Neva LaFon (Brown) Clark (Class of 1950)
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(Andrews) Chapman, Elizabeth - Funeral services for Elizabeth Mary "Liz" Andrews Chapman will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at First Presbyterian Church in Ardmore with Rick Mills officiating and Rev. Arlen Fowler assisting. Elizabeth Klinger will arrange the music. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill.
Elizabeth was born Jan. 31, 1937, at Rockland St. Mary, Norwich, Norfolk, England, to the late Edward James Andrews and Helen Emma Teresa Bailey Andrews. She passed away Tuesday morning, Sept., 18, 2001, in an Oklahoma City hospital at the age of 64 years.
Reared on a farm in England, Liz attended Rockland St. Mary Primary School for two years, Norwich High School for Girls for 11 years. She then attended Bedford College of Physical Education for three years. While at Bedford she played on the All England Women's LaCrosse Team, participating in international competitions. Liz taught physical education several years at Runton High School for Girls in Cromer, Norfolk, and at Bedgebury Park School for Girls in Kent, England.
She married William C. "Bill" Chapman on July 4, 1964, in Rockland St. Mary, Norfolk, England and moved to the United States to settle in Madill, Okla.
Liz was a devoted mother and grandmother who lived her life with her family as the centerpiece, and then shared her extra time with her community. Never one to complain, but instead focus on the needs of others, she devoted time to the Fran Drummond Day Care Center in Madill where she had been a member of the board since 1979, serving as past president and currently as treasurer.
She was a devoted mother and supporter of the Madill Booster Club, Marshall County 4-H and Madill FFA. She was also active in Ardmore in the Ladies of the Leaf Literary Club, Holly Garden Club and the Joint Ventures Stock Club. She attended First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore.
Liz was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Susan Sutcliffe; and brother-in-law Richard "Dick" Sutcliffe.
She is survived by her husband, William C. "Bill," of the home; a daughter, Belinda Helen Chapman of Ardmore; sons, Ian Bruce Chapman and wife, Jill, of Russett, Colin Andrew Chapman of Washington, D.C., and Edward Scott Chapman of Chicago; grandsons, Luke and Lane Chapman of Russett; a brother, John Andrews and wife, Margaret, of England; a brother-in-law, Fred A. Chapman Jr. and wife, Joan, of Ardmore; nieces and nephews, Emma and Sophie and James of England, Katherine and Sarah of England, and Ruth, Elise and Eric of Ardmore; a cousin, Michael Andrews of England; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Fran Drummond Day Care, P.O. Box 247, Madill, OK. 73446.
Family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Watts Funeral Home
Hubert J. Ayers - Services for Hubert J. Ayers will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Tolbert and the Rev. Wayne Fite officiating.
Interment will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Ayers was born April 3, 1914 at Broken Bow to the late Charley E. and Omie Hall Bradley Ayers. He died Dec. 25, 1999 in the local hospital. He married the former Goldie Lemons on March 5, 1935, at Russett.
Having served in the Army during World War II, he lived most of his life in the Ardmore area. He was the retired manager of Groendyke Transport Company, member of the Trinity Baptist Church, former member of the V.F.W., American Legion, D.A.V. and the Optimist Club.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Archie Lee Ayers, and by a sister, Rena Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Goldie, of the home; son, James Edwin Ayers of Moore; daughter, Cleo Chaffin of Healdton; brothers, Carl Ayers of Montebello, Calif., Marvin Ayers of Yuma, Ariz., Arthur Ayers of Topock, Ariz., and Sim Ayers of Yuma, Ariz.; sisters, Pauline Speck of Grandview, Wash., and Addie Marie Martin of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Christian, Lloyd Boggs, Jack McGehee, Joe Kemp, Joe Mallory, George Lowe, Albert Vinson and Gary Simmons. Honorary bearers will be the Adult IV Men’s Sunday School Class, Frank Rutledge and Gene Smith.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church van fund or to the Madill Baptist Children’s Home in care of Trinity Baptist Church, 25 12th N.E., Ardmore, OK 73401.
Family will receive friends at the Griffin-Kennedy-Watts Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. this evening.
[From The Daily Ardmoreite, Monday, 27 Dec 1999, p. __.]
(Ballard) Grady, Sarah Helen - Born June 18, 1931 Lebanon, OK. Died December 10, 1989 Denison, TX. Funeral Service December 13, 1989, 10:00 am Watts Memorial Chapel. Officiating Lyndol Adams. Internment Woodberry-Forest Cemetery. Arrangements by Watts Funeral Home Madill, Oklahoma. Casket Escorts - Bobby Mosier, Bill Reynolds, Jack Colby, Tony Mosier, Bill Parrott, Thomas Herndon. Honorary Escorts- C.A. Cryer, Earl Blakemore, Elbert Griffin, Don Harris, Mike Herndon, Randy Herndon, George Robinson, Joe minter, Jodie Minter, John I. Bridgeman. Music Arranged by L.A. Robertson. Organist Brenda Lemons.
William Kenneth Behrens - Services for William Kenneth Behrens, 71, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Watts Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Eric Ballou and Frank Behrens officiating. Music will be arranged by the Church of Christ Singers. Interment will be at Mannsville Cemetery.
Born Aug. 2, 1932, in Lone Grove to Earl William and Ruby Mae Olds Behrens, he died July 31, 2004, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Norma Jean Richardson and Carol Duncan; two brothers, James and Harold Behrens, and one son, Steve Behrens.
Bill was reared in Russett and graduated from Russett High School in 1950. On May 19, 1951, he married Goldie Floudel Bearden at Ardmore. They were married for 53 years.
Bill and Flo lived at Nicoma Park and he worked as an aircraft electrician at Tinker Air Force Base for 28 years. He retired in 1988 and moved to Madill. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Bill was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and fisherman and a very special dad and grandpa.
Survivors include his wife, Flo Behrens, Madill; a daughter and son-in-law, Cozetta and David Wallace, Yukon; two sons and daughter-in-law, Kenny Behrens, Ardmore, and Ron and Kim Behrens, Madill; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank Behrens, Tulsa, Jack and Patty Behrens, Duncan, Darrell and Sandy Behrens, Aledo, Texas, and Carl and Vickie Behrens, Addington; sisters and brothers-in-law, Earlene and Phil Webb, Addington, and Linda and Mike Holdsclaw, Blanchard; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bearers are Chad Selvy, Curtis Dugan, Doug Behrens, Richard Behrens, Mikel Bearden and Mark Webb
(Biles) Runnels, Margaret Ann - LaVonn (Biles) Thomas reports that her sister Margaret Ann (Biles) Runnels has passed away. Although she did not attend school at Russett, we knew her and about her. Let's remember her family in our prayers.
EDD’ BROCK - STONEWALL — Services for R.E. “Edd” Brock, 78, Stonewall, are 2 p.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Charles Teel and Truman Teel will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. The Chickasaw Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Brock died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at a Stonewall nursing home. He was born Sept. 13, 1926, at Matoy, near Caddo, to Rufus Thomas and Minnie Gaye Swader Brock. He attended school at Russett and moved to this area April 28, 1962, from Madill.
Mr. Brock married Virginia Lois Harris on Jan. 26, 1946, at Gainesville, Texas. She died Feb. 6, 1984. He was an equipment operator-maintainer operator for Pontotoc County, District #3 until his retirement. He was formerly a ranch hand for many years. Mr. Brock was a member of Rocky Point Missionary Baptist Church and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1945 until 1949.
