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Chuck Parrish death reported - @ 3:17 pm PST
Charles Howell “Chuck” Parrish, age 57, Clinton resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, in Oklahoma City. He was born on Aug. 29, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of William Arley and Wilma Arlene (Boyd) Parrish.
Parrish was a musician who played bass guitar for several years.
He was married to Janice Burgardt on July 13, 1978 at Independence, Mo. and had lived in Clinton since 1979.
Upon the deceased’s request there will be no funeral service.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Parrish of the home; a son, William Howard Parrish of Tempe, Ariz.; a daughter, Charlene Atwood of Nashville, Tenn.; and two sisters, Susy Haws of Orlando, Fla. and Cathy Rash of Georgia.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, Stanley Parrish.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.

Gayle Kelly's rites Monday - @ 3:16 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Gayle (Fransen) Kelly, age 57, Clinton resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the First Christian Church in Clinton with church minister Doyle Kinney officiating.
Mrs. Kelly died very unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at her Clinton home. She was born on Oct. 29, 1943 in Hinton, the daughter of John and Zelma (Schmidt) Fransen.
A 1961 graduate of Clinton High School, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in accounting.
She worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City where she met her future husband, Don Kelly.
They were married on Nov. 4, 1978 at Oklahoma City, and they made their home in Guthrie.
After short stints in Fort Worth, Texas and Baton Rouge, La., the Kellys moved back to Clinton in 1988 where she was employed with 3M at Weatherford for a short time.
She had spent the last few years helping her husband in his siding business and rearing her family.
Mrs. Kelly was active in prayer groups among close friends and enjoyed attending City Council meetings.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include her husband, Don Kelly, of the Clinton home; two sons, Jake and his wife, Elizabeth, of Clinton, Michael of Stillwater; a sister, Joan Fransen of Clinton; two brothers, Gordon of Lubbock, Texas, Wilfred Fransen of Clinton; and a granddaughter, Alexandria.

Carlene Brown funeral Monday - @ 3:14 pm PST
Funeral services for Ms. Carlene Brown, age 66, Clinton resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Memorial Chapel of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Stewart officiating.
Ms. Brown died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Clinton. She was born on June 11, 1935 at Ada, the daughter of Vernon and Anna Mae (Hobbs) Dyer.
She worked for 13 years at the Bristow Medical Center as materials manager before retiring this year.
A member of the Baptist faith, she enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing Nintendo.
Interment will be in the Clinton Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, David Farnsworth of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Dianna Bethany and her husband, Robert, of Catoosa, Kathy Kinder and her husband, Leon, of Clinton; two brothers, Donald (Sonny) Dyer of Odessa, Texas, Vernon (Red) Dyer of Roswell, N.M.; a sister, Linda Newton of Hobbs, N.M.; four grandchildren, Erika Hester, Katie Hickman, Paul Daniels, Kimberlee Daniels and Miranda Farnsworth.
Ms. Brown was preceded in death, along with her parents, by a son, Larry Keith.

Ona Mae Lax rites Saturday - @ 8:16 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Ona Mae (Davis) Lax, age 89, Arapaho resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church at Clinton with Rev. Brian Gilbert and Rev. Loyd Hall officiating.
Mrs. Lax died late Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. She was born on Feb. 17, 1912 in a home near Geronimo, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Thomason) Davis.
After she attended elementary school in Perryton, Texas, the family moved to Independence, settling across the road from the Lax family farm. She graduated from Independence High School in 1931.
She was married to Gilbert Lax on Jan. 23, 1931, and they lived on the Lax family homestead until they bought a farm northwest of Arapaho in 1937. There they reared their family and lived until they retired and moved into Clinton.
Mrs. Lax was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother, Clarence Davis; two sisters, Opal Warnick and Beulah Albertson; and a daughter, Wilma McGraw.
Burial will conclude in the Arapaho Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton.
Survivors include her husband, Gilbert, of Clinton; three daughters, Joan Upchurch and her husband, Dale, of Clinton, Leona Poindexter and her husband, Ray, of Arapaho, Elma Nason of Electra, Texas; two sons, Tom Lax and his wife, Norma, and Leon Lax and his wife, Billie, all of Clinton; a sister, Pearl Stevens of Citrus Heights, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends for visitation Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

James Largin funeral Friday - @ 8:15 pm PST
Graveside services for James V. Largin, 75, long-time Clinton resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Clinton Cemetery with Pastor Dave Gerbrandt officiating.
Largin died early Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born on June 9, 1926 at Frederick.
Having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was honorably discharged as seaman first class at Memphis, Tenn. in June of 1945.
Twice during his Navy career he was on board ships that were attacked by the enemy and survived. He was a member of the American Legion where he enjoyed getting together with friends.
One of his favorite pastimes was walking, and he could often be seen walking downtown Clinton streets.
Burial will conclude under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include a son, Virgil Largin of Elk City; a sister, Marie Crawford of Jonesboro, Ga.; and all of his American Legion friends.

JoHanna Nickel funeral Saturday - @ 8:14 pm PST
Funeral services for JoHanna Nickel of Oklahoma City will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Guardian North Chapel in Oklahoma City.
Burial will be at the Herald Church Cemetery in Bessie at 3 p.m. Saturday.
She was a hairdresser most of her adult life. Arrangements are under the direction of the Guardian Northside Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.
Survivors include two sisters, Mathilda Nickel and Lena Brainard; one brother, Ted Nickel and his wife Frontella; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Elsie Hiedebrecht and Clara Chew; a brother, Herbert; and two brothers-in-law, Aurthur Heidebrecht and Ray Brainard.

Don Chiddix services set - @ 2:27 pm PST
Funeral services for Don Chiddix, age 68, Mountain View resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church at Mountain View with Rev. Jack Brown officiating.
Chiddix died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at the Carnegie Tri-County Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born on April 8, 1933 at Lawton, the son of Thomas B. and Ova Leona (Fairley) Chiddix.
He attended school in Lawton and served as an MP in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
After managing a Safeway store he purchased Don’s Supermarket in Mountain View and operated it until he retired in 1994. He began farming and ranching.
Chiddix was a member of the First Baptist School and was a Sunday school superintendent. He also was a member of Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce in Mountain View and of the Kiwanis and Toastmasters in Oklahoma City.
He was married to Bobbie Joan Dexter on Nov. 9, 1949 in Lawton.
Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery under the direction of the Hackney Funeral Home in Mountain View.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, of Mountain View; a son, Earl Chiddix and his wife, Bev, of Yarbrough; two daughters, Leona Funk and her husband, Dwayne, of Clinton, Patricia Lightfoot and her husband, Bo, of Weatherford; and 10 grandchildren.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a brother, David Chiddix; and a grandchild.

Kenneth Rice dies - @ 4:58 pm PST
Funeral services for Kenneth Rice, age 68, Gotebo resident, were held this morning at the Sharon Baptist Church in the Lake Valley-Gotebo area with burial at the Odessa Cemetery in Gotebo.
Rice died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, in Cordell. He was born on Sept. 1, 1933 in Rocky. He was a bus driver and farmer-rancher for many years.

Robert Raulston M.D. Dr. Raulston's death reported - @ 4:03 pm PST
Robert Owen Raulston, M.D., 57, passed away Oct. 4, 2001, after a valiant fight against widespread lung cancer diagnosed over a year ago. His positive outlook and cheerful disposition remained with him until the very end, characteristics which his family, many, many friends and patients will fondly remember for years to come. He was a vigorous participant in his church, walked with God in all things, and was truly a recipient of Amazing Grace. Dr. Raulston was born on Oct. 13, 1943, and raised in Trenton, Ga. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, then earned his medical degree in 1968 from the Medical College of Georgia. He interned at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C., followed with a tour of active duty in Turkey until 1970. After completing a year of general surgery at Washington D.C. Hospital Center, Dr. Raulston went to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1972 to begin his residency training in urology in Oklahoma City in 1975. He married Judith Stevens August 5, 1978.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Evander L. Raulston and Gertrude M. Raulston, and his brother, John Hunter (Jack) Raulston. Dr. Raulston is survived by his wife, Judy, his three children, Elizabeth, Annie, and J.E.B., his brothers William R. Raulston and wife Pat of Hattisburg, Ms., Gilbert L. Raulston and wife Bobbie of Signal Mt., Tn., and numerous nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond. A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church of the Servant on Oct. 8, 2001. Memorials may be made to World Neighbors 4127 NW 122nd St., Oklahoma City, Ok. 73120, or the charity of your choice.

