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GLADYS BUCK
June 3, 2002 - Gladys Buck, 91, was born September 15, 1910 in Ramona, Oklahoma and passed away May 31, 2002 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Buck, parents, Cora Bible Jordan and James Jordan and one brother, Kenneth Jordan. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jordan and Lelia Buck of Sedan, Kansas; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, P.J. and Shelly Buck, Addison, Sarah and Paul of Sedan, Kansas; John and Kay Hill, Jordan and John Tyler of Sedan, Kansas; Andy and Tina Buck, Ellen and Nathan of Altamont, Kansas and numerous relatives and friends. Gladys attended school in Ramona and was very proud to have never missed a day of school in twelve years. On June 15, 1932, she married Paul Buck in Claremore, Oklahoma, and they resided in Pawhuska for their lifetime. Gladys was active in many organizations - Oklahoma Cowbells, Home Extension, Oklahoma Livestock Association and served on the Osage County Election Board. Gladys was known as a real "cowboy". She rode horseback, worked and cared for her cattle, anything a man could do, she could do (she even got her hair cut at the barber shop). After she had helped with all the ranch work, she would fix all the hands one of the best meals in Oklahoma. You rarely saw Gladys without her cowboy hat, even when she wore a dress (which wasn't very often). Gladys was an avid gardener and egg lady, always delivering produce and eggs to friends and family. She was known for playing a good hand of pitch and waiting patiently to pick Paul up from the Smokehouse. "Mom's" love was her family, friends, ranching, riding old Mac and her dogs, but it is finally time for her to rest and we will now take care of the cows and "the place" as she watches with Paul from above. You will be missed. Services for Gladys will be Tuesday, June 4, at 1:00 p.m., in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, Pawhuska. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m., in the Ramona Cemetery, Ramona, Oklahoma. Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LOLA BELLE PRADMORE
June 1, 2002 - Pawhuska, Oklahoma resident, Lola Belle Pradmore, 80, passed away Friday, May 31, 2002, in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Lola Belle was born September 16, 1921 in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Thomas Atlas and Bessie Lee (Hood) Miller and on July 16, 1937 married George Woodrow "Woody" Pradmore in Pawhuska. He preceded her in death March 31, 1992. Mrs. Pradmore worked for several years at the Pawhuska City Hospital and the Loy Clinic before retiring to be a full-time wife and mother. She was a member of the Osage Indian Baptist Church in Pawhuska. Mrs. Pradmore is survived by her daughter, Kathy Pradmore of the home and numerous other family and friends. Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2002 in the Pawhuska City Cemetery with Reverend Raymond Red Corn officiating. Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

OPAL DELOS RECTOR
May 30, 2002 - Opal Delos Rector, 74, native of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2002 at her residence in Phoenix, Arizona while fighting a lengthy battle with cancer. Ms Rector was born July 25, 1927 in Pawhuska, the daughter of Fred and Dora (St. John) Rector. She attended the St. Louis School in Pawhuska and graduated from St. Scholastica School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was a world-renowned artist, being associated with the Wurlitzer Foundation. She had also worked for many years as a Court Bailiff in the Maricopa (Arizona) County Judicial System. She was a member of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Phoenix. In 1980, Opal was diagnosed with breast cancer which soon spread to other parts of her body. It was at this time she was urged by a friend to pray to the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, whom was said "to never have left a prayer unanswered". Opal did so, and remarkable things began to happen. The cancer was in remission. Opal had experienced a spiritual rebirth in her life as well. She was instrumental in the formation of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine which is currently under construction on the grounds of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska. In the year 2000, Opal was awarded the Blessed Kateri Award for her outstanding work in sharing the knowledge of Kateri through holy cards, pamphlets, statues and medals as well as Masses for Kateri's canonization. Surviving family are: two nieces, Carla Powell and Dana Sellers, both of Pawhuska; five nephews, Larry Sellers, Robert Sellers, Ted Sellers, Carl "Chico" Sellers and Charles Rector, all of Pawhuska; two half-sisters, Marilyn Hopper and Treva Strahan of Tulsa; one half-brother, Jimmy Rector of Tulsa; numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and a multitude of other family members and friends. Opal will lie in state at the Olivia Lookout residence in Indian Camp, Pawhuska, where Rosary will be said Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m., with members of the Kateri Shrine Committee officiating. Traditional Indian Services will be at 8:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, at the Lookout residence with Mongrain Lookout officiating. Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 31, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pawhuska with Father Leonard Higgins officiating. Interment will be in the Pierce St. John Cemetery, south of Pawhuska. Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.

VALLIE MARIE LEHMAN
May 29, 2002 - Mrs. Vallie Marie Lehman, 89, former co-owner of Lehman's Sporting Goods, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died Monday, May 27, 2002 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, following a brief illness. Mrs. Lehman was born October 9, 1912, in Stonewall, Oklahoma near Ada, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Nora E. (Birdsong) Stewart. She moved to Bartlesville in 1918, graduating from College High School with the class of 1930. Following graduation, she worked for Phillips Petroleum Company. She and Ralph J. Lehman were united in marriage November 11, 1930 in Nowata, Oklahoma and made their home in and around Bartlesville where they co-owned the Lehman Sporting Goods Store until their retirement. Mr. Lehman preceded her in death November 29, 2001. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Bartlesville. Survivors include: A son, Richard Lehman and wife, Wilma of Shidler, Oklahoma; two daughters, Pat Crowder of Bartlesville and Judy Hill of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Otis "Bud" Stewart and a grandson, Kenneth Lehman. Mrs. Lehman requested that memorials be made in her remembrance to:
The Salvation Army
5008 West Hensley
Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lehman will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, in the sanctuary of the Adams Boulevard Church of Christ, Bartlesville, with Mr. Sidney Roper and Mr. Art Henley officiating. No graveside services will follow. Services and interment are under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.

JOAN NEWMAN
May 29, 2002 - Funeral services for Joan Newman, 70, resident of Mannford, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, in the Mannford Funeral Home Chapel with Carl Cartwright officiating. Mrs. Newman died Sunday, May 26, 2002. Born July 24, 1931, in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Albert and Zenil Truax, she married T.E. Newman, April 22, 1949 in Bristow, Oklahoma. Survivors include: Her husband, T.E. Newman, of the home in Mannford; three children, Cheryl Lund and husband Rick of Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael Newman of Oklahoma City and Rocky Newman of Mannford; three sisters, Beverly Bissell of Hemet, California, Sue Bruce of Conroe, Texas and Virginia Rhodes of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Private interment will be in the Highland Cemetery at Oilton, Oklahoma, under the direction of Mannford Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to:
Vista Care Family Hospice
4325 E. 51st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135.

