Lavoy Louise (Tate) Bottoms
Funeral services for Seminole resident Lavoy Louise (Tate) Bottoms are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Highway Baptist Church, north of Seminole on SH 99, with Rev. Cal Hunter officiating. Interment of her cremains will be at Little Cemetery at a later date, under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Bottoms died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Seminole Medical Center. She was 69. On July 8, 1936, she was born to Marcus Arelius Tate and Velma (Lake) Tate, in Danville, Ark. She married James "Odell" Bottoms on Dec. 17, 1952, in Oklahoma City. She moved to Seminole 38 years ago. A wife and mother, she owned and operated Odell and Sons Salvage west of Seminole, with her husband. Bottoms was a member of Highway Baptist Church in Seminole. She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother, James Eldon Tate. Bottoms is survived by her husband, James "Odell" Bottoms of the home in Seminole; three sons, James "Leonard" Bottoms of Coleman, Ala., James "Thomas" Bottoms of Shawnee, and James "Christopher" Bottoms of Seminole; two daughters, Debbie Davis of Chattanooga, and Jakki Gatzke of Seminole; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Maud resident Ann Eversole are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Issac Ziegler officiating. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Eversole died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at Seminole Medical Center. She was 61. She was born in Seminole on March 28, 1944, to Ozie Reed and Virginia Clarice (Hoit) Reed. On Sept. 4, 1968, she married Johnny Eversole in Wheeler, Texas. She was a homemaker as well as a home health caregiver. Eversole was a member of Freewill Baptist Church of Hannah and the Order of the Eastern Star of Maud, an organization with which she was very active. She was a Past Worthy Matron three times and served as ambassador to Italy with the Order of the Eastern Star, as well. Her parents and one brother, Ted Reed, preceded her in death. Eversole is survived by her husband, Johnny Eversole of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Brandy Eversole II of Maud; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Don Goodnight of Seminole; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Connie Reed of Luther; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and David Goodnight of Seminole; four grandchildren, Brandon and Clarissa Goodnight and Ashley and Katie Eversole. Pallbearers will be Bill Bruce, Billy Buley, Luther Anderson, Randal Hale, Buddy Dodson, and Jim Gwartney.
Funeral services for Stuart resident Benjamin Cullum are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Light House of Prayer Church, located west of Arpelar. Rev. Walter Kuhlman and Rev. Rick Madron will officiate with George Holt acting as honorary pallbearer. Interment is to follow at White Chimney Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service. Cullum, 57, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005 at his residence. He was born Oct. 25, 1948 in Holdenville to Benjamin Ivan and Lizzie Elizabeth Lanham Cullum. He attended schools in Bowlegs, and later his family moved to the Holdenville area. Cullum worked in the oilfield for several years and later worked as an automotive mechanic and carpenter. He married Rosette Madron on April 28, 1969 in Wewoka and he attended Light House of Prayer Church. His father, Benjamin Cullum; his mother and stepfather, Lizzie and Sidney Hudson; granddaughter, Stephanie Berry; grandson, Tristen Kibby; five sisters and five brothers preceded him in death. Surviving is his wife of the home; five children, Katy Martin of Langdon, Kan., Vicky Berry of Chandler, Lee Cullum of Stuart, Ricky Cullum of Dibble and Jody Kern of Wewoka; brother, Frank Cullum of Bowlegs and 19 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Seminole resident Archie J. Lucas are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Assembly of God Church in Bowlegs. Rev. Roy Roberson is to officiate with burial to take place at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Shawnee under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville. Lucas, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 in Oklahoma City. He was born Sept. 2, 1935 in Spaulding to Thurman and Bernice (Baxley) Lucas. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1953, moved to Oklahoma City and began a long career as a truck driver. Lucas drove for several years with various companies, and then drove 20 years with Safeway, retiring in 1989. He served in the United States Army National Guard, 45th division, in the early 1960's. Lucas married Barbara Hillburn on June 30, 1979 at their home in Holdenville and was a member of the Bowlegs Assembly of God Church. He loved to hunt and fish and watch television in the companionship of his dog. His parents and one brother, Thurman Eugene "Joe" Lucas preceded him in death. Surviving is his wife of the home; two daughters, Pamela K. Mercer of Auburn, Wash. and Debbie Wilkinson of Midwest City; one son, James Dale Carlson of Mt. Rainier, Wash.; one stepdaughter, Phyllis Lewis of Denver, Colo.; one stepson, Max Jones of Seminole and six grandchildren. Pallbearers for the services will be Danny Wilkinson, Chris Wilkinson, Bobby Wilkinson, Max Jones, Mike Jacobson, and Tony Lander.
