Pearl L. Ellis
SULPHUR -- Services for Pearl Louise Ellis, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Clagg Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Cora Waggoner officiating. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Ellis died Feb. 14, 1999, at Sulphur. She was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Benton County, Ark., to Albert and May Ford Morgan.
Reared in Chautauqua County, Kan., she married Kenneth Todd Aug. 20, 1944, in Sedan, Kan. He died Jan. 6, 1945. She moved to Oklahoma in 1954, and married Lloyd Brogden Nov. 4, 1955. He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1959. She and Elton Ellis were married June 15, 1966, at Tishomingo, and they have lived in Sulphur since that time. She was a homemaker of the Holiness faith.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a stepson, Johnny Ellis, Tulsa; brother, Roy Morgan, Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Minnie Hopkins, Sedan, Kan.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Ruth A. Chaffee
Services for Ruth A. Chaffee, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Hinckley officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Mrs. Chaffee died Feb. 13, 1999, in the local hospital. She was born May 30, 1922, at Port Arthur, Texas.
She was a homemaker of the Lutheran faith.
Survivors include six daughters, Betty Steinbach, Davenport, Iowa, Sandra Istre, Florida, Bobby Sue Mark, Conroe, Texas, Ellen Spraggins, Barbara Dummer and Ruth Ann Fox, Ardmore; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Howard Taft Nichols, Nov. 13, 1968.
Bearers will be Tommy and Joe Jacobs, Charles Spraggins, James Baker, Dennis Mark and Jimmy Copeland.
Donald G. St. Clair
Services for Donald Gene St. Clair, 46, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Chapel with the Rev. LeRoy Holman officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
St. Clair died Feb. 14, 1999, at his residence. He was born July 24, 1952, at Madill.
He married Leah LaJuana Lee on Jan. 27, 1990, in Ardmore and was an airless painter for VE Enterprise. He was a Baptist and member of Love County Mule Club. He had lived in Ardmore most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Dawny K. Lail, Ardmore, and Julia St. Clair, Springer; his father, June St. Clair; mother, Virginia Bishop; and brother, Jeff, all of Ardmore; grandparents, Aaron and Elizabeth Nicholas, Stamps, Ark.; and three grandchildren.
Bearers will be J.D. Brewer, Travis Lee, Ralph Dollar, Robert, Asa and DeWayne St. Clair. Honorary bearers are members of Love County Mule Club.
Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice, 1514 Meadow Lane, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Dorothy A. Denton
MADILL -- Services for Dorothy Amanda Denton, 67, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Watts Funeral Home chapel with Larry Holder officiating. Interment will be at Woodberry Forest Cemetery.
Mrs. Denton died Feb. 15, 1999, in the local hospital. She was born Dec. 11, 1931, at Madill.
A lifelong resident of the Madill-Oakland areas, she married Norman E. Denton Sept. 5, 1954, at Madill, and was retired from Landmark Bank. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Round Up Club and B&PW.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Carter, Stillwater, and William, Woodward; a sister, Margaret Knight, Madill; a brother, Willie Carter, Ardmore; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Rena M. Davis
MADILL -- Services for Rena Mae Davis, 79, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Watts Memorial Chapel with Lyndol Adams officiating. Interment wil be at Oakland Cemetery.
Mrs. Davis died Feb. 14, 1999, in the Tishomingo hospital following a sudden illness. She was born June 2, 1919, at Kingston, to Lorenza and Nema Montgomery Triplett.
Reared at Russett, she married William Hugh Davis Jr. Aug. 26, 1939, at Oakland, and had lived in this area all her life. She was a Baptist and retired seamstress with Glen Oaks Clothing Co. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1983.
Survivors include three sons, Everett, Madill, Jerry and William III, Oakland; a sister, Mary Hathaway, Tucumcari, N.M.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Bearers will be Charles Pierceson, Ernie Lone, Raymond Ramsdell, Charles Carpitcher, Travis, Eric and Mike Davis.
Mary L. Pierce
SULPHUR -- Services for Mary Lea Pierce, 83, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. James Swain officiating. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pierce died Feb. 16, 1999, in Ada. She was born Sept. 26, 1915, at Ravia, to Charles R. and Anna M. Futch Mobly.
