy Ellen (Selby) Littlejohn.

She grew up in McCamey, Texas until the 1950’s when she moved to Seminole, where she continued her education at Seminole Public Schools and graduated from Seminole High School in 1958. She attended East Central University where she received her Master of Education degree.

Liz taught school at Seminole Public Schools for the entire 32 years of her career, before retiring in 1999. "She was truly a master teacher".

Liz enjoyed playing BUNKO, reading, lunch with her SHS class of 1958 girls, visiting the shut-ins from her church, writing memories of her grandkids in her "Nana book", traveling, especially to National Parks, fishing, and making gingerbread houses every year for the grandkids.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Seminole, the ladies UMW group, PEO, Seminole Chamber of Commerce (member and volunteer), Self-Culture Club, past member of the Seminole Arts Council, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, American Association of University Women, and the OEA, NEA Teachers Association. Locally she was a lifetime member of the Seminole Alumni Association and Ducks Unlimited, on the board of trustees for the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Seminole County Retired Teachers, and Volunteer reader for the Seminole Public Library Children’s Story Hour.

She married Herbert Dee "Herb" Gunter on October 1, 1960 in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Liz is survived by her husband of 55 years, Herb Gunter of Seminole, her two daughters, Sonia Scott of Seminole, Oklahoma, Carrie Nault and her husband Kyle of Ardmore, Oklahoma, four grandchildren Colby Scott of Seminole, Oklahoma, Katie Scott of Seminole, Oklahoma, Kyla Nault of Frisco, Texas and P.T. Nault of Pasadena, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy Hargis, son-in-law Tom Scott, aunts Hazel Colby and June and Bob Davis.

Funeral services will at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church on Wrangler Blvd. in Seminole, Oklahoma, with Rev. Clint Dawkins and Rev. Gary O. Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole.

Casket bearers will be Kyle Nault, P.T. Nault, Colby Scott, Rodney May, Bill Hooten and Dustin Holliday.

The family request in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church youth group at 910 W. Wrangler Blvd, Seminole, Oklahoma and the Northwood School, Camp Goddard Fund at P.O. Box 1031, Seminole, Oklahoma 74818.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Green

 

 

David Ray Green, 59 year old Shawnee, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at his home in Shawnee. He was born March 7, 1956 in Boise City, Oklahoma to parents, Gilford Lee Green and Dianna Jean (Cowen) Green.

David had worked as a carpenter for many years. He was also affiliated with the Church of God in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Survivors include his wife, Dianna Green of Maud, Oklahoma; two daughters, Christy Lynn (Green) Coy of Hobbs, New Mexico, Deia Marie Green of Saint Louis, Oklahoma; two brothers, Wayne Green of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Darrell Green of Clayton, New Mexico; two sisters, Kay Reed of Maud, Oklahoma, Elsie Jurjda of Trinidad, Colorado; 4 grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents, by three sisters, Janice Green, Carolyn Woodington, Lou Marquez, and by one brother, Tommy Greene.

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

The family request that donations be sent to the David Green Memorial Fund at Swearingen Funeral Home, 1001 N. Milt Phillips Ave., Seminole, Oklahoma 74868. Phone 405-382-3456.

Private family services are scheduled for a later date.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Graves

 

 

Sylvia Lou Graves of Perry, Oklahoma, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 74 years.

Sylvia Lou Graves was born on December 18, 1941, in Hartford, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Sylvester and Betty Opal (Loftis) Howard.

As an infant she moved with her family to California. In 1945 she moved with her family back to the Seminole, Oklahoma area where she attended Pleasant Grove Public Schools, graduating from Pleasant Grove High School in 1960. Following her education she married Robert Duane Graves in Seminole, Oklahoma, on August 21, 1961, and they made their home in Wheeling, Illinois. In 1963 they moved back to Seminole, Oklahoma, and in 1968 they moved to Perry. She worked as a cashier for Best Yet Foods in Perry retiring in 1997. She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Perry. She loved spending time with her family, grandkids and her dog Louie. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and shopping.

She is survived by her husband Robert Duane Graves of the home; three daughters, Rhonda Hodge of Edmond, Oklahoma, Valerie Noman and husband Lyn of Perry, Oklahoma, Marsha Sobonya and husband Chris of Stillwater, Oklahoma; two sons, Chris Graves of Catoosa, Oklahoma, and Lance Graves and Brandi of Stillwater, Oklahoma; fifteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four brothers, Harley Howard of Seminole, Oklahoma, Jimmy Howard and wife Harriett of Seminole; Kenneth Howard and wife Linda of Seminole; and Rick Howard and wife Phyllis of Kansas City, Missouri; and one sister Gail Anderson of Norman, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Curtis Howard; one half sister, Betty Johnson; one brother-in-law, Jerry Anderson; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Howard.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Perry Funeral Home in Perry, Oklahoma.

Services are scheduled for today at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Perry. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Goodman

 

 

Donald DeWayne Goodman, was born Aug. 6, 1938 in Blackwell, the son of Harold Wayne and Zelphia Biby Goodman. Donald passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

A graveside funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, with Mark Wright officiating. Funeral service and burial in Dewey Cemetery were under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home and Crematory, Bartlesville.

