E.F. 'Lloyd John' Sisco Jr.
WILSON -- Funeral services for E.F. "Lloyd John" Sisco Jr., 74, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alexander Funeral Home chapel in Wilson with the Rev. Sid Bazzrea officiating. Interment with graveside rites by the Oklahoma Army National Guard will follow at Hewitt Cemetery.
Mr. Sisco was born to Edward Franklin and Ida Dixie Collier Sisco at Dillard on Feb. 22, 1925. He died Feb. 24, 1999, in the Ardmore hospital.
Raised at Dillard and Rexroat, he attended school at Rexroat, graduating from high school in 1942. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 12, 1943 and served in the European Theatre until Feb. 28, 1946, when he was honorably discharged. He spent most of his employment years in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Wyoming, retiring from Motion Equipment. He returned to Wilson in 1995. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father on Jan. 28, 1942; his mother, on July 12, 1990; and eight siblings, David, Carl, Sarah, Veatus, C.B., Darrel, Louis and Sherwood.
He is survived by a daughter, Jackie Swope, and her husband, Michael, of Dallas; two grandsons, Michael and Austin Swope both of Dallas; stepchildren, Sid Shearing of Phoenix, Ariz., Maurice McEntyre of Plano, Texas, and Jeanie Osborn of Oklahoma City.
Bearers will be Maurice McEntyre, Terry Sisco, Jarvis Smith, Todd Amend, Michael Guy and Tim Longest.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Bertha Crenshaw Taylor
MILL CREEK -- Funeral services for Bertha Lee Crenshaw Taylor, 91, Vamoosa, formerly of Mill Creek, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mill Creek Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Wehrli officiating. Burial will follow at Troy Cemetery.
Bertha passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at son, Bob and Peggy Taylor's home near Vamoosa, Okla. She was born to Thomas Arthur and Lela Belle Black Crenshaw on March 26, 1907, at Troy, Okla., in Johnston County.
She lived near Troy until after she met and married Raymond John Taylor on Dec. 4. 1928, at Rev. John Brock's house. She and her husband lived in Ada and Troy until about 1947. They then moved to Mill Creek where all their children graduated from high school. Bertha and Raymond enjoyed more than 51 years of marriage before his death May 18, 1980. She later moved to Vamoosa to live near Bob and Peggy.
Survivors include three sons and their wives, Drs. Raymond John and Constance Taylor of Durant, Bob and Peggy Taylor of Vamoosa, Tom and Agnes Taylor of Allen; one daughter and her husband, Betty and Lathon Johnson of Oklahoma City; son-in-law and his wife, James and Jodie Bray of Levelland, Texas; two sisters, Marie Miller of Apple Valley, Calif., and Lois and Harold Johnson of Sulphur; brother-in-law, Ed Draper of Oklahoma City; a sister-in-law and her husband, Evelyn and Chester Steele of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Bertha was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Taylor; a daughter, Toloah Frances Taylor Bray; a brother, T.C. Crenshaw; sisters, Lorabell Crenshaw Ozment, Edith Mae Crenshaw Lee, Esta Fae Crenshaw Draper; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Bearers are Ray Dennis, Danny Engebretsen, Nathan Johnson, Jerry Taylor, Monte Taylor, Joe Taylor, David Taylor, Shawn Taylor, Chris Taylor, Brandon Taylor and Brian Taylor.
Clark Funeral Service, Tishomingo, will direct services.
Arlandus 'Brother' Curry Jr.
Services for Arlandus "Brother" Curry Jr. were at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Wright officiating. Interment was at Clearview Cemetery under the direction of Ragsdale-Grant and Sons Mortuary.
Curry died Feb. 20, 1999, in the local hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1915, in Ardmore, to Arlandus and Etha Durant Curry.
He and Alice Austin were married in Ardmore. She died in 1982. He was also preceded by two sisters and a brother.
Survivors include a daughter, Cloetta Giles, Kansas City, Mo.; a son, Kenneth, Ardmore; a sister, Loretta King, Kansas City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Vera Hawkins Claxton
WILSON -- Funeral service for Vera Virgie Hawkins Claxton, 92, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Alexander Funeral Home chapel in Wilson with the Rev. Jim Gillum officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Grove Cemetery, Lone Grove.
