Barbara Ellen Yoakum
Barbara Ellen Yoakum, 53, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
No services are scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Miss Yoakum was born Feb. 12, 1945, in Wichita Falls. She was a executive secretary. She was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church. She had been a resident of Wichita Falls most of her life.
Survivors include her parents, Edward W. and Joan Powell of Wichita Falls; and a sister, Jerri Jeter of Normal, Ill.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Faith Free Will Baptist Church.
THROCKMORTON, Texas – Melvin Means, 76, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a Bedford, Texas, hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Merriman-Archer Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill elts of Paris, Texas, officiating. Burial will be in Throckmorton Cemetery.
Mr. Means was born April 9, 1922, in Throckmorton. He and Barbara Rackley were married Oct. 8, 1962, in Louisiana. He was a retired salesman. He had lived in Lubbock, Texas, Abilene, Texas, Ruidoso, N.M. and Paris before moving to Bedford in May of 1998. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and was a past president of Ruidoso Downs Muleskinners Association. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Lynda Nelson of Abilene and Jo Ann Robinson of Los Alamos, N.M.; a son, James Means of Abilene; three stepsons, Terry Fitzgerald of Paris, Billy Fitzgerald of Bedford and Jackie Fitzgerald of Leesburg, Texas; two brothers, Clyde Means of Breckenridge, Texas, and J.R. Means of Temple, Texas; a sister, Clara Belle Hudson of Graham, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Joseph Thomas Rodgers
Joseph Thomas Rodgers, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy R. Delaney, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Wells Funeral Home.
Mr. Rodgers was born April 5, 1910, in Roxton, Texas. He served in the Army from April 1, 1942, to Oct. 16, 1945, and received five Battle Stars and several service medals. After his discharge from the service, he attended Barber College in Tyler, Texas. He was a retired Civil Service employee from Sheppard Air Force Base, a chairman on the Deacon Board, a member of Brotherhood and a member of St. John Baptist Church. He was a resident of Wichita Falls for 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Rodgers; and a sister, Hattie Brown of Chickasha, Okla.
Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Harry E. Smith Jr.
Retired Lt. Col. Harry E. Smith Jr., 75, of Wichita Falls died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
Services with full military honor will be 2 p.m. today at Evangel Temple Assembly of God with the Rev. Jack Dial, pastor, and Rev. Paul Kuykendall, assistant pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Mr. Smith was born July 14, 1923, in Birmingham, Ala. He and Phyllis Roberts were married in 1949. He attended Marion Military Institution in Alabama before entering the Army in 1943. Upon graduation from Bombardier School at Rosewell Army Air Field Sept. 30, 1944, he was assigned to B-17 Crew Training at Biggs Field Training. After completing training he was pulled to the 2nd Bomb Group on Okinawa.
When the war ended, he remained overseas for two years. When he returned to the United States, he was assigned to the famous 509th Bomb Group, in Rosewell, where he remained for 10 years on the select crew for B-29s, B-50s then B-47s. In 1950 he participated in the first air-to-air refueling over the North Polar Region. His crew also represented the Air Force in the Royal Air Force Visual Bombing Competition in England.
In 1958, he attended the Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Course and was assigned to the 7th TDS on Okinawa as operations officer and later as deputy commander. He extended his overseas tour and joined the 498th Missile Group. He returned to Lowry Air Force to train crews on the missiles he had worked with overseas. He became an administrative expert while at Lowry and was assigned to PACAF Base command, Hickman Air Force Base, Hawaii as executive officer and chief of administrative services. His support to all Pacific bases won him the Pacific Air Force nominee for the federal Paperwork Management Award.
His final assignment was to Sheppard Air Force Base as executive officer for the Technical Training Wing. He retired Oct. 31, 1972, in Wichita Falls as a lieutenant colonel.
He was owner and operator of Smitty’s Model A since 1974 and was a member and president of Model A Club. He was a charter member and founder of the North Texas Model A Ford Owners Association, and was a member of the Model A Ford Club of America. He was the Wichita Falls coordinator for the Great American Race, was a member of the Northwest Texas Field and Stream Association and was a charter member of Texas Weapon Collectors Association. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association and had lived in Wichita Falls since 1971.
Survivors include two daughters, Christy Lynn Taylor and Susan Dee Lane, both of Wichita Falls; a son, Harry E. Smith III of Celeste, Texas; three brothers, Jimmy Smith of South Carolina, and Amos Smith and Cecil Smith, both of Birmingham; two sisters, Bertha Fuqua of Massachusetts and Patsy Sandifeur of Birmingham; and four grandchildren.
Leonard G. Elliot
GRANDFIELD, Okla. -- Leonard G. Elliot, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in a local hospital.
Services are pending with Gray Funeral Home.
