FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Chad L. Blackwell, 32, professional dancer,
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Winfield, died on Dec. 19, 1996,
of complications from a car accident on the morning of Dec. 17, 1996.
A celebration of his life was held at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort
Lauderdale on Dec. 21, 1996. A special performance of the musical, "Cats,"
will be held in his honor on Dec. 30 in Hamburg, Germany.
Blackwell was born in Winfield and had been a Fort Lauderdale resident
since 1984. He graduated from high school at Shawnee Mission Northwest
in Lenexa and attended college at the North Carolina School of the Arts
in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He began his dancing career with the Miller-Marley School of Dance
in Kansas City. From there, he danced with the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Company;
Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.; Lotto World in Seoul, Korea; Beauty and the
Beast at MGM/Disney World, Orlando, Fla., and the musical, "Cats," in Hamburg,
He appeared twice on the television show, "Star Search," and was a
finalist in 1993.
Survivors include his father, Lee Blackwell, Fort Lauderdale; his mother,
Jackie Snodgrass, Arkansas City; his sister, Jennifer Blackwell, Atlanta,
Ga.; and his grandmother, Maude Blackwell, Medicine Lodge.
Graveside services for Kathryn Fisher were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 26,
1996, in the Ozro Falls Cemetery. The Rev. Kevin Baxter officiated.
Linda Gilbert read a poem and sang "The Lord's Prayer."
Wheeler Funeral Home of Cedar Vale had charge of arrangements.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Helen Shirley, 88, of Springfield, formerly of Atlanta,
died on Nov. 19, 1996, in Springfield.
She was born on Atlanta, the daughter of Ollie and Mae (Wilson) Torbet.
She attended Atlanta schools and graduated from Atlanta High School in
She married Wilbur Shirley of Pittsburg, and they spent all their married
life in Pittsburg where she continued living after his death. In failing
health, she moved to Springfield to be close to her son.
Survivors include a son, Charles Shirley, Springfield; a daughter,
Marilyn Cornella, Wichita; grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a cousin,
Mildred Martin, Winfield.
Services for Lyle W. Loomis, 89, who died on Dec. 24, 1996, were held
at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, 1996, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The
Rev. Roderick A. Hathaway officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars provided military
Norma Orr played "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" on the organ. Mark
Schotle sang "Abide with Me" and "The Lord's Prayer."
Casket bearers were Larry Loomis, Kirk Loomis, John Loomis, Jerry Fritchman,
Joe Yount and Lloyd John Loomis.
A memorial has been established with Trinity Lutheran Church.
A Rosary service for Luisa A. Manriquez, 88, who died on Dec. 21, 1996,
was held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 26, 1996, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Dec. 27, 1996,
in Holy Name Catholic Church. The Rev. Mike Nolan officiated.
Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Organist was Laura Belle Haines. Song leader was Bill Chamberland.
Casket bearers were Nathan Garcia, Jose Vargas, Daniel Manriquez, Mike
Vargas, Carlos Vargas, Jack Vargas and Henry Vargas.
A memorial has been established with Holy Name Catholic Church.
AUGUSTA - Elizabeth Ann Cole, 85, homemaker, of the Augusta Medical
Complex, formerly of Winfield, died Dec. 28, 1996, at the complex.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Highland Cemetery at
Winfield. The Rev. Russ Jones will officiate.
Friends may call at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home until
9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church.
Cole was born June 1, 1911, in Leon, to William Joseph and Cora Mae
(Holston) Winn. She was raised in Winfield and graduated from Winfield
On July 20, 1931, she married Robert J. Cole in El Dorado.
Cole worked for Southwestern Bell for 42 years as an operator in Winfield
until her retirement in 1973.
She was a member of the Winfield First Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Robert J. Cole, Augusta; a son, Robert
T. Cole, El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Mary Grill, Augusta; three brothers,
Wesley Winn, Wagner, Okla., Franklin Winn, Wichita, and Bob Winn, Winfield;
a sister, Rose Roberts, Enumclaw, Wash.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Teresa Van Fleet
Teresa L. Van Fleet, 43, child care provider, of 1717 Poplar in Winfield,
died Dec. 28, 1996, at her home.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of
God Church. The Rev. Ken Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Highland
Visiting hours will be until 9 tonight at Swisher-Taylor & Morris
A memorial has been established with First Assembly of God Church.
Van Fleet was born July 11, 1953, in Winfield, to Tom and Patricia
(Willoughby) Collins. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1971.
