Funeral services for longtime Maud resident Leatrice V. "Peach" Newkham are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Maud with Rev. Gene Teel officiating. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole. The family will be receiving friends following the services at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Maud. Visitation is scheduled for tonight until 8 p.m. at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Leatrice V. "Peach" Newkham, 94 years old, passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman. She was born Sept. 5, 1912 in Frederick, Okla. to parents E.E. Ashmore and Stella May (Phipps) Ashmore. Leatrice married George Wrather Newkham on Aug. 12, 1937 in Maud. Mrs. Newkham worked as a clerk for the Maud Post Office for 20 years. She was a long time member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Maud, becoming a member in 1937. Mrs. Newkham was also very active in the Order of the Eastern Star since 1953. She also was a member of the Maud Historical Society, U.M.W. and served as a "Pink Lady" at Seminole Hospital. Mrs. Newkham also enjoyed oil painting and playing canasta. She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim D. Newkham and his wife Sandy of Waco, Texas and B. Michael Newkham and his wife Susan of Norman; five grandchildren, Danielle (Newkham) Kindle of Sheffield, Ala., Nicole Newkham of Dallas, Texas, Megan (Newkham) Cash of Moore, Michael G. Newkham and wife Amanda of Huffman, Texas and Matthew Newkham of Spring, Texas and five great-grandchildren, Jackson and Kelsey Newkham of Huffman, Texas, twins Aaron and Michael Cash of Moore and Kaitlin Kindle of Sheffield, Ala. Her parents, E.E. and May Ashmore; husband, Wrather Newkham (January 1973) and her sister, Ruby Lovelady (2006) preceded Leatrice in death. The family has designated St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Maud, Oklahoma as appropriate for memorial donations.
Graveside services for Seminole resident Thelma Molly Good Craft are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at Gable Cemetery west of Prague. Rev. Don Gill is set to officiate the service, under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole. Craft died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at Seminole Estates Nursing Home, at the age of 88. She was born Dec. 10, 1918, in Shamrock, to Henry Good and Cora Alice Lumpkin Good. The family moved to Seminole County from Davenport in 1926, and she lived in the county ever since. In August 1935, she married William Doddie Craft in Wewoka. Thelma Craft was a wife, mother, and a cook for Seminole Junior College until she retired in 1988. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seminole. Craft was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Marlene Craft Wallace; a granddaughter, Rena Kay Craft; two brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by a son, John Craft, of Seminole; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Swearingen Funeral Home Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Memorial services for Seminole resident Elaine Foote are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Westlake Presbyterian Church, Bethany. Elaine, 65, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at Norman Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 23, 1941 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Eugene and Frances McKelvey. She was a retired secretary who was a member of the Red Hatter Society of Seminole and was a volunteer for the Seminole Library. Her father preceded her in death. Surviving is her mother of Oklahoma City; children, Kerri McLean of Key West, Fla., Karla Foote of Maud and Carsie Gorman of Seminole; grandchildren, Dillon McLean, Alisha Calhoun, James Notah, John Notah, Dakota Notah and Deziree K. Gorman; great-grandchildren, Rashelle Alexander and Karlee Alexander; brother, Gene McKelvey of Oklahoma City and sisters, Nancy McClellan of Yukon and Johnnie Holland of Syracuse, N.Y. Elaine's ashes will be spread at a later date by her children in Florida, where she was happiest.
Funeral services for Seminole native Merl Lee Smith are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island, Neb. with Rev. Tim Rust officiating. A graveside service is also scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole. Smith, 78 of Grand Island, Neb. died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007 at St. Francis Skilled Care in Grand Island. He was born April 9, 1928 in Seminole to Frank and George Alice (Osborne) Smith. He was raised and received his education in Ft. Smith, Ark. and he served in the United States Army from 1946-1947. Davis was united in marriage to Donna Hamilton and they lived in Kimball, Neb. until 1986, moving to Green Valley, Ariz. Due to health reasons he moved to Grand Island in 2006 to be close to his family. He was employed for over 40 years with Amoco Oil Company. His parents, wife and twin brother, Verl Smith, preceded him in death. Surviving are daughters, Sandy Smith of Grand Island, Jody Herman of Doniphan, Neb. and Cathy Boragno of Costa Mesa, Calif.; son, Don Smith of Lincoln, Neb. and two grandchildren. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Francis Skilled Care Unit.