J.E. "Joe" Fletcher
Funeral services for Maud resident J.E. "Joe" Fletcher are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Maud with Rev. Carl Whitfield to officiate. Interment is to follow with military honors at Cummings Cemetery under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home. Visitation is to be held at Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 12 – 7 p.m. and Monday until the time of service. Fletcher, 72, passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 at Unity North Hospital in Shawnee. He was born March 11, 1955 in Maud to Robert Jennings "Buck" Fletcher and Bertha (Guinn) Fletcher. Joe married Shirley Louise Horner on June 1, 1955 in Medford, Okla. He owned and operated J.E. Fletcher Trucking Company for many years in Maud and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maud. Fletcher was a sergeant in the United States Army and served his country with pride. His parents; wife, Shirley Fletcher; daughter, Jacqueline Deane Fletcher; son, James "Neil" Fletcher; two brothers, David Fletcher and an infant brother Jerald Fletcher preceded him in death. Surviving Joe are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Barry E. and Jennifer Fletcher of Maud and Corey A. Fletcher of Shawnee; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joel and Patricia Fletcher and Verlin and Barbara Fletcher, all of Maud; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherri and Randy Hillburn and Bernice and Kenneth Stalnaker, all of Maud; one sister-in-law, Coleene Fletcher of Seminole and granddaughter, Ashley Fletcher of Maud. Casket bearers for the services will be Cary Fletcher, Larry Fletcher, Rob Fletcher, Steve Fletcher, Tommy King, Jeremiah Fletcher, Mike Stalnaker and Randy Hillburn.
Benny Ray 'Tanky' Kemp
Funeral services for Wewoka resident Benny Ray "Tanky" Kemp are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Wewoka. Burial will follow at Westwood Cemetery in Wewoka under the direction of Amis-Kennard Funeral Home. Kemp died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 23. Kemp was born June 11, 1982, in Wewoka. His parents are Choquzer and Curtis Alexander and David Flemming. Kemp attended Shawnee elementary and Wewoka Middle and High Schools. He played basketball, football and soccer. He was preceded in death by his brother Breon, great-grandmother, Bennie Mae Doolittle; great-grandfather, Clyde Spencer; aunt, Alzelta Doolittle. Kemp is survived by his grandparents, Louis and Ollie Kemp of Wewoka, Mable Alexander of Wewoka, Herlena Spencer of Wewoka, Geraldine Levier and Joe Flemming of Wewoka; sisters, Melissa Alexander and Alexis Alexander; brother, Curtis Alexander Jr., Eric Alexander, Derek Alexander all of Wewoka; children Jhmai, Tazala, Quiana, Rhake, and Aquaria; and special friend, Pam Powell.
Clovis Clyde McIninch, 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 in Oklahoma City. He was born Nov. 19, 1917 in Wanette to Wes and Emma (Landsdown) McIninch. Clovis served his country proudly in the United States Navy for 21 years. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he went to work for civil service at Tinker AFB for 20 years before retiring in 1978. Clovis is survived by his wife, Annie McIninch; one son, Steve McIninch of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, Joe Snodgrass and wife Helen of Shawnee. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Millard McIninch. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in Resthaven Memory Gardens under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home, SW 104th and Walker, Oklahoma City.