Donald grew up in the Blackwell, Ponca City and the Bartlesville area. He married his beloved Wanda Mae Dallas on March 31, 1962 at Pawnee. They made their first home at Fort Riley, Kan., and following his military services they moved to Wewoka, where he was employed with the I-40 Highway construction project.

They later moved to western Kansas and then Cherokee, Okla., to Claremore and then to the Copan area in the late 1960s to make their permanent home. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or at least gave a darn good try to! He worked many jobs to support his family. He worked nights at Founder in Dewey and hauled hay by day with his wife as the driver and kids in the truck cab. He worked at a coal mine in Welch, Okla., until it closed down then went on to work for Bill Doenges as a farm and ranch hand then to a mechanic at Doenges Ford in Bartlesville where he retired in 1997.

He was a well-loved man with many stories to tell. He enjoyed sitting on his swing with his wife relaxing and enjoying the outdoors while watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren running and playing outside with their dogs and animals. His hobbies were farming and feeding his cattle on a daily basis.

Daddy/papa will always be in our hearts loved and missed daily. He was a great friend, husband, brother and father and the greatest papa.

He is survived by daughter, Gayla Goodman, of the home; Delbert and his wife Cathy, of Ramona, Kevin and his wife Christina, of Dewey; granddaughters, Briana Goodman-Stitt and husband Jonathon, of Kingfisher and Kasey Nicole Drennan-King, of Bartlesville; grandsons, Dane, Kaleb Isaac and Jeffery Goodman Bradley Carroll Martin Blum and his wife Corey and Jacob Blum; great-granddaughters, Braely, Brystel, and Brinley Stitt, Andrea and Gentry Blum; great-grandsons, Kadon and Kason Barnard, Garrett and Simon Blum; his brother, Harold Goodman and his wife Connie of Marland; sister, La Donna Kay Leon, of Ponca City; and numerous nieces nephews and great-nieces and -nephews with more on the way.

He was preceded in death by his son, Terry; beloved wife, Wanda; both his parents; and granddaughter-in-law, Bobby Blum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Garrison

 

 

Ronald Allen Garrison, son of Robert and Saundra Garrison of Seminole, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Dallas, Texas at the age of 49. He was born in Broken Arrow on April 16,1966.

Other survivors include his brother Robert Wayne Garrison and nephew Marine Sargeant Robby Garrison.

Services are pending at a later date, along with a grave side ceremony that will be held at Little Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newman Factor

 

 

Newman Lee Factor was born on November 30, 1940, in Limestone, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Prague, Oklahoma, at the age of 75.

Newman , the son of Tony and Yannah Factor, was a resident of Prague. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He married JoAnn Doris Miller on June 23, 2001. He worked in law enforcement and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Prague.

Newman’s parents and two sisters preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his wife of 14 years JoAnn Doris Factor of the home; sons Jimpsey of Ada, and Jerome Factor of Tahlequah; daughters Gwendolyn of Ada, Johnita Verdugo of Whittier, CA, and

JoNell Botello of Norwalk, CA; 16 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brothers Edward Factor of Wewoka, Walter Factor of Wewoka, Noah Factor of Okemah, Charlie Factor of Wewoka, and Shaleign Factor of Wewoka; sisters Mary Jane Morgan of Wewoka, and Christine Factor of Wewoka; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

JoAnn Factor will receive family and friends for a wake service on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Freewill Baptist Church in Prague with Rev. Randall Miller and Rev. Richard Botello officiating. Interment will follow at the Little Cemetery in Seminole County escorted by the Seminole Nation Lighthorsemen.

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

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

Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Embrey

 

 

Jacob Tyler Embrey of The Colony, TX was called to Heaven on September 21st, 2016. He passed away after a brief illness and went quietly in his sleep.

Jacob was born June 25, 2003 in Dallas, TX to Dana and Shawnelle Embrey. Jacob was the second of three children with older brother Aaron, 16 and younger sister Macy, 10. Jacob was in the 8th grade at Lakeview Middle School in The Colony, TX. He was a member of The Choctaw Nation.

Jacob is survived by his parents, his maternal grandfather; Robert Lewis of Dallas, TX, fraternal grandmother Ruth Johnston Embrey of Terrell, TX, maternal Aunt Stephanie Lewis of Dallas, TX, several aunt and uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jacob is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Julis Kinney Lewis, fraternal grandfather Rene Embrey and his uncle George Embrey.

Wake service will be 6:00 p.m. Tuesday September 27, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday September 28, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kellos Walker and Rev. Curtis Kinney officiating.

There will also be a candlelight service for his friends and classmates Monday September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in The Colony, Texas at Calvary Christian Center.

Jacobs favorite color was purple, so we request attendees to wear purple in his memory.