Survivors include three daughters, Judy Thomas and husband John, Stonewall, Ann Bock and husband Lee, Clarksville, Ga., and Nancy Hudson, Trenton, Texas; two sons, Eddie Brock and wife Melissa, Celeste, Texas, and Mark and SuzAnn Brock, Roswell, N.M.; a sister, Paula Russell, Mesquite, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Eula Miles.
Bearers will be his grandsons, Wayne Bock, John E. Corbitt, Tommy Thomas, Eddie Brock Jr., Frankie Russell and Joe Embrey. Honorary bearers are John Thomas, John W. Corbitt, Lee Bock, Willard Sliger, Don Teel and Roy Allen.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
Brock-Russell, Paula Gay - Paula passed away late October 6, 2006. Funeral services were handled by Anderson- Clayton Funeral Home, 1111 Military Parkway, Mesquite, TX, The funeral was held on October 9, 2006 at the First Baptist Church, Forney, TX on Farm Road 741 at 2:00pm. Paula was a longtime resident of Russett having grown up and gone to school here and graduated in the class of 1949.
Neva LaFon (Brown) Clark (Class of 1950)
Web posted October 26, 2006
OAKLAND -- Graveside services for Neva LaFon Brown Clark, 75, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Fred Waldrep officiating.
Born on March 4, 1931, in Brownsville, Okla., to Arthur E. "Aus" Brown and Annie Laura "Slack" Goff Brown, she passed away on Oct. 23, 2006, at the Madill hospital.
She married Emit Brant Clark on June 4, 1951, at Gainesville, Texas. He preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 2006. She was also preceded by a son, Bobby Dale Clark; her parents; and granddaughter, Emerald Vega.
She graduated from Russett High School and was a homemaker and had lived in the Oakland-Madill area since 1994. She loved to bowl and was a member of several leagues while living in Wyoming. She enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens Centers in Mannsville and Dickson. She was baptized in 1946 and in recent years became a member of Mannsville Church of Christ.
Survivors include children, Wanda Ramona Woodland and husband, Glenn, Henderson, Nev., Sharon Schirado and husband, Larry, Gillette, Wyo., Sherrie Ann Bain and husband, Michael, Madill, and Phyllis Vega, Thermopolis, Wyo.; stepchildren, Emit B. "Pat" Clark III, Ninnekah, Jerry Clark Anderson and Larry Clark Anderson, Wakefield, Neb., David Clark Anderson and Peggy Posten, Florida; sisters, Mona Jo Cumbie and husband, Jack, Russett, Glenda Herndon, Durant, Susan Pilgrim and husband, Jackie and Nancy Kirk and husband, Doug, all of Ardmore; brothers, Eddie Brown, Atoka, and Tommy Brown and wife, Vickie, Madill; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear and loving friends.
Bearers will be grandsons and sons-in-law.
Family hour is from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Brown's Funeral Service, Atoka. Condolences can be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Services for Bill "Punch" Clark, 69, will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Eastside Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Harris officiating. Interment will be at Greenville Cemetery, Greenville.
Born on Sept. 14, 1936, in Turkey, Texas, to William T. and Maxine Whisenhunt Clark, he died on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents; and great-grandson, Christian Verkler.
A resident of Love County most of his life, he attended school at Courtney, Burneyville and Russett and graduated from Marietta High School in 1956. He previously lived in Denton, Texas, and Liberal, Kan. He owned a retail store and owned and operated a service station in Marietta. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. His hobbies were quilting and gardening.
He and Mary F. Howard were married on June 13, 1993, in Marietta.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; four daughters, Sheryl Cooper, Greers Ferry, Ark., Cindy Bagwell, Bonner Springs, Kan., and Brenda Garcia and Dianna Giger, Cabot, Ark.; three stepdaughters, Vivian Howard, Wichita Falls, Texas, Beverly Clark, Selah, Wash., and Vicky Lopez, Thackerville; a stepson, Dennis Lopez, Thackerville; two brothers, Max "Peanut" Clark, Enos, and Billy Joe Clark, Lone Grove; three sisters, Barbara Hoipkemier, Fort Worth, Georgia Ann Smith, Loco, and Ann Goldsmith, Eastman; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Carol Wayne Flanagan, G.W. Flanagan, Thurman Vinson, Carl Gragg, Wayne Bond and Dale Harvey. Honorary bearers are Leon Brown, Dr. Tom O'Connor, Donnie Clark, Dennis Lopez and Jim Tye.
Memorials can be made to the Eastside Baptist Church building fund c/o Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, 100 W. Main, Marietta, OK 73448.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home, where a guest book is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Willie Ethelyn 'Sitter' (Colson) Dewbre - Services for Willie Ethelyn "Sitter" Dewbre, 93, will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2006, at the Mannsville First United Methodist Church with Harold Hunt officiating and Burney Cope assisting. Interment will follow at Mannsville Cemetery under the direction of Watts Funeral Home.
Sitter was born in Lebanon, Okla., to Andy and Betty Snider Colson on March 27, 1913. She went to be with her Lord on Monday, July 24, 2006, at the Madill hospital.
During her childhood years, she made many lifelong friends in Lebanon where she lived before moving to Russett, Okla., in 1937. On Jan. 19, 1939, she married John Dewbre in Madill and they spent the majority of their lives operating Dewbre's Grocery in Mannsville. God blessed their love with two precious daughters that she adored.
She was a member of Mannsville First United Methodist Church where she served God faithfully. She loved her family and her church. Also, her hometown of Mannsville had a very special place in her heart. She loved playing cards, sitting on her front porch swing, and reminiscing with family and friends. She had a very generous heart, always making sure everyone's needs were met before her own. She will be remembered for her fun loving spirit.
Her family and friends were her whole world. She touched so many lives in her 93 years of life and she will be greatly missed by everyone that had the privilege of knowing her.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Deon James; her parents; a son-in-law, Ike Matlack; brothers, Dallas, Carl and Jack Colson; and a sister, Beneva Bean.
Survivors include a daughter, Jane Matlack, Mannsville; son-in-law, Frank James, Mannsville; grandchildren, Gayle and Joe Avery, Madill, Teri and David McDaniel, Madill, Mike and Misty Matlack, Mannsville, Jamie and Alisha James, California, John James, Blake and Anna James, and Teia and Brad Martin, also Mannsville; sister and brother-in-law, Oita and Leonard Burton, Sulphur; brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Ina Colson, Yale; sister-in-law, Audeen Colson, Pauls Valley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arlen and Faye Dewbre, Lone Grove; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, numerous other relatives and friends.
Bearers will be Michael Bean, Steve Bean, Calvin Burton, Pete Burton, Junior Colson and Ted Colson.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Mannsville Methodist Church building fund.
An online guest book is available at www.wattsfuneralhome.com
Arlyn Oliver Dewbre - Services for Arlyn Oliver Dewbre, 89, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Harvey-Douglas Chapel with the Rev. David Gardener officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Grove Cemetery.
One of triplets born on Dec. 17, 1917, in Russett, Okla., to William Matthew and Nancy Ragsdale Dewbre, he passed away on April 11, 2007, at his Lone Grove residence. He was preceded in death by his infant brothers, other brothers, Oran, Omar John and Ester Dewbre; sisters, Frankie Juctice and Ecle Dewbre; grandson, Edwin Davis Jr.; and granddaughter, Tracey Davis.
A resident of the Ardmore/Lone Grove area most of his life, he served his country in the U.S. Army receiving the World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and Three Service Stars. Arlyn was a self-employed contractor before he retired and was a member of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed bowling, playing gold, and loved the Oklahoma Sooners.
