Thelma Eagle, age 72, of Gore, passed this life on Dec. 4, 2007, at her home while surrounded by the love and comfort of her family. She was born on Aug. 13, 1935, in Baxter Springs, Kan. to John William and Thelma Lucille (Smith) Padgett. Thelma had previously been a resident of Claremore until she moved to Gore with her husband Cecil five years ago. Thelma had been in the restaurant business at one time. She liked to socialize and enjoyed being around people. She also had a soft spot for critters and was always worried about her granddaughter’s Jersey calf. Thelma loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and she will be truly missed by all that knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Thelma Padgett. Her husband Cecil Eagle, daughter Mary Ruth Harner and her grandson Joshua Underwood.
Survivors include one son, Jack Eagle and his wife Rhonda of Gore. One daughter, Cynthia Vandenameele and her husband Wayne of Claremore. One brother, Bill Padgett and wife Sybil of Fort Smith, Ark. One sister, Ruth Mullnack of Salem, Mo. Special companion, Gary Clements of Gore. Eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7 in Braggs at the Braggs United Methodist Church. Interment followed at the White Cemetery, Gore. Arrangements were under the direction of Muskogee Cremation and Funeral Service.
Services for Jack Wolff will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Jack passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. He was 72.
Born in Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 25, 1935 to Ernest and Almaretta (Carron) Wolff, Jack received his education in St. Louis. After completing his formal education, Jack served in the U.S. Army before beginning his career in management with Goodyear.
On Aug. 27, 1988, Jack and Judith Mikesell married in a Reno, Nev. ceremony. In 1989 the couple moved to Claremore and Jack took up his second career with Drysdales Western Wear which spanned ten years.
Jack’s interests included composing and playing jazz piano, he was a member of the PRCA, trained roping horses, rode bulls, and later enjoyed golf. Jack will be remembered for his great sense of humor and love of family. He is survived by his wife, Judith, of their home in Claremore; his son, Michael Wolff and his wife, Kathy, of Bonne Terre, Mo.; his siblings, Mary Jo Lavin and her husband, Tom, of Plano, Texas, Jeanette Wolff, and Alice Tuhro and her husband, Arthur, of St. Louis, Mo., Cathy Eskew and her husband, Chip, of Grubbville, Mo., Dick Wolff and his wife, Ann of St. Louis, and Gene Wolff and his wife, Pam, of Summerville, S.C.; his stepsons, Jay Christman and his wife, Jenny, of Topeka, Kan., and John Christman and his wife, Ninette, also of Topeka; three step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s honor may be made to the City Animal Shelter, 815 Ramm Road, Claremore, OK 74109.
Edward Winford Browning
Funeral service for Edward Winford Browning will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Blue Starr Church of Christ with Minister Mike Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory.
Edward died Friday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Forest Hills Nursing Home, Broken Arrow, at the age of 91.
The son of Calvin Sidney and Martha Viola (Turpin) Browning was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Collinsville, Texas. Edward graduated from Coleman High School, and then went to work as a foreman of Teleweld Corporation out of Chicago from 1936-52. Edward then worked as a conductor and brakeman for the Union Pacific, Rock Island, and Burlington Northern Railroad. On May 10, 1940, Edward married Imogene Kendrick in Durant. Edward is a member of the Blue Starr Church of Christ. He loved country, bluegrass, and gospel music, and enjoyed playing his harmonica. Edward loved all his children, their mates, and grandchildren singing and having ‘pickin’ & grinin’ parties’.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene Browning; sons: Gary Browning and wife, Sherry of Tulsa, and Glenn Browning and wife, Anna of Kirksville, Mo.; daughter, Pamela Bell and husband, Nathan of Broken Arrow; brother, George Browning; sisters: Merle Bush, Stella Watson, and Della Jones; grandchildren: Sheridyn Breedlove, Shantyl Cooke, Zane Browning, Katie Coldwell, Sarah Coldwell, Alisha Linder, Janelle Browning, Clint Browning, Benjamin Browning, Cash Browning, Toni Browning, Gina Hurley, Lathan Findling, Jennifer Neilson, Heather Askew, and Matthew Bell; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Tom, Benson, and Weldon Browning; and sisters: Esty Keithley, and Irene Browning.
Terri Jean Casey
Funeral service for Terri Jean Casey will be 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at the Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Chapel with Rev. Robert Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday, 8-10 a.m.
Terri died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital at the age of 51. She fought a good battle against cancer, and is finally at peace.
She is survived by her father, Gene Casey of Tulsa; brother, Kevin Wade Casey and wife, Connie, of Tulsa; and sisters: Connie Joyce Casey of Tulsa, and Kelli Leona Fullerton and husband, David, of Tulsa.