Robert Cline's rites Saturday - @ 3:14 pm PST
Funeral services for Robert K. “Bob” Cline, age 91, Putnam resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Putnam Christian Church with Steve Havener, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Seiling, officiating.
Cline died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. He was born on Jan. 31, 1910 in Clinton, the son of Jacob Sherman and Missouri Gertrude (Lacy) Cline.
Attending school in Thomas and Custer City, he graduated from Custer City High School.
On Aug. 2, 1932 he was married to Gladys Opal Hughes at Taloga. During their early years of marriage they lived in Missouri, Idaho and California.
In 1946 they moved to Dewey County where they lived until failing health generated a move to South Dakota in 1991.
Cline loved to farm and also worked as a carpenter and in construction. He used these skills to build a home in Putnam.
Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Putnam under the direction of the Redinger Funeral Home of Seiling.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Cline and his wife, Dorothy, of Loda, Ill., Del Cline and his wife, Eileen, of Sioux City, S.D., Doyle Cline and his wife, Connie, of Yucaipa, Calif.; three sisters, Lorrayne Ray and her husband, Tiny, of Elk City, Pauline Stogdill of Casville, Mo., Eva Newkirk and her husband, Ivan, of Deer Park, Wash.; a brother, Elmer Cline and his wife, Opal, of Miami, Okla.; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Gladys, in 1998; and four brothers, Leslie, Kenneth, Loy and Gordon.

Thomsen rites set - @ 3:14 pm PST
Funeral services for Paul Don Thomsen, age 34, Taloga resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Taloga First Baptist Church with burial at the Raymond Cemetery.
Thomsen died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at Taloga. Arrangements are under the direction of the Shaw Funeral Home in Taloga.

Verna Smith dies - @ 3:13 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Verna Mae Smith, age 72, Cordell resident, were held this morning with burial in the River View Cemetery at Kiowa, Kans. this afternoon.
Mrs. Smith died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, at Oklahoma City. She was born on Nov. 19, 1928 at Dill City, the daughter of Hurl C. and Odessa Emma Bookout Dixon. Among the survivors is her husband, Edwin, of the home in Cordell.

Dressler rites will be Friday - @ 3:13 pm PST
Funeral services for Robert Leroy Dressler, age 74, Mustang resident and former Clinton resident, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Yukon.
Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Clinton Cemetery.
Dressler died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, in an Oklahoma City hospital following a short illness. He was born on March 15, 1927 in Sunbury, North Umberland County, Pa., the son of Wilson and Minerva Bey Dressler.
Growing up in Sunbury, he joined the U.S. Navy as a teenager and was a member of the elite “Black Faces” group which was a predecessor of the Navy S.E.A.L.S. Dressler served in the South Pacific during World War II.
Dressler moved to Mustang in 1980 where he owned and operated Dressler Manufacturing before later working for Price-Edwards Company.
He was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Yukon and Masonic Lodge No. 339 in Clinton.
Arrangements are under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.
Survivors include his wife, Oneita, of the home; four sisters, Hattie Kopp of Tremont, Pa., Annie Inch of Mt Pleasant Mills, Pa., Amy Lucas of Sunbury, Pa., Helen Hardy and her husband, Albert, of Rockville, Md.; and a sister-in-law, Maud Dressler.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a son, Richard Lee Dressler; four brothers, Irvin, Herman, Morris, Harvey; three sisters, Virgie, Laura, Florence; and three infant siblings.

Kenneth Jones services slated - @ 3:11 pm PST
Funeral services for Kenneth D. Jones, age 64, Clinton resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Arapaho Assembly of God Church with Rev. Lee Gleason officiating.
Burial will conclude at 4:30 p.m. in the New Bethel Cemetery in Byng near Ada with Rev. Joe Dixon officiating.
Jones died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at his home in Clinton. He was born on Oct. 31, 1936 in Custer City, the son of Ivy T. and Pauline (Hanks) Jones.
A 1954 alumnus of Custer City High School, he worked in elevator and home construction for a time and then at Cal-Gas as service manager and truck driver. He also farmed north of Arapaho until he retired.
He moved west of Clinton in 1990. Jones enjoyed fishing and was a fix-it man. He always enjoyed the challenge of making things.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of the home; a daughter, LaJuana Valentine of Ada; two sons, Thomas Edward “Ed” Jones and his wife, Lorna, of Clinton, Tony Dale Jones and his wife, Kayleen, of Oberlin, Kans.; a sister, Florence Miller and her husband, Arnold, of Weatherford; a brother, Marvin Neal Jones and his wife, Lavon, of Noble; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Rites Thursday for Bearshield - @ 2:45 pm PST
Funeral services for Willie Bearshield, age 73, Clinton resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Mennonite Church in Clinton.
A wake service is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Chapel of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Bearshield died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at Oklahoma City. He was born on Nov. 28, 1927 in Clinton, the son of Leonard and Ruth Bearshield.
A member of the Indian Mennonite Church, he had lived in Clinton all of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the federal government after 26 years of service in January of 1997.
Bearshield was married to Bertha on July 23, 1949. He received Indian Health Service awards, including the Public Health Service Superior Service Award, the highest award in the PHS and second highest in the department.
He had served as facility manager at the Clinton Indian Hospital for 24 years. Recipients for HIS awards must be nominated by their supervisors for outstanding contributions and dedication to program goals, for providing indispensable support services and for consistent leadership and diligence in all operations.
Bearshield participated in fancy war dances and was active in powwows as a master of ceremonies or head man dancer for many years.
He also enjoyed the hand game. He was captain of the Oklahoma Indians state hand game champions in 2001.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Bertha; a daughter, Betty Bearshield; his parents; and two sisters, Viola Bearshield and Lula Nanpuya.
Interment will be in the Clinton Indian Cemetery.
Survivors include sons Pete Bearshield and his wife, Gayle, Leonard Bearshield and his wife, Karen, Alton Bearshield and his wife, Christina, and Luke Bearshield, all of Clinton; daughters, Mary Beaver of Oklahoma City, Alice Thorpe of El Reno; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

'Fuzz' Smith services set - @ 2:44 pm PST
Funeral services for Lawrence J. “Fuzz” Smith, age 86, Clinton resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Christian Church at Clinton with Doyle Kinney and Rev. Clarence “Sandy” Shepherd officiating.
Smith died Sunday evening, Oct. 7, 2001, at his home. He was born on Dec. 28, 1914 west of Arapaho, the son of G.W. and Della Mae (Maynard) Smith.
Reared in the Arapaho area, he attended Womble Country School and later graduated from Arapaho High School.
He farmed for a number of years and did custom combining locally and across the country.
Smith left Oklahoma in 1949, moving to Moriarity, N.M. where he farmed sugar beets and pinto beans. He later became fire chief in Moriarity and operated the only ambulance service from Clines Corner to Albuquerque.
For a time, he owned and operated a gas station and a Tastee Freeze. On May 13, 1971 he was married to Irene Henry, and they moved to Clinton in 1978.
He managed his brother Bob’s farming and ranching operation until 1990. Smith was a member of the First Christian Church and the Wheatland Travel Club.
Burial will be in the Arapaho Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Irene, of the home; a daughter, Betty Collins of Stanley, N.M.; three stepsons, Donald Robertson of Ruidoso, N.M., Reginald Robertson of Spearman, Texas, Carl “Skip” Green of Attica, Kans.; a sister, Dortha Begley, and a brother, Bob Smith, and his wife, Nancy, all of Clinton; and a grandchild.