He and Glenna Faye Rhodes were married on June 25, 1946, in Madill, Okla.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; daughters, Arithia Sue Davis and husband, Rick Newell, Ardmore, and Leisa Bullard and husband, James, Lone Grove; grandsons, Johnny Davis, Ardmore, and Joshua Bullard, Lone Grove; granddaughters, Stacey Davis, Ardmore, Shannon Dutton and husband, Matt, Yukon; great-granddaughters, Jordan Davis, Ardmore, and Makenzie Dutton, Yukon; and great-grandson, Brayden Dutton, Yukon.
Bearers will be Marty Rhodes, Josh Bullard, James Bullard, Rick Newell, Matt Dutton and Lonnie Harralson. Honorary bearer is Vernon Denney.
An online guest book is available at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com
Duncan, James D. - A note from Jack Duncan to let everyone know that one of the former graduates of Russett High, James D. Duncan, who graduated either in 1938 or 1939, passed away recently. For more information Jack can be reached via email at: Jduncan681@aol.com
Lucy Jean (Duncan) Graham. Lucy Jean (Duncan) Graham, 77, of 632 Folkerth Ave., Lot 73 Sidney, died peacefully on Jan. 19, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. at her daughter's residence, 716 Villa Park Court, Fort Wayne, Ind., Surrounded by loving family.
She was born June 18, 1930 to the late Fred and Minnie (Sharrock) Duncan.
She married Harold F. Graham Jr. in Fort Wayne, Ind., on April 30, 1981 and he survives her.
Lucy is also survived by one brother, Jack Duncan of Paris, Texas; six children, Deborah and Terry Ward of Churusbosca, Ind., Mrs. Terry McComb of Fort Wayne, Rick Shaw of Tulsa, Okla., Ronald Shaw of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Lori Welbaumn of Fort Wayne.
She is also survived by six stepchildren, Terry Lee Graham of Fort Wayne, James Allen Graham of Fort Wayne, Dan R. and Martha Graham of Little Rock, Ark., Harold F. Graham III of Fort Wayne, Brian K. Graham of Fort Wayne and Timothy J. Graham of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren, six step grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen Hughes.
Lucy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney by Pastor Dave Brisker. Burial will follow at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour before the service at the funeral home on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pasco United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home
Easterwood, Dale -- Song and Obit for Dad
Love for the Father and the Son
Love for the Father and the Son
Love for the Father and the Son
Written by Vince Gill -- 1994
Gloria Fern (Easterwood) Devenport - Wilson - Services for Gloria Fern (Easterwood) Devenport, 72, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Alexander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason Langley officiating. Internment will be in Hewitt Cemetery, Wilson.
Lela E. Gray - Services for Lela Gray, 89, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Mannsville Baptist Church with Ken McCarthick officiating. Interment will follow at Willis Cemetery.
Born Nov. 20, 1909, at Willis, she died April 30, 1999, at a Norman health care facility. She was preceded in death by three sons, Oliver E. Gray, Ollie R. Gray and Carl W. Gray; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.
Mrs. Gray was reared in the Willis area. She married Ollie Willis "Bud" Gray on March 11, 1928, at Powell. They lived in the Willis area until 1947, moving to Russett and later moving to Mannsville in 1965. In 1966 she moved to Norman, where she lived the remainder of her life. She was a member of the Mannsville Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Tommy Gray, Norman, Donald Gray, Newalla, Dan Gray and Ernest Gray, both Mannsville, and Charles Gray, Russett; four daughters, Margie Forguson and Leoma McClung, both Russett, and Geneva Rigney and Betty Green, both Mannsville; 28 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as bearers.
Services are under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill.
Leoma (Gray) McClung - Services for Leoma McClung, 67, Mannsville, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Watts Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Ken McCarthick officiating. Interment will follow at Willis Cemetery.
Born March 21, 1933, at Willis to Oliver Willis and Lela E. Dryer Gray, she died June 23, 2000, at Ardmore. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Ollie, Carl and Dan Gray.
She married John Dailey McClung on Jan. 16, 1965, in Oklahoma City.
Raised at Willis, she moved to Russett in 1947 and attended high school there. In 1951 she moved to Oklahoma City where she attended Drawns Business College. She moved back to Russett in 1977 with her husband.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; one son, John E. McClung, Oklahoma City; two daughters, Linda Kitterman, Lakewood, Wash., and Connemara Dunn, Vancouver, Wash.; four brothers, Gene Gray, Norman, Donald Gray, Newalla, Charles Gray, Russett and Ernest Gray, Mannsville; three sisters, Margie Forguson, Russett, Geneva Rigney and Betty Green, both Mannsville; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation is 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hall, I C - February 15, 1998 -- Services for Isaac Charles Hall, 91, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Watts Memorial Chapel with Tom Franks officiating. Interment will follow at Russett Cemetery. Born Jan. 13, 1907, at Boggy Depot, Indian Territory, to Newton G. and Minnie M. Hayes Hall, he died Feb. 13, 1998, at a Tishomingo hospital. Hall was reared at Nida and Milburn before moving to Russett in 1944, where he lived the remainder of his life. He married the former Jewel V. Jarnigan on Oct. 20, 1939, at Tishomingo. Hall was a retired farmer and rancher, and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, of the home; one son, Donald, Madill; one brother, Cody , Las Vegas; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Bearers are Ian Chapman, William Chapman, Wayne Easterwood, Greg Matchen, Terry Dean Jackson, Chad Coleman and Carl Harlow.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents Virginia and Fred Henry, husband, Bernard Cohen; and sisters, Zelma Herron, Mary Robison and Dorothy Browning.
Survivors: Brothers, Eugene Guyman and Jerry Henry; sisters, Sylvia Ostby, Freda Clifton, Billie Amyett, Barbara Duncan, Carolyn Massey and Gwen Marshall; 32 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces, and great‑nephews; several great-great nieces and nephews; uncles, David lsham of Oklahoma and Ray Isham of Florida; and numerous cousins. She is also survived by her in-laws, Eileen Goldman and family and Sanford Cohen and family of Massachusetts. Ann will be remembered by her dear friends from all over the U.S., some of whom friendships she enjoyed for more than 40 years.
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Leona E. (Lemons) James. The funeral service for Mrs. Leona Edna James 73, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Roberts and Son Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Arthur Moraine, pastor of The Wesleyan Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. James was a retired clerk and longtime Avon representative. Mrs. James died at 5:42 a.m. Wednesday in Blackwell Regional Hostel.
She was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Madill, grew up there and attended Madill schools. On May 19, 1934, she married Ancel Jewel James in Madill and they made their home in Madill until moving to Blackwell in 1940. She began working for Harry’s Grocery on East Blackwell and later was a clerk for J. C. Penney’s, Hunt’s , C. R. Anthony and General Dollar Store. Throughout the years, she was a representative for Avon products.
She was a member of The Wesleyan Church and taught Sunday School and was church secretary. She also belonged to Blackwell Business and Professional Women’s Club and to Al-Anon.
Her husband preceded her in death March 3, 1983.
Survivors are three daughters, Delnah Stafford of Guthrie, Linda Collins of Sand Springs and Goldia Clonts of Blackwell; one son, Ancel Michael James of Blackwell; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Goldia Clonts of Blackwell, Nova McDaniels of Wichita and Jill Horstman of Ponca City, and three brothers, Lawrence Lemons of Oklahoma City, Clifford Lemons of Edinburg, Texas, and Nolan Lemons of Dallas, Texas.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Hobart Lemons, and a sister, Clara Willis.
There is a memorial in her name to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation cancer fund. The funeral home will act as custodian of the fund.