Reared at Ravia, she married Cecil E. Pierce Sept. 24, 1932, at Cheyenne, and in 1963, moved to the Sulphur area from Drake where she and her husband operated a dairy. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and delivered meals to shut-ins more than 13 years. She was preceded in death by her husband March 16, 1997; and two brothers, Bob and Charles Mobly Jr.
Survivors include two sons, Charles, Oklahoma City, and Pat, Moore; two brothers, Jack Mobly, Oklahoma City, and Jerry Mobly, Sulphur; four sisters, Josephine Long, Portland, Ore., Clara Tipps, Sanger, Calif., Betty Tepe and Charlsie Martin, Edmond; five grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Gary Doty, Mike, Greg, Mitch, Kevin and Glen Pierce.
Kathy R. Christian
GRAHAM -- Memorial services for Kathy Ruth Christian, 36, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Graham Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Hurshel Baker officiating.
Mrs. Christian died Feb. 15, 1999, in an Oklahoma City hospital after a sudden illness. She was born March 6, 1962, in Oklahoma City.
She was reared in Oklahoma City and had lived in Graham 16 years.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; and two daughters, Gabrielle Michelle and Victoria Lee, all of the home; her mother, Patsy Grisham; three brothers, Ernie, Billy and Robbie Gerth; and a sister, Jamie Cook, all of Oklahoma City.
Reser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
KINGSTON -- Services for Tom Martin, 57, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Watts Kingston Funeral Home chapel with Gerald Heath officiating. Interment with Masonic rites will follow be at Bradley Cemetery.
Martin died Feb. 16, 1999, at his residence. He was born June 2, 1941, at Chickasha.
Reared in Edmond, he graduated from Central State University and received his law degree from Oklahoma City University. He had practiced law in Kingston since moving here 25 years ago. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, American Pilots Association, Oklahoma and American Bar associations.
Survivors include two sons, Todd C., Dallas, and Broady, Marlow; his mother, Mildred Thompson, Madill; three brothers, Bill, Stillwater, Mark, Winston Salem, N.C.; and sister, Betty C. Casey, Oklahoma city. He was preceded in death by his father, George T. Martin; and stepfather, Robert L. Thompson.
Leo L. Pope
SULPHUR -- Services for Leo Levi Pope, 86, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cowley-Krien Chapel with the Revs. Frank Trent and Randy Chapman officiating. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pope died Feb. 16, 1999 in a local health care facility. He was born Dec. 1, 1912, at Caney, to John H. and Emma Hastings Pope.
A resident of the Sulphur area most of his life, he was a dairy farmer and cattle rancher north of here for 50 years. He and Inez Zela Onstott were married July 5, 1933, at Sulphur.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Jerry D., Davis, Johnny A. and Bill J., Sulphur; four daughters, Margaret Miller, Maysville, Gloria Brooks, Dougherty, Wanda Dunlop and Dorothy Trett, Sulphur; a brother, Floyd, Midwest City; sister, Buleah McCracken, Sulphur; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Bobby Brooks, James and Brandon Pope, Donald and Ronald Trett and Bryan and Damon Miller. Honorary bearers are George Holder, Pete, Dan and Rocky Hughes.
Bobbie Kyle Cherico
HOUSTON -- Memorial services for Ardmore native Bobbie June Davidson Kyle Cherico, 70, were held Feb. 6, 1999, at Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston. A graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore.
Mrs. Cherico died Feb. 5, 1999, in Houston, after complications following heart surgery. She was born Nov. 1, 1928, in Ardmore.
Bobbie retired from Schlumberger Employees Credit Union in Houston where she worked 16 years as a loan officer. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Kyle, formerly of Ardmore; her second husband, William Cherico, formerly of Houston; a brother, Jack Davidson; a brother and sister-in-law, Eldric and Berniece Davidson, formerly of Ardmore.