On April 7, 1973, she married Roger W. Van Fleet at the First Assembly
of God Church in Winfield.
She was a child care provider for many years.
A member of First Assembly of God Church, Van Fleet was active in many
church activities. She was also involved in the Winfield Swim Club, Viking
Boosters, Parent Advisory Council, Snyder Research Foundation, DARE and
the Red Ribbon Committee.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Van Fleet, two sons, Ryan S. Van
Fleet and Jason W. Van Fleet, and her parents, Tom G. and Patricia Collins,
all of Winfield; and a sister, Jenny A. Kennedy, South Sioux City, Neb.
Margie M. Bonfy, 83, homemaker, of 1313 Andrews in Winfield, died Dec.
28, 1996, in Good Samaritan Village.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Bible Baptist Church
in Ralston, Okla. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Ralston. Friends
may call at Miles Funeral Service until 8 tonight.
A memorial has been established with Good Samaritan Village. Contributions
may be made through Miles Funeral Service.
Bonfy was born March 29, 1913, in Dixie, Okla., to Robert B. and Annie
Laura (Lambert) Teichmer. When she was a child, the family moved to Ralston
where she was raised and educated.
A member of the 1930 graduating class of Ralston High School, she married
Quay T. "Shorty" Bonfy on Oct. 23, 1930, in Skedee, Okla., where they lived
and farmed for several years.
In 1937 the Bonfys moved to Ponca City, Okla., to serve in the 101
Ranch Resettlement Project. They lived and worked on a farm located within
the boundaries of the original 101 Ranch for over 50 years. Following retirement,
they moved to Winfield in 1992. She had resided at Good Samaritan Village
since March 1993.
Affiliated with the Methodist Church, Bonfy was a member of the American
Legion Auxiliary and a charter member of the Salt Fork Extension Homemakers
Survivors include her husband, Quay "Shorty" Bonfy, Winfield; two sons,
Dick Bonfy, Winfield, and Buddy Bonfy, Albert Lee, Minn.; a daughter, Wilma
Roady, Winfield; a sister, LaDeena Christianson, Topeka; 10 grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
BURDEN - William L. "Bill" Tatum, 86, longtime Burden resident, died
Dec. 28, 1996, in Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Burden United Methodist
Church. The Rev. Sheila Ratzlaff will officiate. Burial will be in Grand
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday
and until 11 a.m. Thursday.
A memorial has been established with Burden United Methodist Church.
Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Tatum was born Feb. 11, 1910, northeast of Burden, to William V. and
Myrtle L. (Harned) Tatum. He was raised and educated in the Burden area
and graduated from Burden High School in 1927.
On Sept. 5, 1929, he married Alma Neill in Wichita. They lived and
worked on the farm where he was born throughout their marriage. He had
resided at Cumbernauld Village since August.
A longtime member of the Burden United Methodist Church, Tatum was
a past master and 50-year member of Clinton Lodge 233 in Burden and a 32nd
Degree Mason. He was also a member of Burden Chapter 128, Order of Eastern
Star, and had served as a member of the Grand Prairie School Board and
the Silver Creek Township Board. He had served on the Cowley County Advisory
Board and the board of the Cowley County Farm Bureau.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Tatum, Burden; two sons, Robert N.
Tatum, Burden, and Carl Tatum, Dexter; a daughter, Jo Ann Hafenstein, Burden;
eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services for Florence Bell Valdois were held at 1 p.m. Dec. 27, 1996,
in the First Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Ken Davidson officiated.
Burial was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Organist was Nedra Musgrove, and pianist was Bwana Drennan. Special
music selections were "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Meet You in the Morning,"
performed by Bwana Drennan, Nedra Musgrove and David Musgrove.
Casket bearers were Albert Gardner, Bob Gray, Leon Howell, David Musgrove,
Webster Roth and Ed Scott.
A memorial has been established with the First Assembly of God Church.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
UDALL - Georgia M. Stimits, 70, of Udall, retired restaurant owner,
died Dec. 29, 1996, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Udall Cemetery. The Rev.
Sam Lever will officiate. Senter-Smith Mortuary of Mulvane is in charge
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.
Stimits was born June 14, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to Peter and LaWanda
(Lipe) Spain. She lived in Minneapolis, Minn., for several years.
On May 17, 1981, she married Clarence Stimits in Wichita.
