Thursday, November 03, 2005
Rites Friday for Shepherd at 2:42 pm
Graveside services for Phillis Caren Shepherd, age 65, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Mound Valley Cemetery in Thomas with pastor Reg Martin officiating.
A celebration of life will follow at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Bethany Brethren in Christ Church at Thomas.
Shepherd died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005. She was born on Aug. 27, 1940 in Custer City, the daughter of Wes and Goldie (Warner) Zerby.
She grew up in Custer City and graduated from high school in 1959.
On Aug. 27, 1960 she married Galen Shepherd in Custer City where the couple made their home.
She was an Avon beauty consultant and a homemaker.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents, was a sister, Debbie Zerby.
Visitation will be in the Custer City-Lee Funeral Home until 9 p.m. this evening.
Survivors include her husband, Galen, of the home; a daughter, Pam Coston and her husband, Michael, of Custer City; a son, Rocky Shepherd and his wife, Lori, of Weatherford; a sister, Bernadine Bowes of Yukon; brothers, John Zerby of Custer City, K.D. Zerby of Oklahoma City, Earl Zerby of Yukon; and grandchildren, Amber Coston, Ashley Coston, Brady Hicks and Chelsey Hicks.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Davenport rites Friday at 1:15 pm
Funeral services for former Clinton police officer Michael J. Davenport, age 57, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Southeast Church of Christ in Clinton with Brother Robert Malone officiating.
Davenport died late Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City.
He was born Feb. 27, 1948, in Lenoir, N.C., the son of George Jones and Cora Davenport.
Growing up in Lenoir, he graduated from high school and college there before beginning a career in law enforcement as sheriff.
Davenport moved to Clinton in 1982 and went to work for the Clinton-Sherman Fire Department.
Joining the Clinton Police Department in 1986, he worked for that agency until he was forced by failing health to retire in 1998. He served at various times as a patrol officer, detective and jailer, attaining the rank of sergeant, and was known to his friends at the P.D. as “Doc.”
In 1984 he married Kaye Randle.
Survivors include his wife, Kaye, of the home; a daughter, LaToya Washington of Clinton; a son, Bradley Randle, Oklahoma City; three sisters, Laura Suddreth of Charlotte, N.C., Diedre Davenport, Fort Worth, Texas, and Michelle Davenport, also of Texas; two brothers, Richard Suddreth and David Davenport, both of Lenoir, N.C.; and five grandchildren, Charles, Denisha and Rena Jones, Larissianae Washington, and Montiel Carne.
Davenport was preceded in death by his parents.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under direction of Stanley-Lee Funeral Home.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Robertson funeral set at 1:38 pm
Graveside services for Charles L. Robertson, age 56 of Clinton, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Clinton Cemetery with Rev. Cameron Williams officiating.
Charles, known to his friends as “Cave Man,” died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in his travel trailer at Arnett. He was born on Dec. 30, 1948, in Modesto, Calif., the son of Leonard and Estel Rich Robertson.
Having been employed by John Cornell Construction in 1998, he had done heavy equipment operating and truck driving most of his life.
He also was a member of the Custer Avenue Baptist Church and was a citizens band radio operator.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his church family and fellow Cornell Construction employees.
Prairie Chief rites Friday at 1:37 pm
Funeral services for Frank Paul Prairie Chief, age 85 and a longtime Thomas resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Indian Pentecostal Church with Rev. Ramus Hicks officiating.
A wake service will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Indian Pentecostal Church in Clinton.
Prairie Chief died early today, Nov. 1, 2005, at the Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was born on June 9, 1920 on the family homestead south of Clinton, the son of John Old Crow and Happy Calf Old Crow Prairie Chief.
He attended school in Clinton and joined the Army and served in World War II.
In 1950 he married Edith Armstrong, and they made their home in the Thomas area where he worked as a farmhand.
In 2002 failing health forced him to enter a nursing home.
He was a member of the Dog Soldier Society and the Native American Indian Church.
Preceding him were his wife; brothers, George, Johnny, Robert, Mack, Junior, John, Jr., Pete Prairie Chief; and sisters, Janice Reynolds, Regina Mag Pie, Janet Pewo and Joyce Edward.
Survivors include two sisters, Nellie Starr and Elizabeth Thunder Bull, both of Clinton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen Steffes services set at 1:37 pm
Chapel services for Helen Yvonne “Bonnie” Steffes, age 43 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in downtown Clinton with Rev. Jessie Musick officiating.
Steffes died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was born Oct. 18, 1962, in Huntington, W.Va., the daughter of Lewis and Gertrude Robertson.
She attended school at Clinton and married Gary Steffes on Feb. 14, 1979.
They moved to Virginia for a while before returning to Clinton in 1995.
She had worked in the food service business and most recently at Adelina’s.
Preceding her in death was a sister, Tessie Gail Smith.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, LaTonya Snead and her husband, Travis, of Waynesboro, Va., LaKisha Steffes of Clinton; her father, Lewis Robertson, of Waynesboro, Va.; her mother, Gertrude Robertson of Clinton; and a grandchild, Schyler Snead.
Funeral held for Cannon at 1:59 pm
Graveside services for Driscol “Curly” Cannon, age 98 and a longtime Gotebo area resident, were held this afternoon at the Gotebo Cemetery with Rev. Mark Marine of Gotebo officiating.
Cannon died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at the United Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton. She was born on April 24, 1907 in Elk City, the daughter of Don and Gertrude Alice (Belknap) Hice.
She lived most of her life in the Rocky, Hobart, Gotebo and Cordell areas before moving to the Clinton nursing home in 2002.
Cannon married Jess Cannon on July 26, 1922 in Cordell.
She was originally a member of the First Baptist Church in Gotebo before moving her membership to the denomination’s church at Cordell.
