Gene N. Cormier Sr.
Services for Gene N. Cormier Sr., 58, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Cormier Jr. and Dennis Long officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Born Feb. 10. 1941, at Lafayette, La., to Lionel and Lizzie Cormier, he died July 29, 1999, at the Ardmore hospital.
He married Wilma Mott May 22, 1960, at Lacassinc, La.
Cormier was employed by the Department of Human Services, he was minister of Eklektous Christian Church. He had graduated from Dallas Christian College with honors. Cormier had been a resident of Ardmore since 1973, moving from Marlow. He was a past master and a member of the Masonic Lodge 31.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; one son, Gene Cormier Jr., Ardmore; three daughters, Elizabeth Long, Davis, Veronica (Nici) Rumbaugh, Ardmore, and Shannon Smithers, Ardmore; one brother, Lesa Cormier, Lake Charles, La.; five grandchildren, Rebekka Long, Gene Cormier III, Cortney Cormier, Toby Long and Adrian Rumbaugh.
Bearers are Casey Smithers, Danny Cormier, Brian Foreman, Lonnie Stewart, Mike More and Charles Cormier. Honorary bearers are Brian Cormier, Dallas Mott, Dave Cormier, James Miller, Tony Fredrick and Stanford Mott.
Memorials may be made to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries of Dallas Christian College or Kiamichi Mountains Christian Mission, c/o Landmark Bank, P.O. Box 1785, Ardmore, OK 73402.
William Jack¹ Talley
MARIETTA - Services for William ³Jack² Talley, former Marietta resident, will be 1 p.m.. Tuesday at New Zion Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Dunbar Cemetery, Burneyville.
Talley was born at Burneyville to Arthur and Rebecca Worley Talley. He died July 28, 1999, at a Dallas hospital. He was preceded in death by a son, Morris in January 1997.
Talley had been a resident of Gainesville, Texas for several years. He was a World War II veteran.
Survivors include 12 children, Rosemary Payne, Langston, Kenneth Talley, Midwest City, Deborah Morgan, Del City, Belinda Wilson, Houston, William ³Bill² Talley, Hawaii, Michael Talley, Bakersville, Calif., Neal Talley, Pauls Valley, Curtis Talley, Del City, Barry Talley, Oklahoma City, Duane Talley, Edmond, Tonya Scarborough, Midwest City, and Tony Talley, Houston; one brother, James Louis Talley, Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Grace Allen, Marietta, and Violet Douglas, Markham, Ill.; 25 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services are under the direction of Kirk-Dawson-Dillard Funeral Home.
Joe Ann Williams
CALERA - Services for Joe Ann Williams, 85, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Calera Church of Christ with Williard Cox and Tom Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Durant.
Born March 9, 1914, at Bryan County to Richard and Johnie Midkiff, she died July 28, 1999, at the Ardmore hospital. She married Raymond ³Chick² Williams July 13, 1931, at Madill. He preceded her in death in January 1998.
Mrs. Williams was a homemaker. She was a member of the Calera Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Leon Williams, Ardmore; two brothers, Eual Conditt, County Line, and James Conditt, Bartlesville; two sisters, Eunice Manes, Calera, and Hazel Childress, Tulsa; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Bearers are Bob Williams, Tommy Shepard, Lee Brookshire, Charles Loyd, Larry Ada and Mike McCullum.
Services are under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home, Colbert.
LOCO - Services for L.D. Thomas, 75, are pending with Reser Funeral Home.
Thomas died July 31, 1999, at his residence. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Robertson, in 1992.
Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Sue McCartney, Rohnert Park, Calif.; two sisters, Betty Jean Byran and Ruby Turner, both Duncan; one brother, Willie ³Tuffy² Thomas, Glendo, Wyo.; and one granddaughter.
Maralyn Lee Croskell
Graveside rites for Maralyn Lee Croskell, 43, Dallas, will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the family ranch at Ardmore following cremation at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.
Born March 20, 1956, at Ardmore to Henry and Madelon Byrd Croskell, she died July 29, 1999. She was preceded in death by her brother, Mark, in 1997.