Stimits had owned beauty shops, grocery stores and restaurants and
was the retired owner of the Buck and Pet Restaurant in Udall.
She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Order of Eastern
Star, Fraternal Order of Amaranth and White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence Stimits, Udall; two sons, Keith
Dennis, Udall, and Scott Bonse, Wichita; a daughter, Nancy Blum, Wichita;
two stepsons, Douglas Stimits, Derby, and Dale Stimits, Wichita; a stepdaughter,
Rhonda Foster, Oklahoma City; three brothers, Jim Spain, Burnsville, Minn.,
and Bob Spain and Johnny Spain, both of California; two sisters, Emma Lee
Metcalf, South Hutchinson, and Mary Jane Whalen, California; eight grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
WICHITA - Vesta Priddle, 88, homemaker, died Dec. 27, 1996, in Wichita.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel
of Broadway Mortuary.
Survivors include her husband, Clyde Priddle, Wichita; two sons, Tony
Priddle, Wichita, and Col. Jon Priddle, Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Nancy
Drennan, Winfield; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Connie McGinnis, 43, of 1803 E. 19th in Winfield, died Dec. 29, 1996.
Survivors include her husband, Ron McGinnis.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
ROANOKE, Ala. - Lois Clark Galloup Lemaster of Roanoke, Ala., former
longtime Winfield area resident, died on Dec. 29, 1996, at Traylor Nursing
Home in Roanoke.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday in Dexter Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield
from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday.
Memorials have been established for the Dexter Christian Church and
the First Christian Church of Winfield. Contributions may be made through
the funeral home.
A native of Otto, Lemaster was the daughter of Ora and Eva May Clark.
She graduated from Dexter High School.
During the 1950s she married William S. Lemaster who died in 1960.
She received her teaching credentials from Kansas State University
and had worked as a teacher and librarian for public schools in Winfield
and Cowley County for many years.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Winfield, the Order
of Eastern Star and Amaranth.
A longtime Winfield area resident, she had moved to Roanoke in 1993
to be near her son and his family.
Survivors include a son, G.R. Galloup, Roanoke; a sister, Fannie Stone,
Arkansas City; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services for Bernice Mason Roberts, 91, who died on Dec. 22, 1996,
were held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 28, 1996, in Moore Funeral Home in Fayetteville,
Ark. The Rev. Ken Davidson officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery
A memorial has been established with the Sidwell Charitable Trust,
P.O. Box 754, Winfield, KS 67156.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home had charge of local arrangements.
Connie S. McGinnis, 43, homemaker, of 1803 E. 19th, No. 12, in Winfield,
died on Dec. 29, 1996, in William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the chapel of Swisher-Taylor
& Morris Funeral Home. The Rev. John Stone will officiate. Burial will
be in Highland Cemetery at a later date.
Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and from
9 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association.
McGinnis was born on Dec. 17, 1953, in Sterling, to Lester L. and Euretha
F. (McNett) Capps. She attended schools in Lyons, Hutchinson and Kansas
City, Kan., and graduated from Udall High School in 1972.
She moved to Winfield in 1980 and on Oct. 8, 1983, married Ron McGinnis
She was a member of the Udall United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ron McGinnis, a son, John Morton, and
a daughter, Dedra Wilson, all of Winfield; four brothers, Harold Capps,
Winfield, Marvin Capps, Attica, LeRoy Capps, St. Joseph, Mo., and Albert
Capps, Hutchinson; three sisters, Helen Bowhan, Hutchinson, Brenda Hurst,
Winfield, and Penny Capps, Hutchinson; and a granddaughter.
Nellie M. Paugh, 97, of Good Samaritan Village, formerly of 801 Alexander,
died on Dec. 30, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village.
Graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery on Friday at 11 Friday
morning. The Rev. Gerald Graber will officiate.
A memorial has been established with Winfield Meals on Wheels.
Paugh was born on March 6, 1899, to James Grant and Ella (Stevenson)
On Jan. 29, 1920, she married Walter Francis Paugh in Muskogee, Okla.,
and they resided in Cave City, Ark. After he died in May 1970, she moved
A homemaker, she was a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Winfield.
Survivors include a sister, Sadie L. Goodwin, Winfield; and many nieces
ATLANTA - Gary L. Smalley, 49, lifelong resident of Atlanta and Burden,
died unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 1996, in William Newton Memorial Hospital
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Miles Funeral Service.
Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday
and before service time on Saturday.
