Ronald E. 'Ron' Housley
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Services for Ronald E. "Ron" Housley, 75, formerly of Ardmore, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Stake Center of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5020 N.W. 63rd St. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park Abbey Mausoleum.
Born Aug. 4, 1923, at Pocatello, Idaho, to Gilman Jay and Mae Housley, he died Sept. 11, 1998. He was preceded in death by his father and a daughter, Linda Joan, "Jodi" Pitts-Minnis.
Housley moved with his family to Kingfisher in 1929 where his father opened the fist Safeway store in the state. He graduated from Ardmore High School in 1941. Following his freshman year at Brigham Young University, he joined the armed forces, serving as an aerial reconnaissance photographer during World War II. He then returned to Oklahoma, graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1948. He married his wife, Joan, on Feb. 6, 1965. He owned and operated Housley Brothers Fine Furniture with his brother Lee and other family members until his retirement in 1992. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, holding various leadership positions and was a Stake Patriarch at the time of his death.
Survivors include his mother, Dallas; his wife, of the home; four sons and two daughters, Gill Housley, Salt Lake City, Chris Housley, Edmond, Trent Housley, Oklahoma City, Ben Housley, Edmond, Tina Cowan, Sugarland, Texas, and Brooke Frantz, Salt Lake City; one brother, Lee Housley; one sister, Darlene Hansen, Dallas; and 19 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the General MIssionary Fund, c/o Bishop Kenneth Hutto, LDS Church, 3204 W. Hefner Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 or the charity of choice.
The family will receive visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Hahn-Cook-Street and Draper Funeral Home.
Dr. William C. Davis
Services for Dr. William Clifford Davis will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Born May 7, 1918, at Monett, Mo., to Lester E. and Iva Davis, he died Sept. 11, 1998, in the local hospital.
Davis married Marjorie Ann Dawson April 12, 1940, at Monett. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He had lived in Ardmore most of his life, where he was a dentist for 50 years. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church, the American Dental Society, Oklahoma Dental Society and Ardmore Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; one son, Bill Davis Jr., Denver; one daughter, Debbie Beckel, Fort Worth, Texas; one sister, Norma Mooney, Monett; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Bearers are Bill Prosser, Dr. Garland Clay, Ancel Dickson. J.L. Cain, John Miller and Charles Miller.
Services are under the direction of Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home.
Louise Therese Riotte
Graveside rites for Louise Therese Riotte, 88, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery with Father John Vrana officiating.
Born Sept. 25, 1909, at Hawesville, Ky., she died Sept. 10, 1998, at Ardmore.
Her father was Rodolph Helbach, a German immigrant who was born in July 1864 at Montabauer, Germany. He was of the Von Helbachs, who date back to 1132. Her mother, Louisa C. Caroline, was born Feb. 15, 1869, at Milltown, Ind. They lived at Hawesville, where her father was the owner of a plow manufacturing company.
She moved to Ardmore in 1921. She married Carl De Succa Riotte, a native of Manhattan, Long Island, New York, on July 8, 1939, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ardmore. He preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1977. Riotte was a direct descendant of Count De Succa of Belgium.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph C., Anton, Rodolph and Emile.
She was an author and artist, who wrote and published many books on gardening, as well as being a contributor to the Llewelln Moon Sign Book and other publications for the last 20 years.
Her books have been translated in more 18 foreign countries and throughout the world. Survivors include a son, Eugene A. Riotte, Ardmore; one daughter, Madonna Weger, Calera; a granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Riotte, Tulsa.
Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
HEALDTON -- Services for Margie Carter, 38, will be 3 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church with the Revs. James Hale and Travis Kelley officiating. Committal services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Russell Heights Cemetery, Jackson, Mo.
Born April 15, 1960, at Athens, Greece, she died Sept. 10, 1998, from injuries she received in an automobile accident.