ALMA LEE HALL
May 28, 2002 - Alma Lee Hall, 94, longtime resident of Fairfax, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2002 at the Fairfax Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002 at the First Osage Baptist Church in Fairfax with Reverend Robert Glasgow presiding, assisted by Reverend George Weston. Interment will be at the Fairfax Cemetery under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax. Alma was born September 8, 1907 at Binger, Oklahoma, the daughter of Millard Monroe Pennick and Cora (Werst) Pennick. She married Edgar Hall on December 20, 1928 at Pawnee, Oklahoma. Mrs. Hall was a member of the first Osage Baptist Church where she was active for many years, having taught in the primary department of the Sunday school for seventeen years. She also later helped in planning, preparing and serving at many church dinners and gatherings. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cooking and playing the piano and organ. Mrs. Hall is survived by: One son, Robert Wayne Hall Sr of Fairfax; one grandson, Robert Wayne (Robbie) Hall Jr. and wife, Cathy, all of Fairfax and one great grandson, Clifton Lee Hall of Fairfax. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Jay Pennick and Ray Pennick; three sisters, LaVerda Hutchinson, Gladys Pennick and Willie Mae Tuter. Casket bearers will be Charles Crabtree, Clyde Moore, Dale Brewer, Dr. Guy Henning, Barney Moore and Ronnie Rice. Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

NANCY LOUISE SHORTER
May 28, 2002 - Nancy Louise Shorter, 60, passed away Friday, May 24, 2002, in Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nancy was born August 28, 1941 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the daughter of William Verlin and Mildred (Scultz) Avery. She moved to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, at an early age and continued to live there until moving to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1974. She was a graduate of Pawhuska High School and was a retired bookkeeper. Survivors include: Two daughters, Betty Stamper of Bartlesville and Kelly Nethercott of Dewey, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m., in the El Caddo Cemetery near Chautauqua, Kansas with Reverend Wayman White officiating. Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska, is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN LAWRENCE
May 25, 2002 - Helen Lawrence, 88, longtime resident of Shidler, Oklahoma, died Wednesday evening, May 22, 2002, at the Broken Arrow (Oklahoma) Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25, at the First Baptist Church of Shidler with former pastor, Mark Hester, officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery at Kaw City, Oklahoma under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax, Oklahoma. Helen was born March 25, 1914, in Vinita, Oklahoma, the daughter of Ira Reich and Hattie Andrews Reich. She was a graduate of Lefores (Texas) High School and married Frank O. Lawrence January 25, 1936, in Stinnett, Texas. She had lived the past four years in Broken Arrow. Mrs. Lawrence was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shidler, where, in earlier years, she had been very active. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Bickerstaff of Broken Arrow, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six sisters, Sadie Cathey, Myra Coleman, Maude Wells, Florence Chappell, Agnes Snider and Jean Pauly; and three brothers, Frank Reich, Earl Reich and O.M. "Bill" Reich.

CHESTER ARTHUR BREWER
May 25, 2002 - Chester Arthur Brewer, 101 year old attorney and partner in Brewer, Worten, Robinett Law Firm, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died Tuesday morning, May 21, 2002, at Jane Phillips Geriatrics in Bartlesville. A memorial services was held Friday in the Sneed Chapel of the First United Methodist Church, Bartlesville with Reverend Chuck Cowell officiating. Mr. Brewer was buried in the family plot in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in Mr. Brewer's name with the First United Methodist Church or, in lieu of flowers, you may contribute to your favorite charity. Mr. Brewer was born April 7, 1901 in Independence, Kansas, the son of Charles Fremont and Barbara (Calonder) Brewer. He received his formal education and graduated from Independence High School with the Class of 1919. He received a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Kansas, then continued his studies graduating from the University of Kansas Law School in 1927. On April 6, 1928, Mr. Brewer and Eileen McDonald were united in marriage in Bartlesville, where he had just accepted a position with the Holliman and Bailey Law Firm. On December 11, 1933, Mr. Brewer accepted the position of Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma, holding this position until his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps on September 1, 1942. He served with the Judge Advocate's Office during World War II until his discharge as a Major in late 1945, when he returned to Bartlesville and joined John Holliman in practice. Later Mr. Brewer established the firm that is now known as Brewer, Worten and Robinett Law Firm. Mr. Brewer was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Twentieth Century Sunday School Class and former chairman of the Board of Trustees. For many years he held the position as City Attorney for Bartlesville. He was the first recipient of the ten outstanding young men of America by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. he was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Bar Association and was the oldest living member of Oklahoma Bar Association, the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, the Bartlesville Masonic Lodge, Jesters, Kiwanis Club and the James H. Teel American Legion Post #105. Survivors include Eileen, his wife of seventy-four years; two daughters, Betty and husband L. Barton Phillips of Tulsa and Ann and husband, Al Basinger of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; five grandsons, Robert M. Foster, jr., David M. Foster, James Brewer Foster, Dr. Joseph Brewer Basinger and John A. Basinger; five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Agnes Shive and Louise Bath.

RAYMOND B. "MONK" JOWELL
May 20, 2002 - Word has been received of the death of former resident of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Raymond B. "Monk" Jowell, who passed away on May 15, 2002. Mr. Jowell was a cattleman, rancher and a professional polo player (4 goal handicap). He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Academy and a college graduate. He served in the Army during WWII and was discharged at the rank of captain. When in Pawhuska "Monk" was the Foreman/Manager of The Oxley Ranch, southwest of Pawhuska. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jomarie Jowell. He is survived by his wife, Elleen Jowell, son Myrl Jowell and daughters Janet Van Zandt and Jackie Simpleman, six grand children and six great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home Chapel in Trinidad, Colorado. Graveside service was Monday, May 20, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Jowell were made under the direction of the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home, Trinidad, Colorado.

OVIE J. YANDELL
May 20, 2002 – Ovie J. Yandell, 93, longtime resident of Fairfax, Oklahoma, passed away Friday afternoon, May 17, 2002 at the Fairfax Hospital. Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the Fairfax Cemetery under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax. Ovie was born Marcy 17, 1909 at Havana, Arkansas, the daughter of Tom H. White and Nettie Dora (Blaylock) White. She married Charles Edward Yandell August 13, 1928 at Havana. She was a member of the Fairfax Assembly of God Church and her enjoyments included crocheting, quilting and fishing. Mrs. Yandell is survived by four sons, Wallace Yandell, Eugene Yandell and Robby Lee Yandell all of Fairfax and Everett Ray Yandell of Ponca City, Oklahoma; one daughter, Ruth Lucille Smith of Fairfax; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles Yandell on June 30, 2000; one infant son and two grandsons, Kevin and Kyle Yandell; one sister, Ola Wellhousen and one brother, Ollie White.

