Elza 'Ish' Upton
TISHOMINGO -- Services for Ishmael Elza "Ish" Upton, 80, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corbin Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth McCarthick officiating. Interment will follow at Tishomingo City Cemetery.
Born Feb. 18, 1919, at Wardville to John Iva and Clara V. Brassfield Upton, he died Feb. 26, 1999, at Ardmore. He was preceded in death by a son, Elza B. "Wimpy" Upton; one sister, Nell McCarley; and three granddaughters.
Upton married Lila Faye Rowe March 27, 1938, at Lula. He was a Lula High School graduate and attended Murray State College. Upton was a building contractor for many years. He had lived at Tishomingo for the past 50 years. A veteran of World War II, Upton had served with the United States Marine Corps. He was a Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans member.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Bobby L. Upton, Montezuma, N.M., and Jimmy D. Upton, Tishomingo; one daughter, Doris Bell, Tishomingo; seven sisters, Robbie Sutherland, Wolf Bayou, Ark., Dorothy Fulk, Wichita, Kan., Vera Ned, Shawnee, Veralene Colson, Shay, Patsy Anderson, Ark., Joy Wood, Kingman, Ariz. and Sue Berry, Shay; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Willie B. Harris
POOLEVILLE -- Graveside rites for Willie B. Harris, Hennepin, will be 4 p.m. Monday at Pooleville Cemetery with the Rev. Hershel Baker officiating.
Born Oct. 18, 1915, at Pooleville to W.V. and Myrtle Harris, he died Feb. 26, 1999, at Ardmore. He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.
He married Anna Mae Watkins March 2, 1946, at Oklahoma City. Harris lived most of his life at Hennepin where he worked in the oilfield and ranching. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Shirley Duran, Kansas, and Beverly Meissner, Oklahoma City; two sons, Billy Charles, Nevada and Jimmy Hogue, Utah; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services are under the direction of Milburn Funeral Home, Ratliff City.
Randall J. Hambrick
MARIETTA -- Funeral services for Randall J. Hambrick will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at the Church of Christ with Bro. Ray Hillard officiating. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery with Bro. Murray McMurray officiating.
Hambrick was born Oct. 14, 1939, at Leon, to Cecil Floyd and Ethel Rosie Hallum Hambrick. He passed away Sunday, March 1, 1999, at Mercy-Love County Health Center in Marietta, at the age of 59 years, four months and 14 days.
Mr. Hambrick had lived all his life in Love County. He married Nita Sue Hanna Feb. 14, 1959, at Marietta. He was a rancher and breeder of Appaloosa and American Quarter horses. He was a member of Church of Christ, and was previously involved with the American Quarter Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Association, Love County Chamber of Commerce, Love County Jaycees and Marietta Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Survivors include his wife, Nita Sue, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Jenny Hambrick; his parents, Cecil and Ethel Hambrick; and brother and sister-in-law, Royce and Patsy Hambrick, all of Marietta; and two granddaughters, Ashley and Jamie Hambrick.
Bearers will be Allen Woody, Lynn Puckett, Bradley Randell, John Choate, Ronnie Savage and Tom Riley. Honorary bearers are Rick Selby, Don McMeans, David Brunt, Mike Turner, Marion Hicks, Pete Wright, Bob Ledbetter and Dr. Bud Willis, DMV.
The family requests contributions be made to The Randall Hambrick Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Bancfirst of Marietta.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 at Kennedy Funeral Home.
Edward J. Merritt
NEWPORT -- Graveside rites for Edward James Merritt will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Newport Cemetery with Dr. Virgil Trout officiating.
Merritt died Feb. 27, 1999, in the local hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Ben Lomond, Ark., to Harmon E. and Dazel T. McClennahan Merritt.
A resident of Ardmore most of his life, he married Mary Kathryn Ashley Oct. 11, 1943, in Ardmore, and worked as a carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife; and two sisters, Violet and Lemadell.
Survivors include four sons, Marty, Yukon, Mark, Springer, Edward and Michael, Ardmore; a daughter, Kathy Petterson, Security, Colo.; three brothers, Clyde, Weatherford, Texas, Douglas, Taft, Calif., and Bernard, Tehachapi, Calif.; two sisters, Ona L. Vaughn, Weatherford, Texas, and Iva Stufflebeam, Arkansas City, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services are under the direction of Craddock Funeral Home.
DAVIS -- Services for W.J. Eddington will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fox Funeral Home. Interment will be at Green Hill Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home.
