Funeral services for Raymond Ray Dice, longtime Seminole resident, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in Seminole. Rev. Doyle Long will officiate. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Dice, 79, died early Wednesday at his home. He was born Dec. 15, 1922 in Slick to Frederick James Dice and Bertha (Taylor) Dice Walker. He moved to Seminole 55 years ago. Dice served in the US Army during World War II and received many medals, including the Bronze Star for service on the front lines. After his return to Seminole, Dice was a truck driver for Guy Nall for many years. At the time of his death, he had been working for Seminole Housing Authority for 30 years. He married Verna Marie Smith on Sept. 11, 1949, in Arkansas. She survives him, of the home. Other survivors include one daughter, Glenda Hackett, Oklahoma City; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard Dice of Oregon, and Ronny and Teresa Dice of Seminole; three grandchildren, Jason and Scott Dice, Rhonda and James Dennis, all of Seminole; five great-grandchildren, Deante’, Arianna, Jamon and Jake Dennis and Laricke’ Frank, also of Seminole. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; two sisters; one son-in-law; and one son, Albert Dale Dice. Pallbearers will include Marcus Freeman, Buddy Heard, Jerry Anson, Tony O’Brien, Larry Spoonmore and Dennis Adams. Honorary casketbearers will include Bryce Hill, Herb Williams, David and Robert Anson, Cub Morris and Bill Gillespie.
Darrell Roy Lee
Funeral services for Darrell Roy Lee are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Little Cemetery Chapel. Burial is to follow at Little Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Chapel. Lee died Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at his home in Seminole at the age of 38. He was born Dec. 28, 1963 in Clinton to Roy and Lillian J. (Piearcy) Lee. He married Kay (Gore) Lee on March 8, 1980 in Shawnee. She survives him of the home. Lee was a former employee at Bill Weems Welding and Willie’s Salvage. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Wayne Lee; one sister, Tippy James; and his mother. He is survived by his father of Seminole; his wife of the home in Seminole; one son, Billy Jack Lee of the home; two daughters, Rebecca Kay Lee and Lillian Ruth Lee, both of the home; three brothers, Don Lee of Oklahoma City, Ronnie Lee of Lindsay, and Thomas Lee of Ardmore; three sisters, Jeanie Holder of Ardmore, Sue Castle of Durant, and Theresa Hughes of Shawnee.
Rev. Herbert Prater
Funeral services for Rev. Herbert O. Prater are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Wewoka. Dr. Robert Ross is set to officiate. Interment is to follow at Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home. Prater died Monday, May 20, 2002 at his home following a 3 ½ year battle with cancer. He was 71. He was born Aug. 9, 1930 in Rosedale to Ola and O.B. Prater. Prater graduated from Corpus Christi High School, the University of Corpus Christi, and Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and was licensed on Sept. 13, 1950. He became an ordained gospel minister on Sept. 8, 1957. He retired on Sept. 21, 1997 after serving over 21 years as pastor of Midway Baptist Church, south of Wewoka. Following his retirement, Prater served as interim pastor at Harvey Road Baptist Church, Vamoosa Baptist Church, Penn West Baptist Church, Bowlegs First Baptist Church and Atwood First Baptist Church. He accepted a call to full-time ministry at Atwood First Baptist Church on June 17, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Patti of the home; four children, David Prater of Moore, Garry Prater of Burleson, Texas, Carol Unruh of Durant, and Christine Russell of Grandview, Texas; two stepchildren, Rhonda Rogers of Amarillo, Texas and Rev. Craig Price of Norman; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother. Prater was preceded in death by his parents. Pallbearers are Bob Cross, Paul Loeffelholz, Charles Cotterman, Billy Weaver, Gerald Hill, and Ferril Williamson. Honorary pallbearers are the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group of Seminole County, golfing buddies, Roberts Drug Crew, Dr. Michael Wiens, and Warren Cunningham.