Reinschmidt funeral today - @ 2:42 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi Faye Reinschmidt, age 60, Custer City resident, were held this morning at the Independence Methodist Church in Custer City with Rev. Garry Vincent officiating.
Mrs. Reinschmidt died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in Oklahoma City. She was born on July 17, 1941 on a farm near Leedey, the daughter of Clyde O. and Ollie Mae (Courrier) Denney.
She was married to Ed “Bud” Reinschmidt in Custer City on Oct. 28, 1962.
She was a homemaker and a certified nurse’s aide and had worked in many local nursing homes and at the Clinton Veterans Center for eight years, as well as helping on the farm.
Mrs. Reinschmidt enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Burial was at the Masonic Cemetery in Custer City under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include her husband, Ed, of the home; a son, Mitch Reinschmidt and his wife, Beverly, of Weatherford; three daughters, Debbie Avery and her husband, Don, of Custer City, Marqueitta Musick of Tulsa, Kathy Randall and her husband, Nick, of Oklahoma City; a brother, Danny Lee Denney of Sayre; a sister, Wilma Beals and her husband, Ray, of Leedey; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Reinschmidt of Burns Flat; 13 grandchildren, Renee Isom, Scott Beavin, Traci Avery, Jessi Beavin, Aimee Avery, Brian DeFever, Chance Avery, Adam Reinschmidt, Jeremy Randall, Justin Reinschmidt, Zack Randall, Chad Reinschmidt, Dominic Randall; two great grandchildren, Harli Avery, Tristin Beavin.
She was preceded in death by one son, Steve Reinschmidt, who died on Oct. 31, 1996; and by her parents.

Everett Ellis rites Friday - @ 2:49 pm PST
Funeral services for Everett Edgar Ellis, age 77, Clinton resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton with Les Nelson officiating. Burial will conclude at a later date.
Ellis died early Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Clinton. He was born on July 17, 1924 at Jackson, Miss., the son of Harry and Mary Ellen (Summer) Ellis.
He grew up in Springfield, Ohio and attended school there before joining the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a young man and traveling extensively.
Ellis joined the Army and served during World War II before settling in Jet and working as a park ranger until his retirement in 1992.
In April of this year Ellis moved to Clinton. He loved to fish and spend time with his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents and wife, was a daughter, Clydine Replogle.
Survivors include three granddaughters, Judith Ann Fargo of Clinton, Theresa Stuck of Stillwater, Tonya Reed of Kansas; a grandson, James Reed of Pawnee; and seven great grandchildren.

Elise Cornell rites Monday - @ 2:49 pm PST
Funeral services for Elise R. Cornell, age 81, well-known Clinton accountant, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the First United Methodist Church with church minister Rev. Larry King officiating.
Elise died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at the Methodist Health Care Center. She was born on Aug. 19, 1920 at Weatherford, the daughter of K.B. “Bing” and Esther (Burgtorf) Cornell.
After spending her younger years in Weatherford, Lawton and Oklahoma City, her family settled in Clinton, and she graduated from Clinton High School in 1937.
She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1942 and was a proud OU alumna.
In 1943 she and her father started the first accounting firm in Clinton, the Cornell Accounting Firm. After her father retired in 1970, Elise continued to operate the office until she semi-retired in the early 1980’s. She continued to keep books for a few clients until three weeks ago.
Elise was a faithful, active member of the First United Methodist Church and volunteered at the Methodist Health Care Center.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother and sister-in-law, K.B. Jr. and Wanda Cornell.
Burial will conclude in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Custer City under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton.
Survivors include a niece, Kathleen Walker and her husband, Jim, of Oklahoma City; two nephews, Michael B. Cornell and Patrick T. Cornell and his wife, Kathy, all of Clinton; seven great nieces and nephews, Laura Butcher and her husband, Jim, Bryan Cornell and his wife, Tina, Steven Cornell and his wife, Julie, Amy Hunter and her husband, Aaron and Emily, J.J. and Thomas Walker; along with 10 great-great nieces and nephews.
The family has suggested that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the Methodist Health Care Center Employees Benefit Fund.

Christensen dies - @ 2:48 pm PST
Funeral services for Lesly Purl Christensen, age 84, Thomas resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Thomas with burial in the Mound Valley Cemetery at Thomas under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home in Thomas.
The World War II veteran and farmer died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at his home in Thomas. He was born in a log cabin northwest of Thomas on July 13, 1917, the son of Chris and Mattie (Powers) Christensen.
A member and deacon of the First Baptist Church, he was a director of the First National Bank in Thomas.

J.R. McNatt funeral set - @ 2:47 pm PST
Funeral services for James Robert, “J.R.” McNatt, age 79, Foss resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Foss with Rev. Dean Derieg and Rev. Lin McNatt officiating.
McNatt died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at his home. He was born on April 29, 1922 at Burns Flat, the son of James Olus and Ruth Robert Austin-McNatt.
A 1941 alumnus of Foss High School, he was married to Edna Laurel Latimer in September of 1942 and entered the U.S. Army in December of that year.
He went on to serve for four and a half years as a sergeant in the 10th Armored Division in the U.S. and South America.
McNatt had a life-long love of sports, the out-of-doors and taking family vacations. At the age of 65 he learned how to snow ski, and he had water skied for more than 40 years.
He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Foss and of the Elk’s Lodge No. 365 in Elk City. He also was a lifelong farmer and rancher in Washita and Custer Counties.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents, was a sister, Peggy June McFarlin of New Braunfels, Texas.
Burial will be in the Page Cemetery at Foss under the direction of the Peoples’ Cooperative Funeral Home in Lone Wolf.
Survivors include three children, Sherry Hall and her husband, Larry, of Foss, Marylin Tierce and her husband, David, of Oklahoma City, Jack McNatt of Foss; grandchildren, Kevin, Amber and daughter, Keisha, Hall of Canute, Mechelle and Brad Hohnke of Foss, Rhonda McNatt and son, Matthew and Christopher of Burns Flat.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in his honor to Carter Hospice.

Tommy Adams funeral today - @ 1:47 pm PST
Graveside services for Tommy Adams, age 56, Clinton resident, were held this morning at the Clinton Cemetery with Rev. William Jenkins officiating.
Adams died Monday, Oct. 2, 2001, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital and was born on April 18, 1945, the son of Ida Adams.
He had been a resident of the Sunnyside Center in Enid for several years before moving to Clinton this summer.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton.

Margaret Walker rites Wednesday - @ 3:11 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Elaine Walker, age 73, Elk City resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Elk City with Gene Spillman officiating.
Mrs. Walker died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at her home in Elk City. She was born on May 12, 1928 in Penalosa, Kans., the daughter of John Harold Shankle and Mary Euretta Wallace.
She attended schools at Lakin, Kans. There she met her future husband, Harold Gilbert “Pete” Walker whom she married on Dec. 31, 1946 in Dodge City, Kans.
They followed the oil fields, living in Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana and Canada until 1961 when they returned to Elk City to live in a home they had purchased in 1950.
She worked for C.R. Anthony Co. for 12 years and Local Federal for eight years before retiring to pursue the hobbies of sewing, writing, reading and traveling.
Mrs. Walker served on several committees and was a deaconess and first woman elder of the First Christian Church in Elk City.
She was a District 8 officer in the church and was instrumental in beginning the Logos youth program in 1988, which is now known as the Kids for Christ program.
She also helped start Mothers’ Day Out and taught Sunday school for 25 years as well as several Bible studies. She was recently honored with a “Margaret Walker Day” for her years of faithful church service.
Mrs. Walker served twice as president of the Business and Professional Women’s organization and once as secretary.
She was a part of organization and worked diligently for many years in the HELP program. Her community service included volunteering at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center, HELP Inc. and serving Meals on Wheels.
Preceding her in death were her father, John Shankle; a brother, Raymond Shankle; and a grandson, Jonathan Walker.
Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery at Elk City under the direction of the Whinery-Savage Funeral Service in Elk City.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Pete Walker of the home; a daughter, Malea Newman and her husband, Jerry, of Elk City; two sons, Steve Walker and his wife, Jamie, of Austin, Texas, Bill Walker and his wife, Tommie, of Clinton; her mother, Mary Shankle, and a brother, Russell Shankle, both of Lankin, Kans.; seven grandchildren, Rachelle Roberts of Norman, Brandon Walker of Elk City, Matthew Walker of Edmond, Mark Vaughn of Elk City, Julie Vaughn of Woodward, Peyton Walker of Clinton; and four great grandchildren, Reid, Brock, Korbin and Rylee.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the Elk City First Christian Church.