Eddington died Feb. 27, 1999, in the Sulphur hospital. He was born March 5, 1920, at Davis, to William H. and Edna P. Stults Eddington.
He and his wife, Alice, were married June 15, 1938, at Kingsville, Texas, and had lived in Davis since 1987. He was an electrical heating and air conditioning engineer, and a member of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Pauline E. Golden, Pasadena, Texas; son, James P., Houston; two sisters, Louise Eppler, Corsicana, Texas, and Betty Self, Nacogdoches, Texas; a brother, Sam, Bakersfield, Calif.; and a granddaughter.
Roxie Teafatiller Jones
TISHOMINGO -- Services for Roxie Teafatiller Jones, 67, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Corbin Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Carter officiating. Interment will be at Connerville Cemetery, Connerville.
Mrs. Jones died Feb. 27, 1999, at Kingfisher, to George W. and Pearl Skedgle Payne Teafatiller. She was born Sept. 19, 1931, at Connerville.
She attended school at Coatsworth Public Schools in Connerville and worked as a waitress. She had lived in Kingfisher the past four years.
Survivors include three sons, Mike Morrison, Jody and Mark Pirtle, Kingfisher; a daughter, Cathy Hamilton, Ada; a brother, Jimmy Teafatiller, Siloam Springs, Ark.; a sister, Leota Coker, Oxnard, Calif; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Sherman F. Mullins
WILSON -- Services for Sherman F. Mullins, 86, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Alexander Funeral Home chapel with Hylton Crane officiating. Interment will be at Keller Cemetery, north of Wilson.
Mullins died March 1, 1999, in the Ardmore hospital. He was born Nov. 30, 1912, in Robison County, Texas, to Pink M. and Mary E. Smith Mullins.
Reared in Haskell, Texas, he attended school at Paint Creek and served in the Navy during World War II. He married Allene Jones in 1932. She died in 1951. He married Dessie I. Gunter Arnold Jan. 6, 1973. He retired from Powers Construction Co. in 1975 and they moved to Wilson that year.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Mary Counts, Knox City, Texas, and Fran Stewart, Duncan; two sons, Jerry, Plano, Texas, and Jimmy, Irving, Texas; seven sisters, Cora Means, Ropesville, Texas, Ella L. Harvey, Victoria, Texas, Floy Cox, Prairie Hill, Texas, Verdie Russell, Athens, Texas, Grachel Lebkowsky, Waco, Texas, Lois McDonald, Eastland, Texas, and Minnie Moore, Brownwood, Texas; two brothers, Holman, Albarado, Texas, and Burl, Eldorado, Ark; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Bearers wil be Randy, Ronnie and Jimmie Don Mullins, Joey Daniels, Johnny Rue, Leslie Arnold and George McPherson.
Ada Lee Winter
MARLOW -- Graveside rites for Ada Lee Winter will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Marlow Cemetery with the Revs. Guy Scott and Bill Freeman officiating.
Mrs. Winter died March 1, 1999, in a Madill health care facility. She was born to Samuel Issac Bedford and Minnie Elizabeth Henley Dec. 10, 1906, at Clebourne, Texas.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, George Allen Freeman, Augustus Featherston and Eugene Winter; a son, Everett Paul Freeman; daughter, Betty Pauline Curren; a brother, Atha Bedford; two sisters, Onita Bedford and Annie Stewart; three granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.
She is survived by four sons, Leo Allen and Tommy R. Freeman, Mannsville, George Jr. Freeman, Albuquerque, N.M., and Rev. William "Bill" Freeman, Ardmore; a daughter, Rev. Beaula A. Scott, Madill; a brother, Everett Bedford, Healdton; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Marshall Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Dr., Madill, Okla. 73446.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home.
Graveside rites for Macey Dart will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McAlister Cemetery with the Rev. Gene Branscum officiating.
Dart, 58, died Feb. 27, 1999. in Springdale, Ark. He was born Dec. 28, 1940, at Mesa, Ariz., to Johnny and Ellie M. Bailey Dart.
He had been a resident of the Westville area most of his life.
He is survived by a son, Kevin, Ardmore; three daughters, Marla Jordon, Woodall, Cherron Dart, Westville, and Rashonda Dart, Tahlequah; two sisters, Rose Hodge, Pampa, Texas, and Elnetta L. Hidaga, Oklahoma City; and seven grandchildren.
Craddock Funeral Home will direct services.