CLAYTON ROBERT BOHNSACK
May 20, 2002 – Mr. Clayton Robert Bohnsack, 79, a resident of Barnsdall, Oklahoma and independent oil producer, died at 7:55 p.m., Friday, May 17, in the Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Bohnsack will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday in the Barnsdall, St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Leonard Higgins as the celebrant. Dedication of the grave, committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Ethel Reese Cemetery, Barnsdall by The Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home. Mr. Bohnsack will lie in state in the Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home where friends may call for their visitation until he is removed to the church for final rites on Wednesday morning. The family requests that friends contribute to the charity of their choice in memory of Mr. Bohnsack. Clayton Robert Bohnsack was born June 13, 1922 at Eudora, Kansas, the son of Daniel Carl and Elizabeth Antoinette (Madi) Bohnsack. He moved with his family members to the Wolco community in Osage County, Oklahoma where he attended the Rural School District #72 in Wolco through the eighth grade before completing his education in the Barnsdall Public Schools. He was graduated with the Barnsdall High School Senior Class of 1940. He and Lily May Craig were united in marriage October 25, 1941 at South Coffeyville, Oklahoma and made their home in Barnsdall. Mr. Bohnsack was an employee of the Barnsdall Refinery until 1942 when the Bohnsacks joined the Defense Corps. During their tenure with the Defense Corps, Mr. & Mrs. Bohnsack traveled to Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and worked on the Hanford Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They returned to Barnsdall in 1946 and Clayton was employed with the Harlem Oil Company where he worked until going in to business for himself as an oil field servicing and drilling company which progressed into a production company. He was active in this business until his retirement in 1986. He had also been active part time in the investment business and living in Barnsdall in retirement. Mr. Bohnsack was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Skiatook Masonic Lodge #416 A.F.& A.M. and a past member of the Bartlesville Moose Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lily May (Craig) Bohnsack of the Barnsdall home; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Craig “Dan” and Liana (Crane) Bohnsack, Nowata, Oklahoma; a daughter, Ms Shelley Bohnsack of Barnsdall; a brother, Dana Carl Bohnsack and a grand daughter, Deana Bohnsack of Nowata. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Eugene E. “Gene” Bohnsack, Elmer D. Bohnsack and Milton J. Bohnsack and a sister, Miss Zella M. Bohnsack.

CARMELITA ANN BOYD
May 20, 2002 – Lifelong resident of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Carmelita Ann Boyd, 64, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2002, in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. “Carmie” was born June 23, 1937 in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Arthur M. “Mick” and Ann Rose (Garen) Boyd. Both parents preceded her in death. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and had been a client of the Osage County HELP Workshop for many years. Rosary will be recited Sunday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Sam Campbell officiating. Funeral services were held Monday at 10:00 a.m., in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Don Stephens officiating. Interment was in the Pawhuska City Cemetery with Father Leonard Higgins performing graveside committal rites. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT DEAN GAYLOR
May 19, 2002 – Mr. Robert Dean Gaylor, 62, of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, died at 10:50 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2002 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Graveside services for Mr. Gaylor will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the Ethel Reece Cemetery in Barnsdall with Pastor Phil Clements of the Assembly of God Church in Barnsdall officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #227 of Barnsdall. Services and interment will be under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home. Friends who wish, may call for visitation at the Stumpff Funeral Home in Barnsdall until 8:00 p.m., Monday. A memorial has been established to the American Lung Association of Oklahoma, 2800 Center, 2805 East Skelly Drive, Suite 806, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105-6252. My Gaylor was born April 13, 1940 at Park Hill, Oklahoma to James Allen and Lizzie (Smith) Gaylor. He grew up and received his education in Bartlesville and then worked at Woolaroc until 1963 when he entered the U.S. Army. Following his Honorable Discharge in 1965, he was employed by Osage County and at service stations in Barnsdall. He was employed with the Bareco platn in Barnsdall in 1968 and was an EP operator at the time his active employment ceased due to ill health in 1994. He also owned BG’s in Barnsdall for a short time. Mr. Gaylor was married to Stella Rae Delancy on April 26, 1963 at Barnsdall and they have made their home in Barnsdall since that time. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion in Barnsdall. Mr. Gaylor is survived by his wife, Mrs. Stella Gaylor of the home in Barnsdall, one son, Leslie Dean Gaylor of Roanoke, Texas; one daughter, Lauri Gaylor of Barnsdall, and one brother, James Gaylor of Welling, Oklahoma. Mr. Gaylor was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, M.L. Gaylor; five sisters, Hazel Teehee, Catherine Matlock, Thersa Massey, Madeline Tackett and Mary Busby and one daughter, Libby Dawn Gaylor in 1989.

WAHLEA MOLLIE MASSEY
May 18, 2002 – Wahlea Mollie Massey, 76, was born November 9, 1925 in Claremore, Oklahoma to James F. & Rosa Lee Thompson Massey and passed away Thursday, May 16, 2002. One of nine children, Wahlea was reared and educated in Claremore and her first employment was at the Mason Café where she worked as a young woman. She married and daughter, Betty was born. Wahlea moved to Sparks, Nevada for a year and then on to Susanville, California for a time. This, Susanville, is where Betty grew up and received her education. Wahlea next lived in Oxnard, California for several years before returning in the 1980s to Claremore which continued to be her home since that time. Wahlea is survived by her daughter, Betty Anderson and her husband, Raymond of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Deadra Leah Anderson and Cecil Ray Anderson, also of Cedar Rapids and Anna Marie Lemke and her husband, Paul, of Ely, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Kristian Ray Anderson, Lukas John Anderson and Bailee Elizabeth Anderson, all of Cedar Rapids and Jacob Donald Lemke of Ely; a sister, Mary Jo Massey and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Nathen and Loyd Massey; and sisters, Orvilla Davis, Leona Seals, Rachel Chambers, Elva Gann and Florence Aguirre. Services will be at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, in the Chapel of The Garden at Rice Funeral Service, Claremore, Oklahoma. Private interment will take place next week in Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore.

CLARENCE O. “SONNY” KING
May 18, 2002 – Mr. Clarence O. “Sonny” King, 73, of Ramona, Oklahoma, died at 4:04 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2002 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Mr. King was born January 4, 1929 at Copan, Oklahoma, the son of Clarence Isaac and Luella (Burkart) King. He grew up and received his education in the Copan area. He was married to Virginia Helen Williams on April 26, 1946 at Independence, Kansas and they made their home at Ramona. Mr. King moved to California where he made his home for twenty-eight years and was active in the oil field and heavy equipment industries until his retirement. He returned to Oklahoma and he and Virginia remarried on July 12, 1986 at Skiatook, Oklahoma. Mr. King is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Helen King of the home in Ramona; four daughters, Joyce King of Barnsdall, Mary Mogus of Tampa, Florida, Debby Petersen of Tacoma, Washington and Velda Simpson of Bakersfield, California; five sons, Joe King and Terry King, both of Ramona, Clarence King, Jr. of Bartlesville, Clifford King of Martinez, California and Tim King of Barnsdall; five step-children, Rick Grauman of San Jose, California, Darla Leslie and Peggy Spaulding both of Bakersfield, Ron Harris of Detroit, Michigan and Cindy Briley of Ramona; one adopted daughter, Betty Jean King of Avant; two brothers, Norman Lee King and his wife, Shirley of Squires, Missouri and Charles Edward King and his wife, Betty of Barnsdall; one sister, Geraldine Bohannon of Skiatook, Oklahoma; thirty-eight grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2002 at the Ramona Cemetery under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home, Bartlesville.

