Miscellaneous Delaware County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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GROVE - Arletta Abbott, age 64, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at the Grove General Hospital after a sudden illness. The daughter of Esley and Bertha (Chambless) Nelson, she was born on October 10, 1936 in Dale, Okla. Leta married Leroy Abbott on June 8, 1954 in Midwest City, Okla. She worked for 12 years in the Bethel High School as financial and Superintendent's Secretary. In 1990 she moved to Grove where she and Leroy owned and operated the Abbott Store and station until retirement in 1996. 
Survivors are: her husband, Leroy, of the home; two sons, Mike Abbott of Austin, Texas, and Russell Abbott of Grove; one daughter, Carolyn Eskew of Grove, and two grandsons, Justin Abbott and Caleb Abbott. 
The family will have a visitation at the funeral home at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 24. The family will have a private burial at a later time. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. 

AFTON, Okla. - W.L. "Roy" Abshier, 81, of Afton, Okla., formerly of Parsons, passed away at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, April 1, 2001 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo. following a brief illness. He was born March 21, 1920 at Bartlett, Kan. to Charlie and Gertie (Bourquin) Abshier. He grew to adulthood in the Bartlett area and attended schools in Bartlett and Altamont. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. On January 17, 1939 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Hoppock, she survives of whe home. He was in the Real Estate/and Insurance Business in Parsons for 45 years; Was Realtor of the year and an active participant in the community, and was a member of the Kansas Assoc. of Realtors. He was a past Director of the State Bank of Parsons. He had retired and was living in Bernice/Afton, Okla. at the time of his death. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Parsons.
He is survived by two sons, Gail Abshier, Parson, Kan., and Ron Abshier, Bluffton, Texas; one brother, Earl "Jiggs" Abshier, Parsons; two sisters, Eula Vandermark, Coffeyville, Kan., and Elaine Miller, Coffeyville, Kan.; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and 11 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bath Funeral Home Chapel of Altamont with Pastor Gene Jones officiating. Burial to follow in the Oswego Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Wayside Bible Church Building Fund of Bernice, Okla. and may be left or mailed to the funeral home at Box 325, Altamont, KS.

GROVE - Jack D. Adair, 84, died Thursday, July 5, 2001 at Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Checotah.
Jack was born on September 28, 1916 in Dorchester, Texas to Willard and Martha Jane Lankford Adair. He attended school in Checotah. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He married Irene Miller on May 2, 1975 in Atoka. Mr. Adair worked as a Production Planner for McDonald-Douglas in Tulsa, for 30 years. He and his wife moved to the Grove area in 1982 from Checotah. Mr. Adair was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, V.F.W. and the American Legion.
Survivors are: his wife, Irene, of the home; one son, Stephen Adair, of Tulsa; one stepdaughter, Rae Sweet, of Claremore; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. Mr. Adair was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and four sisters.
Services are entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, 107 S. Broadway, Grove, 918-786-5172

GROVE - Philip Nathan Addis died Friday, June 1, 2001 at Grove General Hospital after a long illness. He was born May 18, 1941 in Chetopa, Kan. He was 60-years-old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Alma Addis of Chetopa, Kan., and his four brothers, Harold Addis, Riddle, Oregon, Richard Addis, Riddle, Oregon, Jack Addis, Chetopa, Kan., and Howard Addis, Chetopa, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah D. Addis, of the home; his two sons, Steve Addis of Grove, and Joel Addis of Miami, Okla. He has one grandson, Christopher Addis, of Miami.
Addis graduated from Chetopa High School in 1959 and attended Parson Junior College, where he lettered in football. He also attended Pittsburg State University and Missouri Southern State College where he completed his degree in biology. Addis and Deborah Bengston, of Grove, were married on October 2, 1981 in Miami, Okla. He was foreman of shipping at B.F. Goodrich in Miami for 17 years until the plant closed. Addis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jay, Okla. and a member of the Elks Lodge in Miami, Okla.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jay. Brother Ed McFall will officiate. Monetary donations for the family or flowers may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Jay.

WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Coy Dean Allen, 51, of Wyandotte, died December 26, 2001 at St. John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Coy was born April 3, 1950 in Altas, Okla., to Wayne Allen and Iris Carrol. Coy attended school in Altas and later went to college. 
Coy met his wife, Eva, in 1986 in Altas, and later moved to Wyandotte. Coy was a truck driver for NEO Concrete of Grove. 
Coy is survived by his wife, Eva, of the home; two daughters, Christie and Michelle; one son, Jason Allen, and one granddaughter Samantha. 
Memorial services will be Sunday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at Turner Funeral Chapel, Grove.

AFTON, Okla. - Spencer Olman Amundsen, 77, of Afton, Okla. passed away Tuesday, June 19, in Tulsa, Okla. Born on April 13, 1924 in Two Harbors, Minn., he was a retired electrician. He was also a 32nd degree Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara, of the home; two daughters, Karen Webster and husband, Rocky, of Afton, Okla., and Leslie Rosencutter and husband, Mike, of Tulsa, Okla.; one son, Mark Sullivan and wife, Martha, of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 21, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Moore's Southlawn Chapel of 663-2233.

AFTON, Okla. - Betty Marie Anderson, 73, of Afton, Okla. died Friday, 13, 2001 at Baptist Regional Health Center after an illness. Mrs. Anderson was born May 11, 1927 in Hickory Grove, Okla. to James and Alice (Blaylock) Hunter. She has lived in Afton the past 27 years, moving here from Irving, Texas. Prior to moving to Irving, she had lived in Afton. Mrs. Anderson was a nurse, she worked at Eastern State Hospital in Vinita and at the Beverly Hills Hospital in Oakcliff, Texas. After her retirement she worked in many Afton area restaurants and cafes. She married Raymond Anderson on March 13, 1964 in Jay, Okla. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1999.
She is survived by four sons, Leonard Stotts of Owasso, Okla., Michael L. Anderson of Miami, Okla., Raymond G. Anderson of Grove, and Ronnie Joe Anderson of Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, June Hopper of Afton, Okla., and Janatha Anderson of Afton, Okla.; brother, Ray Hunter of Afton, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Hickory Grove Cemetery northeast of Grove. Jason Shelton and Justin Gibson will officiate under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Afton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 Monday evening at the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Afton.

AFTON, Okla., - Kenneth G. Anderson, rural Afton, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at Grove Nursing Center after a short illness. He was 73. Mr. Anderson was born at Enid, Okla., on December 9, 1927 to Earnest and Lulu Anderson. He graduated from Enid High School with the class of 1945. He was a veteran, serving in the US Navy from 1945-1948. He married Evelyn (Mickie) Mixon on November 9, 1946 at Savannah, Ga. They moved to Afton in 1968 from Enid. He was a self-employed truck driver and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Afton. 
He is survived by his wife, Mickie, of the home; two daughters, Ginger and husband, Gary Underwood, of Tulsa, and Patty and husband, Ed Tipton, of Afton; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Randol and Rev. Clyde Stilley officiating. Pallbearers will be Steve Bassett, Trent Horton, Clinton Hines, Brad Stephens, Bobby Shinn, and Brian Gibson. The Men's Bible Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Military Rites will be performed by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team at the interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church. 
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Trinity Baptist Church Youth Fund. Arrangements are under the direction Adcock Funeral Home of Afton.

JAY, Okla. - Mary Louise Armstrong, 74, met her Lord November 9, 2001 at her home in Jay, Okla. Mary was born July 29, 1927 in Boone, Ill., to Walton and Floreita Dygert Wheeler. Mary attended Country School in Belvidere, Ill., and graduated from Belvidere High School. She also attended and graduated from Northwestern Bible College and received a diploma signed by Billy Graham. Mary and Wayne Marvin Armstong were united in marriage 50 years ago and have lived in rural Jay for 43 years. Mary was a farmer's wife and a member of the First Baptist Church. 
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; three daughters, Carol Ann Cooper, Jay, Marcia Hendrix, Washburn, Mo., and Linda Branham, Vinita, Okla.; three sons, Tom Armstrong, Jay, Terry Armstong, Tulsa, Okla., and Dan Armstrong, Grove; two sisters, Nellie Crull, Wisconsin, and Florence Priest, Gardenia, Calif.; one brother, Walter Wheeler, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends and relatives November 9, Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Chapel in Jay. Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, at the First Baptist Church in Jay. Mary will be laid to rest at the Maysville Cemetery in Maysville, Ark. Officiating will be Randy Parks and Loyd Crawford. Services will be under the direction of the Turner Funeral Chapel, Jay.

