Bessie Juanita Esary
SULPHUR -- No local services are planned for Bessie Juanita Esary, 75. Interment will be at Monroe, Wash.
Born April 1, 1924, at Frederick to Shelly Monroe and Nora Bell Courtright Collier, she died June 3, 1999, at Sulphur. She married Lee Esary, who preceded her in death Dec. 17, 1981.
Mrs. Esary grew up in the Frederick and Walters area, where she attended school. She lived in Washington for several years and had lived in Sulphur for the past 15 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include one sister, Rachel Elliston, Sulphur; and one brother, Monroe Collier Jr., Everett, Wash., several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
C.R. 'Ray' McClain
PURCELL -- Services for C.R. "Ray" McClain, 81, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel with Carrol Milner and the Rev. Mark Barnes officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Graham Cemetery.
Born March 14, 1918, at Fox to Bernie Otha and Ida Wilson McClain, he died June 5, 1999, at his residence. He was preceded in death by a son, Bernie Ray McClain, and brothers, Ross, Bill, Oneal, Roy and infant twins.
McClain grew up at Fox. He married Juhree Williamson July 21, 1942, at Santa Barbara, Calif. McClain was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II. McClain lived most of his life at Fox. He worked in the oil field for 38 years for both Skelly and Getty oil companies. He also farmed and raised cattle. He and his wife moved to Purcell July 16, 1998. McClain attended the Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; three daughters, Frances Milner, Ada, Fredda Davis, Purcell, and Nancy Brown, Mustang; two sisters, Thelma Allen, Kingston, and Margaret Woodrum, Duncan; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Bearers are Clay Milner, Joel Milner, Wesley Keith Brown, Randy Jones, Richard Watkins and Ralph Mullins.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Cancer Association.
Lucille C. Downey
DUNCAN -- Graveside rites for Lucille C. Downey, Ratliff City, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Duncan Cemetery with L.T. Woodall officiating.
Born April 21, 1906, at Chisum to Ed and Mandy Brown, she died June 5, 1999, at Marlow. She married Avery Cox on May 13, 1924, at Ardmore. He preceded her in death Dec. 4, 1954. She then married Dudle Downey Oct. 10, 1956. He preceded her in death in August 1962. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Lynn and Shelly.
Mrs. Downey was a retired homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Flora Mae Olds, Duncan; three sons, Steve, Healdton, Ray, Ratliff City, and Tommy, Henderson, Nev.; several stepchildren; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Andy Fitts, Clifford Milton, Marty Faulkenberry, Ricky Bowman, Steve and Clayton Cox.
Services are under the direction of Milburn Funeral Home.
Wyman Riley Marshall
DUNCAN -- Services for Wyman Riley Marshall, 75, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Slate officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan City Cemetery.
Born Nov. 21, 1923, at Shawnee to Bryan Lower and Martha Elizabeth Martin Marshall, he died June 5, 1999, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He married Emma Jean Stewart April 14, 1943, at Opelika, Ala. She preceded him in death on April 5, 1991.
Marshall served in the United States Army during World War II. He had worked for Halliburton Company for 35 years in the warehouse department, retiring in 1985. Marshall attended the Unity Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Marshall, Edmond, and Stan Marshall, Ardmore; one brother, Dr. Jerry Marshall, Edmond; four sisters, Reba Roush, Duncan, Helen Beck Overland Park, Kan., Betty Mashburn, Denver, Colo., and Dorothy Sands, Dallas; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church, 1725 Chisholm Drive, Duncan, OK 73533.
John Dugan Smithers Jr.
Funeral services for John Dugan Smithers Jr. are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 1999, at Craddock Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gene Cormier Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at the Veterans Section of Rose Hill Cemetery.
John Dugan Smithers was born on Dec. 29, 1932, in Ardmore, to John Dugan and Millie Belle Alexander Smithers. He passed this life on June 5, 1999, at his residence at the age of 66.
He had been a resident of the Ardmore area most of his life. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict then served in the Army National Guard. He worked as a draftsman for Sun Ray DX Oil Co and most recently as a self-employed surveyor.
He is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Pucel of Houston; and Lisa Minarik of Ardmore; his mother, Mollie Belle Smithers of Ardmore; a sister, Judy Belle Ferrell of Butler; a brother, Darrell Smithers of Ardmore; three grandchildren, Amber Smithers, Michael Minarik and Robert Gary Brower; and a great-grandson, Austin Smithers. He was preceded in death by his father, John Dugan Smithers Sr.; and a son, John Dugan Smithers III.
Bearers will be Larry Pucel, Casey Smithers, Philip Gaither, Bob Cross, Harold Johnson and Don Butler. Honorary bearer is Steve Pucel.
Cecil W. Acree
Private graveside services for Cecil Winston Acree, 82, will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wade Paschal officiating.
Born April 15, 1917, in Grady, to Arch and Zella Acree, he died June 5, 1999 at his residence.