Interment will follow at the Kinney family cemetery in Wewoka, OK

Arrangements are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felicia Echelle

 

Felicia Marie Echelle, 38 year old, lifelong Seminole resident passed from this life on Thursday, May 19, 2016 following an automobile accident in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. She was born November 8, 1977 in Seminole, Oklahoma to parents Bill Preston Miller and Deborah (Monks) Miller.

Felicia graduated from Bowlegs High School in 1995 and went on to earn her Master’s degree from Mid-America College.

On October 17, 2002 Felicia married Mark Echelle in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Felicia worked as a "Senior Casualty Specialist" for Farm Bureau Insurance Company. She was also a very devoted wife and mother. She was always involved in her children’s school functions at both Northwood and Wilson Schools in Seminole.

Felicia leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 14 years, Mark Echelle of the home, two sons, Kaden James Echelle, John Bryan Echelle, and one daughter, Emilie Nicole Echelle, all of the home; her mother, Deborah Jones of Seminole, Oklahoma; three brothers, Carl and his wife Danielle Miller of Honolulu, Hawaii, Bill P. Miller of Seminole, Oklahoma, Rustyn Jones of Noble, Oklahoma; two sisters, Justice Jones of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Jessica Jones of Seminole, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Shirley Graves Watson and her husband Ray of Seminole, Oklahoma; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Felicia is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Albert "Sonny" Miller and Doris Marie Miller, by her father, Bill Preston Miller Sr. who died April 10, 1990, and by her maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Wanda Monks.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Bowlegs Assembly of God Church with Allen Lewis and Pastor Roy Robertson officiating the service. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Casket Bearers will be: Joel Parsons, Carl Miller, D.J. Ridge, Jeremy Ridge, Todd Kern and Jeff Crabtree.

Honorary Bearers will be: Bill Miller, Rustyn Jones, Tommy Monks, Cudd Family, Mike White, Doug Ridge, Paul Miller, "Uncle Bob", Phil Stillwell and Robert Brown.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Dugan

 

 

Albert Cecil Dugan was born on February 12, 1932, in Cove, Arkansas, and departed this life on Monday, January 11, 2016, in Meeker, Oklahoma, at the age of 83.

Albert, the son of Walter Scott and Alma (Smith) Duggan, was a resident of Prague. He married Rosemary "Peggy" Southerland on November 26, 1952, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He worked for Wolverine and S&S Feed. Albert was a member of Prague Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening and caring for farm animals especially horses.

Albert’s parents, brothers, Bill, Hoyt and Curtis Duggan and sister, Myrtle McGee preceded him in death.

Survivors include: His wife of 63 years Rosemary Dugan of the home; Son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Toni Dugan of Prague; Daughter, Rena Ligon and her companion, Clayton Stover of Prague; Grandchildren, Colby Dugan, Ginni Lou Dugan, Bradley and Michelle Jenkins, and Kim and Jason Turner; Great-Grandchildren, Austen, Sophia, Alaynia, and Braxtyn; Brother, Jerry Duggan of Wilburton; Sister and brother-in-law, Laverne and Monroe Bailey of Collinsville, as well as other family and friends.

The Dugan family will receive friends on Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 10:00 AM at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Brother Randall Miller officiating.

Interment will follow at Little Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.

 

 

 

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

Please visit www.ParksBrothers.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Cook

 

 

Douglas Allen Cook, 49 of Holdenville passed away peacefully in his home on May 12, 2016 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was born on April 14, 1967 in Holdenville to James and Dorothy (Ball) Cook. Doug graduated from Holdenville High School in 1985.

Doug married the love of his life, Susan Donnell Hearn on July 12, 1989.

He work in EMS and Law Enforcement for several years and became the Director for the Hughes County EMS Department. Later he would begin his law enforcement career at the Holdenville Police Department. He worked for the Wetumka and Calvin Police Departments as well as currently for the Holdenville Police Department.

Survivors include his wife, Susan of the home, daughter Savannah of Osborne, Kansas; parents James and Dorothy Cook of Holdenville, brother Arthur Cook of Holdenville and sister Ramona Edwards of Alabama, his nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Holdenville. Bro. John Roberts will officiate the service.

Pallbearers will be his EMS and Law Enforcement family including Jere Lee Smith, Brandon McCoy, Doug Sipes, O. C. Powell, David Cook, and Michael Leuking.

Honorary bearers will be Corey Epperson, Boady Marshall, Monte Phillips, Bob Edwards, Bo Babb, Mike Dodd, Randall Crossland, Arthur Cook, Brian Iker and Daniel McMahan. 

Interment will follow at the Holdenville Cemetery in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gladys Donaldson

 

 

Gladys (Chaddick) Donaldson, former Wewoka resident, passed away Monday, March 28th, 2016 in Muskogee, OK.

Service pending with Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Dobbins

 

 

James Keith Dobbins, 64, Saint Louis , Oklahoma resident, died, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home. James was born May 21, 1951 in Seminole, Oklahoma to William Richard Dobbins and Beloysa Carrie (Ingram) Dobbins.

James was a retired diesel mechanic for Ryder Truck Rental Company. He attended OSU Okmulgee Tech School in Okmulgee, Oklahoma where he received his diesel mechanic training.

