Saturday, March 12, 2005
Crow services to be Monday at 12:11 pm
Funeral services for Mary Laverne Crow, 77, former Warren resident will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14 at the Warren Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard Fuson and Rev. Dennis Osborne officiating.
She died Thursday, March 10, 2005 in Arkansas.
She was born July 2, 1926 in McGregor, Texas the daughter of George E. Smith and Minnie (Pruitt) Smith.
She and Francis “Bud” Crow were married on Oct. 21, 1946 in Sparks, Nev. He preceded her in death Sept. 17, 1988.
She owned and operated a beauty shop in Altus for several years and was a longtime member of the Warren Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Mike Crow and five brothers and –sisters.
She is survived by her son, Jack Crow of Elk City; two grandchildren, Marc Crow and Melissa Sutton; three sisters, Christine Fuson of Waldron, Ark., Lou Ousted of Arlington, Texas and Jane Fuller of Grand Prairie, Texas; and two brothers, Raymond Smith of Las Vegas and Alvin Smith of Mesquite, Texas.
Burial will follow the ceremony at the Warren Cemetery under the direction of the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
Wright funeral held at Cordell at 12:10 pm
Funeral services for Bernita Wright, 88, a resident of Cordell for the past 49 years, were held there Saturday at the First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wright died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City.
The former Bernita Marion Hale was born April 3, 1918, to Russell James Hale and Fay Farthing Hale at Crofton, Neb. She grew up in Hardy, Neb., graduating from high school in 1936, and attended Western Michigan University for four years.
In August of 1955 she married W.E. Wright in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and they moved to Cordell the following year. The couple had one son, and Mrs. Wright had two daughters from a previous marriage.
She worked in Cordell for the Soil Conservation Service, the A.S.C.S. Office, and the Washita County Selective Service Office until its closure.
Mrs. Wright was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cordell.
Survivors include her husband, W.E. Wright of the home in Cordell; one daughter, Sheila Young (and husband Mike), Bethesda, Md.; one son, Don Wright, Wilson, Okla.; three brothers, Keith Hale, San Diego, Calif., Creighton Hale, Williamsport, Pa., and Russell Hale, Napa, Calif.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Mikell King; and one brother.
Marvin Kehl and R.B. Mathis officiated at the funeral. Burial was in Lawnview Cemetery at Cordell under the direction of Jack Loftiss Funeral Home.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Ella Merrill funeral held at 1:50 pm
Graveside services for Ella Opal Merrill, age 96 of Cordell, were held this morning at the Van Dyke Cemetery near Cowden with Rev. R.B. Mathis officiating.
Merrill died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at the Cordell Christian Home. She was born on Jan. 29, 1909 near Corn, the daughter of Levi and Ruth (Grebe) Shively.
United in marriage to Grady B. Merrill on Dec. 19, 1925 at Cordell, they lived their early years in the Weatherford and Colony areas before relocating to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1958 where they lived until Grady’s retirement in 1985 when they moved to Cordell.
Ella was a member of the United Methodist Church in Cordell.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents and husband, was a son, Grady “Buck” Merrill.
Interment was under the direction of the McClure Funeral Home in Cordell.
Survivors include a son, Dean Merrill of Amarillo, Texas; two sisters, Ruth Canales of San Antonio, Texas, Ruth Ricks of Premont, Texas; a brother, Herbert Shively of Oklahoma City; nine grandchildren, Darlene Sellmyer of Amarillo, Texas, Joe Bob Merrill of Amarillo, Texas, Debbie Bohensky of Amarillo, Texas, Eddie Merrill of Amarillo, Texas, Tommy Merrill of Cordell, Randy Merrill of Palmer, Alaska, Tim Merrill of Cordell, LaDonna Luedtke of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Michelle Gregg of Cordell; 21 great grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren.
Paul Morgan funeral held at 1:49 pm
Funeral services for Paul Eugene Morgan, age 66, were held Wednesday morning in the Bill Merritt Funeral Service Chapel at Bethany with Rev. R.P. Thompson officiating.
Interment was Wednesday afternoon at the Mound Valley Cemetery in Thomas.
Morgan died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Oklahoma City. He was born on July 20, 1938 in Dill City.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lillie Sue Morgan; sons, Paul Douglas Morgan, Rusty Eugene Morgan; sisters, Euteva Widener, Carolyn Johnston, Peggy Olsen; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a special friend and brother-in-law, Sonny Johnston.
Services held for Chapman at 1:49 pm
Memorial services for Chester Wood Chapman, Sr., grandfather of local residents Gary and Stanley Chapman, were held Wednesday at Paradise Sunset Chapel Funeral Home in Arizona.
Chapman died on Sunday, March 6, 2005, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born on April 3, 1914 in Mangum, the son of Robert and Nancy Chapman.
