Joe Dale Nelson
Funeral services for former Seminole area resident Joe Dale Nelson are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Prague. Bro. Tim Emmons is to officiate with interment to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague. Joe was born on Aug. 13, 1938 in Snomac, Okla., and departed this life on Sunday, April 9, 2006 in Prague at the age of 67. He was the son of Carl Harold and Ruby (Rayburn) Nelson and was a resident of Prague since 1977. Prior to moving to Prague, he was a Seminole area resident. On July 25, 1956 he married Veva Franklin in Seminole. Joe served his country in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was an owner/operator in the trucking business, co-owner of V&V Floral and a member of the First Baptist Church, Prague. His parents; one brother, Bob Newberry and one sister, Doris Miller preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Veva Nelson of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and John Henson of Wewoka and Donna and Bobby Tanner of Cushing; grandchildren, Mandi Coker of Seminole, Scot Winlock of Tulsa, Nathan and Jeremy Winlock of Seminole, Dugan Henson of Seminole, Brandon Pennel and wife Jennise, of Moore, Stacy Pennel of Perkins, Bryan Pennel of Prague, Philip Tanner of Edmond, Julie Tanner of Dallas, Texas, Stephen Tanner and wife Mari of Kyoto, Japan and Aaron and Nick Tanner of Cushing and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving Joe special brother-in-law, Sonny Miller of Seminole, who helped in Joe's upbringing.
Billie Fay Bowen
Graveside services for longtime Seminole resident Billie Fay Bowen are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker with Mickey Shaw officiating. Billie passed away, Saturday, April 8, 2006 at the age of 75. She was born on April 24, 1930 to Minta Ola (Gentry) and George Bishop in Lincoln County. She married Earl Bowen in May of 1947 in Lincoln County. Billie was retired from Tinker Field in Oklahoma City. Billie is survived by her husband Earl Bowen of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, James "J.C." Bowen and his wife, Lark and Jerry Bowen and his wife Patti, all of Seminole; one daughter, Janet Cox of Arlington, Texas; two brothers; Ray Bishop of Sparks and Lloyd Bishop of Prague; three sisters, Louise Flowers of Meeker, Betty Friend of Prague and Mildred White of Springfield, Mo. She is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses, Brian and Carrie Cox of Mansfield, Texas, Branon and Amber Bowen of Seminole, Brad and Catina Cox of Midlothian, Texas, Branish Bowen and George Carney, Jr. of Seminole, Amanda and Todd Speer of Broken Arrow and Travis Beeson of Oklahoma City. Billie also had seven great-grandsons, Cameron Cox, Brice Cox, Austin Bowen, Brenden Cox, Blaine Choate, Peyton Bowen, and Dawson Carney. Her parents, one son, Ricky Bowen and one brother, Jack Bishop, precede her in death.
C. Jean Parsons
Graveside services for lifelong Seminole resident C. "Jean" Parsons are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with rev. Larry Chesser officiating. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole. Parsons, 77, died Friday, April 7, 2006 at Seminole Estates Nursing Center. She was born March 14, 1929 in Morris, Okla. to Hugh and Adda Mae (Tunnin) Cornelison. On Aug. 26, 1960 she married Joel T. Parsons and he preceded her in death on May 11, 2005. She was a homemaker. Her son, Keith Parsons also preceded her in death. Surviving is son, Gale Parsons of Seminole; daughter, Carol Ann Lange of Pierce, Idaho; brother, Claude Cornelison of Seminole; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for longtime former Seminole resident Burniece Hazeldel Tull are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Swearingen Funeral Chapel with Leon Wilson to officiate. Interment is to follow at Little Cemetery under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole. Tull, 90, died Friday, April 7, 2006 at Golden Rule Nursing Home in Shawnee. She was born Aug. 6, 1915 in Tell, Texas to William Enoch Jarrell and Viola (Windle). She retired from Pioneer nursing Home in 1989 as a cook and was a member of the Church of Christ. Tull moved to Seminole from Oklahoma City in 1960 and was a current resident of Shawnee. Her husband, Clyde Tull; sons, Robert Thurman Snead, Paul David Snead and Danny Ray Snead and daughter, Burniece Petray preceded her in death. Surviving are three sons, Otis Snead of Tahlequah, Kenneth Snead of Stillwater and Ronnie Tull of Seminole; one daughter, Patricia Hacker of Mustang; two brothers, Earl Jarrell of Anderson, Ind. and Bertis Jarrell of San Antonio, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Casket bearers are Shelvin Tull, Brandon Tull, Brian Fleming, Bruce Fleming, Tyler Hileman and Eric Jones. Honorary bearers are Tony Perry and Richard Goforth.