James married Penny Lynn (Renfro) Dobbins on June 2, 1973 in Maud, Oklahoma.

James is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Penny Lynn Dobbins of the home in Saint Louis, Oklahoma; one son Michael Dobbins of Maud, Oklahoma, a daughter Carrie Allen of Saint Louis, Oklahoma, two brothers Steve Dobbins of Allen, Oklahoma and Russell Dobbins of Choctaw, Oklahoma; two sisters Judith Akerman of Konawa, Oklahoma and Linda Dunn of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private Family Services will be held at a later date.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Johnson

 

 

Dallas Johnson, 69 year old lifelong Seminole, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Seminole Hospital. He was born July 13, 1946 in Seminole, Oklahoma to parents Luther Fox Johnson and Claudia Estella (Hall) Johnson.

Dallas grew up in the Plant 13 area, south east of Seminole. He attended Seminole Public Schools. Dallas then worked several years for the City of Seminole in the sanitation department.

On September 11, 1981 he married Betty Jane Hill in Seminole, Oklahoma at the Assembly of God Church. Sadly, she preceded him in death.

Dallas was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church.

Dallas is survived by two brothers, Eugene Johnson of Alabama, Denver Johnson of Joplin, Missouri and by one sister, Linda Hailey of Holdenville, Oklahoma. Dallas is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and other family and dear friends.

Dallas was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Claudia Johnson and by his wife, Betty Jane Johnson.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vausy Cumpton

 

 

Vausy Vernell (Coots) Carr Cumpton, 61 year old lifelong Bowlegs resident passed from this life on Friday, January 8, 2016 in Wewoka, Oklahoma where she was currently residing at Elmwood Manor. She was born March 3, 1953 in Norman, Oklahoma to parents Vernon Coots and Helen Marie Coots.

Vausy married Bill Cumpton, he preceded her in death.

Vausy was a homemaker and was also a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Survivors include two sons, John Carr and Daniel Carr both of Bowlegs, Oklahoma, two daughters, Terri Walker of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Lacy Cumpton of Wewoka, Oklahoma, one sister Marilyn Robertson of Bowlegs, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, and a host of other family and dear friends.

Vausy was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Coots, by her father, Vernon Coots, and by her husband, Bill Cumpton. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Debbie, and by two daughters, Dianna and Kristal.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Creech

 

 

Ronald "Craig" Creech, 69 year old former Seminole County resident, and current Collinsville, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 2, 2016 at his home in Collinsville. He was born August 8, 1946 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to parents, Edgar L. Creech and Alice Vernell (Harris) Creech.

After graduating from high school Craig went on to earn his master’s degree in education. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Collinsville Public Schools and was currently working on his Doctorate Degree in Industrial Arts.

On November 19, 1965, Craig married Margaret Ann Drake at the Church of Christ in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Craig was affiliated with the Church of Christ. He was also an avid OU football fan, golfer, woodworker, sportsman, fisherman and hunter. His greatest joys came from teaching school. Craig’s family was his top priority and the greatest love of his life were his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Margaret Ann Creech of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Clifton Creech of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brandon Wayne Creech and his wife Michelle of Mesquite, Texas, Collin Heath Creech and his wife Breanna of Talala, Oklahoma; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Wayne Creech and his wife Kathy of Merrillville, Indiana, Paul Dennis Creech and his wife Drew of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren, Randall Cotton Davis, Keegan Nathaniel Darby, Sophie Ann Creech, Caleb Edward Creech, Kirstie Nicole Rodriguez, JoLeigh Violet Creech, and Drake Carson Creech; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar L. Creech and Alice Vernell Creech.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Strother Historic Chapel located in Maple Grove Cemetery located at 1000 W. Strother Street, Seminole, Oklahoma. Dr. M. Carl A. Harris will officiate the service.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lu Conger

 

 

Lu Ella Conger, 83, lifelong Seminole resident, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Colonial Estates Nursing Home in Shawnee, where she had been staying for a short time. She was born on February 12, 1932 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Archie Lee Parsons and Sarah (Vela) Parsons.

Lu sold Avon Products for over 30 years.

Her husband Jack and two sons, Richard and Shane Conger preceded her in death. She leaves behind a daughter, Pam Gann of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two sons; Jim Conger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and David Conger of Seminole, Oklahoma; three loving daughters-in-law, Toni Nall, Jean Orrell and Lillie Davidson; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, her cousin and best friend, Marjorie Stewart of Butner, Oklahoma, and a sister-in-law, Velena Sawyer of Wewoka, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, south of Wewoka, Oklahoma.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gene Cole

 

 

Eugene "Gene" Cole, 73 year old longtime Maud, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was born March 12, 1942 in Salem, Arkansas to parents, Harmon Rufus "H.R." Cole and Ivy Lorene "Oreon" (Williams) Cole.