[from Journal-Tribune, Blackwell, OK, Thursday, 1 Mar 1990, p. 8.] [NOTE: The newspaper on the next day correctly named one of her sisters as Goldia Ayers of Ardmore (not Goldia Clonts). Leona actually went to school in Russett.]
Fred Holland Jester
Jester was born March 5, 1930, in Russett to Tom and Carrie Waggoner Jester. He died Aug. 4, 2002, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, W.C. Jester; a sister, Rena Mae Jester Albright; a son, Fred Holland Jester Jr.; and his first wife, Darlene Dowell Jester.
He attended school at Cedar Hill and Russett and graduated from McLish High School in 1947. He attended Easter A&M College in Wilburton and graduated from Oklahoma A&M University in Stillwater. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and saw action in the Korean conflict. He was a lifelong farmer, rancher and professional livestock auctioneer responsible for registered Angus sales across the United States. He owned and operated Johnston County Feed and Supply for 25 years before retiring to raise cattle on his Russett farm. He was very active in Johnston County civic and community affairs.
He was a proud husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, of the home; two sons, Steven Jester, Pauls Valley, and Jonathan Austin, of the home; six daughters, Karen Brown and husband, Billy, North Richland Hills, Texas, Sharen Turney and husband, Charles, of New Albany, Ohio, Debbie Kosiek and husband, Paul, of Carol Stream, Ill., Deborah Ann Arterberry and husband, Jerry, of Madill, Elizabeth Austin, Madill, and Sara Austin, Stillwater; a brother, Tom Jester and his wife, Billie, of Canyon Country, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Tom Burch, Curtis Parker, Henry Glenn, Wade Wood, Mark Hughes and Ian Chapman. Honorary bearers are Wayne Houser, Charles Richards, John C. Jones, A.B. Elrod, H.C. Rackley, Larry Wood, Guy Combes and Dick Burrows.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Reaching Out program in memory of Holland Jester, c/o Landmark Bank, P.O. Box 250, Tishomingo, OK 73460.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Service
Services for Rena Mae Albright, 84, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Watts Memorial Chapel with Lyndol Adams and John King officiating. Interment will be at Woodberry Forest Cemetery.
Mrs. Albright was born Feb. 9, 1916, in Russett, to Tom and Carrie Jester. She died Dec. 14, 2000, in Oklahoma City.
A lifetime resident of Russett and Madill, she graduated with the second class from Russett High School in 1934, from Murray State College in 1936 and Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1938. She received her master's degree from East Central University and taught school 33 years, the past 22 in the Madill system. In 1976 she was selected Marshall County Teacher of the Year. She was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church, a member of Retired Educators Association and board member of the Baptist Retirement Village. She and Bill Albright were married July 29, 1939, in Madill.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 3, 1989; and a son, Woody. She is survived by two brothers, Holland Jester, Russett, and Tom Jester, Canyon County, Calif.
Bearers will be Donnie and Ronnie Hartin, Herschel Beard, Ian Chapman, Jon Austin and Jerry Arterberry. Honorary bearers are Bill Parrott, Leroy Ellis, Gene Reid, Neil Duncan and members of Lois and Esther Sunday school classes.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today
C. L. Lemons, Lebanon Native, Dies on Sunday. Clarence Levi Lemons, 80, a native of Lebanon, died Sunday in Madill where he had been a hospital patient 17 days.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning from the Russett Baptist church where he had been a member 15 years. He had made his home at Russett in more recent years after living north of Madill more than 50 years where he farmed.
Rev. Kennth Cothran officiated at the funeral. He was assisted by Royce Lasiter with L. W. Easterwood in charge of singing. Burial was in Russett cemetery under the direction of Watts Funeral Home.
Mr. Lemmons was born March 28, 1885, at Lebanon, I.T. He was married July 30, 1905, at Pettijohn Springs. She died July 24, 1959.
He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Leona James and Mrs. Geraldine Hortman, both of Blackwell, Mrs. Clara Willis of Madill, Mrs. Goldie Ayres of Ardmore and Mrs. Nova McDaniel of Wichita, Kan.; three sons, Clifford of Edinburg, Tex., Lawrence of Oklahoma City and Nolan Lemons of Dallas; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Also, two half-sisters, Minnie Landers of Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. Queen Reich of Sulphur, La., and a half-brother, Ted Lemons of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were Haskell Greenroyd, Preston Hortman, Jr., Paul Wayne Lemons, James Ayres, Billy E. Willis, Kenny Chaffin and Don Harryman.
[from The Madill Record, (13) Jul 1965.]
Clifford R. Lemons. RUSSETT – Services for Clifford R. Lemons, 78, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Russett Baptist Church. Interment will be at Russett Cemetery.
Lemons, the son of the late Clarence and Katie Belle Lemons, was born here Aug. 25, 1913 and graduated from Russett High School. He died Wednesday at a hospital in McAllen, Texas.
Lemons was a World War II veteran and a member of the American Legion, the Disabled War Veterans and First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of the home, Pernie Lemons, Edinburg; two daughters, Narcessa Rall, Edinburg, and Carolyn Deck, McAdllen, Texas; two brothers, Lawrence Lemons, Oklahoma City, and Nolan Lemons, Dallas; three sisters, Goldia Ayers, Ardmore, Geraldine Horstman, Ponca City, and Nova McDaniel, Wichita, Kan.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Hobart Lemons, and two sisters, Leona James and Clara Willis.
Watts Funeral Home in Madill is in charge of funeral arrangments.
[probably from The Madill Record.]
Services for Goldia "Goldie" Ruby Irene Lemons Ayers, 89, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Tolbert officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Born on Oct. 21, 1917, in Russett, Okla., to Clarence Levi and Katie Belle Ragsdale Lemons, she passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at a Healdton health care facility.
She married Hubert James Ayers on March 5, 1936. She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 25, 1999; her dad on July 11, 1965; her mother on July 24, 1959; a granddaughter, Janet Diane Ayers on Feb. 22, 1965; four brothers, Nolan Lemons, Larence Lemons, Clifford Lemons and Hobart Lemons; and two sisters, Clara Willis and Leona James.
Goldie graduated from Russett High School. After her marriage to Hubert they moved to California for a short time then returned to Ardmore and made their home. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where she was a faithful and dedicated member. She loved to visit the sick and shut-in members of her Sunday school class as long as she was able. Her life revolved around her God and her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Survivors include a son, James Ayers and wife, Margie, Moore; a daughter, Cleo Chaffin and husband, Ken, Healdton; two sisters, Nova Lemons McDaniel, Wichita, Kan., and Geraldine Lemons Horstman, Blackwell, seven grandchildren, James Ayers, Brian Ayers, Ellen Walker, Kevin Ayers, Cheryl Bowhay, Christy Holden, and Lorie Gray; 16 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Ayers, Brandi Ayers, Brittany Ayers, Jonathan Walker, Keegan Walker, Jamee Bowhay, Brandon Bowhay, Shea Holden, Drew Holden, Emilee Holden, Steven Holden, Julia Holden, Isabella Gray, Daxon Gray, Christopher Gray and Victoria Gray; and great-great-granddaughter, Brooklin Paige Ayers, Oklahoma City.
Bearers will be grandsons, Kevin Ayers, Jim Ayers, Doug Gray, Rich Holden and James Bowhay and great-grandson, Drew Holden.