Richard Martin Jr.
Funeral services for former Seminole County resident Richard Samuel Martin, Jr. were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Highway 5 Church in Mountain View, Ark. A graveside service and burial is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in Wanette Cemetery, Wanette, Okla. under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Konawa. Martin, 76, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006 in Mountain View, Ark. He was born Dec. 1, 1929 in Henryetta to Richard Samuel Martin, Sr. and Gladys (Wells) Martin. He was a charter member of Highway 5 Church of Christ, and was employed in the civil service at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Martin was a United States Army veteran. His parents and his first wife, Alma Rita Martin, preceded him in death. Surviving is his wife, Nellie (Nickloson) martin of the home; two sons, Scott Martin and Rodney martin; two step-sons, Ollie Ingram and Dale Ingram; five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren. Pallbearers for the service were Ike Herrington and Mike Herrington. Roller Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View was in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services for Seminole resident Larry Gene Newby, 60, formerly of the Ada area, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Frank Moppin will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home, Ada A family meal will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Chickasaw Community Center Gymnasium. Mr. Newby died Wednesday, May 3, 2006 near Seminole. He was born March 4, 1946 at Oil Center, Okla. to Melvin and Hazel Brecheen Newby. He attended school at Bebee and Vanoss and married Janie Porter on Dec. 1, 2001 in Anadarko. Mr. Newby was a carpenter and later was a self-employed contract pumper for 35 years. He was an ordained minister and was involved in the jail ministry in Seminole County. He attended Spring Baptist Church in Sasakwa. Mr. Newby served in the United States Army Reserve for six years and the National Guard for one year. His father, Melvin Newby, and a brother, Rev. Don Newby, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife Janie Newby, of the home; two daughters, Renee Newby, Oklahoma City and Angela Evans and her husband Ray, Seminole; two sons, Shane Newby, Seminole and Brad Willis, Seminole; his mother, Hazel Newby Mercer, Oil Center; one brother, Ron Newby and his wife Zena, Oil Center; two step-sons, J. W. Porter and his wife Catherine, Wilburton and Mick Porter, Ada. In addition, 13 grandchildren, Caleb and Micah Evans, Justen and Tiffany Burns, Michaela, Mariah and Mallory Porter, Teresa, Cassidy, and Van Porter, Portal Bellamy, and Brittany and Sean Willis; and many other relatives and friends survive him. Bearers will be John Lewis, Jerry McDaniel, Vernon Isaacs, Tom Waller, Som Sengupta and Darrell Newby. Honorary bearers will be Steve Newby, Bryan Lyon, Ray Evans, Stan Lemons, Steve Brinker, and Perry Floyd.
A private family funeral service for longtime Seminole resident Douglas Pollard Brown is to take place with arrangements under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole. Douglas, 70, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born Aug. 14, 1935 in Maryland to Marion and Effie (Pollard) Brown. On Nov. 6, 1954 he married Shirley Thomas in Sykesville, Md. He worked as a lineman for many years. Brown worked for B&L Electric, Seminole and S&W Line Company, Seminole, where he retired from in 1993. Brown moved to Seminole County from Maryland in 1973. His parents and one sister, Helen Demalade, preceded him in death. Surviving is his wife of the home; two sons, Robert Brown and fiancÚ Sherry Potts and David Brown and wife Terri, all of Seminole and two daughters, Barbara Albright and husband Gregory of Waynesboro, Penn. And Sandra Dye and husband Eric of Konawa. In addition, he leaves behind two brothers, Ernest Ralph Brown of Sykesville, Md. and James Franklin Brown of Libertytown, Md. and 12 grandchildren, Christopher Albright, Megan Albright, Lake Albright, Ashley Pierce, Candace Pierce, Travis Potts, Levi Brown, Paige Brown, Lauryn Dye, Robin Floyd, Jordyn Dye and Landyn Dye.