JAY, Okla - Funeral services for Janetta Gay Baker, age 59, of Jay, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Eucha Free Holiness Church in Eucha, Okla. with Reverend Carl Page officiating. Burial will follow in Eucha Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah.
Janetta Gay Baker, daughter of James and Anna (Haggard) Dick, was born May 29, 1942 in Pryor, and died Friday, June 22, in Jay. A homemaker, Mrs. Baker lived in Jay for 15 years, after moving there from Fairland. She was a member of the Eucha Free Holiness Church and, in her spare time, enjoyed traveling, sewing, reading and doing crafts. She also cherished time spent with her grandchildren. Janneta was married to Omer Baker in Jay on March 3,1963. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, C.J. Dick.
She is survived by her husband; two children, Eugene Baker and wife, Alisa, of Grove, and Mark Baker and wife, Nancy, of Jay; one sister, Ruth Asbury, of Eucha; one brother, Tony Haggard of Cassville; four grandchildren, Kane Baker of Grove, Jennifer Baker of Broken Arrow, and Chance and Tristian Hughes, both of Jay, and many loved ones and friends.

GROVE - Harley Baker, age 84, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at his home in Grove. The son of Harvey and Minnie (Modlin) Baker, he was born on July 31, 1917 in Powel, Mo. Harley made his living as a welder, working for the Ordinance Division of F.M.C. making tanks for the Army, in San Jose, Calif. Harley's first wife, Irene, died in 1967. He later married Ilene Belka on May 5, 1973. They moved to Grove in 1984.
Surviors are: his wife, Ilene, of the home, and one niece and her children.
Harley will be buried in San Jose, Calif. The local arrangements are under the direction of the Worley-Lugenbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

KANSAS, Okla. - Mary Louis Byrd Baker, 73, Kansas, Okla., were held Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at the First baptist Church in Kansas. Officiating was Rev. Herman Miller . Serving as pall bearers were John Baker, Louis Baker, Dustin Griffis, David Barr, Boyd Loper, and Michael Magee. Interment followed in the Kansas Cemetery under the direction of Green Country Funeral Home, Tahlequah, Okla.
Mary Baker was born November 21, 1927 in Salina, Okla., the daughter of Lille Mae and John Byrd. She died on October 19, 2001, in Kansas. Mary enjoyed playing Bingo, camping, and just sitting outside. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Jefferson Baker, her parents, John and Lillie Mae Byrd, a son, Thurman Jimmie Baker, a brother and sister in law, Earl and May Byrd, and a great grandson, DeAngelo Michale Magee.
Mary is survived by: daughters, Donna Marie Hyde and husband, Tom, Lillington, N.C., and Margie Louise Peebles and husband, James "Rod," Okmulgee, Okla.; sons, Cecil Louis Baker and wife, April, Kansas, and John Daniel Baker and wife, Mary "Lucy," Kansas; a sister, Cloie Mae Marie baker, Oaks, Okla; a niece; nephew; 13 grandchildren; a great granddaughter, and great great grandsson, as well as many other relatives, friends, and loved ones.

VINITA, Okla. - Shirley Maurine Barnes, former resident of Vinita, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2001 in Austin, Texas. She was 83-years-old. Shirley was born August 5, 1917 at Keota, Okla. to Clarence and Sophia (Walters) Graham. She came to this community in 1958 from Verdon, Okla. and taught elementary school for many years in White Oak and Vinita. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vinita. Shirley was the widow of former Vinita Schools Superintendent Vernon L. Barnes, who preceded her in death February 19, 1993.
Shirley is survived by three daughters, Rev, Mary Zimmer of Austin, Texas, Carole Barnes-Higgins and husband, William, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Lynn Hamilton and husband, Craig, of Lewisville, N.C.; one sister, Bonnie Horn of College Station, Texas; one brother, Kestner Graham of Tupelo, Miss., and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Henry Haynes will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Burckhalter Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home.