Vinona Francis Smithey
Services for Vinona Francis Smithey will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Vinona will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery beside her husband, Guy. Vinona passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at the age of 90.
Born Sept. 18, 1917 in Rolla, Mo. to John and Cora (Jackson) Harlan, Vinona and her family made the move to Oklahoma in a covered wagon when she was just six months old. On July 25, 1936, Vinona and Jerry Guy Smithey were married. They became the proud parents of one daughter, Laverne.
Most of Vinona’s long life was spent in Rogers County. She helped her husband in his business by serving as his bookkeeper for many years until his passing in 1973.
Beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, Vinona is survived by her daughter Laverne Dorsey and her husband, Bill; her granddaughters, Pamela Robinson and her husband, Steve, and Debra McKay, all of Claremore; great-granddaughters, Stephanie (Robinson) Stidham and her husband, Stewart, of Fayetteville, Ark., Bailey Robinson and Marcy McKay, all of Claremore; her brothers, Fountain Harlan of Claremore, and Jack Harlan of Turlock, California; and her sister-in-law, Eulah Crutchfield of Claremore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Smithey, her parents, five sisters, Elva, Rita, Nancy, Wilma and Jean, and her brother, Clyte Harlan.
George Alvin Cheek
Memorial service for George Alvin Cheek will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 in Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Chapel.
George departed this world on Dec. 21, 2007 at the age of 59.
The son of George Harvey and Frances Hunt Cheek was born Sept. 3, 1948 in Tulsa. He was a 1966 graduate of McClain High School in Tulsa. George worked in Tel-Com for 39 years. After retiring from AT&T, he also worked at Williams (WilTel). George was a member of the Claremore Elks Lodge and Claremore Masonic Lodge. He was an avid football (OU) fan, loved traveling, golfing, boating, and spending time with family.
He is preceded in death by his father, George Harvey Cheek.
Survivors are his wife, Diana Marie of Claremore; sons, Scott Ryan and wife, Sophia Cheek of Ocala, Fla., Randy Kyle Cheek of Tulsa; stepson, Jeffrey Lee Matousek; grandchildren, Kaley Ariana Cheek of Ocala, Fla., Richard Lee Starr of Claremore, and Aubrey Rose Matousek of Neillsville, Wis.; his mother, Frances Cheek of Tulsa; brother and sister-in-law, Harvey Eugene and Jamie Faith Cheek of Skiatook, and a number of aunts, uncles nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service for Oliver Jacobs will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at the Bethel AME Church. Rev. Rodger Cutler, will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service.
Mr. Jacobs passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at Claremore Regional Hospital at the age of 88.
Survivors include his stepson, Calvin Brown of Claremore; niece, Minnie Craig and husband Isiah of Carthage, Ark.; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.
Billy Ray Shanholtzer
Graveside services for Billy Ray Shanholtzer will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at Pittsburg Garden of Memories in Pittsburg, Kansas under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday, Dec. 26 from noon to 8 p.m., with the family receiving visitors from 6–8. Bill passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007. He was 72.
Born in Pittsburg on June 12, 1935 to A.L. and Ella (Thompson) Shanholtzer, Bill attended school in McCune and graduated from McCune High School. His first employment was with McCune Co-op. On June 26, 1955, Bill and Peggy Kious married and three children were born to their union. Bill and Peggy divorced in 1975 but remained devoted to their children.
Following a move to Oklahoma, Bill went to work in the propane industry, a career which spanned 15 years. His next career was with Pratt-Whitney, retiring in 1995. Bill next took employment with Rogers County Dist. 1 as an equipment operator. He retired from the County in 2006.
On Aug. 21, 1985, Bill and Erma Cline married in a ceremony in Miami, Okla. Erma passed away in 2005.
In addition to the formal work that Bill did, he also raised cattle on his rural property. Though hard work, Bill enjoyed caring for his cattle. He also loved traveling to rodeos. He attended the National Finals in Cheyenne, Wyo. several times, but the most important part of his life was his beloved family. He taught by example the value of hard work to both his children and grandchildren.
In his recent illness, Bill was tenderly cared for by his children’s mother, Peggy, with whom he had a close friendship.
Family members who survive include his children, Don and Patte Shanholtzer of Coupeville, Wash., Pam and Neal Robertson of rural Chelsea, and Darrell and Tammy Shanholtzer also of Chelsea; his stepchildren, Kathy (Bill) Parrett of Nowata, Harold Cline of West Virginia, and Raymond Cline also of Nowata; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; his siblings, Norma Andrew of Pittsburg, Kan., Charles (Kathryn) Shanholtzer of McCune, Kan., and Roberta Nutt also of Pittsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Erma.