Gene had lived in Hereford, Texas for several years before moving to Seminole and then to Maud in 1971. He owned and operated "Gene Cole Liquefied Feed," and had been a cattle rancher and farmer most of his life where he owned "Cole Farms." He had also worked for, Shawver-Hailey Construction several years. Gene then worked for the Maud Housing Authority, where he worked for the past 37 years, while he continued to raise cattle, which was his life.

Gene married Coretta Marie (Brown) Peavler on August 19, 1981 in Durant, Oklahoma.

Gene was a man of very few words, he had the heart of a giant. He loved all of his family very much.

Gene is a former member of the Maud Round-up Club and was also associated with Trinity Baptist Church in Maud.

Gene leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of almost 35 years, Coretta Cole of the home in Maud, Oklahoma; three sons, Loye Gene Cole and his wife, Karen of Columbus, Georgia, Brian Cole and his wife, Rachel of Maud, Oklahoma, Alton Peavler of Maud, Oklahoma; two daughters, Lisa Anne Cole of Maud, Oklahoma, Brenda Marie Underwood and her husband, Tecumseh "Tip" of Maud, Oklahoma; two sisters, (his twin sister) Pauline Bryant of Salem, Arkansas, Catherine Lee of Shawnee, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.

 

 

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Harmon Rufus "H.R." Cole and Ivy Lorene "Oreon" (Williams) Cole, by three brothers, Thadnel Cole, Marvin Cole, Wayne Cole, and by two sisters, Winnie Faye Nichols and Fanny Olson.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Maud, Oklahoma wit Rev. Butch Bradley officiating the service. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud, Oklahoma.

Visitation will begin Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Oklahoma.

Casket bearers will be: Nells Rodefeld, Nolan Doddson, Steve O’Daniel, Brian O’Daniel, Clarence Hopper, and Richard Adams.

Honorary bearers will be: Herb Buchanon, Neal Guinn, Ronald Rayburn, Jimmy Ivy, Brett O’Daniel, Barry O’Daniel, Jeff Lucy, and Gary McClaskey.

Services are under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud, Oklahoma (405) 374-2424.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welda Chandler

 

 

Always believing she was of Native American descent, Welda Jeanne Wood Chandler joined the council of her Great Spirit on March 29, 2016 thru the portal of Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi.

She was the adopted daughter of Lawrence Bo Wood and Wilma Lynette Norman Wood. Jeanne was born at McAlester, Oklahoma on June 20, 1942. She grew up and graduated high school in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Upon graduation she attended East Central Oklahoma State in Ada, Oklahoma before transferring to Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education; graduating in 1964.

Her teaching career included stints in Perry, Oklahoma; Littleton, Colorado; Fort Peck, Montana; White Settlement Fort Worth, Texas; Yazoo City, Vicksburg, and Tupelo, Mississippi. Her Master’s degree was earned at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Not only did she aptly teach the sciences to gifted elementary students, she was a tutor, mentor, a master at securing financial grants for her own and other schools, she was a National Board Certified teacher.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James Callier Chandler, daughters Jennifer Anne Johnson, Jade Renee Hudson, and son Justin Callier Chandler. Grandchildren are Cameron Riley Evans, Nathan Chandler Hudson, Madison Leigh Hudson, Abigale Syndney Chandler, and Emilie Claire Chandler as well as 2 great grandchildren.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Tupelo.

Per her wishes, there will no funeral or burial. Her body is donated to science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Cavender

 

 

Howard "Frosty" Cavender a resident of Durant, Ok passed from this life in Durant on May 16, 2016 at the age of 82. He was born on August 21, 1933 in Konawa, Ok to Claude and Viola (Wolfe) Cavender.

Frosty married Carolyn White in Madill, Ok on August 22, 1958. Frosty served his country as a Paratrooper in the United States Army. He was a semi-truck driver for most of his adult life. His greatest joy in his life was his family and grandchildren.

Frosty loved being outside working in his garden and raising cattle. Later in life he liked to watch Games Shows.

Mr. Cavender is survived by his wife, Carolyn of the home; sons, Michael Cavender and Sandra of Mead, Ok and Steve Cavender of Durant, Ok; brothers, Joe Cavender and Vonda, Jimmy Cavender and Judy, and Paul Cavender and Carla all of Durant; sister, Norma Pettett and Billy Clyde of Durant, Ok; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces; and a host of friends.

Mr. Cavender was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Viola Cavender; brothers, Claude Wayne, Mike,Robert, and Jerry Cavender; sister, Miriam Chandler; grandchild, Kevin Sheffield.

A Family Hour will be from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Thursday, May 19 at the Holmes ~ Coffey ~ Murray Funeral Home in Durant. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 20 at the Holmes Coffey Murray Chapel with Bro. Randy Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery.

Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com. Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Ok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Buckley

 

 

Larry Gene Buckley, 60, longtime Seminole county resident, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at his home. Larry was born January 2, 1956, in Belvedere, California, to Ledon Buckley and Mary Jane (Fish) Buckley.

Larry was the enrollment director for the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, since 2002. Larry was also a member of the Creek Nation of Oklahoma and an Alabama Quarsarte Council Member.