Larry T. Crawford
Funeral services for Rev. Larry T. Crawford are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the First Baptist Church of Seminole. Bishop Bobby L. Williams and Pastor Richard Gains will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Seminole with military honors. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole. Rev. Larry T. Crawford, Sr., 55-year-old longtime Seminole resident and minister passed from this life Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at his home in Seminole. He was born Feb. 2, 1951 in Seminole to parents, Jesse Crawford and Charleszetta M. (Woodfork) Crawford. Larry graduated from Seminole High School in 1969 where he was an avid basketball player who made "Five Star Conference" player of the year in 1969. He received his Associates degree from Oscar Rose in Midwest City, and a Bachelors degree in business administration at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Larry continued on to join the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam earning the rank of Master Sergeant in the 507 SP Reserve Unit. On June 8, 1974 in Oklahoma City Larry married Jeraldine L. Shaw. He returned to Seminole 22 years ago from Oklahoma City to become the pastor of Galilee Baptist Church. He also still holds his membership at the Community Baptist Church in Norman. Rev. Crawford along with his wife, Sister Jeraldine Crawford, recently relocated and still pastored the church, now located at 338 West Russell Street in Seminole, which now goes by "Galilee Baptist Temple of Praise and Deliverance". Larry was soon to retire from Tinker Air Force Base where he has worked as a machinist for many years. His grandparents, Jesse and Frances Woodfork, his biological grandmother, Estela Parker and his uncle Jesse Woodfork, Jr. preceded him in death. Rev. Crawford leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Sister Jeraldine L. Crawford of the home; parents, Jesse and Charleszetta Crawford of Oklahoma City; three sons, Larry Crawford, Jr., Cornelius Crawford and his wife Renea' and Timothy Tyree Crawford, all of Seminole; two daughters, Travetta Williams of Seminole and LaDonna K. Crawford-Bassey of Oklahoma City. In addition, Rev. Crawford leaves behind one brother and sister-in-law, Minister Earl Michael Crawford and his wife Geraldina of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren, Shaon Williams, Ashanta Crawford, Steven Proctor, Keerry Crawford, Larry Crawford III, Aaliyha Crawford, Martess Williams, Shuniece Crawford, Atlanta Crawford and Trevon Williams and one great-granddaughter, Hailey Colvin. Casket bearers will be: Pastor C.L. Prevost, Pastor Famous Cochran, Pastor Clive Cochran, Pastor Willie Guient, Pastor Delbert Love, Pastor Michael Robertson and Minister Nathan Williams, Pastor William Ramson, and Pastor Larry Payne. Honorary bearers will be: Pastor B.G. Renfro, Pastor Emmitt Elbert, Minister Kirk Garfield, Deacon Theodore Rivers, Roy Winrow, Deacon Bobby Woodmore, Minister Larry Smith and Minister Gilbert Reese. Flower bearers for the services will be pastors and minister's wives.
Funeral services for Maud resident Bell Reeves are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Maud with Frank Brewer and Tom Carter officiating. Interment is to follow at Morse Cemetery, north of Okemah, under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home, Maud. Reeves, 92, died Monday, May 1, 2006 at Tecumseh Sunset Estates. She was born Jan. 3, 1914 in Asher to Thomas Jefferson Davis and Mary Etta (Sanders) Davis. In Okemah she married Troy Reeves in 1958. She moved to Maud in 1982 from Tulsa following the death of her husband. She worked in the Methodist Manor dining room in Tulsa until her retirement in 1980 and was a member of the Church of Christ in Maud. Her parents; husband; one son, William Howell in 1969; five brothers, Frank Davis, Jeff Davis, Venson Davis, Leamon Davis and George Davis preceded her in death. Surviving is one sister, Idella "Jelly" Carter of Maud.
Funeral services for longtime Seminole County resident Shirley M. Lester are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Glen Pence is to officiate with interment to take place at Rest Haven Memorial Garden under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole. Lester, 76 of Cromwell, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006 in Oklahoma City. She was born May 27, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wis. to Herbert E. Giese and Lydia (Wegehaupt) Giese. On March 7, 1949 she married Donald L. Lester in Milwaukee. She is a retired secretary and office manager for Franklin Properties Management Company and was a licensed real estate broker. Lester was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a past Worthy Matron, past Secretary and Star Point Ruth. She was very active in Seminole Chapter #452 and was a member of the First Christian Church, Seminole. Surviving is her husband, Donald of Cromwell; four sons, Michael Lester of Martinez, Ga., David Lester of Evans, Ga., Dan Lester of Carrolton, Ky. and James Lester of Sand Springs; one brother, Warren Giese of Columbia, S.C.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Casket bearers for the services will be James Lester, Dan Lester, Michael Lester, David Lester, Phillip Morris and George Higdon. Honorary bearers will be Nathaniel Lester, Zachariah Lester, Robby Lester, Jason Lester, Katherine Lester, Heather Morin and Patricia Dant.