MRS. GERALDINE VIRGINIA “GERRI” (HAYS) HICKS
May 18, 2002 – Mrs. Geraldine Virginia “Gerri” (Hays) Hicks, 83, widow of Mr. George F. Hicks and former co-owner of the American Plumbing and Heating Company, died at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 in the Geriatrics section of the Jane Phillips Memorial Medical Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Funeral services for Mrs. Hicks will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday in the St. Luke’s Episcopal church, Bartlesville with Father Michael Athey officiating. Dedication of the grave, committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service. Mrs. Hicks will lie in state in the Drawing Rooms of The Arnold Moore Funeral Residence where friends may call for their visitation until she is removed to the church on Monday afternoon for final rites. A native of Pennsylvania, Geraldine Virginia Hays was born May 28, 1918 at Franklin, the daughter of William Joseph and Mary Belle (Marshall) Hays. “Gerri” came to Bartlesville with family members when she was three years of age. She was reared and received her education in the Bartlesville schools where she attended the Garfield Elementary School and the Bartlesville Junior-Senior High School from which she was graduated with the Senior Class of 1936. “Gerri” continued her education and was a student of the Oklahoma A&M College at Stillwater (now Oklahoma State University) for one year prior to her joining the local Phillips Petroleum Company. She and George Francis Hicks were married on December 31, 1938 at Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Hicks was an employee of the H.C. Sinclair Oil Company until 1941. Mr. Hicks was enlisted during World War II in the United States Army Air Force and Mrs. Hicks returned to her employment at the Phillips Petroleum Company until Mr. Hicks received his honorable discharge. Mr. & Mrs. Hicks began their own business, the American Plumbing and Heating Company which they owned and operated for thirty years. Mr. Hicks preceded “Gerri” in death on August 22, 1980 and Mrs. Hicks remained a resident of Bartlesville, living in retirement. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bartlesville. “Gerri” is survived by many friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one son, David Marshall Hicks on November 4, 1997.

MARY EDNA CRAVENS
May 17, 2002 - Mary Edna Cravens, 74, resident of Bristow, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002. She was born August 15, 1927, in Hominy, Oklahoma, to william and Rachel (Langley) Bray. She was married to Lige Cravens who predeceased her in 1990. She was dedicated in her role as a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Loving family members include: three daughters and sons-in-laws, Linda and Bob Lowery of Bixby, Oklahoma, Diane and Ed Whitaker of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Sheryl and Brent Collins of Bristow; seven grandchildren, Steven Lowery, Cathy Lowery, Tommy Romine, Teddy soliday, Heath Colliins, Heather Collins and Samantha Jo Collins; one sister, Margarite Smith of Newton, Kansas and one brother, Wesley Bray of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Graveside services were held Friday, May 17, 2002, at the Powell Cemetery in Hominy with bobby Allen officiating. Serving as honorary casket bearers were Steven Lowery, tommy romine, Heath Collins and Teddy Soliday. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso, Oklahoma.

RUBY ELNORA LYONS
May 16, 2002 – Mrs. Ruby Elnora Lyons, 78, retired nurse aide and resident of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, died at 12:25 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2002, in the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Pawhuska. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home, Bartlesville. Mrs. Lyons was born March 15, 1924 at Cuba, Kansas to Thomas and Emma (Oliver) Johnson. She was reared and educated in Denver, Colorado, moving to Pawhuska in 1944. She was married to Lester Lyons in 1948 in Pawhuska where they made their home. Mrs. Lyons was a member of the Pawhuska Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. Survivors include two sons, Patrick “Pat” Lyons and Larry Lyons of Pawhuska; two daughters, Carolyn Ayres of Richhill, Missouri and Marilyn Gorman of California; three brothers, Carl Johnson of Oklahoma City, Tommy Johnson of Westville, Oklahoma and Raymond Johnson of Joplin, Missouri; three sisters, Mary Lou Widner of Ralston, Oklahoma, Edna Mae Brooks of Poteau, Oklahoma and Maxine Dobson of Arkansas and several grandchildren. Mrs. Lyons was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lester Lyons on November r21, 1969 and one grandson, Randy D. Ayres.

CHARLES EDGAR KERN
May 14, 2002 – Charles Edgar Kern, 77, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, May 13, 2002 at his residence. He was born June 6, 1924 in West Virginia, and was a retired welder for Southwestern Porcelain in Sand Springs. May 15, 1965 in Ottawa, Kansas, Charles married Sylvia Moffit, who preceded him in death. Survivors include: his daughter, Cathy O’Shields and husband, Tony, of Sand Springs; two sons, Rick Davis and wife, Frankie of Claremore, Oklahoma and Charles Kern of Phoenix, Arizona; three sisters, Alline Massey of Lawrence, Kansas, Helen Vail and husband, Bill of Neodesha, Kansas and Della Johnson of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 16, 2002 at Powell Cemetery in Hominy, Oklahoma under the direction of Mobley Dodson Funeral Service of Sand Springs. In addition to his wife, Charles was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl.

HOBERT N. LOWERY
May 14, 2002 – Hobert N. Lowery, 68, of Temple, Texas and formerly of Dewey, Oklahoma, died May 12, 2002, at his home in Temple. Services ere held Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple with Reverend Alan Struckmeyer and Reverend Brian Bibler officiating. Committal services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 16, at the Dewey Cemetery in Dewey, Oklahoma. Mr. Lowery was born to Lee Elsworth and Lela Geraldine White Lowery in Milan, Missouri on September 1, 1933. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1959 with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, which was attached to the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. . He married Dorothy Lynne “Dott” Davis in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on December 11, 1956. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1960. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Mr. Lowery was employed as Director of the Engineering Department at Doctors Hospital in Dallas. He was self-employed in construction and air conditioning from 1983 until 1987 and had been a resident of Temple since August, 1999. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, a Life Member of DAV Chapter #57 in Dallas and of the 187th ARCT Association. He was also a member of the Bell County Better Breathing Club. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Lynne Lowery of Temple; one son, Nelson Wayne Lowery of Dallas; one daughter, Lynne Lowery Burkhalter and her husband, Rick of Carthage; one brother, Donald Lowery of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; three sisters, Betty Gotwalt of Copan, Oklahoma, Jane Psikal of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Rosanna Rybka of Dewey, Oklahoma; one half sister, Velda Easterday of Milan, Missouri; and one grandson, Conner Burkhalter of Carthage. He was preceded in death by one sister, Allene Fields. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2109 West Avenue, H, Temple, TX 76504, the 187th Rakkasan Museum Fund, 2901 Bent Tree Drive, Schertz, TX 78154 or VistaCare Family Hospice, 819 South 5th Street, Temple, TX 76504. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2002 from 6:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., at Walker-Brown Funeral Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton, Texas is in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY LUCINDA “DOTTIE” KING
May 14, 2002 – Dottie King, 59, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2002 at her residence. She was born December 25, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia to John William and Dorothy (Turner) Vaughn. Dottie was self-employed as a bookkeeper and ran a year-round tax office. She was a current member of the Sand Springs Community Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and has served the past three years as Secretary-Treasurer. Prior to joining the Board Dottie served on the Credit Union Supervisory Board and chaired that committee for an extended period of time. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors and was Treasurer for the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce and was the Chamber’s 2001 Volunteer of the Year. Dottie was also a charter member of Quota International Club of Sand Springs. Dottie also volunteered at Restore Hope Ministries for many years. Dottie was a genuinely caring and compassionate person and will be greatly missed by all her friends, family and colleagues. Survivors include: Three sons, Randy Yates and wife, Chontelle, Larry Yates and wife, Angie, and Robby Yates all of Sand Springs; one sister, Joni Sanders of Sand Springs; two brothers, Marshall Hager and wife, Jana of Sand Springs, Bobby Hager and wife, Kim of Indiana; and five grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at Woodland Memorial Park under the direction of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service.

