James M. Murphey
Services for James M. Murphey, 79, will be 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Wade Paschal and the Rev. Dan Patman officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
The son of the late James Scivally and Maggie Mae Butts Murphey, he was born April 21, 1918, in Ardmore and passed away Oct. 25, 1997, at his residence following an extended illness.
James was a graduate of Ardmore High School and attended The University of Oklahoma before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He and Dorothy Mae Pace were married Sept. 28, 1941, at Gainesville, Texas. She preceded him in death Oct. 22, 1988. He then married Rose Harris in July 1997 at Ardmore.
He was the owner and operator of Murphey Machine and Supply in Ardmore. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher, and was a member of the Chester Dennis Sunday School Class. He was a former member of the Jaycees and Ardmore Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his wife, Rose, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Deanna Murphey, Edmond; one grandson, John Jason Murphey; and a granddaughter, Mari Michell Kathleen Murphey, both Edmond.
Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Samuel R. Gandy
Services for Samuel R. Gandy, 47, Moore, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Sharp officiating. Interment will follow at Provence Cemetery.
Born April 24, 1950, at Ardmore to George W. and Faye M. Worley Gandy, he died Oct. 24, 1997, at his residence following a three-month illness.
Gandy married Sherry Hughes Bennett on Oct. 9, 1997, at Norman. He was a member of the First Orthodox Baptist Church. Gandy was a 1968 graduate of Ardmore High School and graduated in 1972 from Okmulgee Tech. Gandy had moved from Ardmore to Moore in 1988. He was formerly an employee of Sprekelmeyer Printing Company and was presently an employee of Transcript Press Inc., Norman
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two stepsons, Benjamin and William Bennett, both Durant; his father, Ardmore; two brothers, Daniel W., Lewisville, Texas, and John L., Fort Worth Texas.
Bearers are Jim Howlett, Bob Rice, Tom Hodge, Paul Fine, Robert D. Lee and Mark McLeod.
Elma Laverna Hill
GRAHAM -- Services for Elma Laverna Hill will be 2 p.m. Monday at Graham Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at Milo Cemetery.
Born June 26, 1902, at Cloud Chief, Indian Territory, to Benjamin F. and Eliza J. Poague Mishler, she died Oct. 23, 1997, at the Healdton hospital. She married Otto Fritz Hill on June 10, 1919, at Ardmore. He preceded her in death Aug. 30, 1983.
Mrs. Hill lived in the Graham area the last 65 years of her life. She worked as post mistress for the Clemscott and Graham post offices. She was a member of the Midway Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Agatha Dunn, Fox, and Patricia Scott, Elmore City; three sons, Benny O., Graham, Donald R., Hennepin, and Richard R., Elmore City; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Bearers are Bryan, Donald and Harold Rozzell, Troy Lewellen, Paul Ray Martin and Bill Needham. Honorary bearers are Howard Rozzell, Darrell McMillan, Joe Bass and Creede Speak Jr.
Services are under the direction of Craddock Funeral Home.
Charles Weldon Orr
MADILL -- Services for Charles Weldon Orr, 65, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Watts Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Danny Cabaniss officiating. Interment will follow at Lebanon Cemetery.
Born Jan. 1, 1932, at Lebanon, he died Oct. 24, 1997, at a Madill hospital. Orr was a 1950 graduate of Madill High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked as a farmer much of his adult life.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin P. and Gilbert; and one sister, Mary Margaret Orr Strickland.
Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Orr, Madill; and one sister, Betty Jane Cabaniss, Denison, Texas.
DAVIS -- Graveside rites for Faye Curtis, 88, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Greenhill Cemetery.
Born Jan. 4, 1909, at Soper to J.L. and Pansy Tison Brown, she died Oct. 24, 1997, at an Ardmore hospital. She married John Curtis on Dec. 24, 1924, at Fredrick. He preceded her in death in 1966.
Mrs. Curtis had lived at Davis for many years. She had been a secretary and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Bob, Covington, Ky.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Otha Ray Woods
KINGSTON -- Services for Otha Ray Woods, 59, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Watts Funeral Home Chapel with Chris Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Kingston Cemetery.
Born March 1, 1938, at Duncan, he died Oct. 24, 1997, at a Madill hospital.
Woods was reared in Duncan and California. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962. Woods was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He moved to Marshall County in 1987 and was affiliated with the Church of Christ. He was a member of the Pacesetters Square Dance Club and the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include one son, Larry, Oklahoma City; one daughter, Cindy Johnson, Illinois; three sisters, Evelyn Hilton and Freeda Graves, both Kingston, and Charlene Chidester, Madill; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Bearers are Don Pittman, Ermil Backues, Bobby Sanders, Dale Graves, Gary Phelps and Jack Nester.
Bill Gerald Creecy
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Services for the Rev. Bill Creecy, 62, will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Advent Christian Church. A private interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be noon until 5 p.m. today at Norman's Funeral Home Family Chapel, Soquel, Calif.
Born in Ardmore, he died Oct. 23, 1997, at his residence. He had been the pastor of First Advent Christian Church for 19 years. After his retirement, due to his health, he was named Pastor Emeritus of the church.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, of the home; one daughter, Karen Creecy, Santa Cruz; and one brother, Gary, Ardmore.
Memorials may be made to First Advent Christian Church, 761 26th Ave., Santa Cruz, Calif. 95062.