OAKS, Okla. - Rosina K. Barr, 71-year-old resident of Oaks, Okla., died Monday, October 15, 2001 at Grove General Hospital in Grove. Born June 22, 1930, she was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Maunch Unteriner. Mrs. Barr had been a resident of Oaks since 1975, formerly a resident of Twin Oaks, Okla. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Car. E. Barr Jr., in 1980, two sisters, one brother and one grandson.
She is survived by: two sons, David R. Barr of Oaks, and Clarence A. Barr of West Siloam Springs, Okla.; three grandchildren, and three sisters, Frances Quackenbush of Shreveport, La.; Cecilia Ottley of Hoxie, Kan., and Claire Tubbs of Colby, Kan.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, Ark. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, October 19, at Wasson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Utah Humphrey officiating. Burial will follow in Kansas Cemetery, Kan., Okla. Services are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark.

MIAMI, Okla. - Ralph M. Bartholomew, 69, of Miami, Okla., died Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at his home after an illness. Mr. Bartholomew was born on April 4, 1932 in Harrisburg, Pa. to Ralph M. and Viola (Shope) Bartholomew, Sr. He has lived in Miami since 1994, moving there from California. He was a machinist for Black and Decker Quickset Lock Division before retiring in 1986. Mr. Bartholomew served with the Army during the Korean Conflict and was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge. Mr. Bartholomew married Patricia McAlister on May 16, 1952 in Wilkinsburg, Pa.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia McAlister, of the home; two sons, David B. Bartholomew of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Mark L. Bartholomew of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; daughter, Holly L. Lawyer of Mission Viejo, Calif.; three sisters, Betty Common, Eleanor Moree, and Marie Kane, all of Pennsylvania, and six grandchildren.
Mr. Bartholomew will lie in state at Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home Miami, Friday and Saturday, before being returned to Harbour Lawn Cemetery in Cost Mesa, Calif. for burial.

GROVE - David Bartlett, age 29, died Saturday, July 14, 2001 in Grove after a sudden illness. The son of David and Vivian (Brown) Bartlett, he was born February 8, 1972. David had attended the Independent Baptist Church since moving to Grove in 2000 from Truman, Ariz. He loved outdoor sports, especially camping and fishing the Colorado River. 
Surviving are: his mother, Vivian Wilson, of Ehrenberg, Ariz.; his wife, Sherry King, of Bernice; three children, David Eugene Bartlett III, Angelina Gene Bartlett, and Carol Ann King, all of the home; two brothers, Paul Mitchell and Sam Mitchell of Ehrenberg, Ariz, and two sisters, Norma Thezenin and Cindy Jones of Ehrenberg, Ariz.
The funeral will be Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. in the Worley-Luginbuel Chapel. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

NEOSHO, Mo. - Martha Aletha Barton died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2001 at the Quality Living Residential Care, Bluejacket, Okla., after a long illness. She was 87. 
Mrs. Barton was born May 23, 1914 to Martha E. (VanDorn) and H. Frank Hansford at Spring City, Mo. She graduated from Miami High School in 1932. On December 20, 1946, she married Murray M. Barton who preceded her in death in 1962. Mrs Barton retired from Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, Okla., in 1978 and moved at that time to Neosho. Mrs. Barton was a member of the First Christian church disciples of Christ, Neosho.
Survivors include: a brother, Frank Hansford, Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Delores Lewis, Little Rock, Ark., and Marzella Bradbury, Littleton, Colo.; two nieces; six nephews, and her loving caretaker, Shirley Winfrey.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, at the Burkhardt Cemetery, Racine, Mo., with the Rev. Charles Horton officiating. Burial will be under the direction of the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home of Miami. The family will be at the home of Frank and Elizabeth Hansford, 1502 Morgan Circle.