ROBIN DALE CARTWRIGHT
May 14, 2002 – Robin Dale Cartwright, 33, a resident of Prue, Oklahoma, passed away May 12, 2002. Robin was born November 6, 1968 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Prue Assembly of God Church with Pastor Mike Griffin officiating. Burial will be at Prue Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home of Cleveland, Oklahoma. (More complete obituary in a few days)

WILLIAM TAFT EAVES
May 14, 2002 – William Taft Eaves, 93, passed away May 11, 2002 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mr. Eaves was born February 29, 1909 in Pawnee, Oklahoma, to Charley Eaves and Fannie Eaves. He was married September 22, 1930 in Yale, Oklahoma to Rachel CrowChief who preceded him in death March 4, 1993. He was a lifetime resident of Pawnee where he was affiliated with the Pawnee Indian Methodist Church. Mr. Eaves was a Nasharo Chief and the Kitkehahki Chief of the Pawnee Tribe. He was a member of the Heritage Club and the oldest member of the Pawnee Tribe. Survivors include: two daughters, Addie Latimer of Arlington, Texas and Beatrice-Suneagle of Pawnee; three sons, Charley “Chib” Ruling Hissun of Greeley, Colorado, Reverend Lynn D. Eaves of Pawnee and Glynn G. Eaves of Aberdeen, Washington, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Besides his wife of sixty-two years, he was preceded in death by his parents, four sons, Wilbur L. Eaves, Richard R. Eaves, William F. Eaves and Jan Eaves and one daughter, Rena C. Eaves Williams. Services were held Mary 14, 2002 in the Pawnee Nation Multi-Purpose Complex with burial in South Indian Cemetery with Reverend Bill Stoneroad and Reverend Lynn Eaves officiating.

EVA MARIE (LYTLE) McCAULEY
May 14, 2002 – Mrs. Eva Marie (Lytle) McCauley, 74, widow of Mr. George Washington McCauley and a native of Osage County, Oklahoma, died at 6:36 a.m., on Saturday, May 11, 2002, in the Jane Phillips Memorial Medical Center. A rosary for Mrs. McCauley will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, in the Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home Chapel. The mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2002, in the Barnsdall St. Mary’s Catholic church with Father Leonard Higgins as the celebrant. Committal prayers and dedication of the grave will be directed in the Ethel Reese Cemetery, Barnsdall, Oklahoma, by the Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home. Mrs. McCauley will lie in state in the Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home where friends may call for their visitation until she is removed to the church for final rites on Wednesday morning. A native of Oklahoma, Eva Marie Lytle was born August 16, 1927 on the Carter Nine oil lease (south of Shidler) community in Osage county, Oklahoma, the daughter of William Maxwell and Tillie Ethel (Mower) Lytle. She was reared and educated in the Avant, Oklahoma schools. November 20, 1943 she and George Washington McCauley were united in marriage at Pawhuska, Oklahoma and they established their home on a farm south of Barnsdall. They continued their farm home until 1946 when they moved into Barnsdall. Mrs. McCauley was employed by the Leo Diehl Grocery Store for three years. Mr. McCauley was an employee of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on June 25, 1977. Mrs. McCauley joined the Barnsdall Senior Citizens Center as kitchen staff and retired in 1989 as the coordinator of the center following twelve years of service. Eva had remained a resident of the Barnsdall community, living in retirement. Eva was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnsdall. Surviving are her sons, Frank and his wife, Kim, David and his wife, Rhonda, and James P. “Jimmy” and his wife, Debbie, all of Barnsdall; a daughter, Mrs. Karen Anne (McCauley) Mayfield, Barnsdall; a sister, Mrs. Raymond (Laura) Henson of Avant, Oklahoma; thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Eva was preceded in death by her parents, a son, John Russell and three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Turner, Mrs. Josephine Hastings and Mrs. Mary Juanita Garrett.

TROY LEE CORNETT
May 14, 2002 – Mr. Troy Lee Cornett, 76, a resident of Barnsdall, Oklahoma and retiree of the Petrolite/Bareco Company, died at 4:05 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2002 at the family residence. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, in the Barnsdall First Christian Church with Reverend Larry Evans, Reverend M.I. Teel and Mr. David Wilson officiating. Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Ethel Reese Cemetery by the Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home. Full military graveside rites will be accorded Mr. Cornett by the Webster Schrack American Legion Post #227. A memorial in Troy’s name has been established to the Webster Schrack American Legion Post #227 and those who wish may forward their gifts to P.O. Box 672, Barnsdall, OK 74002. Mr. Cornett will lie in state in The Arnold Moore – Barnsdall Funeral Home where friends may call for their visitation until he is removed for final rites on Thursday afternoon. A native of Missouri, Troy Lee Cornett was born February 13, 1926 at Neosho, the son of Robert Stephen and Myrtle Wynona (Ball) Cornett. In 1930 the Cornett family moved to Osage County, Oklahoma and made their home in the rural Herd community. Troy began his education in the Trumbly School and completed his education in the Herd Public School. During World War II, in 1944, Troy was enlisted in the US Army and served with the Armored 10th Division in the European Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged in April, 1946 and returned to Osage County where he was active in insulation work. He and Miss Alice Lorraine Cook were united in marriage September 10, 1949 at Barnsdall where they made their home. Mr. Cornett was employed by the Petrolite Chemical Corporation in the Bareco Plant in Barnsdall for thirty-seven years, retiring in September, 1987. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Barnsdall and the Webster Schrack American Legion Post #227. Survivors include: His wife, Alice of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Doyle (Linda Kay) Beaver of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; a son, Harold Michael Smith of Tulsa; three brothers, Charley Noble and Robert S. Cornett both of Avant, Oklahoma, and Roy Eugene Cornett of Barnsdall; two sisters, Ms Bonnie Spriggs of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Mrs. Maybell Gibson of Avant; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Herman Gilmore and a sister, Mrs. Wilma G. Bazmore.