Ms. Carter moved with her family to many places while her father was in the United States Air Force, including Jackson where she graduated from high school. She moved to Healdton in 1978. She was a truck driver for Joe Brown Trucking and a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Bobbi Jo Carter, Healdton; one son, Paul Daniel "Toodi" Carter, Healdton; her father, Bobby Long, Mammoth Spring, Ark.; mother, Ann Demopoulos, Anna, Ill.; three sisters, Angela P. Miskell and Linda Long Wilson, both Jackson, and Brenda Rendleman, Anna; and her grandparents, John H. and Ethel P. Long, Advance, Mo.
Bearers are Frank Ingram, Richard Watkins, Willie Lewis, Ted Waller, Roger Watkins, Kenneth Ferguson, Charlene Ingram and Roy Spears. Honorary bearers are Jody, Seth, Carl, Dustin, Aaron, Evan Lindsey, John, Ben, Jesse, Ricky, Ryan, Jason and all the youth who touched her heart that are not mentioned.
Services are under the direction of Reser Funeral Home.
Herbert E. Crass
SULPHUR -- Services for Herbert E. Crass, 80, formerly of Sulphur, will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Malphrus officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Born July 4, 1918, at Oliver Springs, Tenn., to William and Zola Coker Crass, he died Sept., 11, 1998, at Tulsa. He married Virginia Lois Story on Nov. 8, 1939, at Sulphur. She preceded him in death on March 27, 1993. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nadina Zook; and a brother, DeVerle Crass.
Crass had grown up in Sulphur and graduated from Sulphur HIgh School. He lived most of his life in the area, having moved to Tulsa a few years ago. Crass was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army. He had retired as a rural mail carrier after 40 years of service. Crass was a member of the First Baptist Church and had served as a deacon and a usher.
Survivors include two sons, David Crass, Tulsa, and Joe Crass, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother, Paul Crass, Tennessee; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Bearers are Paul Thompson, David Crass, Joe Crass, Eugene "Fuzz" Kennedy, De Lannom and George Ross.
Services are under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
OAK GROVE -- Services for Lois Fires, 87, Sulphur will be 2 pm. Tuesday at Oak Grove Church with the Rev. Danny Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Dolberg Cemetery.
Born Aug. 12, 1911, at Prairie View to F.W. and Stella Moreland Eldred, she died Sept. 11, 1998, at Ardmore. She married Robert H. Fires on Dec. 12, 1931, at Sulphur. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1987. She was also preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Fires had lived in the area most of her life. She was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Survivors include six daughters, Stella Mae Hayes, Huron, Calif., Barbara Brown, Davis, Joy Baker and Robbie Stidham, both Sulphur, Helen White, Seminole, and Pansy Duley, Elmore City; two sons, the Rev. Butch Fires, Sulphur, and the Rev. Pokey Fires, Roff; 34 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.
Services are under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
Odos Walton Davis
Graveside rites for Odos Walton Davis, 75 will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Lehman officiating.
Davis died Sept. 13, 1998, in the Marietta hospital. He was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Ardmore, to George S. and Ella Claxton Davis.
He moved to Marietta in 1975 and was a retired carpenter. He was a Mason and a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons, Richard and Charles, Marietta; a daughter, Retha Rousey, Lone Grove; a sister, Sybil Seedig, Ardmore; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers and six sisters.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kennedy Funeral Home, Marietta.
HEALDTON -- Services for Jack Fain, 86, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Reser Funeral Chapel with Alan Eck officiating. Interment will be at Mount Olive Cemetery.
Fain died Sept. 13, 1998, in a local health care facility. He was born to Jason E. and Liza Taylor Fain Jan. 18, 1912, in Stonewall.
Reared at Stonewall, he married Vivian Opal Smith Oct. 22, 1936, in Ada, and was a retired oil field truck driver. He lived in Fittstown, Orange Grove, Texas, Port Berry, La., Raceland, Texas and Holdenville before moving to Healdton in 1943. He was a Baptist and longtime member of Healdton Quarterback Club.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Lona Fay Lindsey, Oklahoma City, two sons, Jackie, Lawton, and Warren, Deer Park, Texas; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roberta Treadwell May 28, 1989; and a granddaughter.