Services are under the direction of Griffin Hillcrest Funeral Home
[From The Daily Ardmoreite, 29 Dec 2006]
Hobart Lemons. Funeral Held for Hobart Lemons, Traffic Victim; Long-Time Area Man Dies Shortly After Accident. Funeral services for Hobart John Lemons, 51, Mannsville, fatally injured in a traffic accident Thursday, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Russett Baptist church.
A life-long resident of Marshall county, Lemons was a carpenter and member of the Baptist church.
Born September 2, 1908, near Pettijohn Springs, he attended Russett school and resided in that community 30 years prior to moving to California. He has been back in this area two years.
Survivors include his widow Mrs. Ruth Lemons; two sons, Sonny in service in Korea, and Jackie, Russett; one daughter, Miss Carolyn Lemons, Russett; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lemons, Madill; five sisters, Mrs. Gerald Horstman and Mrs. Leona James, Blackwell, Mrs. Clara Willis, Minco, Mrs. Goldie Ayres, Ardmore, and Mrs. Nova McDaniels, Wichita, Kan.,; and three brothers, Clifford Lemons, Edinburg, Tex., Lawrence Lemons, Oklahoma City, and Nolen Lemons, Dallas.
Officiating at the funeral service was the Rev. R. E. Alsup, pastor of the First Baptist church of Madill assisted by the Rev. R. R. DeLoach. Burial, under the direction of Watts Funeral home, was in Russett cemetery.
Pallbearers were J. B. Thomas, Fred Shipley, Herb Hudgens, Tommy Shaw, Dink Waggoner and Sam Adams.
[from The Madill Record, Thursday, 4 Jun 1959, p. 1.]
Mrs. Katie Belle Lemons. Final Rites for Mrs. Lemons in Russett Church. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Russett Baptist church for Mrs. Katie Belle Lemons, 73, who died July 24 in Ardmore. In poor health the past several years, Mrs. Lemons became critically ill a few days ago.
Born in Lebanon, Indian Territory, May 24, 1886, Mrs. Lemons spent her entire lifetime in Marshall County. She was married to Clarence L. Lemons July 30, 1905, at Pettijohn Springs and was an active worker in the Baptist church.
Survivors include: her husband of the home, Rt. 2, Madill; five daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Horstman and Mrs. Leona James, Blackwell; Mrs. Clara Willis, Minco; Mrs. Goldie Ayres, Ardmore, and Mrs. Nova McDaniels, Wichita, Kan.; three sons, Clifford Lemons, Edinburg, Tex.; Lawrence Lemons, Oklahoma City; and Nolan Lemons, Dallas; 23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Officiating was the Rev. Morris. Burial was in Russett cemetery under the direction of Watts Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Leonard Biles, L. W. Easterwood, Ding Waggoner, Ott Looney, Jim Green and Bill McCluskey.
[from The Madill Record, Thursday, 30 Jul 1959, page C-3.]
PERNIE FRANCES LEMONS. EDINBURG – Pernie Frances Lemons was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Lone Grove, Okla. She passed away March 8, 2004, at McAllen Medical Center.
Pernie Frances was a member of the First Baptist Church of Edinburg. As a young child she moved with her family, the late John and Jewell Beam, to Russett, Okla., where she attended a small country school. She was captain of the girl’s basketball team and graduated as salutatorian of her senior class. On June 15, 1940, Pernie Frances married Clifford Raymond Lemons in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and moved to the Rio Grande Valley 57 years ago. Together, the young couple raised two daughters.
Pernie Frances graduated from Pan American College in 1958. She taught in the Edinburg school district for 30 years. She had a love for learning and continued her education with life certificates as counselor, Diagnostician, Special Education and Speech Therapy. After retirement, she continued her education at the Reynaldo G. Garza School of Law with a degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence on Aug. 24, 1995.
Pernie Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Raymond Lemons in 1991. She is survived by her daughters, Tessa Rall and son-in-law, David Rall of Edinburg and Carolyn Deck and son-in-law Steve Deck of McAllen. Survivors include six grandchildren, Kimberly Anne (Michael) Grant of Houston, Missy Nicole (Shawn) Ayres of Houston, Michael Deck of Austin, Jonathan Rall of Dallas, Linda Marie Rall of Dallas and Stephanie Caroline Rall of Austin; great-granddaughter Sarah Nicole Grant and great-grandson Wilson Michael Grant’ brother, Charlie Beam and sister-in-law Jackie of San Antonio and sister-in-law Beth Beam of Victoria.
Pernie Frances was a devoted wife, mother, friend and role-model for all who knew her. She had many God-given talents and interests. Two of her favorite hobbies were baking pastries and growing God’s beautiful plants and flowers. Everyone and everything she touched bloomed and blossomed. To her family she was the air they breathe and the wind beneath their wings.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen. Memorial serives will be at Russett Baptist Church in Russett, Oklahma. She will be laid to rest near her husband in Russett Cemetery.
[probably from a McAllen, TX newspaper]
LEMONS, Larence (Lawrence) Edward, passed into Heaven Sat. Aug. 2, 1997. He was born in Simon, Ok in Love County, to Clarence & Katie Lemons. The family moved to Russett, Ok where Larence lived his growing up years. He was a part of a very large & loving family, consisting of 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Larence was raised by a precious mom who was always there to love, care, guide & give each of her 9 children every individual need of their hearts. He married his high school sweetheart, Lindle Lee James, on July 8, 1933. Before their wedding day, he built his bride a modest log cabin home. He didi it all by himself, cutting each log by hand, cutting all the singles for the roof. They celebrated 63 years of marriage in 1996. Larence was proud of the fact that he helped build the historic tower standing on the hill at Lake Murray. He & Lindle moved to OKC in the late ‘30s with their two children, Bob & Barbara Ann. For a time, he worked in the grocery store business and then began working in the sheet metal dept. at Tinker Field AFB, repairing airplanes. He retired with honor from TAFB after 35 years. He then worked for the old Capitol Hill Bank and pastured a small mission church in Moore, Ok. Preceded in death by his wife, Lindle, by just one month; his son, Bobby Lee; his parents; 2 sisters, Clarie Willis & Leona Lemons James & 2 brothers, Hobart & Clifford. He is survived by 2 daughters & their husbands, Barbara & Ron Benson of OKC & Kathy & Kim Lockwood of Edmond; a brother, Nolan of Tx; 3 sisters, Godlie Ayers of Ardmore, Ok, Nova McDaniels & Jill Horstman, both of Wichita, Ks; 5 grandchildren, Tammie Griffin, Sandy Neal, Brandon, Jeff & Katy Lockwood; great grandchildren, Tiffany & Tyler Griffin & Morgan Tate Neal; nieces & nephews. The family would like to thank R. J. Cosner of Vondel Smith South; Dr. Kerry Cranmer & his chief assistant, Pam Chadwell; & Rev. Jim White. Viewing will be held Wed. until 9:30 a.m. A service of celebration for Larence’s life and homegoing will be 10:00 a.m. Wed., Aug. 6, 1997 at the South Colonial Chapel. Matt. 11:28.