Funeral set for Ted Cain - @ 3:06 pm PST
Funeral services for former Clinton resident Ted Lee Cain, age 69, Altus resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Assembly of God in Altus with Dr. Richard Ventonis officiating and Rev. Bret Nation assisting.
Cain died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton. He was born on Jan. 12, 1932 in Carter, the son of Fred Osgood and Leona (Bell) Cain.
A 1950 graduate of Carter High School, he was married to Berta Mullennix on Aug. 8, 1952 in Sayre.
Cain had worked in the newspaper business for 45 years including stints at the Sayre Headlight Journal, Clinton Daily News and Altus Times where he retired as production manager in 1995.
He was employed at the Southwest Technology Center at the time of his death.
Cain was a member of the First Assembly of God in Altus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, football, auto racing and working in the church.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was a sister, Joy Cain.
Burial will be in the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home in Altus. The family will receive friends and visitors this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Berta; two sons, Mark Cain and his wife, Cheryl, of Oklahoma City, Dennis Cain and his wife, Cheryl, of Elmer; two brothers, Gene Cain of Oklahoma City, Rex Cain and his wife, Barbara, of Bedford, Texas; two sisters, June Williams and her husband, Robert, of Oklahoma City, Linda Livingston and her husband, Gary, of Sayre; and four grandchildren, Matthew and Micah Cain of Oklahoma City, Greg and Derrick Cain of Elmer.

Pearl Richardson funeral on Friday - @ 2:24 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Richardson, age 93, Clinton resident, will be held at noon Friday, at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Clinton with Terry Brooks officiating.
Mrs. Richardson died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at Harrah. She was born on Dec. 10, 1908.
She was married to Homer Richardson on Sept. 12, 1927. He preceded her in death along with daughters, Joetta Carter and Jessia Richardson; a son, Homer Richardson Jr.; and a grandson, Greg Williamson.
Interment will be in the Arapaho Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home of Clinton.
Survivors include a daughter, Pauline Corbin of Kernersville, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Roy Gorshing funeral slated - @ 2:22 pm PST
Funeral services for Roy J. Gorshing, age 86, Bessie resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Peace Lutheran Church at Bessie with church pastor Rev. David Darling officiating.
Gorshing died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at the Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born on July 18, 1915 at Bessie, the son of Jacob H. and Minnie Gorshing.
A graduate of Bessie High School, he was married to Esther Dick on Feb. 21, 1938 at Bessie, and they made their home in Oklahoma City.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1945 to 1947.
Upon discharge from the service the Gorshings moved back to Bessie where Gorshing was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and a 56-year member of the American Legion.
He was an automotive machinist with Mahanay Brothers in Clinton for 23 years and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Voth.
Interment will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Gorshing of the home; a son, Gary Gorshing and his wife, Teri, of Weatherford; a daughter, Rudonna Goeringer and her husband, Larry, of Clinton; a sister, Zelma Buffing of Bessie; grandchildren, Scott Goeringer of Irving, Texas, Michelle Ryan and her husband, Rex. of Ellicott, Md., Shara Garmon and her husband, David, of Cordelll, Chad Gorshing and his wife, Christian, of Midwest City, Tyler and Millie Gorshing of Weatherford; and five great grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in his honor to the Peace Lutheran Church at Bessie.

Margaret Littke rites Tuesday - @ 3:46 pm PST
Funeral services for Margaret Littke, age 94, Clinton resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Custer Avenue Baptist Church in Clinton.
Mrs. Littke died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at the Prairie Wood Manor in Clinton. She was born on June 1, 1907 at Bessie, the daughter of Gust and Matilda Meget.
She was married to John Littke on April 6, 1932 in Washita County.
Mrs. Littke was a homemaker and had lived in Clinton since 1960. She was a member of the Custer Avenue Baptist Church and enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens Building. She also enjoyed quilting and playing bingo.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, John, who died in 1995, were her parents; 11 brothers; a sister; and a stepson, Otto Littke.
Interment will be in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include sons, Richard Littke and his wife, Vickey, of Clinton, Alfred Littke and his wife, Shirley, of Clinton, Alvin Littke and his wife, Tana, of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Juanita Hendrickson and her husband, Bill, of Oklahoma City; a stepdaughter, Lola Adams of Ridgecrest, Calif.; a brother, Rudy Meget and his wife, Heidi, of Cordell; sisters, Rachel Thiessen of Corn, Sadi Kroeker and her husband, Melvin, of Corn, Zelma “Sammie” Fedke of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Kenneth McLain funeral observed - @ 3:27 pm PST
Funeral services for Kenneth McLain, age 85, Perryton, Texas resident, were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Perryton with Scot Dennis officiating.
McLain died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001. He had moved to Perryton from Sun City, Kans. in 1920. He was married to Bertha Flaming in 1938 at Clinton.
Burial was in the Ochiltree Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Randy McLain of Perryton, Texas; a daughter, Sandra McLain of Liberal, Kans.; a brother, Dale McLain of Perryton, Texas; four grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in his honor to Ochiltree Hospice Volunteers, 3101 Garrett, Perryton, TX 79070.

Marcus Horn Jr. rites Saturday - @ 3:26 pm PST
Funeral services for Marcus Leroy Horn Jr., age 18, Elk City resident and the victim of a car accident on Wednesday morning (further details appear in an article on page one today), will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Weatherford with Rev. Delfred Whitecrow, Sister Norma Walker and Bill McKissick officiating.
An all-night wake service will be held Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Pentecostal Mission at 18th and Hayes in Clinton.
Horn died early Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, at Elk City following the car crash. He had been on his way to work.
Born on Jan. 10, 1983 in Lawton, the son of Marcus Sr. and Donna (Howell) Horn, he grew up in Hydro and graduated from high school there in 2001.
After graduation, Horn went to work in the oilfield and moved to Elk City with his wife, Sarah, who is expecting their first child.
He was an accomplished, certified welder and held a forklift license. He enjoyed playing baseball, watching wrestling and fishing.
Preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather, Leroy Horn; maternal great grandparents, Homer and Lucy Howell; paternal great grandparents, Alfred and Susie Whitecrow, Cootsie Hayes Little Man, Jesse Horn and “Papa Dave” Bearpaw.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Weatherford under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah, of the home; a stepson, Avery Ramirez; his parents, Marcus and Donna of Hydro; four sisters, Rebekah, Keri and Jessica of Hydro and Sheri and her husband, Max Watan of Weatherford; a brother, Christopher and his wife, Kim, of Oklahoma City; a brother, Roberto Rodriquez of Geary; a maternal grandmother, Sharon F. Bearpaw of Hydro; a maternal grandfather, Olan and Arlene Howell of Bing; maternal great grandparents, Rev. Wilbur and Jean Cook; paternal grandmothers, Margaret Starr and Geretta White Crow; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Martinez baby rites Thursday - @ 5:18 pm PST
Chapel services for Angel Paloma Martinez, four-month-old daughter of Elizabeth Ann Martinez and Guillerma Rivera, former Clinton residents, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Clinton.
Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Clinton Cemetery.
Angel died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at her home. She was born on May 14, 2001 in Enid and had moved to Lawton with her family two weeks ago.
Angel was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Esteban Rivera.
Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth, and father, Guillerma, of the Lawton home; two brothers, Anthony Martin of the home, Jonathan Rivera of Weatherford; three uncles, Gabriel, Lucas and Josh Martinez of Clinton; paternal grandmother, Natalia Rivera; and maternal grandparents, Angel and Regine Martinez, all of Clinton.

Belinda Morris funeral Friday - @ 5:17 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Belinda Jo Morris, age 49, Arapaho resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Arapaho Assembly of God Church with Rev. Gayle Reeves officiating.
Mrs. Morris died late Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital following a long bout with cancer. She was born on Nov. 24, 1951 at Elk City, the daughter of Charles and Maxine (Hutson) Weems.
She grew up in Hammon and moved to Clinton at the age of four, graduating from Clinton High School in 1970.
In 1971 she was married to Jerry Morris, and they moved to Kileen, Texas for a short time.
Moving back to Arapaho, she had worked at TG&Y, Arapaho Quick Shop, Nelson’s Grocery and the Army Surplus Store.
She had been self-employed doing domestic work until failing health forced her to retire two years ago.
Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her parents.
Arrangements are with the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include a sister, Danice Crabtree and her husband, David, of Arapaho; two brothers, Billy Buttry and his wife, Carolyn, of Bethany, Ronnie Weems and his wife, Cathy, of Bessie; nieces and nephews, Chris, Brad, Tanya and Brittany Buttrey, Bailey Crabtree, Tiffany, Candace and Joshua Weems.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the Carter Hospice.