Bearers will be Butch Fore, Charlie and Phil Lambert, Bennie Skelton, Delmar Campbell, Dana Gossvener and Bob Humphrey.
Norma E. Gunn
MILBURN -- Graveside rites for Norma Eudell Gunn, 61, will be at 2 p.m. today at Condon Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Donny Custar officiating.
Ms. Gunn died Sept. 13, 1998, in Oklahoma City. She was born Oct. 17, 1936, in Tishomingo, to Roy and Carman Ellison Gunn.
She moved to Ardmore in 1970 and was a typist at Medical Arts Clinic. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and Eastern Star.
She is survived by a brother, Frank Gunn; and sister, Geneva Gunn, both of the home. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Gunn.
Smith Funeral Home will direct services.
Marvin 'Dean' Massingill
TISHOMINGO -- Services for Marvin "Dean" Massingill, 61, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fletcher Auditorium at Murray State College. Bryan Kinney will officiate. Interment will follow at Ravia Cemetery, Ravia, under the direction of Corbin Funeral Home.
Massingill died Sept. 12, 1998, in Durant. He was born March 1, 1937, at Las Cruces, N.M., to William and Mamie B. Stevenson Massingill.
He graduated from high school in Clovis, Calif., and was an auto pin striper for several regional dealerships. He had been a member of the Jehovah Witness Church since 1961.
Survivors include his wife, the former Loretta Sue Manion; two sons, Earl, Madill, and Ronald, Tishomingo; five daughters, Brenda Lamey, Irving, Texas, Marvina Zozaya, Reno, Nev., Ginger Burrous, Tammie Kreger and Brenda Kay Monroe, Ravia; two brothers, Gean, Ardmore, and Bill, Temple, Texas; a sister, Ilene Beasley, Tishomingo; and 20 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Huck; and two sisters, Margalene Ward and Mozell Wade.
Louise B. Webb
SULPHUR -- Services for Louise Beatrice Webb, 75, will be at 11a.m. Wednesday at Clagg Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Malphrus officiating. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta.
Mrs. Webb died Sept. 13, 1998, in Ardmore. She was born Sept. 24, 1922, in Love County, to Cliff H. and Luetta Harris Sims.
Reared in Love County, She lived in Idabel several years and moved to Sulphur in July 1998. She was a former sales clerk. She and Ed F. Webb Jr. were married April 7, 1973, in Sulphur. He preceded her in death June 19, 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Davis, Sulphur; a son, Gary Shahan, Dallas; two sisters, Vonquitta Taylor, Beaver, and LaWanna McKinney, Mill Creek; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gerry L. Shahan; and brother, Leon Harris.
Bearers will be Wayne Westbrook, Tony Watson, Dewayne Scaff, Anthony Parenti, Danny Chronister, Phil Edgmon, Randy Mackey and Cleve Billings.
Janet L. Ramsey
Services for Janet L. Ramsey are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Donny Custer officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Janet was born Nov. 4, 1949, in Ardmore, to Clarence (Son) and Lois Herrwick Day. She passed from this life Sept. 15, 1998, at her home in Ardmore.
She married Ronnie Ramsey on June 21, 1968, in Ardmore. She lived in Ardmore all of her life and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Amy Ramsey of Norman; her mother, Lois Day Hambay of Ardmore; and a sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Charlotte Rutledge of Ardmore. She was preceded in death by her father.
Bearers will be Greg and Jeff Rutledge, Scott McKinnie, David Potter, Kacey Auten and Greg DeBerry.
Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice.
Craddock Funeral Home will direct services.
Dorothy J. 'Dottie' Layhe
Graveside services for Dorothy J. (Dottie) Layhe are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Dr. Wade Paschal officiating.
Dottie was born on March 24, 1924, at Greenville, Texas. She passed this life on Sept. 15, 1998, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert E. (Bob) Layhe; her mother; a brother; two sons, Robert W. and William M. Layhe; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice, 1514 Meadow Lane, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Craddock Funeral Home will direct services.