Grace E. Bell
Services for Grace E. Bell, 88, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harvey-Douglas Chapel with the Rev. Robert D. Lee officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Bell died Oct. 25 1997, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born June 16, 1909, in Ardmore, to Berry and Josie Williamson Ball.
She married J. Carroll Bell June 26, 1926, at Marietta and was a member of First Orthodox Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, of the home; four grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Monte, in 1974.
Bearers will be Glenn Eakin, John Boyd, Charles Manley, Jack Sloan, E.V. Thomas and Alvin Baxter. Harold Parker is honorary bearer.
Fannie E. Davoult
Services for Fannie Elizabeth Davoult, 91, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Harvey-Doulgas Chapel with the Rev. Douglas Falknor officiating. Interment will follow at Crinerville Cemetery.
Mrs. Davoult died Oct. 23, 1997, in a local health care facility. She was born March 31, 1906, at Mannsville, to Henry and Mary Kerbo Willingham.
She was a homemaker and lifetime resident of the Ardmore area. She and John "Ike" Davoult were married June 7, 1924, at Marsden. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1996.
Survivors include four sons, Gilbert, Las Vegas, Gaylon, Glenn and Grady, Lone Grove; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be John Bullard, Neil Raney, Rodger Hockersmith, Daryl, Chris and Eddie Davoult.
Olive Stemmons Hibbard
Funeral services for Olive Stemmons Hibbard will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church with Father Ernest C. Madden officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Hibbard died Oct. 25, 1997, in the local hospital. she was born Oct. 17, 1908, at Coweta, to Wilber John and May Jerome Stemmons.
A graduate of Tulsa Central High School, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University and had lived in Ardmore since 1948. She taught Spanish at Asher, Oilton and Ardmore high schools. Mrs. Hibbard was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, American Association of University Women, Pan American Union and Daughters of the American Revolution. She and Clark Hibbard were married Dec. 22, 1937, at Stillwater.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. C.H., "Mary," Moody of Tulsa; a brother, W.F. Stemmons of Tulsa; two grandchildren, Mrs. Tim, "Jennifer," Crutchfield of Danberry, Texas, and Chad Moody of Tulsa. She was preceded in death by a brother, John G. Stemmons.
Bearers will be Jack Wilkes, Howard Drew, Jim Sollers, Lloyd Noble, Nick Noble and Rusty Noble.
Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 516 McLish.
Craddock Funeral Home will direct services.
Anna A. Taylor
MADILL -- Mass for Anna A. Taylor, 81, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Tim Fuller officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. A wake is scheduled at 7 tonight at Watts Funeral Home.
Mrs. Taylor died Oct. 25, 1997, in the Ardmore hospital. She was born June 9, 1916, at Peru, Ill.
Reared in Peru, she married Aubrey E. Taylor on June 20, 1937, at St. Joseph, Mich., and moved to the Marshall County area from Gary, Ind., in 1945. She was a member of Ardmore Homemakers Extension Club, Holy Cross Catholic Church and alter society.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Carol Neal, Ardmore; a son, Steven, Clarksville, Tenn.; a sister, Josephine Bellerini, Spring Valley, Ill.; a brother, Joseph Jakubiak, Tinley Park, Ill.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Earnest.
Bearers will be John Carr, Ed Cook, Don Spessard, Dwain Stone, Neel Wallace, Ervin Ankron and Brad Rail.
Sidney C. Butler
CRINERVILLE -- Graveside rites for Sidney C. Butler, 74, Overbrook, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Crinerville Cemetery with the Rev. James King officiating.
Butler died Oct. 26, 1997, at his residence. He was born Nov. 3, 1922, at Marsden, to Edward Gilbert and Annie N. Meeks Butler.
A Baptist and lifetime resident of Marsden, he was a veteran of World War II and a retired farmer.
He is survived by two sisters, Lois Holley, Ardmore, and Velma Trent, Richardson, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Marsden Baptist Church.
FILLMORE -- Graveside rites for Joe Kemp, Tishomingo, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hollow Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Rushing officiating.
Kemp died Oct. 24, 1997, in a Dallas hospital. He was born Jan. 20, 1923, in Fillmore, to Wellington and Mary Lamey Kemp.
A resident of Johnston County for 50 years, he served in the Army and retired from the Fillmore school system as a custodian. He was a Methodist and member of Veterans of Foreign War. He and Geneva Johnson were married in April of 1947 at Tishomingo.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, Charlie, Ardmore, Edgar, Tyler, Texas, Willard and Carl, Fillmore; seven daughters, Regina Kemp, Tishomingo, Kathryn Kemp, Dallas, Cherry Coats, Krum, Texas, Allene Alexander, Sanger, Texas, Mary Kemp, Houston, Rosie Pickens and Jo Ann Boylan, Lone Grove; two brothers, Jeff, Madill, and George, Tishomingo; 26 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary.
Smith Funeral Home will direct services.
Jessie B. Hart
WILSON -- Graveside services for Jessie B. Hart, 73, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Crow Cemetery.
Born Sept. 2, 1924, in Paducah, Texas, to Tom and Stella Burt West, Mrs. Hart died Oct. 26, 1997, at her home in Graford, Texas.
She married Wesley Hart on Nov. 13, 1940, in Brownfield, Texas, and had lived in the Graford area since 1978. Her husband preceded her in death on May 10, 1979. She was a nurse.
Survivors include two sons, Richard, Mineral Wells, Texas, and Prentice, Graford; a sister, Lois Palayo, Perrin, Texas; a brother, James West, Mena, Ark.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.