Funeral services for Ada resident Beth Ann Harjo are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Chapel with Rev. Arthur Carpitcher to officiate. A wake service is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Chapel and interment will follow services at Vamoosa Cemetery. Harjo, 24, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada. She was born Dec. 31, 1980 in Oklahoma City to Curtis and Jimmie Lou Harjo. She was a member of the Tonkawa tribe and was preceded in death by her grandmother and two aunts. Surviving is her mother and stepfather, Jimmie Lou and Johnnie Harjo of Ada; father, Curtis Harjo of Seminole; one daughter, Desiree Rose Mitchell of Ada; one son, Ethan Harjo of Oklahoma City; one brother, James W. Harjo of Ada and four sisters, Tisha Renae Gibson, Katie Louise Harjo and Jalena Rae Harjo, all of Ada and Wythema Ann Harjo of Shawnee.
Memorial services for long- time Konawa area resident Larry Michael Hailey are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Vamoosa Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Pam Shirk to officiate. Services are under the direction of Pickard-Swearingen Funeral Home. Hailey, 62, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005 at his residence in Konawa. He was born Jan. 23, 1943 in Oklahoma City to Vitchel and Violet (Sanders) Hailey. He served in the United States Marines and received an honorable discharge on July 19, 1965. Hailey was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Oddfellows and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Konawa. He worked in pipeline construction. His parents preceded him in death. Surviving is son, Marc Allen Hailey; sister, Mary Miller of Konawa and six grandchildren.
Memorial services for longtime Seminole resident, Phillip Edward Kuehner are scheduled for 3 p.m., Thursday at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel with Rev. Carl Whitfield officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Kuehner, age 43, passed away, Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman. He was born on Jan. 21, 1962 to Phillip Sam and Mary (Bryant) Kuehner. Kuehner worked in the oilfield as a roughneck. His father precedes him in death. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Mary and Leon Mayes of Missouri; three sons, William Stanley Kuehner, Bradley Edward Kuehner and Adam James Kuehner, all of Seminole; two sisters, Alice Greenfield of Edmond and Melody LaGreca of Clearwater, Fla.
Graveside services for longtime Seminole resident Merrel "Bud" Lemons are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Little Cemetery with Danny Williams to officiate. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Lemons, 87, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at Seminole Medical Center. He was born Nov. 6, 1918 in Durant to Edmond Lemons and Rachel Ann (Gregory) Lemons. Bud was a graduate of Seminole High School and he married Sheila Gibson on April 26, 1974 in Sapulpa. He was a retired Lt. Commander in the United States Navy and flew as a Naval Pilot from 1936 – 1960. Bud served in World War II and the Korean War. Following his service, Bud was a pilot and instructor who taught flying classes at Spartan School of Aviation in Jones Airport near Tulsa, before retiring in 1972. Bud loved flying and did so until his retirement. He also taught school at Tulsa University for many years. Lemons was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in McAlester. His parents and two brothers, A.J. and Earl Lemons preceded him in death. Surviving is his wife Sheila of the home in Seminole; daughter and son-in-law, Lenita and Steve Olsen of Wewoka; two brothers, George Lemons of Tulsa and Jim Lemons of McQueeney, Texas; two grandchildren, Joshua Neff of Longview, Texas and Carlye and husband Terry Henderson of Wewoka and three great-grandchildren, Sago Miles, Jr., Jazmine Miles and Alexis Henderson.
