Darren Ernst funeral set Monday at 12:12 pm
Funeral services for Darren Dwain Ernst, age 15 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2005, at the First Baptist Church of Clinton with Doug Lewis and Robin Palesano officiating.
Darren died Thursday, July 15, 2005, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City from complications due to neuroblastoma (a form of pediatric cancer).
Darren was a member of the Clinton High School Class of 2008, FFA and the First Baptist Church Youth Group.
In his spare time he loved racing go-karts and cars, deer hunting, golfing, talking on the telephone and spending time with friends.
Preceding him in death this year was his grandfather, Aldean Ernst.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his parents, Conley Ernst and DeAnn and Robert Elliott, a sister, Courtney Ann Ernst, his grandmother, Jane Ernst, all of Clinton; maternal grandparents, Dan and Pam Murray of Plano, Texas, Carl and Angie Elliott of Ponca City, great grandparents, Bill and Leona Unger and Bobby and Eva Elliott, all of Clinton; aunts and uncles, Rudy and Lorie Rivera of Clinton, J.D. Murry of Plano, Texas; a special cousin, Jenae Standingwater and family of Sachse, Texas; a special friend, Chris Miller of Clinton; and a host of other friends and relatives.
The family will greet guests Sunday at the funeral home on West Modelle Avenue from 2 to 4 p.m.
A memorial fund has been set up at InterBank for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Joy Smith funeral set at 12:12 pm
Funeral services for Joy Bell Smith, age 72 of Yukon, will be held at 1 p.m., Monday at the Yanda & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Yukon with interment at 4 p.m. Monday at the Arapaho Cemetery.
Smith died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at her daughter’s home in Yukon. She was born in Briscoe, Texas on Aug. 17, 1932, the daughter of Cleve and Pearl (Stephens) Reed.
A resident of Yukon for the past five years, she previously lived in Clinton for 28 years.
Joy was a member of First Baptist Church, Clinton, where she served faithfully as a choir member and taught Sunday School.
A homemaker, Joy also was the secretary and office manager for her husband’s plumbing business and worked in real estate and investments.
Smith enjoyed the outdoors, camping and walking.
She also loved singing, playing the piano and spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard “Smitty” Glenn Smith; parents; two nieces and one nephew.
Survivors include her children, Deborah Barr of Yukon, Dennis Tucker and his wife, Joan, of Herriman, Utah, Teresa King and her husband, Terry, of North Chicago, Ill., Wanda Tucker of Redwood Valley, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Oklahoma County, 4334 N.W. Expwy, No. 106, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 N. Hudson, Suite 800, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Keetons rites set July 19 at 1:35 pm
Memorial services for Richard Clayton Keeton, Jr. have been set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the chapel of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in downtown Clinton with minister Doyle Kinney officiating.
Keeton died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in the early afternoon at Corn. He was born on Sept. 3, 1958 at Clinton, the son of Richard and Virginia (Golden) Keeton.
He grew up and attended school at Clinton before moving as an adult to Corn.
He worked as a driller on many oilfields in the area and avidly enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents.
Survivors include both parents of the home; two sisters, Sheila Keeton and Deanna Campbell, both of Corn; and three brothers, Jeff Keeton of Corn, Timothy Keeton of Helena and Kenneth Keeton of Cordell.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Gary Miller services set at 12:35 pm
Funeral services for Gary Edward Miller, age 51 of Clinton, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the First Church of God at Clinton with Rev. Roy Dobbs and Rev. Lee Gleason officiating.
Miller died of an acute coronary insufficiency, according to Custer County Coroner Dr. Gary Hays, who said this is like a heart attack. He died at his Clinton home Monday, July 11, 2005.
He was born at Clinton on March 7, 1954, the son of David Edward and Goldie Mae (Clinton) Miller.
Miller grew up in Clinton and graduated from high school in 1972.
He worked for Collins & Aikman in Clinton for several years and had been working for Dave’s Stop and Shop for the past 10 years.
In 1986 he married Lou Basler. In his spare time, Miller enjoyed music and sports, including golf, softball and camping.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents, were grandparents Ace and Clara Miller and Sidney and Mary Clinton.
Burial will conclude in the Parkersburg Cemetery southwest of Clinton under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home.