Mrs. Claxton died Feb. 25, 1999, in Ardmore. She was born Aug. 27, 1906, at Lehi, Indian Territory, to Billy and Lula Burchfield Hawkins.
Mrs. Claxton lived in Lehi before moving to Tecumseh where she married E.O. Claxton in 1931. After living near the oil fields in northern Oklahoma several years they moved to Brock in 1949. She was a member of Brock Baptist Church. She moved to Ardmore following the death of her husband in 1984. She was also preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
Survivors include a daughter, Leta J. Croskell of Shawnee; two sons and daughters-in-law, Don E. and Betty Claxton of Lafayette, La., and Gary N. and Patti Claxton of Wilson; four sisters, Betty Melot of Tecumseh, Nova Brewer of Shawnee, Bill Tarbox of Norman and Almeda Foust of Denver; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Bearers will be Jerry Dodd, Jesse Dodd, Jeff Ward, Craig Smith, Ryan Kenaga and Leon Emerson. Honorary bearer is Dillon Kenaga.
Herman R. 'Ham' Shankles
BURNEYVILLE -- Graveside rites for Herman R. "Ham" Shankles, 87, of Ardmore, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Burneyville Cemetery with the Rev. J.B. Lovelace officiating.
Shankles died Feb. 25, 1999, in the Ardmore hospital. He was born Sept. 25, 1911, at Burneyville, to Bill and Minnie Frazier Shankles.
Married to Mary Roe Oct. 14, 1933, at Ardmore, he was a Baptist, a retired farmer and carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dec. 12, 1988; four brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include a son, Sam, Burneyville; three sisters, Opal Billingsley, Oklahoma City, Billie Jo Shankles, Noble, and Betty Jean Irey, Mesa, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
Kennedy Funeral Home will direct services.
SULPHUR -- Graveside rites for T.J. King, 75, will be 2 p.m. Monday at the veteran section of Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Leveridge officiating.
Born Aug. 3, 1923, he died Feb. 24, 1999, at Sulphur.
A veteran of World War II, King had served with the United States Navy. He lived most of his life in Oklahoma, having lived at Lawton and the Chattanooga area before moving to Sulphur. He was a farmer and construction worker.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
Services are under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
Gertrude Vay Albertson
HENNEPIN -- Services for Gertrude Vay Albertson, 84, will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Rick Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Hennepin Cemetery.
Born Nov. 13, 1914, at Hennepin to Henry Lon and Sina Ray Rankin, she died Feb. 26, 1999. She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Albertson.
Mrs. Albertson had lived in Hennepin most of her life.
Survivors include two sisters, Lena Morrison, Wilburton, and Dorothy Irwin, Harrah; and one brothers, William Rankin, Hennepin.
Bearers are Arthur Hoffman, Sim Hoffman, J.D. Tigar, Gene Hudson, Danny Rankin and Tommy Rankin.
Services are under the direction of Fox Funeral Home, Davis.
SULPHUR -- Services for Margaret Campbell, 71, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Fuller officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Born April 28, 1927, at Youngstown, Ohio to Michael and Ann Miller Bistarkey Sr., she died Feb. 26, 1999, at an Ardmore hospital.
Mrs. Campbell was reared in Youngstown and later moved to California. She moved to Sulphur in 1986. She was a housewife and mother.
Survivors include her husband, Alvern Holt, of the home; three daughters, Barbara Croley, Sulphur, Karen Peterson, Cyprus, Calif., and Linda McQuillen, Garden Grove, Calif.; two sons, David Campbell, Cyprus, and Jim Campbell, Sulphur; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be grandsons and church members.
Services are under the direction of Cowley-Krien Funeral Home.
Salus Gene Riddle
SULPHUR -- Services for Salus Gene Riddle, 67, Stratford, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Cowley-Krien Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Dolberg Cemetery.