Services held for Humphreys - @ 1:49 pm PST
Funeral services for Kenneth George Lockwood, age 83, Cordell resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Cordell with interment in the Lawnview Cemetery at Cordell under the direction of the McClure Funeral Home of Cordell.
Lockwood died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born on April 22, 1918 in Hastings, Minn., the son of Steve A. and Hazel (Pittinger) Lockwood.
He served as a flight engineer during World War II receiving several medals including the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as five combat stars.
He worked for Lockheed Aircraft for some 30 years prior to moving to Cordell in 1971 where he worked as the cemetery superintendent.

Doyle Taylor services set - @ 1:49 pm PST
Funeral services for Doyle Taylor, age 75, Elk City resident and former Clinton resident/businessman, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Elk City with Dr. Russell Duck officiating.
Taylor died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002. He was born on July 7, 1926 in the Dewey County community of Aledo, the son of Leslie Hubert and Myrtle (Addington) Taylor.
After graduating from Leedey High School in 1944, he was married to Lorena Stoddard on June 9, 1946, and they established their home in Leedey for a year before moving in June of 1947 to Clinton.
Taylor served his country during the Korean conflict from 1952 until his discharge in 1954.
While in Clinton he owned and operated a Texaco gas station and, after the sale of the station, worked for the Strange-Jones Wholesale in Clinton.
In 1962, the Taylors moved to Elk City where Doyle began his career with the Elk City True Value Lumber Co. where he retired in 1988.
He then became a salesman for the Vernon Company in 1990 until 1999.
Taylor was an active member of the Jaycees where he became a JCI Senator; a charter member of the Elk City Elks Lodge; and a Kiwanis Club member.
After being baptized on Oct. 17, 1965, Taylor be-came an active member of the First Baptist Church of Elk City, being involved with the Live Embers, and he drove the church bus whenever needed.
Preceding him in death were his father; and an infant son, Lonnie Ray.
Interment will follow in the Center Point Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home in Elk City.
Survivors include his wife, Lorena Taylor of the Elk City home; a son, L.B. Taylor and his wife, Jan, of Edmond; a daughter, Doyleen McNeall and her husband, Paul, of Bartlesville; his mother, Myrtle Taylor of Pryor; a sister, Leta Mae Barr of Pryor; and four grandchildren, Amanda and Kyle Taylor of Edmond and Cameron and Leandra McNeall of Bartlesville.

Davis Harvey rites Monday - @ 11:49 am PST
Funeral services for Davis Loy “Heavy” Harvey, age 75, Clinton resident, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Springcreek Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Clark officiating.
Harvey died Monday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2002, at the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born on May 15, 1926, in Collinsworth County, Texas at his grandmother’s home, the son of Loy and Hester (Davis) Harvey.
Reared in Collinsworth, he attended school at Abra and San Norway. He served in the Marines and in March of 1954 he was married to Miss Nadine Harvey in Wellington, Texas.
He worked as a rancher and cowboy and enjoyed fishing in his spare time. He also raised rabbits and enjoyed gardening.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Gerald Harvey.
Burial will be in the Springcreek Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine, of the home; four daughters, LaRhonda Hamilton of Clinton, Debra Weis of Perryton, Texas, Brenda Harvey of Guthrie, Lorri Richmond of Charleston, S.C.; a son, Shelby Harvey of Oregon; a sister, Barbara Kilmartin of Muskogee; a brother, Wiliton C. Harvey of McLean, Texas; six grand-children; and a great grandchild.

Thelma Gardner rites held - @ 11:38 am PST
Word has been received of the death on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, of Thelma Kelley Gardner, former Custer City resident. Private graveside services were held Jan. 3.
Survivors include a son, Elmer C Gardner Jr and his wife, Linda Lou, and their three children, Alyssa Neil Gardner, Linda Caroline Gardner and Elmer Charles Gardner Jr.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Elmer; and her arents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester of Custer City

Michael Sage funeral Friday - @ 2:04 pm PST
Funeral services for Michael Sage, age 53, Clinton resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Sand Creek Memorial Hall at Concho with Rev. Lawrence Hart, Rev. Frank Kauahquo and Rev. Max Malone officiating.
Sage died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born on Jan. 5, 1949 in Clinton, the son of Nelson Jr. and Lyeia (Youngbear) Sage.
He was reared and attended school in Geary, serving in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1973.
A direct descendant of the Arapaho Chief Powderface and Chief Littleraven, Sage loved to cook Indian food for Indian dances and Indian Falls Creek at the Glorietta Baptist Church.
He enjoyed sports and was a pitcher for Indian softball games, having pitched for a team which went to the national finals four years in a row.
Sage was employed by Clinton Indian Health Services. He was a member of the Swapping Back Baptist Church, Southwest Vietnam Veterans, Arapaho Sundance Lodge at Ethele, Wyo., vice-chairman of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Labor Day Celebration and an Arapaho chief this past year.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents, were two sisters, DeAnn Sage, Maudeen Sage; and a brother, Wesley Sage, Sr.
Burial will follow in the Concho Indian Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Barton Sage of the home; a daughter, Alisa Sage of Oklahoma City; three sons, Mike Jr., Joseph Paul Sage, Corey Sage, all of Oklahoma City; two stepsons, Nicholas Joseph Barton, Christian Scherdin of Weatherford; four sisters, Sandra Lamebull of Oklahoma City; Millicent Doyebi of El Reno, Carroll Doyebi of Anadarko, Elsie Sage of El Reno; three brothers, Alvin Sage Sr. of El Reno, David Sage of Calumet, Gary Don Sage of Concho; a grandson; a stepgranddaughter, Erica Scherdin of Weatherford.

Allen Schreiner rites Thursday - @ 2:21 pm PST
Funeral services for Larry Allen Schreiner, age 48 and a 1971 Clinton High School graduate, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church in Clinton with Rev. Larry King officiating.
Schreiner died unexpectedly early Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at the Clinton home of his mother where he had been recuperating from back surgery. He was born on March 25, 1953 in Hutchinson, Kan., the son of Lawrence D. “Larry” and Ginger (Gravlee) Schreiner.
Allen, as he was known to his family and friends, was reared in Clinton. He attended Clinton schools where he was active in Speech Club and FFA, raising Charolais cattle.
After graduation, he went on to further his education at Oklahoma State University. Schreiner also had earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
He worked for MapCo Oil Field Co. and traveled extensively, settling in Oklahoma City in 1987.
He also worked for Total and for the past six years was a district manager for Sav-A-Stop.
Schreiner was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He loved to golf, fish, hunt and write poetry.
Preceding him in death were his father, Larry Schreiner; his paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Jo Schreiner; and his maternal grandfather, J.E. Gravlee.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his mother, Ginger Schreiner, of Clinton; a sister, Angie Ivey, and her husband, Joe, of Wilder, Ky.; his maternal grandmother, Sarah Gravlee of Clinton; three nieces, Nicole, Jena and Julia, all of Wilder, Ky.; an aunt and uncle, Gerald and Carlene Gravlee of Chattanooga; and cousins, Connie Jensen of Norman and Jerry Gravlee of Oklahoma City.

'Badger' Black services held - @ 2:20 pm PST
Funeral services for Alijah Wilson “Badger” Black, age 63, Cordell resident, were held this afternoon at the First Church of the Nazarene in Carnegie with Jerry Tate officiating.
Black died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at his home in Cordell. He was born on Nov. 14, 1938 in Dill City, the son of Woodrow W. and Mary Murphy Black.
At the time of his death he was a district lineman for the Carnegie-Hobart area of AEP/Public Service Co. of Oklahoma.
He was a member of the Baptist Church, IBEW Union Local No. 1002, the Masons and Shriners.
Black worked as a lineman most of his life in electrical power line construction for contractors John T. Jones, L.E. Meyers, Perry Electric and Midland & Comstock across Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Massachusetts, California, Arkansas and Kentucky.
He began working for PSO in 1988 and remained in that position until his illness.
In 1997 he was married to Jeannie Trent of Cordell, and they made their home there.
Burial was in the Apache Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Black, of Cordell; son, James Lynn Black of Cordell; three daughters, Carol Ann Black of Apache, Patricia Kaye Janis of Altus, Candace Mae Black of Carnegie; a stepdaughter, Laura Trent of Cordell; a stepson, Kenneth Trent of Cordell; a daughter-in-law, Verna Black of Cyril; a sister, Janet Bartel and her husband, Oliver (Slug), of Cordell; a brother, Jerry Black and his wife, Marketa, of Dill City; nine grandchildren, Dallas and Boston Codonon, Britiney and Kayse Janis, Randy and Todd Sthultz, Taylor and Sissy Black and Kira Black.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Barbara Black; a son, Randy Black; a grandson, Tanner Black; and a brother, Billy Black.

