John S. Esteph
Memorial services for John Samuel Esteph, 59, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Provence Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Brad Buchanan officiating.
Esteph died Dec. 6, 1998, in the local hospital. He was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio, to Lonnie and Nellie Esteph.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; sons, John Jr., Grove City, Ohio, and Lonnie, Ardmore; four daughters, Tamera Sullivan, Nellie Wickware, Laurie Iliff and Kimberly Gill, Ardmore; two brothers, Theodore, Ardmore, and Frederick, Las Vegas, Nev.; 19 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be directed by Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home.
Christian Sebonne Gordon
GENE AUTRY -- Graveside services for Christian Sebonne Gordon, infant son of Consuela and Cornell Gordon were held at 10 a.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with the Rev. Kirk Rushing officiating.
The baby was born and died Saturday in the local hospital.
In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Kenyon and sister. Aleia, of the home; and grandparents, Geraldine and George Bryant, Gene Autry, Mae Ellis and Isaiah Gordon, Ardmore.
Kirk-Dawson-Dillard Funeral Home directed services.
MADILL -- Services for Bill Huebsch, 82, will be at 2 p.m. today at Watts Memorial Chapel with Lyndol Adams officiating. Interment will be at Woodberry Forest Cemetery.
Huebsch died Dec. 5, 1998 in the local hospital. He was born Aug. 7, 1916, at Antioch, and had lived in this county all his life.
He married Alma Fern Mitchell Jan. 8, 1938, at Winfield, Kan. and was employed by Vickers Petroleum Corp many years. His wife preceded him in death Jan. 4, 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, RoJane Gilmore, Madill, and Linda Fuss, Maramac; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Curtis Hallmark, Gene Mayo, Jim Kusler, Jack Pickens, George Russell and Eual Adkins.
Juanita J. McKown
Services for Juanita J. McKown, 79, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Harvey-Douglas Chapel with the Rev. Steve Harris and Adrian Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. McKown died Dec. 5, 1998, in the local hospital. She was born Nov. 16, 1919, at Bokchito, to Lewis and Hazel Blalock Langham.
She moved from Durant to Ardmore 68 years ago and was married to John Lloyd McKown May 8, 1937, at Lone Grove. She was a homemaker and member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Her husband preceded her in death April 7, 1993.
Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn McKown, of the home, Sharon Mitchell, Wichita, Kan., and Sue Fiedler, Conroe, Texas; a son, David, Lone Grove; two sisters, Louise Langham and Ella R. Tinsley, Yukon; four brothers, Kenneth Langham, Rush Springs, Bob Langham, Oklahoma City, C.L. Langham, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Jerry Langham, Renton, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Ed Finley, Shannon McKown, Randall Norman, Jerry Fielder, Randy and Kendall Tinsley.
Dorothy L. Teafatiller
THACKERVILLE -- Graveside rites for Dorothy Lee Teafatiller, 68, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Thackerville, with Murray McMurray officiating.
Mrs. Teafatiller died Dec. 5, 1998, in the Ardmore hospital. she was born Aug. 19, 1930, at Gainesville, Texas, to Bill L. and Ruby H. McGilvray Bond.
She married Doug Teafatiller Nov. 2, 1946, at Marietta, and was a member of Thackerville Community Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Randy, Alvarado, Texas; two daughters, Debbie Shaw, Burleson, Texas, and Becky Renfro, Thackerville; a brother, Clyde Bond, Gainesville; sister, Sandra Morris, Marietta; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as bearers.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
The family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Claude H. Smith
Funeral services for Claude H. Smith, 93, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Alton Fannin, pastor. Burial with graveside rites by Masonic Lodge 31 AF&AM will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Son of the late Henry H. and Willie Dowell Smith, he was born Sept. 22, 1905, at Madill, Indian Territory. He died Dec. 5, 1998, in the local hospital.
A resident of Ardmore and southern Oklahoma all his life, he and Helen Mauersherger were married June 7, 1953, in Marlow, Okla.
After graduating from Ardmore High School, Smith attended Southeastern State University and the University of Oklahoma, where he received his master's degree in education and later his L.L.B. law degree. He taught in many Oklahoma schools prior to his law practice.
He was a member of First Baptist and Worth Sunday school class. He was active in the Democratic Party and served as County Attorney for Carter and Cotton counties. In March he was honored by the Carter County Bar Association for his 49 years of service. During World War II, Smith served in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Europe. He was awarded the Europen African Mediterranean Service Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Masonic Lodge 31, AF&AM and the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oklahoma and Carter County Bar associations, the Carter County and Oklahoma Retired Teachers associations.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; two daughters, Melva Willene (Jaggers) Marsh, Shawnee, and Cerita Marie Smith, Dallas; a sister, Marie Lavelle Scrivens, San Pedro, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Phillip Eggenberg, John Ross, Francis Briscoe, Ted Pruitt, C.D. Akers, Mike Naifeh, Harvey Lasley and Jerry Trammell.
Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home will direct services.
Kennith L. 'Blackjack' Roberson
THACKERVILLE -- Graveside rites for Kennith Lee "Blackjack" Roberson, 69, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Cemetery with the Rev. John Pace officiating.
