William C. “Bill” Clanton
William C. “Bill” Clanton, 75 year old Claremore resident passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at South Crest Hospital, Tulsa.
Bill was born Feb. 16, 1932, at McAlester to Zena (Cope) and Carl Clanton. He married Anita Jean Ridgley, Oct. 20, 1956, in Vinita. Bill was a member of First Christian Church of Vinita.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a machinist at Rockwell International and Boeing where he retired.
Bill loved his grandchildren, horses, fishing, camping, telling stories and jokes. He had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Anita Jean of the home; two daughters Anita Westfall and husband Sam of Chelsea and Tina Francis and husband Brent of Claremore; a son Kevin Clanton and wife Kathryn of Mannford; a sister Betty Lay of Tulsa; grandchildren Brandon and Riley Westfall, Connor and Brook Francis, Justin, Dakota and Hunter Clanton.
His parents; a daughter Ginger Clanton; two sisters Patsy Clanton and Mary Alice Hildebrand; and a brother Zane Clanton preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Burckhalter Funeral Home.
Family request memorials be made to Rogers County 4-H Club in care of Rogers County OSU Extension Office in Bill Clanton’s name.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at Cowboy Junction Church at 3 p.m. with Dr. Wade Markham officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Military Honors will be conducted by Grove Veterans Ritual Team.
Casket bearers will be John Christian, Brandon Westfall, Sam Westfall, Brent Francis, Connor Francis, Shawn Christian, Justin Clanton and Riley Westfall. Honorary casket bearers are Bob Taylor and Vince Ridgley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita.
Ruby Mae Ragan
Services for Ruby Mae Ragan will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at First Assembly of God Church were she was very active. Her pastor Reverend David Mewbourne will share words of comfort. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Ruby passed away Friday, July 28, 2006. She was 68.
Born June 11, 1938 in Tupelo, Okla. to Harvey and Carrie (Landis) Bullard, Ruby was reared and educated in her birth community. Following her high school graduation she began working at Brockway, a glass company in Ada, Okla.
It was Ruby’s brother that introduced his friend, Kenneth Ragan, to her. They began dating and later were married on Feb. 14, 1959. The couple made their home in Moscow, Kan.
Later, Ulysses, Kan. became home and this is where they raised their family. With Kenneth’s retirement he and Ruby moved to Claremore and this has been home since.
While living in Claremore Ruby began working for the area Weight Watchers Group as their receptionist. Her loving and caring personality was just the right fit for the job. Ruby gave of herself as well to her church. She was not only active with the church in Ulysses but as equally involved here in Claremore. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.
When time allowed Ruby enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was so wonderful in the kitchen that her famous peanut patties were renamed “Ruby Rounders.”
Helping the grandchildren to decorate ginger bread men became a Christmas tradition. She also known for her delicious cinnamon rolls and chocolate pies.
Ruby loved to travel and meet people. Her ability to make friends at the first meeting made them feel as if she had known them a life time. Although she had many friends and kept in touch with each of them, her children and grandchildren were most important to her. Her love for them was evident in the way she cared for them.
Even with her illness, Ruby was looking forward to getting better and taking another vacation. She never gave up; always steadfast in her walk in life, Ruby was a fighter. Her kind and gentle spirit will live on in the hearts of those she leaves behind.
Her beloved family that survives are her husband Kenneth of their home in Claremore; her daughters, Shelley Miller and husband Scott of Thornton, Colo. and Sharla Winger of Wichita, Kan.; her grandchildren, Shana and Shane Miller of Thornton and Madison and Mason Winger of Wichita; her siblings, Jodie Atwell of Tulsa, Claira Anderson of Tupelo, Roy Lee Bullard of Mission, Texas, R.C. Bullard of Hugoton, Kan., Nancy Smith also of Tupelo and Mary Felkins of Ada and many nieces and nephews.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents.
Those who wish to honor Ruby’s memory with a memorial contribution may do so by contributing to the First Assembly of God Church building fund, 2100 W. Blue Starr Drive, Claremore, OK 74017, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Shirley Epperson Blevins
Shirley Epperson Blevins, born July 17, 1921, went to heaven on Dec. 2, 2007. She was the daughter of William Henry Epperson and Estelle Harriet (Douglas) Epperson and the wife of Paul Edgar “Pete” Blevins, who preceded her. She was also preceded by her brother Norton. She is survived by her son, Paul Edgar Blevins, Jr., her daughter-in-law, Nancy (Nesbitt) Blevins, and her granddaughter, Emily Claire Blevins. She was a lady of great style and beauty, having spent most of her working years in the ladies’ retail clothing business as a couture buyer at Miss Jackson’s and elsewhere in Tulsa and Kansas City, but her proudest achievements were her son and granddaughter. We will miss her but know that she is with Jesus and her loved ones who passed before her.
Private family services were held with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore.
Vedah Bernice Rodebush
Services for Vedah Bernice Rodebush will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Edgar, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 8 this evening. Vedah passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. She was 81.
A Claremore native, Vedah was born Aug. 29, 1926, the youngest daughter of Roscoe and Alma (Smith) Talbert. Following high school graduation in 1944, Vedah took at job at OMA, before beginning her life-long career as a legal secretary with the law firm of Raymond Bassman in Claremore. She then took employment in the same field in Tulsa in 1951. With an exceptionally strong work ethic Vedah continued in this occupation until her retirement in 2006.
Vedah and Edgar Rodebush married in 1971 and made their home in Tulsa. After his passing she continued to reside in Tulsa.
Always ready with a joke from her extensive collection—three file cabinets full—Vedah loved people and especially loved making them laugh. Birthdays and other special occasions were remembered with a greeting card from the assortment she kept at hand, and often a homemade cake as well. Vedah was active in her church family at Tulsa First Baptist where she served as a greeter and spread her good cheer with visits to the sick and shut-in.
Family oriented and loving, Vedah is survived by her son, Curtis Beard and his wife, Debra; her grandchildren, Jennifer Beard of Broken Arrow, Catherine Hubbard and her husband, Richard Hubbard of Wagoner and step-daughter Sandra and Gordon Godfrey, of Claremore; her sisters, Joy Mullins and Ruth Beard and her husband, Clarence, all of Claremore; her brother, Roscoe Talbert and his wife, Phyllis, of Tulsa; her brother-in-law Nelson Lewis; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar, her parents, a brother and two sisters.
Jack E. Hamilton
Services for Jack E. Hamilton will be 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Jack passed away at the Oklahoma Veteran’s Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. He was 86.
Born Nov. 28, 1921 in Craig County, Jack was the son of Ruby and E.L. Hamilton. He served his country in the armed forces during WWII. He and Naomi Mae Baker married Dec. 13, 1941 in Claremore. They lived in Oklahoma communities moving to Claremore in 1957. Jack worked for Ingersoll-Rand in Broken Arrow until his retirement.
Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Naomi, of their home in Claremore; his two children, Rickey E. and Becky Hamilton, Chelsea, and Sharleene and Michael E. Nichols, Vinita; two grandchildren, Michelle Coe, Adair, and Timothy Hamilton, Claremore; eight great-grandchildren and two sisters, Ardileene Baker of Albuquerque and Laverta Harris of Owasso.