Born Sept. 20, 1931, at Hickory to Eli and Vrytle Eldred Riddle, he died Feb. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Reared in the Oak Grove community, Alexander married Zella Verie Clark Oct. 31, 1956, at Florence, Ariz. He worked in several states before moving back to Oklahoma in 1957. He and his family lived in the Prairie View area before moving to his present home in 1992. He was a rancher and a lineman. Riddle served in the National Guard in 1949. He was a member of the Holiness faith.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Kenneth Riddle, Mill Creek, and Joe Dan Riddle, Sulphur; one daughter, Vicki McCracken, Mill Creek; one brother, J.B. Riddle, Seminole; five sisters, Hattie Riddle, Sulphur, Flo Glass, Levelland, Texas, Eva Rinehart and Delia Donahue, both Lindsay; and Maggie Dilbeck, Paoli; and eight grandchildren.
Bearers are Joe Ramer, Donnie Ramer, Tommy Wells, Donald "Butch" Riddle, Phillip Cartwright and Homer Lee Rinehart. Honorary bearer is Don Ramer.
Lucille Hutchins Corfman
DAVIS -- Graveside rites for Lucille Hutchins Corfman, 101, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Green Hill Cemetery with Dr. Vernon Lawrence officiating.
Born June 12, 1897, at Purcell, Indian Territory, to Charles and Emmie L. Warner Hutchins, she died Feb. 26, 1999, at Sulphur. She married Edward C. Corfman March 16, 1959, at Norman. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1983.
Having moved to Davis in 1900, Mrs. Corfman graduated from Davis High School in 1911. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1918 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in piano. She taught piano and theory at Checotah for two years. She then taught at Southwestern State College at Weatherford. Mrs. Corfman returned to Davis in 1926, teaching piano and theory at Davis and Sulphur. She moved to Sulphur in 1959. She had taught piano for more than 50 years. She served on the State Accreditation Board For Music, representing the southeast district.
Mrs. Corfman was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church and a charter member of the Euterpean Music Club of Davis and the Schubert Music Club of Sulphur. She was also a member of the national and Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. A number of her former students are music teachers throughout the country.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Bessie Belle Yarborough, Katie, Texas.
Services are under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
Billy Charles Lyons
LONE GROVE -- Services for Billy Charles Lyons, 56, will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Gillum officiating. Interment, with full military honors conducted by the United States Army Color Guard, Fort Sill, will follow at Lone Grove City Cemetery.
Born Oct. 21, 1942, at Lone Grove to Otis L. "Ode" and Bess M. Howard Lyons, he died Feb. 26, 1999, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his father, March 22, 1984; and his mother, Oct. 31, 1997.
A lifelong resident of Lone Grove, Lyons graduated in 1960 from Lone Grove High School. In 1967 he entered the Untied States Army 1st Calvary Division Airmobile, serving in Vietnam from 1968 until 1969 and earning the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Bronze Star with V For Valor, Republic of Vietnam Air Medal and Gallantry Cross with silver star.
Lyons served as Carter County District 3 Commissioner from 1984 until 1990. He was then employed by Ellsworth Motor Freight Line as safety director from 1990 to 1998. Lyons was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4574 and served as past commander. He was also a member of the American Legion and a lifelong Democrat. Lyons was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Brian Burris, Lone Grove: three sons, Steve, and his wife, Lori, Sullivan, Coppell, Texas, Kip Lyons and Kevin Lyons, both Lone Grove; two sisters, Kathryn Hughes, of the home, and Litta Byrne, Oklahoma City; special extended family, Dale and Donna Gore, Ardmore; special friend, Carol Conners Lyons, Kansas City; and five grandchildren.
Bearers are Dale Gore, Kenneth Glenn, Gerald Orr, Don Young, Joe Carroll and James Yell. Honorary bearers are members of the VFW Post 4574.
Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice, 1514 Meadow Lane, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Services are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.
J.B. 'Red' Chambler
SULPHUR -- Memorial services for J.B. "Red" Chambler, 85, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clagg Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bill Leverage officiating.
Chambler died Feb. 23, 1999, in Sulphur. He was born Dec. 22 1913, at Spiro, to Thomas and Letha Robinson Chambler.
He was reared in Spiro and had lived in Sulphur since the early 1920s. He and Viola Wilson were married in 1935 in Sulphur. He was a veteran of World War II and a retired plumber.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, James L., and Tommye L., Sulphur; a sister, Vera Bowman, Lone Grove; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby; two brothers, Arbin and Glendon; and a sister, Mary Boland.