ETHEL MAY YOUTSEY MILLER
May 14, 2002 – Ethel May Youtsey Miller, 91, of Jennings, Oklahoma was born May 14, 1910 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, to Johnathan Andrew and Sarah Rosalind (Gregg) Hodson. She grew up in Osage County, Oklahoma, living in Pawhuska, Hominy and Ralston areas. During that time she received her education from the Hominy and South Enterprise schools. During her life, Ethel was united in marriage to Lloyd Youtsey, Troy Dixon, Eugene Miller and Carl Boundy, all of whom preceded her in death. Throughout that time she lived in the Terlton, Cleveland and until later years, Jennings. Ethel loved to work in her garden, tend to her chickens, work outside and was also a great cook. She subscribed to all of the local newspapers to read weekly. To save a penny she clipped the ads from the local grocery stores no matter how far away they were. Ethel was a member of the Terlton Baptist Church and was a life member of the Terlton Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her parents, four husbands, an infant child, four brothers, Emory, Ira, Amos, Alva and a half brother, Johnny. Ethel passed away May 6, 2002 at Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of ninety-one years, eleven months and twenty-two days. Survivors include: Her children, Lloyd Youtsey, Jr. of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Doris Jean Stevenson of Eucha, Oklahoma, Leo Tillman Youtsey of Hominy, Dorothy Ann Purcell of Mannford, Oklahoma, Raymond Youtsey of Cleveland, Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bill Payne, Bill Hickson, Bailey Hickson, Bob Hickson, Ray Hickson and Melvin Pierce. Services were held Friday, May 10, in the sanctuary of the Terlton Baptist Church with Reverend Rex Hecox and Reverend Louis Speck officiating. Burial was in the Terlton Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Cleveland, Oklahoma.

JOHN L. BLUE
May 8, 2002 – Mr. John L. Blue, 78, retiree of General motors and longtime resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died Monday Morning, May 6, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Blue was born May 21, 1923 in Van Buren, Arkansas, the son of George D. and Anna Laura (Deathridge) Blue. He and his family moved to Bartlesville where he attended the Bartlesville schools. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 146th Engineer Battalion and returned to service during the Korean Conflict. He was presented a Governor’s Citation and a State of Oklahoma Commendation on Saturday, May 4, 2002, recognizing his military service. He married Louella E. Nichols on March 30, 1956 in Reno, Nevada. He worked for General Motors for twenty years, retiring in 1986. Louella preceded him in death on December 2, 1991. he was a member of the Pawhuska Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and the United Auto Workers Union. Mr. Blue is survived by his wife, Velma, a brother and his wife, Robert E. and Bobbie Blue of Bartlesville; four grandchildren, Nick Skull, Deborah Gustafson, Sam Skull and Butch Skull; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, Louella, he was preceded in death by his parents, step-daughter, Eva Jean Foust and brother George Blue. Funeral services for Mr. Blue will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2002 in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home, Bartlesville with burial in the family plot of the white Rose Cemetery, Bartlesville. Military Graveside rites will be accorded by the James H. Teel American Legion Post #105 Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements and services are under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.

IRENE B. ALEXANDER
May 8, 2002 – Irene B. Alexander who was eighty-five years, eight months and fifteen days old, entered into eternal rest, May 5, 2002 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Irene was born August 20, 1916 in Ordway, Colorado, the daughter of Rosa Ann Bandy Separs and Dennis Spears. She was reared and educated in Osage and Hominy, Oklahoma and later reared her family in the Hominy area. She was a member of the House of Prayer for many years and also attended the Assembly of God church in Hominy. She was very involved in her church and loved going to the nursing home to minister to the residents. She also enjoyed hosting bible studies at her home along with hymnal singing. She was a great cook and loved flowers. A very caring woman, loving mother and grandmother, she loved spending time with her family and having her grandchildren around her. Irene is survived by her nine children, daughters Ina Ruth and husband Jim Thrasher of Hominy, Phyllis and husband, Floyd Crenshaw of Hominy, Jeanie Horton of Hominy, Norma Ray of Hominy, Deborah and husband Norman Purcell of Cleveland, Don Alexander of Hominy, Raymond and wife, Carlotta Alexander of Hominy; sons James and wife, Wanda Alexander of Sand Springs and John Alexander of Cleveland; three sisters, Maudie Koenneman of Copan, Oklahoma, Ruby Carl of Shidler, Oklahoma and Marie Vann of Pryor, Oklahoma; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends; and caregivers, Marie Pippin, Carolyn Prichard and Norma Jean Peters. Irene was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, a great-great grandson and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at the Assembly of God Church in Hominy with Reverend Clifton Phelps officiating. Serving as pall bearers were her grandsons, Mark Ray, Paul Purcell, Brad Standridge, Jeff Alexander, Dale Crenshaw and Gary Alexander. Honorary Pall Bearers were Steve Thrasher, Terry Alexander and Bryan Ray. Music was by Beth and Reverend Clifton Phelps, Shirley Graham and Wayne Brown. Interment was in A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery, Hominy. The family entrusted Powell Funeral Home with service arrangements.

META EARLENE “A2” CASTO
May 8, 2002 – Former resident of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Meta Earlene “A2” Casto, 67, died May 5, 2002 in Mannford, Oklahoma. Meta was born December 21, 1934 in Taylorville, Illinois, the daughter of Benjamin F. Wright, Jr., and Lucinda Pearl (Connerly) Wright. She attended the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints Church and worked as an accountant for the State of Oklahoma. Survivors include: one son, Benjamin McBride of Reno, Nevada; three daughters, Pamela and her husband, Dave Palmer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Shirley and her husband, Jon Mattingly and Lucinda McBride, all of Cleveland, Oklahoma; three sisters, Marte & Bill Morrison of Joshua Tree, California, Wanda & Charles Underwood of Land O’Lakes, Florida and Alice and Earl Simmons of Mount Auburn, Illinois; fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Barbara McBride and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2002, in the Collinsville Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Sellers, Branch President of Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints officiating. Interment was in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Collinsville, Oklahoma under the direction of Collinsville Funeral Home.

VIRGIL N. RICE
May 6, 2002 – Virgil N. Rice, 74, longtime resident of Fairfax, Oklahoma, and the “Big Bend” area of the Arkansas River, passed away Saturday morning, May 4, 2002, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at the First Osage Baptist Church of Fairfax with Reverend Robert Glasgow and Reverend Charles Welch presiding. Interment will be in the Fairfax Cemetery under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax. Mr. Rice was born May 8, 1927 in the Big Bend community west of Ralston, Oklahoma, the son of Ernest Rice and Daisy (Rainey) Rice. He received his early education at the Belford School in the Big Bend, later attending and graduating from Burbank (Oklahoma) High School in 1946. He was married to Helen Foust on September 2, 1950 in Fairfax. Mr. Rice was engaged in farming and ranching in the Big Bend community for fifty-two years. Through the years Mr. Rice was recognized for his conservation practices, receiving the Goodyear, Chevron and Dupont award for the State of Oklahoma as well as the Governor’s Award. He served on the Osage County Excise and Equalization board, representing Western Osage County. He served many years as a precinct worker in the Big Bend area. At the time of his death he was serving as a member of the Osage county Farm Services Agency Board. Mr. Rice taught Sunday School, drove the church bus and served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Ralston for many years, later moving to Fairfax, where he served as deacon and taught the men’s Sunday School class at the First Osage Baptist church. He was a loving and giving husband, dad and grandpa. He was a compassionate and kind man, always extending a helping hand whenever needed. He was well known and loved and will be sorely missed. Survivors include: His wife, Helen of the home; one son, Rick Rice and wife, Barbara, of Fairfax; two grandsons, Tyler Rice and Caleb Rice, both of Fairfax; one brother, Elmer Rice and wife, Ruby, of Fairfax; two sisters, Hazel Guthrie of Fairfax and Dean Littlestar and husband, Al of Georgetown, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Rice of Ralston and Waunetia Sanders of Eufaula, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ethel Freeman and one brother, Orlean Rice. Casket bearers will be Ralph Dooley, Harvey Myers, Bill Southern, Ben Bradley, Greg Anderson and Kendall Richardson, Honorary casket bearers will be Junior Morris, Steve Gates, Ed Gates, Charles Crabtree, Barry Keeler, Jim Stingley and Wayne Rhoades. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Virgil Rice to the First Osage Baptist Church, 236 South Main, Fairfax, Oklahoma 74637.