Ms. Croskell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1979 with bachelor¹s degrees in English and history. She had lived at Dallas for the past 10 years with her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice or the Muscular Dystrophy Society.
Arles Owen Williams
DAVIS - Services for Arles Owen Williams, 78, will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.
Born June 24, 1921, at Keota to John Elzie and Rose Etta Freeman Williams, he died July 30, 1999, at the Ardmore hospital following a long illness.
Williams grew up in Tulsa and moved to the Davis area in 1935, where he lived the rest of his life. He married his wife, Lora, on July 2, 1949, at Gainesville, Texas. He had been a deacon at the First Baptist Church. After working for Dolese for 37š years, he retired.
He enjoyed his retirement years by taking trips with his wife, who he was married to for 50 years, attending church, gardening, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandson, sisters and other family members.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; daughters, Sharon, and her husband, Russell Fine, and Jo Ann Bahner; one son, Eddie Williams, and his wife, Judy; four sisters, Marie Epplar, Bonnie Clemons, Hazel Jones, and Jean Lack; his parents; grandchildren, Michelle Fine, Lori Dunfour and her husband, Louis, Eddie Williams, and Donna, Donald and Paula Brown; and one great-grandson, Coleby Burnett.
Bearers are Chester Gibbs, Roy Kennedy, John Montgomery, Dale Noland, Jerry White, Charles Robertson and alternate bearer, Buck Wilson.
Services under the direction of Krien Funeral Home.
Dorothy Inez Cullins
LONE GROVE - Services for Dorothy Inez Cullins are pending with Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home.
Born April 13, 1932, at Ringling to Willis Vernon and Frances Ward, she died July 31, 1999, at a local hospital. She married James Wesley Cullins. He preceded her in death March 17, 1989. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Forrest and Kenneth Ward, and one sister, Octavia Wright.
Survivors include sons, Ronnie and Jimmy Southerland, both Ardmore, and Willis and Robert Southerland, both Lone Grove; one daughter, Cathey McGuire, Oklahoma City; two stepdaughters, Charlotte Taliaferro, Lone Grove, and Margretta Cross, Ardmore; one brother, Max Ward, Ridgecrest, Calif.; four sisters, Wanda Mae Turner, Vida Porter and Betty Baker, all Lone Grove, and Otressa Bigalow, Sacramento, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Cecil H. Alexander
OKLAHOMA CITY - Services for Cecil H. Alexander, 79, Moore, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Vondel L. Smith and Son Mortuary South Colonial Chapel.
Born April 13, 1920, at Pike to E.L. and Ola Alexander, he died July 29, 1999.
Alexander was a retired school teacher, having taught in the Moore Public School system. He had served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Alexander was a member of South Lindsay Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Pearly Jo, of the home; his father, Burneyville; one son, Stan Alexander, Oklahoma City; one daughter, Cecilia Black, Oklahoma City; one brother, Wayne Alexander, Grand Prairie, Texas; one sister, Selma Glidden, Norman; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Theodore R. Small
Services for Theodore R. Small, 80, are pending with Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home.
Born April 2, 1919, at Benton Harbor, Mich., to Leo and Ruth Small, he died July 31, 1999, at the Ardmore hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Maudie, of the home; son, David Small, Los Angeles; daughters, Cheryl Watson, West Union, Ohio, Linda Newlin, The Woodlands, Texas, and Maren Fitzgibbons, Carlsbad, Calif.; brothers, Leroy Small, Meadow Vista, Calif., and Allen Small, Grass Valley, Calif.; sister, Dorothy Birkemeier, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
David Paul VanOrden
SULPHUR - Graveside rites for David Paul VanOrden, 41, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Moore officiating.
Born Sept. 17, 1957, at Kermit, Texas, to Jerry and Jean Monger VanOrden, he died July 29, 1999, at Oklahoma City. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Basile, 1980.