Roberson died Dec. 7, 1998, at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Ardmore. He was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Thackerville, to Albert H. "AB" and Lula E. Smith Roberson.
A lifetime resident of Thackerville, he served in the Army four years during World War II and with the Navy during the Korean conflict. He was a retired plumber. He was a life member of VFW Post 1922, Gainesville, Texas, and member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Michael L., Canton, N.C.; two brothers, Ray, Thackerville, and Leamon, Gainesville, Texas; and sister, Bernita Hayes, Wright City. He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Jr.
Honorary bearers will be Johnny Wade, Jordan Tabler and Jimmy Thompson.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans c/o Kennedy Funeral Home, 100 E. Main, Marietta, OK 73448.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Christian Sevonne Gordon
GENE AUTRY -- Graveside services for Christian Sevonne Gordon, infant son of Consuela and Cornell Gordon were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with the Rev. Kirk Rushing officiating.
The baby was born and died Saturday in the local hospital.
In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Kenyon and sister, Aleia, of the home; and grandparents, Geraldine and George Bryant, Gene Autry, Mae Ellis and Isaiah Gordon, Ardmore.
Kirk-Dawson-Dillard Funeral Home directed services.
George E. Copeland
Services for George E. Copeland are pending from Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. He died Dec. 7, 1998, at the Oklahoma Veterans Center.
He is survived by a son, David, Lebanon, Ore.
Loretta J. Eaves Witcher
VELMA -- Graveside rites for Loretta J. Eaves Witcher, Ardmore, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Velma Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Beckmon officiating.
Mrs. Witcher died Dec. 7, 1998, in the Ardmore hospital. She was born Jan. 10, 1932, at Hennepin, to L.G. and Martha Seely Eaves.
She moved to Ardmore two years ago from Wilson and was a member of Assembly of God Church. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary J. Witcher; and two sons, Gerald Davidson and Robert Davis, all of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Venita McNeill, Minden, La., and Mary L. Gunter, Norman; three brothers, Lloyd Eaves, Arnett, Rex Eaves, Graham, and Jimmy Eaves, Minden, La.
Fox Funeral Home will direct services.
Earl M. Hoffman
WYNNEWOOD -- Graveside rites for Earl Michael Hoffman will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wynnewood View Cemetery with Rev. Nordmyer officiating.
Hoffman died Dec. 7, 1998, in Kingfisher. He was born Aug. 30, 1961, in Garden City, Kan.
He lived most of his life in Garden City and was working as a welder for Dorsey Trailers in Kingfisher.
Survivors include a son, Earl Jr., Wichita, Kan.; parents, Earl and Tammy Hoffman, Byers, Kan.; two sisters, Shelia Hahn, Wichita, and Sandra Johnston, Texas; and two brothers, Earl Hoffman, Pratt, Kan., and Anthony Hopkins, Ellenwood, Kan.
Milburn Funeral Home, Ratliff City, will direct services.
Kenneth D. Stanford
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Services for Ardmore native Kenneth D. Stanford, 80, were held Nov. 16, 1998, in San Jose, Calif.
Stanford died Nov. 11, 1998, in San Jose. He was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Ardmore.
He served 28 years in the Air Force, 3 1/2 of those in Japanese prison camps, and retired as captain. He then became a real estate owner/broker of Almaden Properties.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of the home; children, Kathy Austin, Atlanta, Ga., Tad, Los Gatos, Calif., Tricha Colvin, Salem, Ore.; sister, Fern Worley, Ardmore; several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Willow Glen Funeral Home directed services.
Darrel L. Stevens
SULPHUR -- Funeral services for Darrel Lynn Stevens, 52, will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Meryl Erickson and Dr. D.M. Eggenberg officiating. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
Stevens died Dec. 6, 1998, in Wilson. He was born to Claude and Angie Brown Stevens Aug. 4, 1946, at Roswell, N.M.
A resident of Sulphur most of his life, he graduated from Sulphur High School in 1964 and was a crusher superintendent for the Coleman Dolese Plant. He attended First Free Will Baptist Church and was a member of Oklahoma Mining Institute, Sulphur-Davis Elks Lodge, National Stone Association and Sulphur National Guard. He and Darline Garrison were married Feb. 10, 1968, in Sulphur. She preceded him in death Sept. 8, 1991.
Survivors include a daughter, Tammy L. Stevens; a son and his wife, Corey D. and Melissa Stevens; and his parents, Claude and Angie Stevens, all of Sulphur; a sister, Ann Hudson, Oklahoma City; a brother, Carol Don Stevens, Benton, Ark.; his fiance and her family, Barbara Brown, Wilson; Mark and Stacy Shores, and family, Chase-Waylon and Zane; David and Kellie Hull and Daniel; Steve and Desiree Shores and family; Sarah and Rachel Shores; Mike and Becky Shores and family; and Coty, Morgan and Charlie.
Pallbearers will be Steve Shores, Mark Shores, Ward Wallis, Buddy Joe Vineyard, Gilbert Jenkins and Richard Chadwick. Honorary bearers are Russell Lewis, Bruce Jack, Clark Mitchell, Mick Unstead, Bunk Smith and Gene Henson.
Clagg Funeral Home will direct services.