Services for Marie Hunter are pending from Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home. Mrs. Hunter died March 2, 1999, in a local health care facility.
She is survived by two sons, Joe, Lone Grove, and Kenneth, Ardmore; and daughter, Cathy McLaughlin, Ardmore.
Memorial celebration in honor of Jimmie Harrell Ralls will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor Terry Tolbert officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Born Oct. 27, 1923, to Ernie and Mary Kelley Ralls of Wright City, he died March 1, 1999, in the local hospital.
He and Inez Kemp were married March 30, 1944.
Harrell "Paw Paw" had been an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for 52 years, serving as Deacon, working with the Royal Ambassadors and other youth activities. He attained the rank of staff sergeant while serving in World War II, 1943-1946, in the Philippines. He received the Good Conduct and Victory Medals, American Theater Ribbon, APT, Ribbon with Star, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Star. He was a member of VFW. He was employed by Murphy Machine Co. for 17 years, then retired from Uniroyal in 1988.
Loved by all who knew him, hero to many, and living still through his grandchildren, Kimberly Dart and her husband, Kevin, of Ardmore, Cody Holbrook of Brentwood, Tenn., Teresa Jean Ralls and Ryan Ralls of Shawnee, Caleb Holbrook of Falconhead, Jimmie John "J.J.," and Ember Ralls of Burneyville; great-grandchildren, Corbin Ralls of Shawnee, Dylan and Jesse Dart of Ardmore, and Drennan Ralls of Shawnee; Guardian Angel of his beloved wife, "Nez" Inez Ralls, of the home; daughter, Kay Holbrook of Falconhead; son, Phillip Ralls and his wife, Rhedonna, of Burneyville; three brothers, Kelley and Wayne Ralls of Ardmore, and Jack Ralls of Port Townsend, Wash.; three sisters, Dottie Kallio of Ardmore, Pat Keith and Joan Rush of Oklahoma City, and their extended families.
Bearers will be Gary Simmons, George Lowe, Glen Jenkins, Al Dodson, Gene Conway and Jack McGahey. Honorary bearers are Trinity Baptist Church deacons and members of the Men's Sunday School Class Department 4.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Van Fund, 16 12th Ave. NE, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Services will be directed by Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home.
Cora L. Giddens
REXROAT -- Funeral services for Cora Lee Giddens will be at 2 p.m. today, March 2, 1999, at Rexroat Baptist Church with the Rev. James Wigington officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.
Mrs. Giddens died Feb. 28, 1999, at Mercy Memorial Health Center, Ardmore. She was born Aug. 22, 1918, at Norman, to Charles Major and Anna Myrtle Furbee O'Dor.
The former Cora Lee O'Dor grew up in the Ratliff City area where she graduated from Fox High SCHool. She and Garmon Keith "Bud" Giddens were married Sept. 15, 1949, at Lawton. They lived in Ardmore several years before moving to Wilson. Mr. Giddens preceded her in death on June 14, 1998.
She is survived by her four children, James Donald, Judy, Richard and Mike; brother, Charles M. O'Dor, Phoenix, Ariz.; her six grandchildren, Richard, Kevin, Leanna, Lora, Chad and Chuck; and nine great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Robert O'Dor, Harold Lucas, James Bramlett, Chad Simpson, Brian Baker and Ron Alexander.
Services for Melvin Underwood will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Chapel with the Rev. Russell Colbert officiating. Interment will be at McAlister Cemetery near Overbrook.
Underwood was born May 5, 1951, at Talihina. He died Feb. 27, 1999 in the McAlester hospital.
An Army veteran, he had lived in Ardmore most of his life before moving to McAlester in 1994. He worked for Red Man Pipe and Supply as an inside salesman at Wilburton. He was a member of Ardmore Indian Baptist Church. He and Serena Brokeshoulder were married Sept. 8, 1976, in Ardmore.
Survivors include his wife; and son, Brent, of the home; his father, Cephus Carney, Las Vegas, Nev.; his mother, Era Mae Carney, Ardmore; brothers, Charles Tyson and Calvin Carney, Oklahoma City, Curt, Cecil, Richard and Thurman Carney, Ardmore; sisters, Nora Lampkin and Gloria Carney, also Ardmore.
Bearers will be Rick Tyson, Jacky Underwood, Don Joe, Bobby Thomas, Bobby Brown and Bill Stick. Honorary bearers are Brian Walters, Osborne Kenieutubbe, Dave Battice, Keith Coley and Waylon Carney.