Survivors include a son, Shawn Michael and his wife, Crystal, of Clinton; a brother, Bob Miller of Perry; and a granddaughter, Jessica Marie Miller.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Harris rites Wednesday at 3:01 pm
Memorial services for Newton Nolen Harris, Jr., age 62 of Corn, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mennonite Brethren Church in Corn with Rev. Ken Gardner and Calvin Fadenrecht officiating.
“Newt” died early Monday, July 11, 2005, at his Corn home after an extended illness. He was born on April 23, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Newton Sr. and Kathleen Beatrice Nutter.
He grew up in Columbus and moved to Florida with his family during his senior year in high school, graduating from Ft. Myers High School.
In 1941 he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country for four years.
After his honorable discharge he returned to Ohio and attended Purdue University for one year.
He married Charlotte Anita Brown on Nov. 13, 1971. He was employed with Sears Auto Maintenance and later moved to Weatherford where he worked for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) for five years.
His wife died in 1977, leaving him with two small children. His grandmother, Ann Nutter, moved in to help him rear the children.
On April 1, 1983 he married Sadie Louraine Miles in Portland, Ore., and they made their home in Oregon, Washington, Ohio and Oklahoma, settling in Corn in 2000.
He most recently worked as a trucker for Hunt Trucking, U.S. Express and Citton Motor Lines.
Harris was a member of the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church and American Legion.
In his spare time, in addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed tennis, reading, sharing his faith and traveling.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his father and first wife, was his grandmother Anna Nutter.
Burial will conclude in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife of the home; his mother, Kathleen Musser and her husband, Walter, of Leesburg, Fla.; three daughters, Rebecca C. Harris and her husband, Glen Keller, of Lexington, Va., Hannah K. Anderson and her husband, Jacob, of Thomas, Mary C. Harris and her companion, Josh Dobrinski, of Colony; two sons, Sgt. Newton Benjamin Anthony Harris, USMC, of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Miles Mitchell Harris of the home; four grandchildren, Benjamin Anthony Harris, Johnathan Lisandro Harris, Dalla Angelina Marie Harris and Destry Nolen Anderson.
Bill Mullican services set at 3:01 pm
Graveside services for Billy Stroud “Bill” Mullican, age 77 of Dill City, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Bell Cemetery in Dill City with Alfred Reeve officiating.
Mullican died Sunday, July 10, 2005. He was born on Aug. 28, 1927 in McMinnville, Tenn., the son of John and Virgie Maud (Stroud) Mullican.
He graduated in 1949 from Central High in McMinnville, Tenn.
After serving in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, he married Bettie Ruth Cantrell on June 30, 1961.
Mullican was a retiree of the Dill City Schools where he worked for 13 years.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, Nancy Elizabeth Spain, Sally Lee Kitchen, Virgie Margaret Mullican; a brother, James Mullican; and a nephew, Dale Melton.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jack Loftiss Funeral Home in Cordell.
Survivors include a sister and brother, Johnny Ruth Tucker and J.T. Mullican, both of Tennessee; his wife, Bettie Ruth of Dill City; six children, Teresa Henderson, Marcia Lou Stubblefield, Terry Mullican, all of Tennessee, Lynn Morgan of Hobart, Margaret Mullican and Wade Mullican, both of Dill City; 13 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Bill Lowery rites slated at 1:47 pm
Memorial services for retired Cordell mechanic and businessman Billy Gene Lowry, age 66, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church in Cordell with Rev. Doyle Roark officiating.
Lowry died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at the Sayre Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 11, 1938 at Doxey, the son of Forrest and Eva Ware Lowry.
A self-employed auto mechanic who operated a shop in Cordell for many years, he married Ludene Hall on March 15, 1956, and to this union two daughters were born.
He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and a volunteer fireman.
Preceding him in death were his father and a son-in-law.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McClure Funeral Home in Cordell.
Survivors include his wife, Ludene, of the home; his mother, Eva Lowry of Borger, Texas; daughters, Rhonda Cannon of Sentinel, Rebecca Bookout of Bessie; a brother, Arthur Lowry of Sand Springs; sisters, Betty Wilkinson of Borger, Texas, Dean of San Antonio, Texas, Dorothy Allen of Midland, Texas; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and other relatives.