MELVIN CARL STIDHAM
May 3, 2002 – Melvin Carl Stidham, 71, of Livingston, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 2, 2002 at the Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin, Texas. Graveside services will be Monday, Maya 6, at 2:00 p.m., in the Pawhuska City Cemetery, Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska. Mr. Stidham was born December 6, 1930, in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, the son of Edna Pearl (Knuckolls) and Clarence Stidham. He entered the U.S. Army in 1945 at the age of eighteen. He was discharged in 1951 as a Sergeant in the First Calvary Unit. While serving, Mr. Stidham was awarded four Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean Presidential Citation. Mr. Stidham worked as a brick mason from 1952 until several months before his death. He spent much of his life in Osage County, Oklahoma, buy had lived the past thirteen years in Livingston with his wife, Dixie. Surviving are: his wife, Dixie Stidham of Livingston; a brother, Jerry Stidham and wife, Betty of Amarillo, Texas; four sons, Jack Buzbee and wife, Cathy of Pawhuska, Robert Buzbee and wife, Yvonne of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Carl Buzbee of Kansas and Steven McDaris of Wisconsin; four daughters, Cindy Hendren of Livingston, Carla Tanner and Melissa Owens both of Abilene, Texas, and Gay Steddent of Texas; five granddaughters, Christy Buzbee Sroufe, Sassy Hendren, Tesa Slater, Bobby Jo Powell, Sara Owens and Carol Dee Ann Buzbee; four grandson, Brady Buzbee, Jackie Buzbee, James Buzbee and Jonathan Buzbee, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. Mr. Stidham was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Shannon Stidham, two brothers, Claude and Jack and one sister, Clara Jo.

JOHN LLOYD STARR, Sr.
May 3, 2002 – John Lloyd Starr, Sr., 88, resident of Twin Oaks, Oklahoma, for the past sixteen years, died April 29, 2002, at Siloam Springs (Arkansas) Memorial Hospital. Mr. Starr was born September 29, 1913 in Jasper, Arkansas, the son of Sidney Issac Starr and Clara Rinda Henderson Starr. He was a dairy farmer and Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and Lowery Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include; two sons, Paul Franklin Starr of Twin Oaks and John Lloyd Starr, Jr. of Claremore, Oklahoma; three daughters, Susan Ann Starr Cartwright of Skiatook, Oklahoma, Rinda Sue Star Alsip of Chandler, Oklahoma and Elizabeth Lynn Starr Johnson of Twin Oaks; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Irena Barnell Starr in 1985. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, at Wasson Memorial Chapel in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Lowery Freewill Baptist Church with Reverend Douglas Carey officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m., in the Ethel Reese Cemetery in Barnsdall, Oklahoma. Arrangements are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

JAY F. LESSERT
May 3, 2002 - Jay F. Lessert, 79, life long resident of Ponca City, Oklahoma, died Thursday, April 26, 2002 at Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Reverend Hance Dilbeck, Pastor, First Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. Jay was born on March 27, 1923, in Osage County, Oklahoma, to Ray L. and Mary Rubye (Farrell) Lessert. He was raised in the Ponca City area and attended Ponca City Schools, graduating in 1942. He married Geraldine “Jerry” Hogan on June 16, 1945 in Ponca City. She preceded him in death on March 15, 1993. Jay, who spent most of his life farming and ranching, managed several Sears Catalogue Stores in New Mexico and Texas and worked for Paris Furniture Store in Ponca City. He also worked for Conoco Oil Company in the Printing and Distribution Department, retiring in 1983. He enjoyed playing golf, was a member of the First Baptist Church, and the Wentz Golf Association. He and his wife enjoyed dining with family and friends, traveling and spending many hours on the golf course. He was an avid storyteller of Ponca City’s and Osage County’s history and people. He was very proud of his Native American heritage and enjoyed collecting items of interest. He is survived by: two sons, Chuck Lessert of Ponca City and Robert Lessert of Katy, Texas; one daughter, Connie Moriarty of Ponca City; 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great great-grandchild. He has one granddaughter, Debbie Moriarty. His six grandsons; Jay Lessert, Keith Lessert, Tim Lessert, Eric Lessert, Scott Taylor and Matt Moriarty, served as casket bearers. In addition to his wife, Jay was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Judy Guinn and Patsy Lessert, and one brother, Ray Lessert, Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to, Ponca City Kids Incorporated, C/O Brad Cassity, 11 Oak Dale Road, Ponca City, OK 74604.

ESTHER LOREE PORTER
April 30, 2002 – Esther Loree Porter, 67, passed away April 29, 2002 at her home in Cleveland, Oklahoma. She was born January 10, 1935 in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Clark H. and Hazel L. (Anderson) Stewart. She was reared and received her education in Ponca City graduating with the Ponca City High School Class of 1952. Shortly after graduating, she was united in marriage to Hooley Porter in Ponca City on December 5, 1952. The couple moved to many different places due to his enlistment with the United States Army. In November of 1973 they moved to Cleveland, Oklahoma, where they have remained. Esther had an extensive collection of “Precious Moments”. She loved working in her flower garden and reading and could make a good batch of cookies. She was a member of the First Christian Church and lived her life for the Lord. Survivors are: Her husband, Hooley Porter of the home; a daughter Kristen and husband Stan Alexander of Houston, Texas; a son, Michael Porter of Stillwater, Oklahoma and two brothers, Lloyd and Eddie Stewart of Catoosa, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, may 1, 2002 at 2:00 p.m., in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church, Cleveland, officiated by Pastor Dakota Rush. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Inc., Cleveland, Oklahoma.