VanOrden lived in the Murray County area most of his life and attended Davis schools. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the United States Army. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Jerry and Maxine VanOrden, Davis; two brothers, Leonard VanOrden, Baton Rouge, La., and Charles Basile, Natchez, Miss.; two sisters, Debra Clary, Sulphur, and Carla Parker, Hewitt, Texas; and his grandmother, Naomi Monger, Sulphur.
Services are under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home.
Theodore R. Small
Services for Theodore R. Small, 80, will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Chapel with the Rev. Terry Tolbert officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Small died July 31, 1999, in the local hospital. He was born April 2, 1919, at Benton Harbor, Mich., to Leon and Ruth Small.
He served in the Army during World War II, and retired as a truck driver for Knudsen Creamery. He had lived in Ardmore 10 years, moving here from the Los Angeles area. He was a Baptist, member of Retired Officers Association, American Legion and was a volunteer at the Ardmore Military Museum. He and Maudie Waldron were married June 17, 1997, in Ardmore.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, David, Los Angeles; three daughters, Cheryl Watson, West Union, Ohio, Linda Newlin, The Woodlands, Texas, and Maren Fitzgibbons, Carlsbad, Calif.; two brothers, Leroy, Meadow Vista, Calif., and Allen, Grass Valley, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Birkemeier, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Lee A. Wickware
Graveside rites for Lee Albert Wickware, 86, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Smith officiating.
Wickware died Aug. 1, 1999, in the local hospital. He was born Feb. 9, 1913, at Claretta, to Marshal C. and Susie L. Long Wickware.
He married Erma Ann White Dec. 24, 1944, in Ardmore, and was employed by the sanitation department before he retired. He was preceded in death by a son, Lee E.; daughter, Edna; and brother, Roy.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, Steve, Hinton, Tim, Vinson and Loyd, all of Ardmore; four daughters, Minnie Wickware, Gainesville, Texas, Susie Hodges, Watts, Bernice Pearsey and Marilyn Wickware, Ardmore; two sisters, Sadie Overturf, Ardmore, and Minnie Rogers, Antioch, Calif.; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home will direct services.
Dorothy I. Cullins
LONE GROVE - Services for Dorothy Inez Cullins, 67, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with the Revs. David Gardner and Morgan Ashworth officiating. Interment will be at Lone Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Cullins died July 31, 1999, in the local hospital. She was born April 13, 1932, at Ringling, to Willis and Frances Ward. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wesley Cullins March 17, 1989; two brothers, Forrest and Kenneth Ward; and a sister, Octavia Wright.
She was a Baptist and had lived in Lone Grove most of her life.
Survivors include sons, Ronnie and Jimmy Southerland, Ardmore, Willis and Robert Southerland, Lone Grove; a daughter, Cathey McGuire, Oklahoma City; stepdaughters, Charlotte Taliaferro, Lone Grove, and Margaretta Cross, Ardmore; a brother, Max Ward, Ridgecrest, Calif.; sisters, Otreasa Bigalow, Sacramento, Calif., Wanda M. Turner, Vida Porter and Betty Baker, Ringling; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Jayson, Jarin and Aaron Southerland, Ty Taliaferro, John Cross and Mark Defries. Honorary bearers are Ed Hodge, Charles Massey and Keith Smith.
Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home will direct services.
Carrah M. Pruitt
FOX - Services for Carrah Mae Pruitt, 83, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fox Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Taylor officiating. Interment will be at Mount Olive Cemetery under the direction of Reser Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pruitt died Aug. 1, 1999, at her residence. She was born Sept. 21, 1915, near Dixie, to Ernest W. and Eron Nelson Gentry.
Reared in the Dixie area, she graduated from Mountain Home and was a former beauty operator in Ardmore, Ringling and at her home. She was a member of Fox Baptist Church and Eastern Star. She and Cleland H. Pruitt were married June 12, 1947, at Henrietta, Texas. He preceded her in death April 30, 1991.
She is survived by a sister, Bernice Gentry, Ardmore; and brother, Gerald Gentry, Casper, Wyo.
Bearers will be Mark Armstrong, Joe Oakman, Don Henderson, Kenneth Gordon, Bob McCartney and Larry Fore.
Memorials may be made to Fox Baptist Church.