Hildred M. McCurley
Hildred "Marshall" McCurley, 80,
of Norman, Oklahoma, died Sunday, June
27, 2004 in Norman, Oklahoma. Funeral
Services will be held at 10:00 A.M.,
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at Havenbrook
Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Max
Alexander officiating. A 2:00 P.M.
Service will be held on Friday, July 2,
2004 in De Ridder, Louisiana with
interment following at the Newlin
Cemetery in De Ridder, Louisiana.
Visitation will be held from 5 - 9 P.M. on Thurday at Hixson Funeral
Home in De Ridder, LA. Services are under the direction of
Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma and Hixson
Funeral Home of De Ridder, LA.
Hildred was born June 27, 1924 in Merryville, Louisiana, to
James and Nicey (Cooley) McCurley. He graduated from high
school in Merryville, Louisiana. He moved to Oklahoma and studied
accounting at Blackwood Business College, graduating in 1954.
Hildred was a veteran of World War II. After the war, he made his
career in accounting and sales. He married Myrtle O. Jones on
August 14, 1944 in De Ridder. Louisiana. They had two children,
Barbara and William. Hildred and Myrtle divorced in 1972 after
twenty-seven years marriage. Hildred loved square dancing. He was
active throughout his life in Baptist churches.
Hildred was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers
and five sisters. Survivors include his son, William McCurley and
wife, Linda, of Blanchard, OK; daughter, Barbara McCurley of
Oklahoma City, OK; two sisters, Louise Bell and Mae F. Miller, both
of De Ritter, LA; two brothers, R.J. McCurley and wife, Opal, of De
Ridder, LA and Olen Ray McCurley and wife, Rene of Lake Charles,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Foundation of
Oklahoma, 3800 N. May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Dorothy Lynn McGovern
Dorothy Lynn McGovern, 75, of Norman, Oklahoma, died
Monday, June 9, 2003 in Norman, Oklahoma. Memorial Services
will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Havenbrook
Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Lavonn Brown officiating.
Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of
Mrs. McGovern was born January 20, 1928, in Glenmore,
Louisiana, to Lula and H.O. Burt. She graduated from
Louisiana State University and received a master’s degree in
speech from Northwestern University.
Mrs. Govern is survived by her husband, J.D. McGovern
of the home; son, Don McGovern of Edmond, OK; two
daughters, Kay Bosworth of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ginger
McGovern of Oklahoma City, OK.; sister, Betty Willcox of
Shreveport, Louisiana; and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma
Medical Research Foundation at 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma
City, OK 73104-9930.
Karen Elisabeth Merkle
Elisabeth Merkle, 84, of Norman died Wednesday, June 2,
in Norman. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M.,
Saturday, June 5, 2004 at the Warren Cemetery in Brookhaven
with Reverend Cal Brannon officiating. Services are under the
direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Elisabeth was born one mile west of Norman on a farm
purchased by her grandfather, John Merkle, in 1890. The home
was located on the present site of The Carriage Plaza on West
Main Street. She attended elementary school at St. Joseph School
in Norman and then graduated from Norman High School. She
then graduated from Draughn's Business School in Oklahoma City.
During World War II, she was employed with The War Shipping
Administration in Washington, DC. After the War, she moved to
the San Francisco, CA area and was employed in the business
office of the Juvenile Services Department of San Francisco
County. She retired in 1974 and returned to Norman to help care
for her father.
Elisabeth was preceded in death by her mother, Elisabeth
and father, John Arthur Merkle; and brothers, Frank "Chummy",
John and Ralph Merkle. Survivors include her sisters, Helen, of
the home and Priscilla Thomasson of Garden Valley, CA.; brother,
Joe Merkle and his wife, Patricia "Patty" of Norman; and many
nieces and nephews, two of whom reside in Norman, Elisabeth
Waltman and Joseph A. Merkle and families.
Jordan Marie Nelson
Jordan Marie Nelson, 17, of
Norman, Oklahoma, died Thursday, June 3,
2004 in Norman, Oklahoma. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M.,
Monday, June 7, 2004, at St. Mark The
Evangelist Catholic Church with Reverend
Thomas Boyer and Reverend John
Metzinger, celebrant. A Wake Service will
be held at 8:00 P.M., Sunday, June 6, 2004 at
St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church in
Norman. Interment will follow at the
Hillside Cemetery in Purcell, Oklahoma.
Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of
Jordan was born April 2, 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
to Janis Raye (McReynolds) and Randal Wayne Nelson. She was an
honor student at Norman High School and was involved in numerous
school activities including Varsity Pom 2002-2004 and serving as
Captain of the Norman High School Pom Squad 2004-2005. She was
also a member of the French Club, Young Life and FCA (Fellowship
of Christian Athletes). Jordan was a member of St. Mark The
Evangelist Catholic Church.
Jordan was preceded in death by her father, Randy and
paternal grandparents, G.B. and Katie Maxine Nelson. Survivors
include her mother, Jan Nelson of the home; sister, JulieAnne Nelson;
brother, Joseph Randal Nelson, all of Norman; maternal
grandparents, Jack and Marilyn McReynolds of Purcell, Oklahoma;
numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial fund has been established in Jordan’s name at Republic
Bank of Norman.
Gladys D. (Pérez) Williams
Gladys D. (Perez) Williams, age 88, of Norman, Oklahoma,
died Friday, June 4, 2004 at her home in Norman. Graveside Service
will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at Warren Cemetery
in Norman with Jerrel Henderson, officiating. Arrangements are
under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.
Mrs. Williams was born on February 28, 1916 in Mayaguez,
Puerto Rico to Manuel and Isabel Maria Perez. She grew up in
Puerto Rico and received a degree in Education from the University
of Puerto Rico. Mrs. Williams then taught school in Puerto Rico for
a short time before moving to the United States. She married Lonnie
E. Williams on July 30, 1939 in New York City, New York. In 1947,
they moved to Norman where they lived and raised their two children.
She was a charter member of Boyd & McGee Church of Christ
known today as Westside Church of Christ. She was a volunteer at
Norman Regional Hospital for many years and a member of the
Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society. She enjoyed sewing and
traveling. Mrs. Williams was a loving and caring wife, mother,
grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.
She was preceded in death by parents; a brother, Henry Pérez;
and sisters, Marie Christina Pérez, Patria Pérez and Blanca Stafford.
She is survived by her husband, Lonnie E. Williams of the home; son,
Elton M. Williams and his wife Margaret of Norman; daughter,
Dolores A. Williams of the home; brother, Jose Pérez of Muskogee;
sisters, Isabel M. Wright and Olga Zavala and her husband Martin of
Galveston, Texas; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the In Search of the Lord’s
Way, P.O. Box 371; Edmond, Oklahoma 73083-9901.
Charles Francis Harding III
Charles (Chas) Francis Harding III, 33,
of Norman, Oklahoma, died Sunday, June 1,
2003 near Hydro, Oklahoma. Funeral Services
will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 4,
2003 at Trinity Baptist Church in Norman
with Reverend Ron Rogers officiating and
Bryan Slocomb assisting. Services are under
the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of
Chas was born October 01, 1969 in
Dallas, Texas, to Charles F. Harding II and Sherry Reece Harding.
He moved from Dallas to Norman in 1970. He graduated from
Washington High School in Washington, Oklahoma and later
graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He worked as a
Petroleum Engineer. Chas was a member of the Kappa Sigma
fraternity and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He married Kari
Marie Anderson on July 11, 1998 in Norman. The family is
expecting a baby, Carter Anderson Harding, any day. Chas was
preceded in death by his grandfather, B.F. Reece. Survivors include
his wife, Kari of the home; son, Charles (Case) Francis Harding IV,
of the home; father, Charles F. Harding II and wife, Margo of
Norman, OK; mother, Sherrilynn Reece of Washington, Oklahoma;
five brothers, Brennan Harding and wife, Meghan of Silver Springs,
MD, Nathaniel Harding of Norman, OK, David Beedon and wife,
Caroline of Santa Monica, CA; John Beedon of Santa Monica, CA
and Joseph Beedon and wife, Shirley of Des Moines, IA;
grandparents, Charles Francis Harding and wife, Onieta of Dallas,
TX, Veatrice Reece of Pauls Valley, OK and Harry Hermann of
Riley Hogue, 83, of Norman,
Oklahoma, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, in
Norman, Oklahoma. Funeral Services will be
held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 30, 2004
at New Life Bible Church in Norman with
Reverend Jim Mustain officiating. Interment
will follow at the Warren Cemetery in
Norman, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be
Leonard Fietz, Bob Gowens, Toby
Thompson, David Bratcher, Jerry Warden
and Leon Reed. Honorary Bearers will be
Stan West, Frank Bedingfield and Norman
McNabb. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral
Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Mr. Hogue was born June 9, 1921 in Trenton, Texas, to Mike
and Oda (Riley) Hogue. He graduated from high school in Trenton,
Texas. He served with the U.S. Air Force in America during World
War II. Mr. Hogue married Nancy Shepard on November 27, 1957
in Dallas, Texas. They moved to Norman from Joplin, Missouri in
July 1973. Hogue was a Scottish Rite Freemason, retaining his
membership at the Trenton Masonic Lodge in Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of the home; son, Chris
Hogue of Norman, OK; daughter, Lisa Ouellette and husband, Chuck
of Wichita, KS; two grandchildren, Corey and Kendra Ouellette of
Wichita, KS; and baby dog, "Tasha".