GROVE - James Wesley Bates of Grove died early Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was 76. Mr. Bates was born September 21, 1924 to Wesley A. and Della Kepheart Bates in Grove. He went to Grove Public Schools and served in the United States Army during WWII, receiving two Purple Hearts. He owned and operated Honey Creek Grocery in Grove for 20 years. Mr. Bates married Hazel Bates September 4, 1992. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Noby Bates, Troy Bates, and Charles Bates, and two sisters, Benola Turner and Clara Goss.
Survivors are: his wife, Hazel, of the home; one son, Eddie Sands, of Florida; one brother, Bob Bates of Owasso, Okla; one sister, Cordelia Ford of Grove; two grandchildren; four stepsons, Jack Crossley, Jerry Crossley, Mike Crossley, and Eddie Crossley, all of Grove; two stepsisters, Imogene Bauer and Linda Keller, both of Grove, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, August 24, at the Elk River Baptist Church. Rev. Dolphus Blevins to officiate with Rev. Larry Jackson assisting. Interment will be at the Cayuga Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

GROVE - Edward Leotis Beal, age 85, of Grove, died Sunday May 13, 2001 in the Grove General Hospital with his family at his side. The son of James and Martha Mae (Rankin) Beal, he was born on November 22, 1915 in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Edward was a long time resident of Grove, working as a heavy equipment operator until he retired. He was a veteran of WWII and a member of the Living Church of God.
Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Mary Beal, of Grove; a sister, Sarah Hall, of Tulsa, Okla., three sons, Benny Leotis Beal of Grove, Rodney Beal of Duenaweg, Mo., and Clifford Beal of Wyandottte, Okla., a daughter, Brenda Francisco of Joplin, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was at the graveside in the Zena Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Tuesday May 15, with Karl Beyersdorfer officiating. The services were under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. The pallbearers were Chris Beal, Randy Beal, Clifton Beal, Bryan Beal, Daniel Beal and Brad Asher.

GROVE - Jay Tinsley Beckham of Grove died Thursday, July 26, 2001 at the Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. He was 97. Mr. Beckham was born September 13, 1903 to Richard and Effie (Horn) Beckham at Farmersville, Texas. He worked as a machinist at Metal Goods Manufacturing Co. in Bartlesville. He has lived in the area since 1968, moving from Bartlesville. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Grove. Mr. Beckham was married to Dorothy (Schnell) Beckham, she preceded him in death in 1994.
Survivors are: one sister, Maida Bland Housh, of Oklahoma City, and his neighbor and caretaker, Shirley Smith of Grove.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville. Wayne Shaw officiated. 
Services were under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

COLCORD, Okla. - Roger Leroy Bell, 48, died Saturday, November 17, 2001 at the Veterans Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Born April 29, 1953, in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of Silas "Jack" Bell and JoAnn Johnson Bell. Mr. Bell was a machine operator for Franklin Electric Company and had been an area resident most of his life. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam Era.
Survivors include: three sons, Rod Bell and his wife, Tracy, Kansas, Okla., Jeremy Bell and his wife, Tammy, United States Navy, Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Brian Bell and his wife, Suzanne, Mannford, Okla.; his parents Jack and JoAnn Bell, Colcord; six grandchildren; two brothers, Steve Bell, Muskogee, Okla., and Jackie Bell, Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Barbara Granberry, Redding, Calif., and Shirley Mills, Lincoln, Calif.; and a number of nephews and nieces. A brother, J.R. Bell, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, at the Colcord Church of Christ with Pastor Larry Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery, near Jay, Okla., with military honors. Funeral services are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark.