Stanley V. Sims
Stanley V. Sims died Friday, May 17, 2002 at Unity Health North in Shawnee at the age of 70. He was buried in Little Cemetery Friday under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Sims was born Sept. 19, 1931 in Seminole to Irral O. and Bertie Mae (Word) Sims. He married Betty R. (Masters) on Dec. 13, 1949 at Highway Baptist Church. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base after 30 years. Sims was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of the home; one son, Brian Sims of Seminole; two daughters, Karen Chandler of Seminole and Jeannie Sartors of Tulsa; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services for longtime Seminole resident Mable (Sneed) Stillwell are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby Ray Curry will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Westwood Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Stillwell died Monday May 20, 2002 at her home at the age of 72. She was born to Lee Sneed and Johnnie (Burton) Sneed on Feb. 12, 1930 in Fairfield, Texas. Stillwell attended Booker T. Washington School. She married Earnest Stillwell on May 10, 1947 in Ada. Stillwell was a homemaker, and was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Roger, and J.L. Sneed. Stillwell is survived by her husband, Earnest, of the home; six children, Earnestine Galbreath, Earnest Stillwell, Jr., Janie Haywood, Helen Perkins, and Jimmy Stillwell; one sister, Willie Mae Saunders; one brother, John Sneed; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Casket bearers will be family members. Honorary bearers are Charlie James, Charles Johnston, James Wall, Roy Winrow, Reggie Wright, Herman Stillwell, and Jack Meeks. Flower bearers are the Mission Society.
Funeral services for Clyde Earnest Freer were held Monday at Stout Funeral Chapel. Rev. Leo Streater officiated. Services were under the direction of Stout Funeral Home. Freer died Thursday, May 16, 2002 at Heritage Village Nursing Home in Holdenville at the age of 86. He was born in Chilton, Mo. on March 24, 1916 to Harry and Anna Odessa Daniels Freer. He grew up in Oklahoma and attended Ong School. Freer married Mildred Inez Thomas on Sept. 10, 1933 in Wewoka. They moved back to Wewoka 32 years ago from Albuquerque, N.M. He owned and operated Clyde’s Body Shop until his retirement. Freer was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Jack in 1937; a son, Eugene in 1959; and one brother, Jim Freer. He is survived by his wife of the home; one son, Jerry Freer of Wewoka; three brothers, Charles Freer of Los Molinos, Calif., Frank Freer of Chico, Calif., and Sam Freer of Durham, Calif.; one sister, Irene Freer Barrot of Corning, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Lenny Freer, Ray Freer, Jerry E. Freer, Ed Freer, Ron Walker, and David Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Freer, Tony Johnson, and Donny Gleason.
Graveside funeral services for Sandra Lee Parris were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Parris died Saturday, May 18, 2002 at The Lakes Nursing Home in Oklahoma City at the age of 83. She was born Dec. 24, 1918 in Wewoka to Harry and Mattie (Young) Burnell. She married Jesse Brady Parris on April 6, 1945 in the Methodist Church in Wewoka. Parris was a homemaker and a member of the Seventh Street Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Wewoka. She was the 1996 Senior Citizen Domino Champion and attended Heritage House activities. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Oct. 7, 1995; and one son, Tommy Parris on Nov. 20, 1989. Parris is survived by one daughter, Jana Lockwood of Oklahoma City and one brother, Gene Burrell of Wewoka.
Graveside services for former Seminole resident Mack D. Walker are scheduled for noon on Wednesday at the Jackson Family Cemetery. Rev. Kevin Burdine will officiate the services, which will be under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home and Doty Nash Funeral Home. Walker died last week in Chicago at the age of 68. He was born to Willie B. Lee and H.D. Walker on Oct. 19, 1933 in West Carroll, La. Walker served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. He married Katherine Roberts Walker, who precedes him in death. He was also prededed in death by his parents; one sister; and a grandmother. Walker is survived by two daughters, Vonda and Sharon; one son, Kermitt; two brothers, Melvin and Bubba; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Judy (Sauter) McQuown
Funeral services for Judy Frances (Sauter) McQuown are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Konawa. Rev. Charley Henthorn is set to officiate. Services are under the direction of Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home. McQuown died Friday, May 17, 2002 at her home in Konawa at the age of 50. She was born March 21, 1952 in Flasher, N.D. to Edwin and Frances (Blair) Sauter. She married Joseph Clare McQuown on Oct. 21, 1988 in Golden, Colo. McQuown was a homemaker and a member of First Bapist Church of Konawa. She was also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Cutting Horse Association, and Reining Horse Association. She is survived by her mother of Casper, Wyo,; her husband of the home; two sons, James Marty of the home and Michael McQuown of Ft. Collins, Colo.; one daughter, Jeannie Mahoney of Ft. Collins, Colo.; four brothers, Jerry Denton of Tenn., Ed Sauter of Soth Dakota, Jack Sauter of North Dakota, and Chris Sauter of Wyoming; and four grandchildren.