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung
Association of Oklahoma, 3160 W. Britton Rd. Suite E., Oklahoma
City, OK 73120. and American Diabetes Association, Memorial and
Honor Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 74720.
Kaylen Wilson Melton
Kaylen Wilson Melton, 51, of
Lakewood, Colorado, died Saturday, June
26, 2004 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:30
A.M., Thursday, July 1, 2004 at Norman
I.O.O.F. Cemetery with Reverend David
Spain and Dr. Hugh Wilson officiating.
Services are under the direction of
Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman,
Kaylen was born March 21, 1953
in Liberal, Kansas, to A. Kay and Lenora
M. (Street) Wilson. At age three, she moved with her family to
Norman, Oklahoma. She grew up in Norman and graduated from
Norman High School. She attended the University of Oklahoma and
was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority there. She married
Benjamin Melton on August 10, 1973 in Norman, Oklahoma. They
moved to Lakewood, Colorado in 1988. She was a member of
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Lakewood.
Survivors include her husband, Ben Melton of the home;
parents, A. Kay and Lenora Wilson of Norman, OK; son, J. Kay
Melton and wife, Kaci Porter of Boulder, CO; daughter, Alicia
Melton of the home; sister, Dana Pascucci and husband, Perry of
Tulsa, OK; sister-in-law, Nancy Alsup and husband, John of
Oklahoma City, OK; four nieces, Kaitlin Pascucci of Tulsa, OK,
Maggie, Katie and Janie Alsup, all of Oklahoma City, OK; nephew,
Daniel Pascucci of Tulsa, OK.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104-9930.
James Scott Murphy
James Scott Murphy, 43, of
Lexington, Oklahoma, died Saturday, June 5,
2004 in Lexington, Oklahoma. Funeral
Services will be held at 10:00 A.M.,
Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Havenbrook
Funeral Home Chapel in Norman with
Reverend Steve Lance officiating. Services
are under the direction of Havenbrook
Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
James Scott Murphy was born on
August 13th 1960, in Norman, Oklahoma.
He was known as Scotty to those who loved
him. Scotty and his brothers grew up in the
construction business. He lived and breathed
construction until his final breath on Saturday, June the 5th 2004. As
the smallest, youngest, and the only blonde in a family of brunettes,
Scotty was always easily spotted when he bounced around in a dump
truck, tried to driver a bulldozer before his feet could reach the
pedals, or scaled the big rubber tires on the huge pieces of
that formed the foundation of his professional life. He worked for his
dad in Joe Murphy Construction until he was out of high school and
then he and his middle brother, Joey, branched out with Murphy
Brothers Construction. He later became a "storm chaser" with his own
Done Right Construction and spent many miserable months cleaning
up after hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods on the Southern and East
Coasts. Most recently he returned to Oklahoma to be near his 10 year
old son, Lucas and started Scott Murphy Construction.
Scotty leaves behind his beloved son, Lucas, who has been the
light of his life since the day he was born ten years ago. He also
leaves behind his Dad, Sister and two Brothers. Scotty's devoted
mother, Betty, left us in May 1998. Scotty was Joe and Betty
Murphy's youngest son and youngest of their four children. Scotty
was ten years younger than his big sister, Diane, even though he
insisted on calling her, "Baby Sister," six years younger than Ron, and
4 years younger than Joe, Jr. or Joey.
Scotty left us too soon at the age of 43. We miss him.