Clara Simpson rites Tuesday - @ 2:00 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Belle (Muno) Simpson, age 81, Clinton resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Bryan Gilbert officiating.
Mrs. Simpson died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at the Methodist Health Center in Clinton. She was born on Jan. 13, 1921 in Clinton, the daughter of John and Ollie (Cope) Muno.
She grew up in Lenora near Taloga and attended school there before moving to Oregon during World War II where she worked in a factory to support the war effort.
After moving back to Oklahoma in 1944, she went to work at the TB Sanitarium where she met William Augustus “Mike” Simpson, and they were married the same year.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1951.
She moved from Clinton to Oklahoma City several times before finally settling back in Clinton in 1969.
Mrs. Simpson worked at both the Ralph’s Truck Stop, Big Sky and Cherokee Restaurants where she was known for her coconut cream pies.
She had also done child care before retiring in 1990. In her spare time Mrs. Simpson enjoyed cooking, reading and crocheting.
Preceding her in death were her husbands; her parents; two sons, Ricky Hutchins and Rayford “Chuckie” Simpson; five brothers, Leslie, Otis, Garvin, Randolph and Rayford Muno; and five sisters, Mable Upchurch, Daisy Snider, Iona Waid, Ruby Cryer and Ethel Jones.
Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Watson and her husband, Bill, of Clinton, Emily Watkins of Arapaho; a son, Robert “Bob” Hutchins and his companion, Luther Laird, of Arapaho; six grandchildren, Jarrod Hutchins, Leland Watkins, Anita Smith, Tony Littleton, Mary Clayton, Destiny Parson; five great grandchildren, Jason Moore, Lance Smith, Lori Smith, Cassidy and Cassandra Watkins; and two great-great grandchildren, Gavin and Tatum Moore.

Martha Gearhart services Friday - @ 1:59 pm PST
Memorial services for Mrs. Marcha Kelley Gearhart, age 83, reportedly Clinton’s first councilwoman, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel at 3612 E. 91st Street in Tulsa.
Mrs. Gearhart died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She was born on Feb. 11, 1918.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Gearhart and his wife, Dianne, of Clear Lake City, Texas, Dr. John K. Gearhart and his wife, Diane, of Tulsa; and two grandchildren, Julie Gearhart Cromar and J. Bradley Gearhart.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Earl (Jack) H. and Myrtle Kelley; a brother, Earl; two sisters, Emily and Edith; and her husband, Herb T. Gearhart, who died Dec. 8, 1998.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the John 3:16 Mission (a Christian shelter for the homeless), P.O. Box 700390, Tulsa, OK 74170-0390.

Willow Waldrup rites observed - @ 2:48 pm PST
Graveside services for Mrs. Willow Marie Waldrup, age 78, Coweta resident, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Vernon Cemetery with Rev. Gary Rogers officiating.
Mrs. Waldrup died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at her home. She was born on April 14, 1923 in Oolagah, the daughter of Austin and Maggie (Cannon) Hart.
She received her education in Talala. In September of 1956 she was married to Claude Waldrup.
Mrs. Waldrup was a caregiver for 15 years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God and enjoyed gardening, flowers, buying and selling, cooking and flea markets.
Survivors include two sons,. James Claude Waldrup, Harley Waldrup, both of Coweta; a daughter, LaDonna Neely of Clinton; three brothers, Harold Richmond, Junior Ray Richmond, both of Hulbert, Leon Richmond of Wagoner; seven sisters, Fontreba Teague of Hulbert, Pauline Chaudions of Moody, Don Virginia Henson of Spavinaw, Billie Cooper of Tahlequah, Kaye Hart, Faye Hart, Carolyn Hart, all of California; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tennie Scott's rites Saturday - @ 2:51 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Tennie Scott, age 71, Clinton resident, formerly of Butler, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Butler Schools Auditorium with Rev. Roy Wilburn officiating.
Mrs. Scott was born on Nov. 23, 1930 at Hollis, the daughter of Otho and Lorean Morris.
She graduated from Hollis High School and was married to Norman Reubin Scott on June 1, 1950 at the First Methodist Church in Hollis.
They moved to Butler in 1963, and Mrs. Scott provided day care for children of some of the teachers.
Then, in 1968, she went to work at the school as a teacher’s aide, later becoming the school secretary.
She retired in 1988 and moved to Clinton in 1998. Mrs. Scott enjoyed bowling and going to eat with friends. She also volunteered at the Clinton hospital.
Interment will follow at the Butler Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Don Scott and his wife, Rhonda, of Clinton; a brother, Ladd G. Morris and his wife, June, of Colville, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Jolene Morris of San Marcos, Texas, Faye Morris of Amarillo, Texas; and grandchildren, Kip, Kory and Kyla Scott.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and husband, were a brothers, Nate Morris, Bobby Jess Morris and Max Morris; and a nephew and a niece.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the Southwest Baptist Children’s Camp in care of the First Baptist Church in Clinton.

Rodriguez funeral set - @ 2:50 pm PST
Funeral services for Victor R. Whitehawk Rodriguez (Verjan), age 41, of Lexington Park, Md., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Koinonia Mennonite Church in Clinton.
Rodriguez died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002. He was born at Hammon, the son of Jesus Verjan and Lorena Whitehawk.
Maternal grandparents were the late Chief Amos Whitehawk of Hammon and Anna Otterby Whitehawk of Deer Creek-Weatherford.
Interment will be at the Clinton Indian Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his twin sister, Anna, of Moreno Valley, Calif.; a son, Ryan of Maryland; sisters, Rose of Sacramento, Calif., Victoria of San Bernardino, Calif., Trina of Weatherford, Laura of El Reno, Yvonne of Las Vegas, Nev., Christina of Downey, Calif.; a brother, Jesse of La Puente, Calif.; adopted parents, Lupe and Toni of E.L.A., Calif.; an adopted brother, Ralph of San Francisco, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Guy Shira rites held - @ 2:54 pm PST
Graveside services for Guy Warren Shira, age 76, Thomas resident, were held this afternoon in the Mound Valley Cemetery at Thomas with Rev. Cecil Kimberlin officiating.
Shira died Saturday evening, Jan. 19, 2002, at the Grace Living Center in Clinton following a battle with cancer. He was born on March 11, 1925 in Carthage, Mo.
Reared in the Joplin, Mo. area, at a young age he ran away from home and worked with the circus before meeting his wife, Eliza F. Van Hyning. They were married on June 16, 1949 in Hobart.
They made their homes in Texas, Illinois and Western Oklahoma, settling in the Thomas area in 1978.
He had worked as a prison guard, and had several other contract labor-type jobs.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents, were his wife; a son, Richard Shira in 1973; four brothers, Osa, Shorty, Willard, Lester; a sister, Beulah Woolridge; and a grandchild.
Burial will be under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Shrum of Rockport, Ill., Emma Almeda of Aurora, Ill.; two sons, Ernie Shira and his wife, Phyllis, of Farnsworth, Texas, Kline Beverlin of Thomas; two sisters, Sarah Fritch of Scammon, Kan., Bertha Bennett of Garden City, Kan.; a brother, Everett Shira of Carl Junction, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Betty Woodall death reported - @ 2:53 pm PST
Mrs. Betty Jean (Halyard) Woodall, age 68, Clinton resident, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at Kindred Hospital in Oklahoma City.
She was born on Aug. 15, 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas and spent her early years in a Catholic orphanage.
In 1956 she was married to Elbert H. Woodall, and they made their home in Fort Worth before moving in 1973 to Oklahoma City.
Mrs. Woodall was employed by Altec Manufacturing until she retired and moved to Clinton in 1998.
Preceding her in death were her husband in 1985; two children, Darrell and Darla; and a brother, James Plunkett.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. No services are planned at the present time.
Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline Sue Stevens and Jennie Pearl Edmondson, both of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Richard Lee Green of Topeka, Kan.; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Jim Bob Wright services set - @ 2:52 pm PST
Editor’s Note: Offices of the Custer County Courthouse will be closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday for the funeral services of Jim Bob Wright, Jr.
Prominent Clinton attorney James R. “Jim Bob” Wright, Jr. succumbed while quail hunting with friends near Cheyenne on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002. Memorial services have been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Clinton with Rev. Larry King officiating.
Wright was born on Nov. 30, 1946 in Stillwater, the son of James Robert “Bob” Wright and Audie Ruth (Brown) Wright.
He began school at Cheyenne and moved to Clinton when he was in the fifth grade, graduating from Clinton High School in 1965.
He played baseball at Yale University where he graduated in 1969 and went on to work as a sportswriter for the Norman Transcript while attending the University of Oklahoma Law School.
Upon receiving his Juris Doctorate, Wright began practicing law in Cheyenne prior to opening a practice in Clinton in 1976. He also served a one-year stint in 1975 as the assistant district attorney in Custer County.
He continued going to his office in Cheyenne two days a week his entire career.
Wright was an active member of the Custer County Bar Association and state and national legal organizations.
He was a past chairman of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Committee and served on the board of directors of the Farmers Union Cooperative Royalty Company as well as in the U.S. Army Reserves.
The attorney was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clinton where he served as a lay leader, choir member and past president of the Board of Trustees.
Wright played football, basketball and baseball for the Clinton Red Tornadoes as well as American Legion baseball. Attending high school sports events in Clinton were a special passion of his.
He enjoyed coaching peewee baseball teams and attending sports events at OU and Oklahoma State University.
Wright also greatly enjoyed the outdoors, including trout fly fishing trips to northern New Mexico and quail hunting trips in western Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law, Mary Ford.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou (Ford) Wright; and two daughters, Lauren and Rachel of Clinton.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in his Jim Bob’s honor to their favorite charity.