Vada Collins funeral held at 1:45 pm
Funeral services for Vada Irene Collins, age 90 of Cordell, were held this morning at the McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Cordell with Gavin Wilkie officiating.
Collins died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City. She was born on Sept. 1, 1914 in Weldon, Ark., the daughter of John and Eliza Douglas Collins.
Moving with her family to Oklahoma in 1921, they settled south of Cordell. She had lived in Washita County since that time.
In 1962 she went to work at the Cordell Christian Home where she was employed as a nurse’s aid and a CMA for 24 years.
She was a member of the Fourth and College Church of Christ in Cordell.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents, were an infant sister and two brothers, Jim and Dorr Collins.
Burial followed in the Strickland Cemetery.
Survivors include cousins, Raymond Schultz of Clinton, Kenneth Gillihan and Lawrence Gillihan, both of Cordell; nieces, Francis Williams of California, LaRue Durbin of Wichita, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Anna Lee Mandrell of Cordell; and other relatives.
McElmurry rites slated at 1:44 pm
Funeral services for Wilma McElmurry, age 89 of Custer City, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Independence Methodist Church with Rev. Garry Vincent officiating.
McElmurry, died Sunday July 10, 2005, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital.
She was born on Nov. 29, 1915 west of Custer City on the family farm, the daughter of Bill and Mattie Belle (Chitty) Davis.
She grew up around the Custer City-Independence area, graduating from Independence High School in 1933 and later from then Southwestern State College in 1940.
She married Bonnie McElmurry on Aug. 22, 1943, and together they taught school at Arapaho and Clinton for 30 years. During that time, they also farmed together.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband. She is survived by a host of friends.
Burial will follow in the Custer City Masonic Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Ex-Clintonite's daughter dies at 12:51 pm
Pamela Ann Kelley, 52, daughter of former Clinton resident Regina (Ames) Bennett, died Thursday in Searcey, Ark.
A mass in Miss Kelley’s honor was held Saturday at St. James Catholic Church.
She was born Jan. 5, 1953, in Oklahoma City. After graduating from Classen High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ringling School of Art and Design in Tampa, Fla. She had completed numerous marble and clay statues as well as oil and watercolor paintings.
Survivors include her mother and step-father, Regina and Dr. Dennis Bennett of Searcey, Ark.; step-mother, Susan Kelley, Oklahoma City; an aunt, Lizanne Degen, Manchester Village, Vt.; and an uncle, Leland Hodge, Oklahoma City. Her father, former Federal Judge Charles Kelley of Oklahoma City, preceded her in death.
Educator J.R. Gililland dies in Altus at 12:49 pm
Funeral services for J.R. Gililland, age 90 of Altus, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in El Reno.
Gililland died Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at Plantation Villages in Altus. He was born to William and Minnie Gililland in Durant on Aug. 8, 1914. He was the youngest of seven children.
Gililand graduated from high school in Sickles and went on scholarship to get his bachelors degree and teaching certificate at Southwestern State College in Weatherford.
He received his Southwestern athletic letters in football and baseball. He later gained his master’s degree in school administration at Oklahoma A&M University (OSU) in Stillwater.
Gililland married Sarena Lucille Cates of Weatherford in 1941.
With the exception of a brief tour in the California shipyards during World War II, Gililland spent his professional career as a longtime teacher and school administrator in Oklahoma.
His teaching career began in Erick as grade school principal and coach. In 1944 he was named superintendent of Highway School south of Elk City. He later held superintendent positions at Merritt, Sulphur, Muskogee and Clinton.
In 1968, Gililland was named superintendent of the Canadian Valley Area Oklahoma Vocational-Technical School in El Reno, where he retired in 1979.
Gililland really enjoyed his basketball coaching days at the Highway School during the 1940’s. He was a member of Elk City Masonic Lodge No. 182, and reached the degree of Master Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Sarena; three brothers, Herman, Floyd, Bill; and three sisters, Jimmie, Belma and Ruth.
Interment will follow at the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home. Survivors include three sons, Roger Gililland and his wife, Jean Ann, of McLean, Va., Bruce Gililland of San Jose, Calif., and Mark Gililland and his wife, Jan, of Altus; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.
Online tributes may be made to the family of J.R. Gililland at www.lowell-tims.com. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Gililland’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of the person’s choice.