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Bobbie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Georgean Kyle, Austin, Texas; her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Ken Jack, Houston; her son, Russell Kyle, Houston; her sister, Mary Morris, Bakersfield, Calif.; her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Dimpster Epperson, Norman; her sister, Gayle Monfore, Tulsa; her brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Rosemary Davidson, Stillwater; her sister-in-law, Rose Davidson, Bowling Green, Ky.; her six grandchildren and their families; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Ward S. Merrick Jr.
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Services for Ardmore native Ward S. Merrick, Jr. will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Niceville, Fla.
Merrick was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Ardmore, to Jinks I. and Ward S. Merrick Sr. He joined his beloved maker on Feb. 17, 1999.
Merrick and Marianne Brown were married on March 24, 1951.
Ward was very active in the oil and gas industry on a local, state and national level in his management of the family business, Ward S. Merrick, Inc. He represented his community on numerous charity boards including Southern Oklahoma Memorial Hospital, United Way, Ardmore Public School Board of Education. He was active in Ardmore Little Theater, Chamber of Commerce and local YMCA. He was also an honorary member of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees, and had been a member of the Merrick Foundation Board of Trustees since its inception in 1948. Perhaps his greatest gift to southern Oklahoma was his brainchild, The Greater Ardmore Scholarship Foundation.
Ward will always be remembered by his motto, "Accentuate the positive.... eliminate the negative," which he took from a Bing Crosby song. He was very strong in his Christian beliefs and was a longtime member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Ardmore. Upon retiring and moving to Niceville, Fla., in 1987, he and Marianne joined St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Ward will be very much missed by his family and friends.
Ward and the Merrick family were also blessed on May 23, 1979, when they adopted a family of Vietnamese boat people. There has been a close bond between the two families ever since.
He is survived by his spouse, Marianne, Niceville; their four children and their spouses, Ward S. and Linda Merrick III of Edmond, Valda and Jerry Buchanan of Tulsa, Frank W. and Debbie Merrick of Oklahoma City, and Robert B. and Kellie Merrick of The Woodlands, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Jennie Merrick, Joshua Merrick, Merrick Ann Buchanan, Mary Katherine Merrick, Gwen Buchanan, Will Merrick, Michael Merrick, Gerald Buchanan, Scott Merrick, Matthew Merrick, Jonathan Merrick, and Gordon Merrick; his sister, Elizabeth Merrick Coe of Oklahoma City; and her three sons.
Honorary bearers wil be Ward's eight grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, he has asked that memorial gifts be made to the Greater Ardmore Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 998, Ardmore, OK 73402.
McLaughlin Funeral Home will direct services.
RINGLING -- Graveside Masonic rites for former Ringling and Waurika resident James Fitzpatrick, 79, Comanche, Texas, were at 11 a.m. today at Ringling Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Eckel officiating.
Fitzpatrick died Feb. 16, 1999, following an auto accident. He was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Italy, Texas.
Reared in Ringling, he studied engineering at Cameron University, worked in the oil industry, then for McDonnell Douglas Corp. on the development of the first radar during World War II. He was also a licensed realtor. He was a Navy veteran, a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner and Eagle Scout. He and Lois Moody were married in January 1942.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Cheryl "CeCe" Jolly, Comanche; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 1402 N. Macgregor Dr., Houston, TX 77030-1695.
Worley and Sons Funeral Home directed services.
Lena H. Harris
DAVIS -- Services for Lena H. Harris will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999, at Fox Funeral chapel in Davis with the Rev. Johnny Beckmon officiating. Interment will be at Green Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Harris died Feb. 17, 1999, in El Reno, Okla. She was born Feb. 17, 1904, in Dexter, Texas.
She was the daughter of Sam H. and Minnie Russell Harrison, and was married to E.W. "Buck" Harris. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six brothers, twins Bill and Hezekiah, Forest, Wesley, Clarence and Doyal Harrison; three sisters, Lela Harrison, Eula Lucas and Jennie Lou Blevins; a son, Samuel Ernest Harris; four daughters, Cleta Muriel, Stella Mae, Beatrice Elsie Harris and Eva Gearldine "Jerry" Holcomb.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Velma P. and Duward Walker of Yukon, and Wanda F. and Chuck McCoy of Jacksonville, Ark.; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Jo Ann Harris of Milburn; 13 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as bearers.