Leroy Fox rites held - @ 2:49 pm PST
Graveside services for Leroy Doyle Fox, age 74, Enid resident, were held Monday afternoon in the Butler Cemetery.
Fox died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, in the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center at Enid. He was born on Feb. 17, 1927 at Leedey, the son of Walter and Zula Cornett Fox.
He attended school at Butler and was employed for many years by Sewell Brothers Construction Co. in Cordell.
Fox loved to hunt and fish. He lived in Cordell for 25 years before moving to Enid because of failing health to be near his son, Dewayne.
Survivors include his son, Dewayne Fox, and his wife, Anna, of Enid; a daughter, Roshelle Chapman and her husband, Dillon, of Apache, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jamie, Erin Mae, Eric; and a sister-in-law, Margie Fox of Clinton.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers J.R., Foy, Holly, Buel, Lester; and a sister, Mamie.

Bertha Day's services set - @ 10:50 am PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Jane Day, age 89, long-time Camargo resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Camargo Christian Church.
Mrs. Day, who has several relatives in the Arapaho-Clinton area, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Elk City.
Interment will follow in the Camargo Cemetery with arrangements by the Shaw Funeral Home of Vici.

Gladys Wiebe death reported - @ 1:43 pm PST
The death of Gladys Ruth Wiebe, age 74, Springfield, Ill., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, has been learned locally.
Mrs. Wiebe was the wife of Ralph Jacob Wiebe who was reared in Clinton and is among the survivors. Also among the survivors are two in-laws who live in the area, brother-in-law Al Wiebe of Clinton; and sister-in-law Leona Teeter of Foss.
Born on Dec. 3, 1927 in Marshall, Ill., Mrs. Wiebe was the daughter of Lloyd and Ruth N. Eitel Hanley.
She and Ralph Jacob were married in 1965 in Springfield.
Mrs. Wiebe was the owner and operator of First Lady Beauty Salon for 30 years. She also worked at Myers Brothers Beauty Salon for 12 years, retiring in 1995.
She was a member of the Springfield Cosmetologists Association and West Side Christian Church as well as being a former member of the Jockey Club.
Mrs. Wiebe was cremated and her remains placed in the Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to those listed above, include two stepdaughters, Suzanne Wiebe-Byus and Judy Beckman and her husband, Bill, both of Jacksonville, Ill.; five step grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren; a brother, John “Jack” Hanley of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and two nieces.

Hallie Parker rites Friday - @ 2:03 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Hallie Ellen Parker, age 96, Weatherford resident and former longtime Clinton resident and businesswoman, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church at Weatherford with Rev. Earl Stephenson officiating.
Mrs. Parker died at her home in Weatherford on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002. She was the fifth child born to William Gage and Nancy (Jackson) Lee in Hollis.
She grew up in the community of Hollis where her father farmed and operated a grocery store.
She attended the First Baptist Church in Dryden as well as the Dollar Hill School.
In 1922 her father sold the grocery store and moved the family to Norman. At the time, she was a senior in high school where she met and three years later married Claud Alvin Parker on Oct. 6, 1925. Their marriage was in Oklahoma City.
Following her graduation from Norman High School she attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1929 with a degree in home economics.
She and her husband both obtained their teaching certificates and started teaching in the Bowlegs area.
Mrs. Parker taught 49 students in the first through third grades while her husband taught the fourth through sixth grades and served as building principal.
In 1930 they moved to Clinton and bought an outdoor advertising business which they operated from 1930 to 1940. Hallie was the secretary of the operation.
After moving to Clinton she moved her membership to the First Baptist Church in Clinton where she was director of the third grade department for many years.
She was a member of the Senior Choir, WMU and counted money for the church for many years.
In 1935 she gave birth to the couple’s only child, Wayne Lee Parker.
The couple purchased an insurance and real estate company which they ran from 1940 to 1949. She worked in the office.
In 1949 they bought back the outdoor advertising business which they operated until they retired in 1963.
They continued to live in Clinton until they moved to Weatherford in 1999 to be closer to family. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and was active in the Garden Club.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Weatherford under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home of Weatherford.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Shirley Parker of Weatherford; two grandchildren, Phillip Parker and his wife, Jacqueline, and Nancy Dry and her husband, Jerry, all of Weatherford; and four great grandchildren, Aaron and Amy Parker and Michelle and Alexandria Dry.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents and husband, was her son, Wayne; a sister; and three brothers.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church or to the Custer County Division of the American Heart Association.

Anna Green rites Friday - @ 1:43 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Ruth (Koch) Green, age 74, Oklahoma City resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Rosewood Chapel of the Branstetter-Merritt Funeral Home at 7720 S. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Bethel Cemetery at Hydro.
Mrs. Green died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Oklahoma City. She was born on Feb. 15, 1927 in Hydro, the daughter of Johnson and Lida Stanfill.
She was a retired employee of Southwestern Bell with 38 years of service.
Mrs. Green was a member of the Southern Hills United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Communication Workers of America and the Norman Wheels RV group.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Dale Green, of the home; a son, Lindel Koch of Clinton; two stepsons; two stepdaughters; brothers, G.C. Stanfill and his wife, Sandra, Hiram Stanfill and his wife, Myndy; a sister, Nina Sanders and her husband, Robert; a brother-in-law, Pete Green; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Eric Jacobson services held after accident - @ 1:42 pm PST
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bose Jr. of Bessie and Bryan Bose of Clinton recently returned from Redlands, Calif. where they attended the funeral of Eric Jacobson of Redlands.
Eric was the son of Lloyd and Janice (Brady) Jacobson, also of Redlands.
He was killed Dec. 30 in a boating accident at Oceanside, Calif. while he and a friend were fishing.
Jacobson was a native of Clinton, having attended schools here. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1953.

Edith Regier dies - @ 3:39 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Louise Regier, age 79, Cordell resident, were held Monday morning at the Herold Mennonite Church with burial in the Herold Mennonite Cemetery at Bessie.
Mrs. Regier died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at the Corn Heritage Village. She was born on Nov. 28, 1922 at Bessie, the daughter of Nicholas and Louise Stehr VonEssen.

Torres infant's funeral Friday - @ 3:39 pm PST
Graveside services for Juan Manuel Torres Jr., 20-day-old son of Juan, Sr. and Andrea (Arriaga) Torres, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Clinton Cemetery with Father Mike Vaught officiating.
The infant died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City where he had been since his birth. He was born on Dec. 24, 2001 in Oklahoma City, weighing 1 lb., 11 oz.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include his parents of Oklahoma City; four sisters, Erica Morales, Maria Morales, Yilda Torres, Micaela Torres; two brothers, Jessie Garcia, Andy Garcia, all of the home; his paternal grandparents, Manuel and Micaela Torres of Mexico, Tanis and Andrew Martinez of Clinton.