Rev. 'L.G.' Martin
Rev. "L.G." Lois Graden Martin, Sr., 90-year-old longtime Maud resident passed from this life Nov. 26, 2005 at Unity North Hospital in Shawnee. Rev. Martin was born June 9, 1915 in Parthenon, Ark. to parents Carlos Cleveland Martin and Hettie Angeline (Casey) Martin. Mr. Martin married Eleanor (McCullouch) Martin Sept. 17, 1935 in Hazel, Okla. Rev. Martin retired as an Assembly of God Minister and he had also retired as a roustabout for Sinclair Oil, which was later Atlantic Richfield from which he retired in 1977. Rev. Martin was a member of the Maud Assembly of God Church where his son Rev. Tim Martin is Minister. Rev. Martin is survived by his wife, Eleanor Martin of the home; six sons and daughters-in-law; John Paul and Neta Martin of Greenville, Texas, James David Martin of Talihina, L.G., Jr. and Julia Martin of Maud, Lawerence Wesley and Joyce Martin of Sasakwa, Lemuel Timothy and Linda Martin of Maud and Luther Carlus Martin of Maud; four daughters and a son-in-law, Frieda Lee Martin of Maud, Billie Sue Curtis of Seminole, Rebecca Lou Duncan of Sulphur and Cindy Kay and Ronnie Robertson of Seminole. In addition, 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, and a host of other family and friends survive him One son, Daniel Leon Martin; one granddaughter, Yvonie Kathleen Martin; four sisters, Bessie Marie Hopper, Jesse Lena Self, Vela Dee Lewis and Biva Mae Palmer and one brother, Bois Beul Martin preceded Rev. Martin in death. Funeral Service will be held, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005 at the First Assembly of God Church in Bowlegs with Rev. Wesley Martin, Rev. Tim Martin and John Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home. Casket bearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.
Funeral services for former Seminole County resident Emily Jean (Owen) Branscum are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Landmark Baptist Church, 7th and Otoe, Perry, Okla. under the direction of Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home Stillwater. Pastor Mike Peercy and Bro. Mike Raines will officiate. Committal service will follow in Vamoosa Cemetery east of Konawa at 3 p.m. Branscum died Nov. 28, 2005. She was born May 2, 1930 north of Konawa to Charles Arthur and Maggie Irene (Brewer) Owen. Emily and Edward Leon Branscum were married Feb. 6, 1953 and enjoyed nearly 53 years together. Her parents and her brothers Layton, Carlton, Roy, Clarence and Dewey preceded her in death. Surviving is her husband Leon of the home, three sisters, Helen Renfro of Oklahoma City, Faye Murray of Moore and Virgie Torres of Bethany; two brothers, Ray Owen of Lafayette and twin brother, Elmer Owen of Oklahoma City; six sons, Gene Branscum and wife Brenda of Ponca City, OK; Ron Branscum of Perry, Charles Branscum of Stillwater, Randy Branscum of San Antonio, Texas, Jerry Branscum of Ada and Jim Branscum of Perry. Six grandsons, eight granddaughters and six great-grandchildren also survive her. Visitation will be at Landmark Baptist Church in Perry from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home in Stillwater. The family suggests that memorials can be made to Landmark Baptist Church Mission Fund 1408 N. 7th, Perry, OK
Services for Seminole resident Ralph Lee Ball are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home. Bell, age 74, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 at South Park Health Care Center in Oklahoma City. He was born Jan. 19, 1931 in Morris, Okla. to Charles and Margaret Ann (Harvey) Bell. He married Betty Helen (Connell) on March 21, 1974 in Oklahoma City. He retired in 1989 from Tinker Air Force Base as a Jet Engine Mechanic. After his retirement he enjoyed farming North East of Seminole. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Bell served in the United States Army during the Korean War. His parents precede him in death. Surviving are two sons, Ronald Keith Bell of New Mexico and Lorne Lee Bell of White Plains, N.Y.; two brothers, Charles Bell Jr. and Floyd Bell, both of Okmulgee; three sisters, Carol Nichols of Morris, Nola Whitson of Okmulgee and Betty Otto of Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be James C. Kirkpatrick, Dale Gibson, Charles Walker, Randy Beauford, John Turner and Joe Templeton.