Chester E. Ball
Chester E. Ball 74, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in Irving, Texas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Crestview Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Harvey McMurry, pastor of City View Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview.
Mr. Ball was born March 29, 1924, in Breckenridge, Texas. His wife, Nora Ball, died in April 1995. He was a veteran of the Navy during World War II. He was the co-owner of J&M Oil Field Service and Equipment and was a repairman. He had lived in Wichita Falls for 50 years. He was a Protestant. A son, Gary Ball, died in January 1982.
Survivors include two sisters, Virginia Hodges and Juanita Elkins, both of Irving; and a brother, John W. of Mansfield, Texas.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
J.H. ‘Jake’ Taylor
ARCHER CITY, Texas -- J.H. ‘Jake’ Taylor, 79, of Archer City died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Byers, Texas, Cemetery with the Rev. Roger Deerinwater, pastor of First Baptist Church of Archer City, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home.
Mr. Taylor was born Feb. 1, 1919, in Wise County, Texas. He was a former resident of Sweetwater, Texas, and had resided in Archer City since the late 1980s. He was a veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the late 1930s and was also a veteran of the Army from May 1946 to May 1947. He had worked as a cook and truck driver throughout most of his life and was a member of the Jonestown Baptist Church in Wise County, where he led the choir for several years.
Survivors include two sisters, Oleta Beasley of Wichita Falls and Deloris Hooker of Stroud, Okla.
Anna Laura Callihan
Anna Laura Callihan, 82, of Wichita Falls died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hampton Vaughan Crestview Chapel with the Rev. Harvey McMurry, pastor of City View Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park.
Mrs. Callihan was born June 26, 1916, in Merkel, Texas. She was a homemaker and had lived in Wichita Falls most of her life. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include a son, Stephen of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Velma Moore of Wichita Falls and Virginia McReynolds of Marlow, Texas; a brother, Frank Belt of Palmdale, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 1008 Burnett St., Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.
Patricia Laverne King
IOWA PARK – Patricia Laverne King, 73, of McKinney, Texas, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 1999.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Crestview Memorial Park with the Rev. Joe Wayne Davis, pastor of Highland Church of God, officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home of Iowa Park.
Mrs. King was born May 22, 1925, in Slayton, Texas. She and Rufus Weldon King were married in April 1944 in Odessa, Texas. He died March 29, 1958. She worked as a presser for a dry cleaner and lived in McKinney for one year. She was a member of the Church of God.
Survivors include a brother, Hailey B. Richardson of Slayton.
BURKBURNETT – J.P. Lewallen, 79, of Burkburnett died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a local hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett with the Rev. Gerald Bryant, pastor of First Pentecostal Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in Temple, Okla., Cemetery.
Mr. Lewallen was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Norman, Okla. His wife, Lois Osborn died in 1982. His second wife, Sybil Looney died in 1988. He was a construction superintendent, a member of the Carpenters Union and served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of God and had been a resident of Burkburnett since 1955.
Survivors include four sons, Wesley and Howard, both of Burkburnett, Dwayne of Fort Worth and Jerry of Grand Prairie, Texas; a sister, Coleen Rayburn of Lark, Ind.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Reuben E. Lewis Jr.
OROVILLE, Calif. – Reuben “Bo” Edwards Lewis Jr., 74, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in a Oroville hospital.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church of Yuba City, Calif. Arrangements are under the direction of Oroville’s Scheer Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Lewis was born March 8, 1924, in Texarkana, Texas. His wife, Crystle Moreland Lewis died in 1982. He was a Yolo County resident for 10 years after moving there in 1958. He lived in Yuba City for about 1 1/2 years. During World War II he served in the Navy Seabees in Guadalcanal and also served as a boxing instructor. He owned several businesses while attending college in Wichita Falls where he was a boxer and a private pilot with many hours spent in his Cesna 120 and 180 airplanes. He was a member of Quiet Birdmen and the Masonic Temple. He worked on the Manhattan Project in White Sands, N.M., and in the early 1950s, he began his career in the oil and gas business as a drilling fluids (mud) engineer. He traveled from Texas to Kansas, Utah and California. He worked for Magobar Drilling before he established Phenix Mud Co. and eventually started Tri-Valley Mud Inc. with his brother, James W. “Bebe” Lewis.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Boaen of Fresno, Calif., Tina Bowman of Bakersfield, Calif., and Kelly Salbo of Yuba City.; a son, Tim of Bakersfield; a sister, Betty Jean Brooks o El Macero; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Yuba City’s First United Methodist Church or the American Lung Association.