He was a member of the Indian Nations Baptist Church in Seminole where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Larry was also an Emergency Reserved Firefighter with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Larry was married to Marcheta Walker Buckley on February 14, 1982, in Lynwood, California.

He is survived by his wife, Marcheta Buckley of home, sons, Daniel Ben Buckley and Timothy Titus Buckley, both of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Josiah Jay Buckley and Lorenzo Tiebout, both of Earlsboro, Oklahoma, three daughters, Sonciarai Laurene Buckley of Earlsboro, Oklahoma, and Courtnie Jane Buckley of McLoud, Oklahoma, Katrina Faith Buckley of Earlsboro, Oklahoma, sisters, Sandra, Mary Ronell and LaDonna; brothers Kenneth Buckley, grandchildren; Daniel Ben Buckley, Jr., Timothy Titus Buckley, Jr.,Geramiah Johnathan Buckley, Aaliyah Zavala, Noah Buckley, Fayv ( Bug) Buckley, Alionna Buckley, Abrionna Buckley, Ethan Max Buckley and Waylen Tiger.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ledon Buckley, Jr.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Indian Nations Baptist Church at 2nd and Evans Street, in Seminole, Oklahoma. Wake services will be at the church on Sunday evening at 6:00 P.M. Mr. Buckley will be moved to the family home for visitation on Friday, February 19, 2016.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulena Brannon

 

 

Bulena Marie Brannon, 91 year old longtime, Pottawatomie County resident, passed from this life on Sunday, December 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. She was born June 22, 1924 in Arizona to parents Robert Brannon and Nellie Jane (Enis) Brannon.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 14, at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Interment will follow at Earlsboro Cemetery in Earlsboro, Oklahoma.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulena Brannon

 

 

Bulena "Beauty" Brannon, transitioned peacefully surrounded by family at her side on December 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

She was born June 22, 1924 to Robert and Nellie Brannon. She married Herman Stillwell who preceded her in death.

She volunteered at local polling locations and supported Voters Rights.

In accordance to her wishes, she was flown to her hometown in the state of Oklahoma and buried in Earlsboro Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Barbara Ann and Ollie as well as her granddaughter Lisa Brannon/Burress.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Four great-grandchildren as well as a sister Juanita Brannon and many nieces, nephews, cousins, sister in law and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 14 at 1 p.m. at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, OK.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma. www.swearingenfuneral.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Bowers

 

 

Donna Bowers passed from this life on May 15, 2016. Donna was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 11, 1958 to Roy and Jennie (Harper) Bowers. She moved to Wewoka in 1970 and graduated from Wewoka High School in 1976 and Seminole Jr. College in 1983 with an Associates in Business Technology. She was employed during her life at Nichols Supermarket, Wrangler, and the Seminole Nation from 1987 to 1998 and 2005 to 2013.

Donna is survived by her sister Brandi Crawford of Greeley, CO., and her niece Mariah Crawford of Tulsa, OK. She is also survived by her aunts; Louise Horton of Wewoka and Florence Harper of Tulsa, cousins; which were more like her brothers and sisters, and her very special cousins, Heather Horton Duvall and Madeline Duvall.

She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and her uncles; Herman Harper, Ethan Harper, and John Brown, Aunts; Eleanor Harper, Edith Brown, Lucille Gibson and her dear cousins; Sam Horton, Brad Horton and David Shurley as well as many dear friends. What a reunion this will be.

Donna made friends throughout the years from school, work, church, and community. She was blessed for those that she fussed, laughed, and traveled through life with. Her thanks to her family and special friends that helped her out during her declining health, and special love to my cousins; Karen Shurley, Anna Harper, Robert Horton, Jared Horton, Beverly Horton and family, Paula Whitlock and family, Sheila Egge and family, James Wells and family, Lisa Findlays family, Marilyn Davis, and Pastor Jeff and Naoma Nance and our church family.....thank you for taking me into your families for just a while.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday May 21, 2016 at Stout-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Harper Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to be made to American Heart Association.

Pallbearers will be; Jared Horton, James Wells, Stanley Whitlock, Michael Whitlock, Dustin Horton, and Walter Egge.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Robert Horton, Terry Harper and Tim Harper.

Services under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home.

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

An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Beaty

 

 

Funeral services for Judith Morrison Beaty are scheduled for 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 2500 John Street, Seminole Oklahoma. Bishop Jim Choate will officiate. A family visitation will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Beaty died on Monday, May 9, 2016, at her home in Moore, Oklahoma, where she lived for 7 years, and previously in Maud for 33 years.

Judith was born on November 20, 1940, in Joseph, Utah to James Mack and Madge Elaine (Allen) Morrison. She married Willis "Gene" Beaty on September 11, 1959, in La Puente, California.

Judith worked at Valley View hospital in Ada and then the Medical Center in Shawnee for a total of 15 years. She also worked in the garden center at Wal-Mart in Shawnee.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willis Beaty, her parents Mack and Elaine Morrison and one sibling, Madge Elaine.