[from The Daily Oklahoman, Tuesday, 5 Aug 1997, p. 26]
LEMONS, Lindle Lee, 83, passed away into Heaven, Thurs., June 26, 1997. She fought with courage and strength a long battle with multiple health problems, the last 18 months. She was a charming lady of God, living her whole life to serve others. She & her husband were married July 8, 1933, in Russett, OK. They celebrated their 63rd, wedding anniv. In 1996 and were only days away from their 64th anniv., before her death. She was born 9-14-13 to H.E. & Mamie James in Mannsville, OK. She had 6 brothers & 2 sisters. Lindle is survived by her loving husband, Larence E. of the home; 2 daughters & their husbands, Barbara & Ron Benson, OKC, Kathy & Kim Lockwood, Edmond; 5 grandchildren; Tammie Griffin, Yukon, Sandy Neal, Atlantic Beach, FL., Brandon, Jeff & Katy Lockwood, Edmond; 3 great-grandchildren; Tiffany & Tyler Griffin & Morgan Neal; 4 brothers & their families: Joe James, WA, Jack Janis, TX, O.Z. James, OKC, Bill James, AR; 1 sister, Yonda Thomas, OR; & many nieces and nephews she loved! She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 son Bobby ZLee; 1 sister, Helen Daggett; & 2 brothers: Ancel & Cliff. Services celebrating Lindle’s life will be held, Tues., July 1, 1997 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Vondel Smith’s South. Viewing will be held until 9:30 AM, Tuesday, before services. The family wishes to thank all who have supported us through the very difficult time with your prayers. Special thank you’s to: RJ Cosner of Vondel Smith Mort., & Linda & Kelly of Mission Hospice for your loving care. And to Mom & Dad’s pastor & friend, Jim White. Thank you Jim for your ever consistent love & assurance to the Lemons family, during the last 46 years. “Mama, you are and always will be the love that lives on, in our hearts! Your smiles and laughter were like the rays breaking through the dark. Your banquet tables set before us, always signaled we were home! Your example of strength & peace in the face of tragedy will always give us courage to face whatever comes our way. Our tears are because we miss you so very much. But our constant comfort is God, and knowing you are with Him for now and evermore!” John 14:1-4. [from The Daily Oklahoman, __June 1997, p. ___.]
LEMONS, Nolan of Farmers Branch, went to be with the Lord on September 22, 2006. Nolan was born October 17, 1921 in Russett, Oklahoma to Clarence and Belle (Ragsdale) Lemons. He served in the U S Army Air Force from 1945 to 1946. He was employed by Pilot School for the Deaf (now Callier) for 26 years and Eastman Kodak for 11 years. He was preceded in death by son DeWayne Nolan Lemons. Survived by his wife Malacha; daughters Sherry Pardue and husband Steve, and Nova Ann, both of Farmers Branch; son Paul Lemons and wife Gwen, of Forney; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Goldia Ayers of Ardmore, Oklahoma, a twin Nova McDaniel of Wichita, Kansas, and Jill Horstman of Blackwell, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 10:00 A.M., at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234, with burial at Oakland, Oklahoma. Visitation will be one hour before services starting at 9:00 A.M., till service time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Nolan’s beloved church of 58 years: North Dallas Church of the Nazarene, 10303 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, Texas 75229. [from Dallas Morning News, Sunday, 24 Sep 2006, p. 16B, col. 2]
S. G. "Pete" Littlepage was born on September 19, 1926 in Battiest, Oklahoma to M. A. Littlepage and Delia Griffin Littlepage. He graduated from Battiest High School and served in the United States Army during WWII. He received the WWII Victory Medal, and the Pacific Campaign Medal. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Central University and a Masters degree in Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Since 1950, the name S. G. "Pete" Littlepage has been a part of the educational system in Johnston County. As basketball coach, Principal, English teacher and Superintendent, Mr. Littlepage spent 41 years in education. He taught and coached in Pontotoc and Russett. He was the Principal at Ravia High School and in 1963, Tishomingo High School. In 1966, Pete was selected at the Superintendent for the next school year and served as Superintendent for 25 years, retiring in 1991. Pete became the epitome of success as an Administrator in Johnston County. He was named Citizen of the Year in 1988 by the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and was also named the Distinguished Administrator of the year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators. Mr. Littlepage enjoyed life and his many friends. His passion was his family and flying his airplane. He had a unique God given ability to reach out to people in need and touched many lives with his generosity *in an anonymous way Pete and his smile will be deeply missed. but his spirit will be with us until we are together again in heaven.
He was preceded in death by his Parents and his Brother: Bob Littlepage.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wanda Coale Littlepage of the home; his Daughter & Son-In-Law: LuAnn & Gary Hulsey of Oklahoma City; (2) Grandchildren: Dr. Greg Hulsey and his wife Darcy and Alexis Hulsey Benson and her husband John, all of Oklahoma City; (2) Great-Grandchildren: Jack Hulsey & Laney Benson; and his Brother: Clark Littlepage of Ada.
-Church Service3: 00 p. m. Wednesday April 16, 2008 First Baptist Church Tishomingo, Oklahoma
-OfficiatingRev. Kenneth McCarthick
-Music"The Old Rugged Cross"
-PallbearersRon Hutchings Lynn Wood Charles Wyatt, Jr. Rex Lokey John D. Montgomery Luther Harber Donnie Rowland
-IntermentTishomingo Cemetery Tishomingo, Oklahoma
Directed By Clark Funeral Service Tishomingo, Oklahoma Roger and Sue Ann Clark
MARTIN, ANDREW (JACK), 87, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Masonic Home of Louisville. He was born August 1919 in Russett, OK, one of 10 children. He graduated in 1940 from Murray College in Tishomingo, OK, the first in his family to graduate from an institution of higher learning. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corps as First Sergeant and a member of Strathmoor Presbyterian Church since 1942. His entire working life was in sales, and retired as President of Broadway Chevrolet American Car Rental leasing division. He was a 33rd degree Mason, and a member of Daylight Lodge, a member of the Highland Kiwanis, and a Schriner. He is survived by his wife of 65 years the former Esther (Egelhoff) Martin; sons, Andrew "Skipper" Martin (Hana) of Louisville and Michael Lee Martin of Chicago; daughter Kay Ball (Tim) of Louisville, grandchildren, Kelli Rodman (Mike), Drew Martin (Adrienne), Scott Martin (Carol Beth), Dr. Josh Denny (Carolyn), Rebecca Ball, Robert Ball, Ryann Ball, Rachel Ball; great- grandchildren Hallie Rodman, Jack Rodman and three on the way. He is also survived by his brother, Donald Martin and a sister, Jo Asbury of Oklahoma. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2007 at Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home 3331 Taylorsville Rd. With burial to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday June 24th at Highlands. The family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the family of caregivers at the Masonic Home of Louisville for the love and comfort provided in the last five years. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Masonic Home of Kentucky, 3761 Johnson Hall Drive or Sally's Garden. Published in The Courier-Journal on 6/23/2007.
Jerry Douglas Mays - Services for Jerry Douglas Mays, 63, Dickson, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God Church with Brother Tom Estes and Brother James Tynes officiating. Music will be arranged by Sister Mary Tynes. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore. Arrangements are under the direction of Watts Funeral Home.
Born Dec. 13, 1942, at Courtney to Joseph Earnest and Hattie Bell Arledge Mays, he passed away June 17, 2006, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Cassie Nicole Mays; five brothers, Joseph Earnest Mays Jr., Kenneth Ray Mays, Wilbie Odis Mays, Donnie Van Mays and Roger Gale Mays and one sister, Muriel Jean Mays.
He grew up in the Courtney -- Ringling area and graduated in 1961 from Russett High School. He married Katherine Armstrong July 16, 1962, at Madill. Jerry moved to White Settlement, Texas in 1963 and moved to Dickson in 1980, where he lived the rest of his live.