Arrangements were under the direction of Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home in Mountain View.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Morgan and her husband, Tyke, of Cordell, Mary Alice Easley and her husband, Val Gene, of Clinton; a daughter-in-law, Greta Cannon of Yukon; seven grandchildren, Jim Cannon, Donna Frank, Judy Stegman, Kanny Morgan, Kim Heath, Darla Vanderpol, Sondra Challis; 17 great grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband in 1974; a son, J.C. Cannon; two granddaughters, Janice Shoop and Jean Morgan; and two half brothers, John Hice and Nobel Hice.
Ashenfelter services set at 1:33 pm
Funeral services for Vivian Ann Ashenfelter, 65, Lawton, will be 10 a.m. Monday in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel at 1502 Fort Sill Blvd. in Lawton with S.K. Robinson, Jr. and Matthew Wyatt officiating.
Ashenfelter died Thursday in Lawton. She was born on May 15, 1940, at Weatherford, the daughter of Rolla Cecil and Jesse Rodgers Gibbons.
She grew up and graduated high school in Weatherford. She was stricken with polio at the age of 12.
She married Loyd H. Ashenfelter on July 7, 1957 in Weatherford and had been a Lawton resident since 1967, coming there from Lookeba.
In addition to being a pastor’s wife she had worked at Cleveland Elementary School in Lawton for 26 years. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday school and was active in a Home and Community Education Club.
Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Sharon Cemetery north of Gotebo.
Survivors include her husband, of the Lawton home; three sons, Jeffery Ashenfelter and his fiancée, Christine Couture of Madison, Conn., David Ashenfelter and his wife, Dee Dee, and Matthew Ashenfelter and his wife, Loretta, all of Lawton; a brother, A.J. Gibbons of Clinton; and four grandchildren, Samantha, Briana, Spencer and Colby.
A brother, R.C. Gibbons; and a sister, Ramona Wardell, preceded her in death.
Sympathy cards may be sent to the family online at www.beckerfuneral.com.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Jack Wheeler rites Monday at 1:45 pm
Funeral services for Jack Wheeler, age 86 and a longtime Clinton businessman, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Christian Church of Clinton with minister Doyle Kinney officiating.
Wheeler died late Thursday morning, Oct. 27, 2005, at the United Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1919, in Bridgeport, the son of A.T. and Nancy (Paris) Wheeler.
Wheeler moved to Clinton with his parents around 1927 and graduated from Clinton High School in 1937.
He continued his education at the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and was a Jazz Hound.
On Aug. 23, 1942 he married Marian Frances Bowersack in Clinton.
He joined the Army during that same year and was honorably discharged in 1962 at the rank of major.
He then moved back to Clinton and joined his father in business at Local Finance, operating the business until his retirement in 1985.
Wheeler was a member of the First Christian Church, Kiwanis Club and Loaners On Wheels (LOWS) Club.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents and wife, were his twin sister, Virginia; and a brother, Arch.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include two sons, Joe and his wife, Pat, of Oklahoma City, Terry and his wife, Marcia, of Clinton; four grandchildren, Robert Wheeler of Norman, Melissa Gray of Newalla, Erin and Sarah Wheeler, both of Clinton; and three great grandchildren, Megan Ray, and Lauron and Lindsay Gray.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Jack Wheeler’s memory to the Clinton Public School Foundation.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Melba Jones services set at 1:40 pm
Funeral services for Melba Eloise Jones, age 71 of Thomas, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church of Thomas with Rev. Richard Pitt officiating.
Jones died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Thomas. She was born on Oct. 16, 1934 in Butler, the daughter of Frank and Essie (May) Passmore.
Reared around Butler and Thomas, she attended school in Butler, Mulberry and Thomas before graduating in 1952.
She married Glen “Sonny” Jones on Dec. 10, 1955 in Thomas.
They lived in Weatherford where she worked for the Littlebird Nursing Home for 16 years prior to moving to Thomas.
She was a scouting den mother and a member of the FFA Mothers’ Club.
Burial will follow in the Mound Valley Cemetery at Thomas under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home at Thomas.
Survivors include her husband, Sonny Jones of Thomas; two sons, Randy Jones and his wife, Barbara, of Weatherford, Curt Jones and his wife, Dottie, of Norman; three daughters, Beth Hollan and her husband, Marty, of Colony, Lisa Martinez and her husband, Ismael, of Midwest City, Dawn Hollander of Chickasha; three sisters, Geraldine Goucher of Yukon, Elizabeth Richardson of Clinton, Janice Passmore of Thomas; a sister-in-law, Lucille Jones; and nine grandchildren.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents, were a brother; an infant sister; three infant brothers; and an infant son, Terry Neil Jones.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Brenda Allen services set at 1:18 pm
Funeral services for Clinton native Brenda Sue Allen, age 61 of Albuquerque, N.M., will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kiesau Memorial Chapel in the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home on West Modelle Avenue in Clinton with Terrell Mitchell officiating.
Allen died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at the West Mesa Medical Center in Bernadillo, N.M. She was born on Oct. 26, 1943, in Clinton, the daughter of Belva and Frances (Carter) Miller.
Having spent her early years in Clinton, she moved with her family at the age of 12 to Liberal, Kan. where she graduated high school.
She married David Owen Allen, and they were living in Albuquerque at the time of her death.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, David; a daughter, Meagen Allen of Albuquerque, N.M.; sons, Lee Jones and Brad Jones, both of Amarillo, Texas; sisters, Kay Byrum and her husband, Dutch, of Amarillo, Texas, Darlene Odum and her husband, Dale, of Lubbock, Texas, Susie Goff and her husband, Barry, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Cathy Jones of Amarillo, Texas; and a great grandson, Kadon.