A memorial has been established with the First Responders Program of
the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department. Contributions may be made at Citizens
Bank of Atlanta or the funeral home.
Smalley was born on Nov. 30, 1947, in Winfield, one of four children
born to Forrest W. and Lilly M. (Meberg) Smalley. When he was three, the
family moved from Akron to Burden where he was raised and educated.
A 1966 graduate of Burden High School, Smalley worked in oil fields
and farming as a young man.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1971 aboard a navy tender ship.
Following discharge, he returned to Cowley County, where he was employed
at Branine Chevrolet. He moved to the Atlanta area in 1976 and later worked
for Blair Oil Co. in Atlanta. He was co-owner and operator of BBS Trucking
Co. for several years.
On May 5, 1986, he married Judy Blankenbaker in the Atlanta United
Methodist Church. They resided in Atlanta throughout their marriage.
In 1987 he began employment with the Atlanta branch of Valley Co-op
where he served for nearly 10 years.
A member of the Atlanta Volunteer Fire Department, he was also affiliated
with the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Smalley, Atlanta; two sons, Russell
Smalley, Arkansas City, and Clint Blankenbaker, Atlanta; three daughters,
Christina Smalley, Winfield, Kendra Jones, Lawrence, and Susie West, Olathe;
his mother, Lilly Smalley, Burden; a brother, Wayne D. Smalley, Tulsa,
Okla.; a sister, Jane Lewis, Wichita; and eight grandchildren.
TULSA, Okla. - Clio E. Davies, 76, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Winfield,
died on Dec. 30, 1996, in Tulsa.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Butler Stumpff
Funeral Home, Tulsa.
Memorials have been established with Disabled American Veterans, UNICEF
Davies was born in Wellington, the daughter of E.V. and Maude Shirley.
She was raised in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School in 1938.
She served as an Army nurse in World War II with the 77th Evacuation
Hospital in England, North Africa and Europe, with 32 months overseas.
She was awarded seven battle stars and the Purple Heart.
In July 1945 she married Cecil Davies. They raised three children and
homesteaded on a farm in the Columbia Basin of Washington.
In 1964 they moved to Oklahoma City and in 1974, to Tulsa.
Survivors include her son, Jim Davies, Tulsa; a daughter, Nan Brighton-Davies,
Tulsa; a sister, Barbara Hauser, Richardson, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Sue Lehmann, 55, of 1009 E. 11th in Winfield, died on Jan. 2, 1997,
at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home will announce arrangements.
A more complete obituary will appear in a later Courier.
OXFORD - Opal H. Serviss, 89, longtime Oxford resident, died on Jan.
2, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Oxford Christian
Church. The Rev. Danny Ginn will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.
Friends may call at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WILLIAMSBURG - Warren E. Waymire, 76, of Wiliamsburg, formerly of Dexter,
died on Dec. 31, 1996, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Dengel & Son Mortuary
in Ottawa. The Rev. Tony Blaufuss will officiate. Burial will be in Dexter
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Friday until service
Contributions may be made to the Warren Waymire Memorial Fund to defray
funeral expenses, c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa,
Waymire was born in Dec. 28, 1920, the son of Joseph Edward and Minnie
Mae Waymire. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1938.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Yorktown
in the South Pacific.
On Aug. 11, 1938, he married Edna Rhodd in Burden.
He was a shop supervisor for List & Clark Co. for 44 years, retiring
Survivors include his wife, Edna Waymire, and a daughter, Jeraldine
Waymire, both of Williamsburg; a son, Ronald Waymire, Massillon, Ohio;
a brother, Everett Waymire, Villisca, Iowa; a sister, Hester Waymire Forcade,
Weatherford, Texas; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Elizabeth Ann Cole, 85, who died on Dec. 28,
1996, were held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, 1996, in Highland Cemetery. The
Rev. Russ Jones officiated.
A memorial has been established with First Christian Church.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Teresa Van Fleet
Services for Teresa L. Van Fleet, 43, who died on Dec. 28, 1996, were
held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 1996, in the First Assembly of God Church.
The Rev. Ken Davidson officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Bwana Drennan and nedra Musgrove were the musicians. The vocal music
included "Surely the Presence," "I Believe," "I'll See You in the Morning"
and "Serenaded by Angels."
Casket bearers were David Musgrove, Alan Groom, Rowland Hovey, James
Newman, Jim Warren and Stephen Chidzikwe.