Jerry worked as a sheet metal mechanic at Holt Allied Services for several years before retiring in 2002. He attended Mannsville Assembly of God Church. Jerry enjoyed going to cattle sales, farming and loved his cattle.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine, of the home; sons, Ernie Mays and his wife, Darla, Mannsville, and Jason Mays and his wife, Debra, Dickson; eight grandchildren, Amber Reynolds and her husband, Ryan, Mannsville, Meagan Mays, Mannsville, Luke Mays, Dickson, Caleb Mays, Dickson, and Hannah Mays, Dickson; one great-grandchild, Trinity Laine Reynolds, Mannsville; brothers, Arthur Eligh Mays, Las Vegas, Ralph Dean Mays, Norman, Darrell Lee Mays, Dickson, Lonnie Dale Mays, Ardmore, Tommy Joe Mays, Mannsville, and Gary Paul Mays, Ardmore and sisters, Mary Sue Barnes, Ringling, and Nelda Ann Rich, Ringling.
Bearers are France Earl Roberts, Steve Wells, Jerry Holley, Dan Harris, Rick Dickson and Roger Jeffcoats.
Visitation is 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, with family hour from 6-7 p.m.
Online guest book at: www.wattsfuneralhome.com
David H. 'Dave' Morgan - Graveside rites for David Henry "Dave" Morgan, 70, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Russett Cemetery with Jerry George officiating.
Morgan died June 16, 1998, at his home in Mill Creek. He was born Oct. 22, 1927, at Russett.
Married to Lawanda June Allen Sept. 18, 1948, at Madill, he lived in Mannsville and Dallas before moving to Mill Creek in 1955. He was a mechanic. His wife preceded him in death Sept. 25, 1994.
Survivors include a son, Roger, Tishomingo; a daughter, Debrah J. Cornelius, Mill Creek; a brother, Tom, Tucson, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne.
Watts Funeral Home will direct services.
Louella Riffe Oglesby - Louella Riffe Oglesby, 91 of Ravia, passed away Tuesday December 11, 2007, at her home in Ravia. She was born in Ravia to the late David M. Riffe and Susan Parham on July 21, 1916. Louella was raised in Ravia where she graduated from Ravia High School. She later graduated from Murray State College in Tishomingo and continued her education at a college in California where she received a Masters Degree.
Louella taught students front kindergarten age to College for 39 years, and also for three years in Japan She was always taking books to Ravia School for the kids to read. She married Wesley Oglesby on January 2, 1937 in Ardmore; he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1947.
Louella was a member of the Old Settlers of Ravia, several teaching organizations, and was also a member of the Russett Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading gardening and sewing.
She is survived by her grandsons and wives Mike Ducummon and wife Peggy of Ravia, Steve Ducummon and George Ducummon both of Tulsa and Donald Ducummon and wife Debbie of Adair; four cousins, Jack Riffe of Sulphur, Foy Phillip, of Harrah, Shelby Parham of Enid and Tim Phillips of Yorba Linda, Calif.; four great‑grandchildren, eight great‑great‑grandchildren and one great‑great‑great grandchild.
Louella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and one daughter, Marie Ducummon.
Graveside services were held Saturday' Dec. 15, at 11a.m. at the Ravia Cemetery, Tom Franks officiating. Services were held under the direction of Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Madill.
Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.
Born September 14, 1922 Deann, Arkansas. Died September 15, 2007, Kingston, OK. Funeral service 10:00 am, Monday, September 17, 2007, Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill, Oklahoma. Casket Bearers: John O'Steen, Brad O'Steen, Greg O'Steen, Josh O'Steen, Dusty, O'Steen and Chance Wilkinson. Honorary Bearers: Derek Fincher, Brendon O'Steen, Kelby Moore, Waylon Lott, Erick Davis, Gerald Wilkinson. Music: Wendy Easley, Eugene Easley. Internment: Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Oklahoma. Harold was a farmer/rancher at Russett for many years and it is said that he could lay off the straightest cotton row than anyone.
Roy Jackson O'Steen was born September 4, 1930 near Madill, OK, passed away May 6, 2007. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle & friend. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen Jean O'Steen; parents Carrie and Chester O'Steen; brothers, Bob, George & Earl; Sisters, Lucy, Dorothy, Jessie Lou, & Lena. He is survived by his daughter, Beth Ann McDaniel; son, Mike O'Steen & wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Adam McDaniel, Rachel, Josette & Alexandra O'Steen; brothers Harold & wife Wanda, Clif & wife Amie, Dale & wife Nancy, sister Beth Biles & Husband, Weldon; brothers-law, Ray Cornelison, Sam Bellah & wife Mary, sister-in-law Van Dell O'Steen, numerous nieces, nephews & friends. Visitation; 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, 5-9-2007 at the funeral home. Funeral services: 12 noon, Thursday, 5-10-2007 in the Grove Hill Chapel. Dignity Memorial Grove Hill 3920 Samuell Blvd. Dallas (214) 388-8887.
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 5/8/2007
Dale Ozment - Services for Dale Ozment, 64, Enos will be at 1 p.m. today at Westside Church of Christ with Lynn Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Russett Cemetery.
Born April 21, 1939, in Troy to William Henry and Lucille Lillian Jones Ozment, he died March 12, 2004, at Enos. He was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Barham, Laura Ellen Ozment, Elizabeth Ann Ozment; and a stepbrother, William Henry Ozment Jr.
He married Sue Ozment on May 2, 1959, in Tishomingo.
He attended 11 years of school at Ravia and graduated from Russett High School. He had earned two associate degrees from Murray State College. He served 20 years in the Army Reserves. He also served in Special Forces, the Green Berets and Secret Service. He had served with the Dallas Police Department and worked as a federal drug enforcement agent in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Grand Prairie, Texas, before retiring and moving to the Tishomingo area in 1975. He was a member of Enos Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; daughters, Cheryl Jayne, Las Vegas, and Kathy Miller, Sulphur; a brother, Chester "Chet" Ozment, Kingston; and six grandchildren.
Bearers will be Halsell Thomas, Dean Gates, Doug Chandler, Harlan Bowe and Hoss Wylie.
Services are under the direction of Campbell-Watts Funeral Home.
John H. Pryor II - Funeral services for John H. Pryor II, 74, of Tishomingo, were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Rev. Rex Clayton officiating assisted by Chaplain Morgan Ashworth. Interment followed in the Tishomingo Cemetery with military rites provided by the Honor Guard of the 45th Division, Oklahoma Army National Guard. Mr. Pryor passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.
John was born Feb. 26, 1933, in Marshall County, Oklahoma, to Roy Pryor and Opal Howard Pryor. He graduated from Tishomingo High School and later from Murray State College. He married LaVerle Sayre in Gainesville, Texas, on June 19, 1954, and had lived in Johnston County for most of his life.
John was a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service, retiring after 29 years of service. He also retired from the 1245th Transportation Company, a part of the 45th Division, Oklahoma Army National Guard, as a Command Sergeant Major with 40 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his father; his daughter, Patricia Ann Pryor, in 1958; and his sister, Darlene Wheeler.
John is survived by his wife LaVerle of the home; two daughters, Linda Bacu of Durant and Jana Frank and her husband Dave of Tishomingo; his mother, Opal Pryor of Tishomingo; two brothers, Clayton Pryor and wife Gloria of Tishomingo and Curtis Pryor and wife Johnna of Purcell; his sister, Gloria Jean Pryor of Tishomingo; four grandchildren and five great‑grandchildren.
Pallbearers for the service were Terry Dupree, Tanner Dupree, Keith Utley, James West, Joe Bill Caskey and Roger, Rounsville.
Services were held under the direction of Clark Funeral Service, Tishomingo.