Hazel (Thompson) O’Neal
Graveside funeral services for Hazel D. (Thompson) O’Neal were scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee. Chris Stinnett was set to officiate. The service was under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. O’Neal died Friday, May 17, 2002 at Unity Health Center North at the age of 88. She was born Jan. 24, 1914 in Osage to Silas Williard and Lavada (Smith) Thompson. She married Delmer F. O’Neal on May 5, 1932 in Wewoka. He preceded her in death on April 30, 1993. O’Neal was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one daughter, Delma McCown of Shawnee; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Fleeta Noble of Tulsa.
Funeral services for longtime Wewoka resident Pearl Gordon are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Wewoka. Rev. L.R. Drinkwater of Redeemed Missionary Baptist Church of Oklahoma City is set to officiate. Burial is to follow at Westwood Cemetery under the direction of Myers Mortuary. Gordon died Sunday, May 12 at O.U. Medical Center Presbyterian Tower at the age of 106. She was born Jan. 20, 1896 in Houston, Miss. to Henry and Hanrietta Lyles Davis. She had lived in Wewoka most of her life before moving to California and living there for eight years. Gordon then moved back to Wewoka in 1958 and stayed there until 1999 when her health began to fail. She then moved to Oklahoma City with her daughter who looked after her until her death. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Spring Creek Baptist Church in Wewoka. Gordon was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Louise Gordon of Oklahoma City; one son, Clifton Gordon of Oklahoma City; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Leslie Carpitcher are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Springs Indian Baptist Church. Rev. Webster Fixico is set to officiate. A wake service is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Rock Springs Indian Baptist Church. Burial is to follow at Rock Springs Indian Cemetery under the direction of Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home. Carpitcher died Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at his home in Sasakwa at the age of 85. He was born Aug. 4, 1916 in Sasakwa to Carbochee and Ellie Carpitcher. He married Irene Carpitcher (Johnson) on Jan. 29, 1981 in Sasakwa. Carpitcher work in dry wall construction until he became disabled in 1985. He was a member of the Rock Springs Baptist Church of Sasakwa. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on Oct. 29, 2001; three brothers and one sister. Carpitcher is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary Jo Wilburn
CHICKASHA – Graveside funeral services for Seminole native Mary Jo Wilburn are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Wilburn died Friday, May 24, 2002 in Watsonville, Calif. She had lived in Watsonville for the past 15 years. She was a Southern Baptist Missionary for 43 years, serving in Uruguay, El Paso, Juarez, Mexico, and Venezuela. Wilburn was a pink lady at Watsonville Hospital and volunteered at Hall Elementary Library. She was a community volunteer after the 1980 earthquake. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henry. Wilburn is survived by her husband, Robert Wilburn; two daughters, Candace Benson of San Francisco, Calif. and Marilyn Frendeen of Watsonville, Calif.; two sons, Jose McMurray of Washington, D.C. and James McMurray of Sacramento, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the J.D. and Mary Jo Milburn Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK, 74801.
Funeral services for longtime Konawa resident Brian Keith Smith are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home. Rev. Mitch Williams is set to officiate. Burial is to follow at Vamoosa Cemetery under the direction of Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home. Smith died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002 at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada at the age of 22. He was born Aug. 9, 1980 in Ada to Margaret Ann (Wilson) Brown. He was a self-employed painter and attended Konawa Public Schools. Smith was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ester Wilson Fuller and his grandfather, Raymond Woodrow Wilson. He is survived by his mother of Konawa; one son, Jason Keith Lynn Smith of Shawnee; one brother, Tommy Smith of Konawa; two sisters, Stephanie Stokes of Konawa, and Misty Smith of Ada.