He graduated from Ringling High School, attended Oklahoma State University and the American Institute of Banking. He and Vivian Onetta Ewing were married Oct. 25, 1941, at Norman. He purchased a real estate, insurance and finance business in Ardmore which he operated until 1961. He was then trustee of the Woodworth estate and retired as an investment manager and consultant. He was active in many clubs and organizations, receiving many awards.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son David, Norman; daughter, Donna Jacobs, Wayne, Pa.; a sister, Mary Henderson, Norman; brother, Archie, Universal City, Texas; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home will direct services.
Ernestine M. Furr
Services for Ernestine Madaline Furr, 77, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harvey-Douglas Chapel with Bishop Robert Petersen officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Furr died June 4, 1999, in a local hospital following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 1, 1921, at Smithville, Texas, to Ernest and Ora Cockrill Litton.
Married to M.R. "Curly" Furr June 11, 1938, at Austin, Texas, they moved here 25 years ago from Enid. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ladies Golf Association at Dornick Hills Country Club, Pink Ladies volunteers and several Bridge clubs.
She is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Barbara Furr, Santa Fe. N.M.; a sister, Doris Creamer, Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Gwynne W. Davidson, Huey Dixon, Ray London, Andrew Smith, Bobby Groomer and Arthur Eubank.
Services for Verna Lois Riggs will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Chapel with the Rev. Donny Custar officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Riggs died June 4, 1999, in an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born June 2, 1924, at Enville, to Dan and Mary B. Stewart.
She married William Riggs June 28, 1944, at Gainesville, Texas, and had lived in Ardmore all her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, July 14, 1988.
Survivors include sons, Sam, Oklahoma City, and Junior, Ardmore; a daughter, Debra Kent, Ardmore; brothers, Don Stewart, Marietta, and Richard Stewart, Oklahoma City; sisters, Marie Scott, Enos, and Mary Akin, Del City; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Ronnie Kyle, David Pap, Bobby Riggs, Randy, Danny and Jerry Stewart. Honorary bearers are Jimmy Dale and Bud Stewart.
DAVIS -- Services for Anna Avery will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. James Tucker officiating. Interment will be at Oakridge Cemetery.
Mrs. Avery died June 3, 1999, in Ardmore. She was born Sept. 13, 1898, at Terrell, Texas, to Genny and Hannah Sheffield Avery. She was preceded in death by 13 children.
She is survived by nine grandchildren.
Tina Ozment Beckham
MANNSVILLE -- Services for Tina Lynn Ozment Beckham, 33, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mannsville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth McCarthick officiating. Interment will be at Russett Cemetery under the direction of Corbin Funeral Home, Tishomingo.
Mrs. Beckham died June 6, 1999, in Pauls Valley. She was born April 13, 1966, at Purcell.
She was a resident of Durant and married Terry Lyn Beckham Sept. 7, 1990, at Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Tera Lynn, Durant; her father and stepmother, Cecil and Katy Ozment; a brother, Larry Ozment, Tulsa; and sister, Shelia Jester, Purcell. She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Newman Ozment.
Elmer E. 'Jack' Brooks
HINTON -- Services for Elmer Emanuel "Jack" Brooks, 87, were at 2 p.m. today at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home. Interment with full military honors was at Niles Cemetery.
Brooks died June 4, 1999, at Binger. He was born Dec. 17, 1911, at Cooperton.
He lived most of his life in the Caddo County area and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Clara Crownover, Aug. 19, 1978.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Dunham, Fort Worth, Texas, and Flora J. Lee, Madill; a son, Billy, Binger; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
S.R. 'Son' Taliaferro
LEON -- Services for S.R. "Son" Taliaferro, 73, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Leon Baptist Church with the Rev. David Colaw and Ray Hilliard officiating. Interment will be at Leon Cemetery.
Taliaferro died June 5, 1999, in Marietta. He was born July 2, 1925, at Leon, to Dallas E. and Elsie Hartman Taliaferro.
A lifetime resident of Love County, he married Sue Ladner June 2, 1945, at Jimtown, and was a member of Leon Baptist Church. He was a foreman at Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Larry, Burneyville; three daughters, Karla Dunlap, Arlington, Texas, Karen Hilton and Andrea Locke, Marietta; a brother, Dallas "Boog," Leon; a sister, Sheliah Freeman, Enid; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Ott Ladner, Wade Taliaferro, Jereme Hilton, Herb Hartman, Joel Hicks and Jackie L. Brintle.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at Kennedy Funeral Home.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Services for Brandon Tollett will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 1999, at South Colonial Chapel, Oklahoma City. Graveside rites will be at 3 pm. at McAlister Cemetery at Overbrook.
Brandon Tollett came into our hearts on May 27, 1984. He went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 5, 1999, at the age of 15.
He attended school at Turner High School in Burneyville.
He is survived by his mother, Teresa Tollett; his brother, Michael Greer; a twin sister, Brandi Tollett; and Gale Garrison, all of the home; also "MeMe" and "PoPo" of Oklahoma City; Aunt Patty; Uncle Randy; cousins James, Terri Jo, and Jeff, also of Oklahoma City; Uncle Bill of Moore; and numerous friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father, Mike Greer.
Vondell L. Smith and Sons Mortuaries will direct services.