Sanders, Norman Daniel, 78, was born June 11, 1928 in Tyrone, OK and grew up in Guymon. He passed from this life March 11, 2007, at his home in OKC. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of the home; two sons, Larry and wife, Linda, Ricky and wife Toni; Stepson, Charles Kimbrough and wife Cindy, all of OKC; 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; and numerous relatives and close family friends. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Ira Wadley Sanders; two brothers, Hoyt and Garland; and his oldest son, Danny. Norman started work as a roughneck in the oilfield as a teenager and spent his working life in the oil patch in various phases of the business; in Venezuela until the revolution in the 1950s; to the Gulf of Mexico; from the north slope of Alaska to the Bering Sea. Norman worked on wells in every oil-producing state on the continent of N. America. In 1984, he started his own company, the Turbulator Company, inventing, manufacturing, and selling a device he and a friend designed for cementing in oil or gas well in order to bring it into production. Norman had an oilfield accident in the early 1970's that crushed his knees and ankles. He was told he would not work again, much less walk. A determined man, he not ony worked and walked, he started his own company and stayed in business until he retired. Norman accepted the Lord as his savior at the age of 10, beyond that, he had 3 earthly passions: his family, his work ethic, and his flying. He learned to fly at age 16 and continued until his declining health forced him to ground himself. He often used the 2 airplanes he had owned in his business and they were his beloved toys as well as his passion. Services were at 10:00 am Saturday, March 17, 2007 at Brookwood Baptist Church, 8921 S. Walker in OKC, where memorials were made in memory of Norman. He was buried in the Russett Cemetery Saturday March 17th at 4:30 pm in the Boyer family grave sites.
Allen Wayne Scruggs - Graveside services for Allen Wayne Scruggs, 61, Subiaco, Ark., will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 19, 2006, at Russett Cemetery with Jonathan Smith officiating.
Born on April 8, 1945, in Mannsville, Okla., to R.W. and Gerta Jane Cockburn Scruggs, he passed away on Sept. 15, 2006, at a hospital in Little Rock, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruthie Scruggs; and two brothers, Howell Leon and Huel Dillard Scruggs.
Allen lived most of his life in Mannsville before moving to Arkansas. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and affiliated with the Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Shawnna L. and Tony Wroten, Charleston, Ark., and Tonya R. Sartor, Mississippi; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Wayne and Kim Scruggs, Russellville, and Robert Anthony and Tonya Tippit, Dardanelle, Ark.; sister and brother-in-law, Ina Faye and J.W. Hallmark, Ravia, Okla; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe Donald and Kathy Scruggs, Bloomberg, Ark.; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Watts Funeral home will direct services. Condolences can be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.
Patsy Linelle (Smith) Beasley
Underwood, Andrew, Obituary from the Chickasaw Nation Genealogy Archives in Tishomingo:
Blue--Services for Andrew “Bud” Underwood, 72, of Mill Creek, were May 12 at the Blue Baptist Church, Pastor Larry Hawkins officiating, assisted by Rev. James Tisdell, Interment, with military honors provided by the Chickasaw Nation Honor Guard, will be at the Seeley-Blue Cemetery. The son of Joe and Mary (Hamilton) Underwood, he was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Mill Creek, and died May 9, 2000, in Ada.
Mr. Underwood served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medical aide. He lived in Johnston County all his life. He worked on several ranches in the Mill Creek area and retired from the Unimin Plant, where he had worked as a sand dryer. He was a member of the Blue Baptist Church. He married Lillian Wisdom on June 8, 1948, in Ardmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Christopher Underwood [this is a mistake-- Christopher was his grandson, child of Linda and Darrell Underwood. He had Down’s syndrome], and a sister, Geraldine Mose.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Larry Wisdom [actually stepson—child of Lillian], and Dexter Underwood, both of Mill Creek, and Darrell Underwood of Tishomingo; [they left out Mike Underwood]; one daughter, Tammy Davis of Norman; two sisters, Era Mae Carney of Ardmore, and Delores Monetathchi of Tishomingo; three brothers, Gene Underwood of Bristow [this is a mistake—Gene lives at Davis and they left out Ted Underwood of Bristow and Chet Underwood of Mannsville], one granddaughter and four nephews whom he raised, Celia Underwood of Norman, and Kevin Ellis of Ada, Randy Wade of Marietta, Kenneth Mitchell of Flint, Mich., and Jacky Underwood of Stratford, and many other nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Mike Gross, Toby Castleberry, Kevin Ellis, Randy Wade, Billy Adkines, Buddy Curry, Jacky Underwood and Ronnie West. Honorary bearers were Timothy Underwood, Shannon Underwood, Matthew McDonald, Andy Underwood, Jason Underwood and Gerald Wisdom.
Services were directed by Clark Funeral Service.
[corrections by niece Amber Underwood]
UNDERWOOD, Carolyn L., 49 of Dallas, passed Friday morning. Born May 10, 1944 in Fillmore, CA to Hobart & Ester Lemons. Survived by brother, Jackie Lemons, Dallas; daughter, Christina, sons, Robert, Terry & Fred Taylor, all of CA; eight grandchildren; special friend, Claudia Hernandez. Services 10 A.M. Monday, April 5th, WATTS FUNERAL CHAPEL, Madill, OK. A special thanks to all her friends at Stewart Title.
[from Dallas Times Herald (TX), Sat., 2 Apr 1994, p. 31A.]
Wesley D. Waggoner - Services for Wesley Denton Waggoner, 82, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mannsville Full Gospel Holiness Mission with Cora Waggoner and J.D. Leavelle officiating. Interment will be at Russett Cemetery.
Waggoner was born Jan. 16, 1918, at Russett, to William H. and Dora L. Pierce Waggoner. He died Oct. 3, 2000, in Oklahoma City.
A resident of Mannsville and Russett most of his life, he was a water well driller and member of Full Gospel Holiness Church. He and Lucille Wheeler were married on Feb. 5, 1939, in Marshall County. He was preceded in death by his wife on Feb. 23, 1989; and son, Denton.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Harris; and brother, Barney, both of Mannsville; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Watts Funeral Home will direct services.
E. Louise (Wilcox) Harrell
Condolences may be sent to the family at brownsft@ sbcglobal.net. Please reference the name of the deceased in all correspondence.
[from THE CAPITAL-DEMOCRAT Thursday, June 7, 2007 + Page 5
Mrs. Clara Willis Dies in Chickasha. Services for Clara Beatrice Willis were held Monday in Madill. She died Friday in a Chickasha hospital at the age of 82.
She was born Nov. 23, 1906 in Russett, the daughter of the late Clarence and Katie Belle Lemons, and was reared in the Russett community. She was married to Easter Willis Dec. 26, 1923 in Tishomingo. They moved to Gracemont for several years, before returning to Russett in 1959. Mr. Willis preceded her in death April 8, 1970. Mrs. Willis has lived in Minco since 1987. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Minco and then attended the Russett Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis of Oklahoma City and Bill of Russett; two daughters, Neoma Harryman and Dorothy Greenroyd, both of Minco; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence Lemons of Oklahoma City, Clifford Lemons of Edinburg, Tex., and Nolan Lemons of Dallas, Tex., four sisters, Golda Ayers of Ardmore, Leona James of Blackwell, Geraldine Horstman of Ponca City and Nova McDaniel of Wichita, Kan.
Tom Frank officiated for services in Watts Memorial Chapel. Music was arranged by Bill Dunn with Johnnie Ruth Jacks as organist. Burial was in the Russett Cemetery. Casket escorts were Larry Willis, Elmer Willis, Jr., Haskell Greenroyd, Jr., Terry Harryman, Husam Amin and Billy Willis, Jr.
[from The Madill Record, Thursday, 2 Feb 1989, p. 7-A.]