Rosa Ila Rector
FREDERICK, Okla. – Rosa Ila Rector, 88, of Frederick died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1999.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Chapel of Frederick Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Copeland, pastor of Walters First Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Rector was born Dec. 13, 1910, in Seminole County, Okla. She and Walter Estes Rector were married Jan. 1, 1938, in Mangum, Okla. He died Feb. 3, 1984. She attended Frederick schools. She worked for the Telephone Company for several years. She lived in Tillman County for 65 years. She was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Lynch of Arlington, Texas, and Frances Defoor of Garland, Texas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
BURKBURNETT – Vaughan O’Connor, 87, of Burkburnett died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999.
Mass will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Jude Catholic Church in Burkburnett with the Rev. Severius J. Blank of St. Jude Catholic Church officiating. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston.
Mrs. O’Connor was born Sept. 21, 1911, in Grand Forks, N.D. She and Patrick James O’Connor were married Feb. 23, 1946. He died in 1984. She was a librarian and Realtor, was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and of Kappa Alpha Theta. She moved to Burkburnett in November 1995. Her son, Robert O’Connor, died in 1973.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Smith of Burkburnett and Virginia of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Patrick of Buffalo Gap, Texas, and Michael of New York; a sister, Gloria Mautz of Auburn, Wash.; and five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Effie Ruth Hurley
NOCONA, Texas – Effie Ruth Hurley, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a Nocona hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Brent Schlittenhart of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Nocona Cemetery under the direction of Scott-Morris-Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hurley was born Nov. 11, 1905, in Bonita, Texas. She and Thomas Roy Hurley were married Nov. 25, 1923, in Saint Jo. He died July 1, 1980. She was a homemaker and a member of Bonita Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Elsie Lee Morgan and Peggy Jo Allen, both of Nocona, and Joyce Faye Mitchell of Tom Bean, Texas; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family will be at the home of Peggy and Doie Allen tonight at 6 for visitation.
Louie Adams Jr.
LAWTON, Okla. – Louie Adams Jr., 72, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999, in a Commanche, Okla., hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today under the direction of Jefferson Funeral Home.
Mr. Adams was born in Ladonia, Texas. He was stationed at Fort Still Army Base. He served 23 years in which he achieved the rank of master sergeant.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Smith; a daughter, Cleattus Cooper of Marietta, Texas; two sisters, Ruby Inez Simmons of Wichita Falls, Gracil King of Oklahoma City; three brothers, George Robert and Elmo, both of Oklahoma City, and Eddie Lee of Ladonia, Texas.
Katherine Jo Boger
VERNON, Texas – Katherine Jo Boger, infant daughter of Malcolm and Buffy Boger of Vernon, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Private graveside services were held Thursday in Wilbarger Memorial Park with Stephen Ramsey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Survivors include her parents; her grandparents, Dick and Willene of Argyle, Texas, Floyd “Butch” Ellison of Stratford, Texas; her great-grandparents, Alice Ellison and Grace Kyle, both of Stratford, and David and Willie Glass of Sterling City, Texas.
QUANAH, Texas – Betty Lemon, 69, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in a Altus, Okla. hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Wilbarger Memorial Park with the Rev. John Spangler, minister of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lemon was born April 14, 1929, in Vernon. She and Jodie Lemon were married Jan. 26, 1950, in Elliot, Texas. She was a lifetime resident of Hardeman and Wilbarger counties. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kathy Archraft and Shelly Wright, both of Quanah; his twin brother, Joe Williams of Los Angles; another brother, Tom Williams of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Billie Williams of Houston; three grandchildren; and four grandchildren.
The family will be at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday for visitation.
Lida Mae Beasley
ELECTRA -- Lida Mae Beasley, 95, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1999.
Services are pending with Dutton Funeral Home of Electra.
Leonard G. Elliot
GRANDFIELD, Okla. -- Leonard G. Elliot, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in a local hospital.
Services are pending with Gray Funeral Home.
Thelma Rhodes, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.
Services are pending with Young & Co. Funeral Home.
WAURIKA, Okla. – Lota Bridges, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in a Jefferson County hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Willis C. Worley Chapel with the Wayde Normandin, pastor of Waurika Church of The Nazarene officiating. Burial will be in Hastings Cemetery in Hastings, Okla.
Mrs. Bridges was born March 31, 1912, on the family farm north of Hastings. She and Arthur Bridges were married Aug. 29, 1931, in Walters. He died Dec. 8, 1979. She was the sixth of eight children and attended Belcher Hill Country School. She lived southwest of Hastings for 40 years and moved to Hastings in 1971. She was a homemaker and a member of Waurika Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Burgess of Logan, N.M., Charlotte Peck of Duncan, Okla., and Lisa Gillmore of Amarillo, Texas; six sons, Olen Bridges of Canon City, Col., Don Bridges of Hastings, Marion Bridges of Healdton, Okla., Gary Bridges of Amarillo, Farrell Bridges of Marlow, Okla., and Loren Bridges of Terral, Okla.; two sisters, Roxie Huff of Duncan and Imogene “Jean” Morris of Waurika; 21 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.