FRANCES (Let q wi) HOLDING
April 30, 2002 – Frances (Let q wi) Holding, 87, was born January 19, 1915 in Hominy, Oklahoma to John Oberly and Sarah Petsemoie Oberly and went to be with our Lord on April 27, 2002. Frances was reared and educated in Hominy and married Joseph Abbott, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1953. She then married Homer Holding in 1955 and they were together over forty years until he passed away in 1997. Frances was a member of the Osage Women’s Cattle Association and was an American War Mother. She was very involved in Oklahoma politics, favoring the Democratic Party. She always looked forward to the Ilonshka Dances and wanted to make everyone feel welcome at her camp. Frances was a member of the Friends Church where she was a devoted lifetime member. She loved to travel worldwide and had traveled to such places as Hawaii, Europe and Australia. She was the last surviving child of John and Sarah Oberly’s six children. Survivors include: A son, Joseph B. (Sonny) Abbott, Jr. and wife, Ann of Tulsa; a granddaughter, Sutton Rae Abbott of Tulsa; step-sons, Homer Holding and Dave Holding both of Hominy; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands and five brothers and sisters. Services will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 9:00 a.m., at the family residence and at 10:00 a.m., at the Friends Church with Harry Red Eagle, Jr. and Reverend David Nagle officiating. Pallbearers are Walter Hopper, Jr., Fidelis Davis, Frank Oberly, Scott Lohah, Andrew Gray, Jimmy Jones, Harrison Shackelford and Silas Satepauhoodle. Mark Hopper will be an honorary pallbearer. Interment will be at A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery. The family entrusted Powell Funeral Home, Hominy, with service arrangements.

JAY CLAUD HART
April 30, 2002 - Jay Claud Hart, 89, was born August 5, 1912 near Cleveland, Oklahoma, the the son of Alvin Walter and Lavina Dell (Beesley) Hart. He was raised south of Cleveland and received his education in the Cleveland School System. Jay was united in marriage to his first wife, Manie Fay Tompkins on January 28, 1934. Shortly after their marriage, Jay began his career in the oilfields of Northeastern Oklahoma working as a roughneck, roustabout and later on a pulling unit. During this time Jay and Marie raised their five children, Buster, Bobby, Claud, Phyllis and Lavina. In the early 1950's, Jay started his own pulling unit business in Cleveland, Hart's Well Service. Jay was married to Eula Lucinda Cook in Arkansas on December 23, 1952. He continued to operate his own business for over thirty years, retiring in the early 1980's. Shortly after his retirement from his well servicing company, Jay and Eula moved to Stroud, Oklahoma, when he accepted employment with the Sooner Spuds Potato Company. He worked there for nearly ten years before returning to Cleveland. After moving back, Jay worked at the glass plant as a hobby making guitars, mirrors and other trinkets. Eula preceded him in death on August 16, 1989. Jay was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cleveland. He loved to travel and just piddle in his garage. Jay passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at the Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of eighty-nine years eight months and twenty days. He was preceded in death by both parents; seven brothers, Bob, Gilbert, John, Reed, Floyd and Tommy; eight sisters, Lula, Jenny, Mary, Ruby, Grace, Myrtle, Nora and Beulah as well as one step son Garland Cook. He is survived by his son and wife, Buster L and Faye Hart of Eastland, Texas; son, Bobby Leon Hart of Wyoming; son, Claud Wayne Hart of Anaheim, California; daughter and husband, Phyllis and Ken Trautwein of Loveland, Colorado; daughter, Lavina Hinman of Stroud, Oklahoma; seventeen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren, special friends, Tom and Claudia Foote of Cleveland, Oklahoma and Edith Hertzer of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Services were held Monday, April 29, 2002 in the Woodland Cemetery Chapel with services officiated by Brother Burl Mackey. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Inc. of Cleveland, Oklahoma. Visit an online obituary and guestbook for Jay Hart at Chapman-Black Funeral Home

MINNIE C. VANCE
April 30, 2002 – Minnie C. Vance, 89, a longtime resident of Henryetta, Oklahoma died Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at Henryetta. Minnie was born August 28, 1912 in Van Buren, Arkansas to William Thomas Winn and Lillie Augusta Clevenger Winn. January 7, 1930, she married William Jack Vance, who preceded her in death on January 29, 1957. Mrs. Vance is survived by four children: Reverend Jacky D. Vance and wife Donna; Donald Vance, Wanda Wilber, Joe Vance and wife Glenda all of Henryetta; eighteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Minnie was also preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Mae Pulley and Maxine Vance; one great grandson, Willie Vance and two great granddaughters, Casey and Rebecca Stephens. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, 2002 at Dewar (Oklahoma) First Baptist Church with Reverend Jack Burgess officiating. Pallbearers were Mrs. Vance’s grandsons: Doug Brown, Patrick Vance, Travis Vance, Keith Pulley, Paul Vance, Mark Vance, Bill Vance and Brian Vance Interment was at Salt Creek Cemetery at the Wilson Community under direction of Shurden Funeral Home, Henryetta.

ROSWITHA “ROSI” HARRISON
April 30, 2002 – Roswitha Harrison, 38, died Monday, April 22, 2002 in Pawnee, Oklahoma and was interred in Highland Cemetery, Pawnee on Friday, April 26, 2002 following funeral services which were held in the Poteet Funeral Chapel under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee. Mrs. Harrison was born December 31, 1963 in Wetzlar, Hessen, Germany, the daughter of Erwin Seibert and Renate (Berghause) Seibert and, on November 19, 1982, in Wetzlar, married Thomas D. Harrison. The couple moved to Pawnee from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in April, 1991. “Rosi”, who was affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church of Wetzlar, was a loving wife and mother. She loved music, dancing, old movies and was creative with arts and crafts. She liked to recite lines from old moves. Survivors include: Her husband, Tom, of the home in Pawnee; two sons, Joshua Harrison and Steven Harrison, both of Pawnee; her mother, Renata Seibert; two brothers, Andreas Seibert and Thomas Seibert and one sister, Petra Seibert, all of Wetzlar, German. She was also much loved by her husband’s family and “Aunt Rosie” will be very missed by several nieces and nephews. Rosi was preceded in death by her father.

ALAN HOUSTON BARKER
April 23, 2002 – Funeral services for Alan Houston Barker, 50, who died April 21, in Skiatook, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home Chapel in Skiatook with M.E. Junior Anthony officiating. Interment will follow at the Osage Gardens Cemetery in Skiatook, under the direction of Sien-Shelton Funeral Home. Houston was born April 30, 1951 to Alan M. Barker and Lillie M. (McCann) Barker in Corpus Christi, Texas and was reared and educated in Taft, Texas, graduating from high school in 1969. He attended mortuary college in Houston, Texas and on July 9, 1971, in Eagleside, Texas, he married Carol Coon. In 1979 they moved to Pawhuska, Oklahoma where they made their home until the summer of 2000 when they moved to Skiatook. Alan was employed with Dowell in 1979 and, when they sold to Schlumberger, he continued his employment as an offshore supervisor until his death. Survivors include his wife, Carol of the home; a daughter, Erin Waddle of Skiatook; grandchild, Tate Waddle of Skiatook; one sister, Mary Lynn Bode of Houston, Texas and a host of other relatives and friends. Casket escorts for the service will be Jimmy Hisey, Tommy Dyer, Grant Bode, Lyndell Webb, John Bode, Glenn Hamil, Joe K. Eschbach and Ray Gabrish. Music for the service will be “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Wind Beneath My Wings”, sung by Mike McCartney. Services are under the direction of Sien-Shelton Funeral Home.


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