Funeral services for Seminole resident Crystal LeAnn Davis are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Tallahassee Presbyterian Church. Interment is to follow at Tallahassee Cemetery under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home. Wake services are scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Tallahassee Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dorsey Nero and Rev. Robert Kernell officiating. Davis, 25, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at Carl Albert Indian Hospital. She was born April 2, 1980 in Shawnee to Leroy and Dorothy (Larney) Davis. She grew up in Seminole and attended Seminole High School and Seminole State College. She was currently employed at Wal-Mart of Seminole. Davis attended Tallahassee Presbyterian Church. Her grandfather, Amos Brown and grandmother, Grace, preceded her in death. Surviving are her parents; daughter, Grace Marie Davis; brothers, Joel, Siah, Tim and Chris and sister, Erica. Pallbearers for the services will be J.R. Hagis, Leo Moppin, Bubby Harjo, Isaac Harjo, Daniel Tanyan and Adam Tanyan. Honorary bearers will be Chris Daniels, Domenik Davis, Brandon West, Donovan Davis, Cory Madden and Bo Lindsey.
A memorial service for Cromwell native Eddie Arletta Nash Lively is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Quinton Christian Church in Quinton, Okla. Lively, 70 of Stigler, died in Stigler on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 17, 1927 in Cromwell to Ed and Hester Nash. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Noel Dale Lively; her children, Catherine Lively Favret and her husband, Bob of Tillamook, Ore., Larry Lively and his wife Susan of Del Rio, Texas and Ted Lively and his wife Rhonda of Sunset Beach, Ore.; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sue Nash Alexander of Mannford, Okla. and Edith Nash Warrington of Cromwell. A sister, Agnes Nash and three brothers, Danny Nash, Harry Nash and Dick Nash preceded her in death. Arletta and Dale moved to Seaside, Ore. in 1948 where they lived for 15 years before moving to Colorado and then Wyoming. They returned to Oklahoma to live in 1974. During her years in Seaside, Arletta was active in Home Extension, PTA and the Seaside United Methodist Church. She was a Cub Scout den mother, led a troop of Brownies and was a 4-H leader. Her home was always filled with children. While living in Stigler she volunteered with the Firemen's Auxiliary and attended the Quinton Christian Church. Arletta was accomplished with textiles and needlework and taught porcelain doll making. She and Dale put in a large garden each year, a source of great enjoyment. The Flower Barn in Quinton is accepting flower bouquets and donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Services to celebrate Wewoka resident Blake Tucker's life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wewoka at 2 p.m. on Friday. Arrangements are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home, Wewoka. Guy Blake Harrod Tucker, beloved son of Guy and Lisa Tucker, left this world on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Blake was born on Oct. 14, 1981 in Ada and was a 2000 graduate of Wewoka High School. During high school, Blake worked diligently and earned his Eagle Scout award on March 5, 2000. Blake has a zealous personality and a love for everyone he encountered. He will always be remembered for his unwavering loyalty. There will be a great void in the lives Blake touched because of the compassion he had for others. Blake is survived by his parents of Wewoka; his sister and brother-in-law, Calvin and Ashlei Tiffie of Oklahoma City and a brother, Heath Tucker of Norman; paternal grandparents, Durwood and Joyce Tucker of Wewoka and maternal grandmother, Jerry Harrod of Wewoka. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends also survive him. His uncle, Steven Tucker and his grandfather, James Harrod preceded Blake in death. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Seminole Nation Museum, Wewoka.