He was a farmer in western Oklahoma and a cotton ginner in Arizona and Oklahoma.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Pauline Geneva, who died in 1968; a son, Gene Edward; and his second wife, Nina.
Survivors include children, Dana Louise, Barbara Sue, Peggy Nicola, Patsy Ruth, Gerald Allen, Chester Wood, Jr., Paula Mae and Steven Henry; 40 grandchildren; 63 great grandchildren; and 20 great-great grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Chapman’s honor to the American Heart Association.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Mike Wilson death listed at 1:18 pm
It was learned today that John Michael (Mike) Wilson, age 46 of Austin, Texas, died on March 3, 2005. The son of John and Donnie Wilson, he was born in Oklahoma City on March 25, 1958. Preceding him in death were his father and a sister, Melinda Kay Wilson.
At the time of his death, Wilson was an independent contractor conducting title searches for legal firms in the Austin area and Midland, Texas. Prior to this time, Mike had spent 20 years in the auto collision business in San Antonio and Austin.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Wilson of Austin, Texas; the children from his first marriage, Miranda and Jerrod Wilson; the children from his second marriage, Mallory and Hunter McCrea; his mother, Donnie Wilson of Lockhart, Texas; his brother, Mitch Wilson and his wife, Joanne; nephews, Clayton and Tyler of San Antonio, Texas; grandsons, Korbin and William Velchoff and Julian Aguilar; aunts, Linda Parker and Modelle Taylor of Clinton, Lois Richardson of Oklahoma City; and an uncle, Robert Strom of Weatherford.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 313 W. San Antonio, Lockhart, TX 78644.
Hugh Griffith funeral set for Friday at 1:17 pm
Graveside services for Hugh John Griffith, age 75 and a former Enid resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hobart Rose Cemetery with Lynn Norman officiating.
Griffith died early today, March 9, 2005, at the Clinton Veterans Center following an extended illness. He was born on Dec. 24, 1929 at St. Vincent, Minn., the son of Hugh A. and Agnes (Sapouch) Griffith.
His early years were spent at St. Vincent before he graduated from high school at Pembina, N.D. in 1949.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
On March 7, 1967 he married Berdena L. Barton at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan. He was honorably discharged in 1971.
They moved to Enid where he began a career in civil service, retiring after 21 years.
He and his wife traveled extensively, visiting every state in the union except for Alaska.
Griffith had been a resident of the Veterans Center since August of 2003.
A member of the Owen-Garriott Church of Christ in Enid, he and Berdena loved to square dance and were involved in several square dance clubs across the country.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Jimmy.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Lavenia, of the Enid home; three daughters, Marqueta Jo Bratt of Indianapolis, Ind., Sue Mathis and her husband, Lonnie, of Enid, Cathy Burcham and her husband, Darrell, of Sapulpa; a son, Tommie Byford and his wife, Linda, of Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Katherine Satterlund of Blaine, Minn., Dorothy Griffith of Rochester, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Griffith’s honor to either the Western Oklahoma Hospice or the Clinton Veterans Center.
Willis baby services set at 5:52 pm
Graveside services for stillborn infant Adysen Grace Willis will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Greenwood Cemetery at Weatherford with Scott Page officiating under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.
Adysen died Monday, April 25, 2005, at the Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City. She was the daughter of Dyrek LaVoyd and Jennifer Renae (Ackley) Willis of Weatherford.
Survivors include her parents, Dyrek and Jennifer Willis of the home in Weatherford; maternal grandparents, Charles “Chuck” and Donna Ackley of Clinton; paternal grandparents, LaVoyd and Rosie Willis of Hinton and Donna Willis of Weatherford; maternal great-grandparents, Charles Ackley and the late Barbara Ackley of Gibbon, Neb. and Gene and Ruth Collins of Butler; paternal great-grandparents, Ilena Pierce and the late Herschel Pierce of Velma and the late Wesley and Dorothy Willis of Stratford.
Harold, Dolly Newton services on Thursday at 5:52 pm
Joint funeral services for Harold W. Newton, ate 77, and his wife, Dolly, age 73, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Murphy and Rev. Sandy Shepherd officiating.
Harold Wain Newton was born on July 25, 1927 in Springer, N.M., the son of Walter and Sylvia (Mitchell) Newton.
Dolly Marie Thomas was born on June 6, 1931 in Stafford, the daughter of Arthur and Lillie (Ferguson) Thomas.
Both died Monday, April 25, 2005 — Harold at his home and Dolly in the Integris Clinton Regional Hospital Emergency Room, both of apparent heart attacks.
Reared in Weatherford, Harold attended a one-room country school. When he was about 14 the family moved to Safford, Ariz. He returned to Oklahoma as a young man.