Jackie Lou Argo
Graveside services for Jackie Lou Argo are scheduled 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Michael Vallandingham and Gerald Hill officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home. Jackie Lou (Brown) Argo, lifelong resident of Wewoka passed away Friday, April 28, 2006 at the Wewoka Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 25, 1928 in Wewoka to John Brown and Bonnie Mae (Coley) Brown. She married Dallas Owen Argo on June 14, 1949 in Arkansas. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1955. Argo graduated from Wewoka Schools and was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone, retiring after 30 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wewoka, the Dahlia Garden Club and the Bell Pioneers. She did volunteer work at the Seminole Nation Museum and the Blood Mobile. Her husband; parents; infant sister, Joyce Ann; brother, Keith Brown; aunts, Gertrude Cannon, Cecile Vasbinder, Lucy McKellop; uncle, Bert Coley, and daughter-in-law Sharon Argo preceded her in death. She loved her family most of all. After retiring, she enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and visiting her sister Malinda and husband Joe Cossey of Tennessee. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Johnita and Dr. Steve Walker; grandson Christopher Owen and wife Kathryn; son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Wendy Argo; granddaughter, Katherine and husband James Keesee; great-grandson, Jackson Paul; grandson, Aaron Dallas Argo; step grandchildren, Tyler and Brandon Benton, wife April and children. She was anticipating the birth of another great-grandchild in June. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Glen Crowson, Wewoka Nursing Center, and Preferred Hospice for their love and care during mother's long illness. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Seminole Nation Museum.
George Morris III
Longtime Seminole resident, George Leland Morris III, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the age of 58. He was born June 8, 1947 to Betty Geraldine (Collis) and George Leland Morris, Jr. in Holdenville. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the Swearingen Funeral Chapel with Rev. Steve Cline officiating. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole. George married Wanda (Green) Morris on Jan. 21, 1967 in Seminole. He served in the United States Navy and the National Guard and worked in the oilfield for many years. He is survived by his wife Wanda of the home; mother and father, Betty Geraldine and G.L. Morris of Seminole; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ronda Morris of Wewoka; daughter, Cindy Wilson of Seminole; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Shirley Morris of Seminole; two sisters and brother-in-law, Charlene Kennady of Seminole and Nancy and Jimmy Frederickson of Earlsboro and four grandchildren, Lacy and Zachary Wilson and Britlee and Gavin Morris. George is also survived by a host of other family and friends. His brother, Jerry Morris, precedes him in death. Pallbearers will be, Doyle Morris, Darrell Morris, Jim Holmes, David Cross, Dennis Ladd, and Jimmy Fredrickson.
Clara Luvicie Works Owen
Graveside service for longtime Seminole resident Clara Luvicie Works Owen will are scheduled for Wednesday May 3, at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Shawnee. The family will receive friends and loved ones at Swearingen Funeral Home from 6 to 7 pm, Tuesday evening May 2. Clara passed away Sunday April 30, 2006 at her home in Seminole surrounded by her family's love. She was born Feb. 18, 1907 in Brashear, Texas to Andrew Eli and Marianna Evans Works. She was raised in Boswell, Okla., attended Murray State College at Tishomingo, graduating with a lifetime teaching certificate. Clara married Bird Owen May 14, 1937 in Boswell. During her life she worked as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse and during World War II she built airplanes for Douglas Aircraft. She also worked as a nurse's aid, and secretary-bookkeeper for Owen Rack Shop. Most of her life was spent being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a woman of great faith in her God and Savior, a member of Ideal Street Baptist Church since moving to Seminole from Earlsboro in 1954. She spent her life witnessing to others through her deeds and actions and the sharing of her tremendous faith through prayer. Her parents; all eight brothers and sisters and her husband, Bird in June 1992, preceded her in death. Survivors include daughters, Jerry Owen Tipton of Seminole and Marianna Owen Streets and husband James of Springfield, Va.; son, Donald Owen and wife Anita of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Neill "Tommy" Tipton and wife Jane of Eldersburg Md., Chris Tipton and wife Jacqueline of Portland, Texas, Kelly Tipton Hankal of Seminole, Steven Owen of Park City, Utah, Laine Owen Nixon and husband Jason of Atlanta, Ga., Sloan Childers III of Georgetown, Texas, Lt. Cmdr. Clark Childers USN and wife Cindy of Middletown, R.I. In addition, surviving are 12 great-grandchildren and spouses, Virginia Hankal Hair and husband Jeremy, Galen Hankal and wife Lezlie, all of Seminole, Sheena Tipton Tanner and husband Tony of Jackson- ville, Fla., Brittany Tipton of Copperas Cove, Texas, Christopher Tipton of Portland, Texas, Kerry Johns Birger and husband Josh of Eldersburg, Md., Kathleen and Neill "Smitty" Tipton also of Eldersburg, Sloan IV, Mitchell and Rachel Childers of Georgetown, Texas and William Childers of Middletown, R.I. and two great-great granddaughters, Carlee Jane Tanner of Jacksonville, Fla. and Charity Ann Hair of Seminole. She is also survived by and will be greatly missed by a host of nieces and nephews and many, many others who loved "Granny O".