She is survived by her five children, Ralph Eugene Beaty of Manassas Virginia, Debbie June Watson of Moore Oklahoma, Teresa Elaine Carroll of Omaha Nebraska, Lisa Marie Holley of Dallas Texas, and Julie Ann Gonzales of Moore Oklahoma and her four siblings, Alan Morrison of Los Angeles, California, Robert Morrison of St. George Utah, Lorraine Henderson of Kingman Arizona, and Linda Van Hook of Las Vegas Nevada, and her sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Barton

 

 

Tommy Allen Barton, 68 year old longtime Seminole resident and current Tecumseh resident, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born April 24, 1947 in Arkansas to parents Robert "Bob" Barton and Mildred Louise (Cassell) Barton.

Tommy attended school in Seminole County, Oklahoma. Following his graduation Tommy served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He earned the Rifle Marksman Badge and the National Service Medal.

Following his service to our Country, Tommy worked for the Tulsa postal service, the Seminole Fire Department, Shawnee Medical Center and then delivering papers for the Seminole Producer and the Shawnee News-Star.

Tommy was associated with the Harrah Free Will Baptist Church, the Shawnee V.F.W. and the Tecumseh American Legion. He also love watching John Wayne movies, fishing, and most of all being with his family.

Survivors include his fiancé Donna (Powell) Smith of Newalla, Oklahoma; his mother, Mildred Haggard of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; 2 brothers, James Haggard and his wife Anna of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Larry Haggard of Lexington, Oklahoma; 3 sisters, Bonnie Haggard of Seminole, Oklahoma, Linda Chesser of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Betty Barton of California; 3 grandchildren, Chance Weedn, Emma Weedn and Spencer Weedn all of McLoud, Oklahoma; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Tommy is preceded in death by his biological father, Robert "Bob" Barton; by his father who raised him Wallie Haggard who died in 2010; and by one sister, Deloris Barton who died in 2009.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma with Military Honors. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery. Rev. Carl Whitfield will officiate the services.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Bailey

 

 

Kenneth Eugene Bailey, 70 year old Eufaula, Oklahoma resident passed from this life on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at St. Frances Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born January 19, 1946 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to parents Robert Grey Bailey and Opal Bernice (Patton) Bailey.

Kenneth served our Country in the United States Army where he was a rifle marksman.

Kenneth was a heavy equipment mechanic for many years. He was a member of the "Pokie Okie," Motor-Trike Club, the local chapter of the "Brotherhood of the third wheel," organization.

Kenneth grew up in the Maud, Oklahoma area and went on to live in California and Utah before retiring in Eufaula, Oklahoma.

Kenneth is survived by his three sons, John Lewis Ziglar of Kingman, Arizona, Abram Michael Bailey of Tooele, Utah, and Kenneth Leon Bailey of Eufaula, Oklahoma; one daughter, Diana Marie Black of Tooele, Utah; 9 grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Grey Bailey and Opal Bernice (Patton) Bailey, he is also preceded in death by one brother, Richard Earl Bailey.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 25, 2016 at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Bobby Cearley and Spencer Black will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud, Oklahoma with Military Honors.

Casket Bearers will be: Kenneth Leon Bailey, Abram Michael Bailey, John Lewis Ziglar, Spencer Verle Black, D. Bryan Woodall, and Paul D. Bachhofer.

Honorary Bearers will be: John Maclhanon, Mark Duane Sager, David Michael Sager, and Patrick "Pat" Keeffer.

Memorial donations can be made to Swearingen Funeral Home in memory of Kenneth Eugene Bailey.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin Bailes

 

 

John Calvin Bailes, 88, of Norman, a former Duncan resident, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 in the Norman Veterans Center.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4th in the Vamoosa Cemetery near Konawa with Pastor Ron Stough officiating.

Services are under the direction of the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home.

Military honors will be conferred by the Stephens County honors Team.

Calvin was born in Maxwell, Ok. on March 28, 1927, the son of Albin and Nellie (Elliott) Bailes.

He graduated from Konawa High School and served in the United States Navy.

He and Billie Jean Thompson were married December 25, 1944 in Holdenville and she preceded him in death on May 7, 2011.

He worked for the Watts Funeral Home in Konawa, Chaney Funeral Home in McAlster, owned and operated Bailes Funeral Home in Drumright and along with his grandson, owned and operated the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home in Duncan.

He was a Past Worshipful Master and Secretary of the Drumright Masonic Lodge, current member of the Duncan Masonic Lodge, member of the York Right and 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

One of his greatest joys was the many years spent as Scout Master in Konawa, where in 2011 the Boy Scout Hut, a meeting place built during his time as Scout Master, was renamed and dedicated in his honor.

He was a faithful member of the Eastside Church of Christ until moving to Norman to be near his daughters. He then became a member of the Alameda Church of Christ. He was also preceded in death by his parents, daughter Charolett Ann Watson and granddaughters Christina Ann Polk and Kristal Kathleen Robertson.