Walls rites set - @ 3:38 pm PST
Funeral services for Rosetta Maybell Walls, age 82, long-time Rocky resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the McClure Funeral Home Chapel in Cordell with interment in the Lone Star Cemetery at Rocky.
Ms. Walls died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Cordell Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 15, 1919 at Ozark, Ark., the daughter of Albert Wesley and Leona J. (Perry) Walls.

Rites Tuesday for Alma Epp - @ 1:33 pm PST
Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Engel Franz Epp, age 81, Corn resident, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Corn with Bruce Miller and Bob Burkle officiating.
Mrs. Epp died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was born on June 22, 1920 in Main Center, Canada.
Reared in Corn, she attended school there and graduated in 1939.
She was married to Albert Franz on Sept. 26, 1945 before marrying Albert Epp on Jan. 29, 1982 in Corn.
A housewife, she was a charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church and an American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She also was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union.
Burial will follow in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Cemetery under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home in Weatherford.
Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Wilson and her husband, Travis, of Liberal, Kan., Bonnie Trissell and her husband, Darrell, of Clinton, Marcia Sampson and her husband, Ralph, of Loyal; six grandchildren; and a great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents and husbands, Milton Franz, Albert Franz and Albert Epp; was a great grandson, Jacob Moser.

Margaret Musick rites Wednesday - @ 1:32 pm PST
Chapel services for Mrs. Margaret Lena Musick, age 96, Clinton resident, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton with Rev. Bryan Gilbert officiating.
Burial will be at a later date in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Overland, Kan.
Mrs. Musick died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at the Grace Living Center in Clinton. She was born on July 29, 1904 at McFall, Mo., the daughter of Sam and Maggie Belle (Doughty) Musick.
She attended through the ninth grade at Pallot Knob School, a one-room school in McFall, Mo.
On April 21, 1923 she was married to Theodore “Ted” Youngman before later marrying Christopher Columbus “Jack” Bush on Oct. 14, 1942.
She enjoyed organic gardening and had a beautiful rock garden in Missouri. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting and tatting. She had moved to Clinton three years ago to be near her family.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents, were four brothers, Charley, Harvey, Freeman and Albert; five sisters, Rena, Rada, Inez, Mildred and Clema; a daughter, Marscella Rhoads; and a great grandchild, Mark Rhoads.
Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Rossberg and her husband, Dick, of Overland, Kan.; a brother, Sam Musick; five grandsons, Rusty Rhoads and his wife, Wanda, of Clinton, Jack Rhoads and his wife, Linda, of Geronimo, Gary Rhoads and his wife, Sara, of Moore, Richard Rossberg of Florida; a granddaughter, Shelley Christ and her husband, Kevin, of Overland, Kan.; seven great grandchildren, Vaudy Rhoads of Clinton, Kevin Rhoads of Indiahoma, Bryan Christ of Overland, Kan., Rhonda Nowlin of Clinton, Amy Rhoads of Geronimo, Mandy McMain of Moore, Erin Jolly of Wichita, Kan.; and 11 great-great grandchildren, Zack, Aaron, Charidee, Rowdy, Ashley, Tyler, Alyssa, Trenton, Garrett, Whitney and Dillon.

Robert Schmidt funeral Tuesday - @ 1:31 pm PST
Funeral services for Robert Schmidt, age 80, Bessie resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Herold Mennonite Church east of Bessie with Rev. Arlee Johnson officiating.
Schmidt died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. He was born on Feb. 25, 1921 in Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Edward F. and Marie Schmidt.
In 1923 he moved to the family farm southeast of Bessie where he attended the Flynn Country School.
He then went into alternative service with the Civilian Public Service building roads and bridges.
Later, he went back to the farm and continued farming until his retirement two years ago.
Schmidt was a Sunday school superintendent and deacon of the Bible Mennonite Brethren Church in Cordell, helping to build the church.
He later was a member of the Herold Mennonite Church and served as a Sunday school teacher for years.
He was active on the Rural Water Board, District 2 and enjoyed baling hay as well as having coffee with his buddies.
Interment will follow at the Herold Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his daughter, Judy Goertz, and her husband, Jack, of Bremerton, Wash.; brothers, Eddie Schmidt and his wife, Eldeen, of Clinton, Louis Schmidt and his wife, Elvera, of rural Cordell; sisters, Helen Schmidt of Cordell, Ann Schmidt of Warrenton, Mo., Mary Lou Juett and her husband, Glenn, of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, South America, Katie Smith and her husband, George, of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Lela Schmidt of Newton, Kan., Jeannette Schmidt of Goshen, Ind., Janis Schmidt of Quaker Town, Pa., Doris Helms of Mesa, Ariz.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents and wife, were brothers, Martin Schmidt, Paul Schmidt, Alfred Schmidt, Norman Schmidt; and a sister, Alice Schmidt.

Eugene Hughes rites Wednesday - @ 1:29 pm PST
Memorial services for long-time Southwestern Oklahoma State University language arts professor Dr. Eugene E. Hughes will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Weatherford with Father Shelby Scott of Broken Arrow officiating.
Dr. Hughes was an SWOSU professor for 22 years, serving as chairman of the Language Arts Department for 11 years.
He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Stafford High School west of Clinton in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern in 1954.
He attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma before entering the military where he served from 1957 to 1960 in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.
He received a Master of Arts from the university in 1960 and went on to serve as an English instructor at East Central State College from 1962 to 1963 and at Southwestern in 1963 to 1964.
He entered doctoral study at the University of Missouri where he received a PhD in December, 1966. In January, 1967 he was appointed chairman of the Language Arts Department at SWOSU where he served until 1978.
At that time, he resigned as chairman and continued to teach in the department before retiring from the school in December, 1987 as professor emeritus.
He was an active member of the Modern Language Association, the College English Association and the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English.
Dr. Hughes was born on July 12, 1933 at Butler, the son of Raymond and Lillie Mae Hughes.
He died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, in Broken Arrow.
Preceding him in death were his father and a stepdaughter, Vicki Parks.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of Weatherford; his mother, Lillie Mae, of Clinton; his daughter, Janet Baxter and her husband, Mike, of Tulsa; his son, Daniel (Bud) of Norman; his stepdaughter, Mary Lynn Lenz and her husband, Richard, of Mobile, Ala.; grandchildren, Danny, Jordan and Jeff Baxter and Kelly Pruitt and her husband, Chance, and great grandson, Blake Pruitt, all of Tulsa; a brother, Jim Hughes and his wife, Carmileta, of Arapaho; two sisters, Shirley Johnson and her husband, Jerry, and Virginia Lowell and her husband, Brice, all of Oklahoma City; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Dr. Eugene Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, OK 73096.

Allie George services set - @ 3:17 pm PST
Chapel services for Mrs. Allie Zelma George, age 104, former Stafford resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton with Rev. Alvis Merrill and Rev. Frank Norred officiating.
Mrs. George died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Vivian’s Nursing Home in Amarillo, Texas. Allie Zelma Snelson was born Nov. 22, 1897 near Cleburne, Texas, the daughter of Hugh and Laura (Ballenger) Snelson.
She was married to Chester George on Sept. 6, 1914 south of Canute. They had been married for 75 years when he died in 1990.
The couple had lived in California, Texas and Oklahoma while her husband worked for the railroad before moving to Stafford in 1958.
Mrs. George had lived there until 1993 when she moved to Amarillo to be close to her family.
A devout member of the Stafford Baptist Church, she loved to read and had read the Bible through 43 times. She also was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables from her garden.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents, were three sisters; a brother; four daughters, Connie George, Bessie Robertson, Laura Robertson, Mary Silver; and three grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Stafford Cemetery west of Clinton.
Survivors include two sons, Chester E. George and his wife, Sarah, of San Bernardino, Calif., Edwin L. George and his wife, Mary, of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grand-children; nine great grandchildren; and 54 great-great grandchildren.

Eugene Hughes service planned - @ 3:15 pm PST
Memorial services for Dr. Eugene Hughes, age 68, retired long-time professor and chairman of the Language Arts Department at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Weatherford.
The family has established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Hughes with the Southwestern Foundation, 100 Campus Dr., Weatherford, OK 73096.
A full obituary is planned for release early this week.


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