Dolly was reared between Stafford and Foss on the family farm. She graduated from Stafford High School.
Harold and Dolly were married on Jan. 7, 1950, and Dolly graduated from high school the following spring.
The young couple made their home in Clinton where Harold was a firefighter from 1953 until 1973.
He also owned and operated an appliance repair shop until 1990.
Dolly babysat in her home while caring for her own children. She later worked at McClellan’s Dime Store and Kellwood Manufacturing until the plant closed.
They were members of the Free Will Baptist Church and in their spare time enjoyed traveling in their recreational vehicle, camping and boating.
She also enjoyed working on the computer while Harold collected electric trains, belt buckles, tools and miniature fire trucks.
Together they enjoyed going antiquing.
Preceding the couple in death were three grandchildren, Matt, Randy and Brian.
Dolly was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Trace Thomas; and a sister, Nora Twyman.
Harold was preceded in death by four sisters, Tressie Allen, Norma Spradlin, Elsie Albrecht, Julie Newton; and four brothers, Vertus, Buster, Clifford and Orville Newton.
Their burials will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include a daughter, Pam Redinger and her husband, Don, of Fayetteville, Ark.; two sons, Roger Newton and his wife, Karen, of Tulsa, Royce Newton and his wife, Glenda, of Clinton; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; Harold’s sister, Letha Koch of Arapaho and brother, J.W. Newton, of Grand Junction, Colo.; Dolly’s sister, Mame Davis of Burns Flat and brother, Johnny Thomas of Canute; and a host of other relatives.
Monday, April 25, 2005
Neugebauer funeral held at 3:48 pm
Funeral services for Elmer Lee Neugebauer, age 72 and a former Clinton resident, were held April 18 at Amherst, Ohio. He died Tuesday, April 12, at the home of his daughter.
He was born to Gottlieb and Maggie Neugebauer at Foss.
Reared southwest of Clinton, he graduated from Clinton High School in 1951.
He served in the U.S. Army, and after returning from the military he moved to Lorain, Ohio and worked for a Ford auto factory.
He married Mary Nelson of England, and she preceded him in death.
Others who have preceded him in death include his parents, a brother and a sister.
Survivors include a son, Andrew Neugebauer of Walnut Creek, Calif.; a daughter, Linda Barcktt of Amherst, Ohio; four sisters, Freda Stephenson, Lydia Lane of Clinton, Otillie Wright of Denton, Texas, Anna Corley and her husband, Albert, of Anadarko; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins in Texas and Oklahoma.
McFarland's death listed at 3:48 pm
Charlene Lucille McFarland, age 75, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, which announced no public funeral service plans.
She was born on Sept. 9, 1925 in White Hall, Ill., the daughter of Clifford and Mildred (Patterson) Long.
She grew up in Alton, Ill. and attended Alton High School. On March 14, 1944 she married William Lofton McFarland, and they made their home in Illinois.
Due to failing health, she moved to Oklahoma in 1998 to be near family. She enjoyed arts and crafts and working on puzzles.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Jennings and her husband, Sam, of Burns Flat; sons, James Clifford McFarland, and his wife, Madda, of Montana, Patrick McFarland and his wife, Tammy, of Idaho.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Alvin Hatfield rites Saturday at 12:57 pm
Funeral services for Alvin Maylen Hatfield, Jr., age 82 of Clinton, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home on West Modelle Avenue in Clinton.
Hatfield died Wednesday morning, April 20, 2005, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. He was born on July 2, 1922 at Foss, the son of Alvin M. and Addie (Hatchet) Hatfield.
Hatfield attended South Burns Flat School before moving to Arapaho in 1936.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge of Arapaho.
He married Elizabeth Homan on April 7, 1940 and farmed for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944.
After his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to Arapaho to farm and operate a service station.
Hatfield later began Hatfield Trucking, making numerous trips each year to New York and the West Coast.
His lifetime love, along with his family, was horse trading, and he continued in that venture until 1976.
After his retirement, he continued his love of horse trading and trucking through the transporting of custom-built horse trailers throughout the United States.
Preceding him in death were twin sons, Lary and Gary Hatfield; his parents; a sister, Doris Matthews; and an infant grandson, Ross Wrede Hatfield.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of the home; daughters, Gerry Watkins and her husband, Eddie, of Coalgate, Linda Waltrip of Clinton; a son, Pete Hatfield and his wife, Barbara, of Arapaho; grandduaghters, Kyle Lynn Shepherd and her husband, Lyle, of Arapaho, Katherine Kreizenbeck and her husband, Kevin, of Arapaho; a grandson, Jimmy Burgess of Clinton; granddaughters Jamie Brown and her husband, David, of Arlington, Texas, Kristi McDaniel and her husband, Dusty, of Weatherford; 11 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.