He is survived by one sister, Lillian Brooks, of Yukon; three daughters, Nelletta Kay Robertson, of Norman; Willa Jo Moore and her husband Ed, of Norman and Marsha Morgan and her husband Michael of McAlester; grandchildren Ed Moore, Angie Clester, Beau Moore, Ladd Polk, Dee Lyles, Stephanie Heimbuch, Susan Morgan, Jeanie Deal and Elliott Robertson, as well as numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.bailespolk.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Adkins

 

 

William Dale "Billy" Adkins, 62, lifelong Seminole resident, died Friday, April 29, 2016 in Seminole, Oklahoma. Billy was born on March 4, 1954 in Seminole, Oklahoma to William Clyde "Bill" Adkins and Ida Maud (Bowden) Adkins. Billy grew up in Seminole and attended Seminole Public Schools and graduated from Seminole High School.

Billy joined the United States Army in June of 1975 and was stationed at Ft. Sill Army Base in Lawton, Oklahoma. He served his country as a SP4 and received an honorable discharge.

Billy worked as a grounds maintenance specialist at the Tinker Air Force Base Golf Course for 20 years, before his retirement. Billy enjoyed spending time listening to music with friends, playing golf, cards and watching TV.

Billy and Galle Rae Coker were married on January 21, 2016 in Wewoka, Oklahoma, after 30 years of life together.

Billy is survived by his wife Galle Rae Adkins of Seminole, Oklahoma, three daughters Laura Dolphin of Henderson, Nevada and her husband Albert, Lisa Siu of Las Vegas, Nevada and her husband Henry, Lesli Baker of Henderson, Nevada. his nephews Kevin Brinker and his wife Jade Brinker of Seminole and Jason Brinker and his wife Melissa Brinker of Seminole, great nephews; Nick Brinker, Trevor Brinker and Brian Sims; his brother-in-law’s; Stephen Brinker of Seminole, Oklahoma, Tommy York of Houston, Texas and Byron Tipton of Houston, Texas and his wife Bobbe, grandchildren Unomi, Kailee, Kayla, Tyler, Vivian, Roxie and his grandpup Sammy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Ida Adkins and his sister Edna (Adkins) Brinker, close friends Mickey LeBarre, Larry Manley and Eddie Kuehner.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel in Seminole, Oklahoma, burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery with military honors.

Casket bearers will be Joe Hardin, Tommy Rose, Dennis Wilburn, Jim Moreu, Kent Smith and Wendell Woody. Honorary bearers will be; Randy Dockery, Mike Cone, Byron Tipton, Kevin Brinker, Jason Brinker and Nick Brinker.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carla Adams

 

 

Carla (Lehman) Adams, 54, of Asher, Oklahoma passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at her home.

She was born July 30, 1961 to B.R. and Wanda (Smith) Lehman in Ada, Oklahoma.

Carla was raised in Konawa, Oklahoma and was a 1980 graduate of Asher High School. She lived most her life in Konawa until moving to Asher 12 years ago where she has resided since.

She married James Lloyd Adams in 1993 in North Rock Creek.

Carla was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Avoca Church of Christ. She enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren; they were the focal point of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Connie.

Carla is survived by her husband, James Adams of the home; 4 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Lacey and Ed Carey of McLoud, OK, Billi Joa and Dakota Kirk Patrick of Tecumseh, OK, Cheyeann Mareea Adams of Asher, OK and Joeleen and Brian Borcherding of Dale, OK; son, Joshwa James Adams of Shawnee, OK; 8 grandchildren, including, Nevaeh, Essence and Prince; sister, Christy Lehman of Shawnee, OK; and other extended family and friends.

Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Cooper Funeral Home. Service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Wanette Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Ackerman

 

 

Funeral services for Christine "Sweet Pea" Ackerman will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Interment will follow at the Castle Cemetery.

Christine Ackerman was born August 12, 1968 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Jerry Wayne Johnson and Jo Ann (Long) Johnson. She passed away Friday, February 19, 2016 at her home in Okemah at the age of 47.

Christine had been a resident of the Okemah area most all of her life. She worked as a home health care worker. She and Don Dave Ackerman were married Marcy 27, 1998 in Henryetta, Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerry P. Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Don Dave Ackerman of Okemah; two sons, Johnathan Johnson of Okemah and Cody and Jess Johnson of Okemah; four daughters, Kristin Johnson of Okemah, Melinda Woodruff of Okemah, Feather Ackerman of Okemah and Rebecca Ackerman of Cromwell; two brothers, Marvin Johnson of Okemah and Trampas Johnson of Wetumka, Oklahoma; four sisters, Terri Tillery of Okemah, Linda Williamson of Okemah, Barbara Smith of Okemah and Kimberly Billings of Castle, Oklahoma and 10 grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jonathan Woodruff, Austin Billings, Steven Tillery, Wayne Williamson, Jerry Williamson and Josh Mosley.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah and officiated by Bro. Mark and Sis. Terita Rich.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda L. Liles

 

 

Linda L. Liles quietly passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 16, 2016, with her children by her side.

She was survived by her husband, Ralph, of Seminole; her son, Dwayne, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Kathy, of Missouri; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The services are pending.