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Maggie S. Bendabout, 88, passed away Monday November 19, 2001 in Claremore. Mrs. Bendabout was born May 6, 1913 in Southwest City, Mo., the daughter of Jahum and Mary (Smoke) Chunestudy. She was raised in and around the Delaware County area. She attended Wyandotte Indian School. After finishing school she helped with her family in her folk's home. She later met and married Edward Bendabout in Talequah, Okla., in 1932. In her spare time she enjoyed working in her flower garden and cooking. She was a Christian lady and a long time member of Ballou Baptist Church. 
Survivors include: four sons, Robert Bendabout, Verdigris, Okla., Samuel Bendabout and wife, Sandra, Locust Grove, Okla., Calvin Bendabout, Claremore, and Johnny Bendabout and wife, Melissa, Wyandotte, Okla.; one daughter, Rita Mellowbug, Locust Grove, Okla.; one brother, Robert Chunestudey and wife, Mable, Vinita, Okla.; 24 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Two daughters, Sandra K. Bendabout and Baby Girl Bendabout; three sons, Felix Bendabout, John Edward Bendabout, Charlie James (Bucky) Bendabout; four brothers; one sister; her parents and husband, Edward, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 23, at 2 p.m. in the Ballou Baptist Church near Locust Grove. Burial will follow in the Ballou Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Jones-Wilson-Cunningham Funeral Home of Locust Grove. 

COLCORD, Okla. - Olive Irene Billups, 98-year-old resident of Colcord, Okla., died Friday, March 30, 2001 in Siloam Springs, Ark. Born Jan. 5, 1903 in Centerton, Ark., she was the daughter of John Henry Callis and Gertie Belle Brown Callis. Mrs. Billups has been a lifetime resident of Colcord, Okla. She was a homemaker and worked in the Colcord Public School Systems where she was known as "Grandma." Mrs. Billups was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Billups, in 1970 and by one granddaughter-in-law, Linda Billups. She was a member of the Countryside Bible Church in Colcord.
She is survived by her son, Edward L. and his wife, Marie Billups, of Colcord; two grandsons, Gerald E. Billups and Timothy K. and his wife, Lori Billups, both of Colcord; one granddaughter, Genea K. and her husband, Curtis Shelley, of Colcord; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Ada Callis of Colcord, Okla.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Wasson Memorial Chapel in Siloam Springs Ark. with Pastor Marvin Townzen officiating. Burial will follow in Row Cemetery, Colcord, with services under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark.

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Tom "Tex" J. Bingham, Fairland, died at Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami, after an illness. He was 72. Mr. Bingham was born November 1, 1928, at Kennedy, Texas to L.T. and Georgeann Bingham. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a "stockee" (assistant tire builder) at B.F. Goodrich, retiring in 1986. He married Billie Barker on May 19, 1953, in Ark. He moved to Fairland in 1968, from Miami. He was a member of the Fairland American Legion and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Billie, of the home; two sons, Joey Bingham of Fairland, and Leslie Bingham and wife, Christie, of Grove; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be conducted at Adcock Funeral Home Chapel at Fairland, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, with Rev. Jerry VonMoss officiating. Relatives will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Fairland Cemetery. A family visitation will be at the Adcock Funeral Home, Friday, June 22 from 7-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home, Fairland.

JAY, Okla. - Robert Steven Black Jr., 36 met his Lord, September 28, 2001 after a long battle with cancer. 
Survivors include his mother, Donna Black, Jay; one brother, Pete Black, Jay; and one sister, Cindy Metcalf, Keller, Texas. 
A private family service is pending with Turner Funeral Chapels, Jay.

GROVE - Michael Blankenship was born to Richard C. and Lora M. Blankenship on March 14, 1958 in Broken Arrow, Okla. He died on August 31, 2001 at Grove after a long battle against cancer. At his death, Mike, 43, was with his mother, father, stepparents and the Lord. He grew up in Broken Arrow and, after graduating from high school, enlisted in the Army. During his 14 years in the Army, Mike's duties included Air Traffic Control Operator and Broadcast Journalist. Upon leaving the service, he was employed at KSU TV in Joplin, Mo., as a Communications Technician and at Tyson Foods. He recently started the McDonald County Internet Service in southwestern Missouri. In addition, he was an avid amateur radio operator and a member of the Craig and Delaware County Emergency Response Teams.
Michael is survived by: his father, Richard Blankenship and wife, Karen, of Grove; mother, Lora Kendrick and husband, Ken, of Claremore; sister, Carol Kuzilik and husband, Terry, of Claremore; brother, Dan Blankenship and wife, Lisa, of Loveland, Colo.; nephews, Randy Watkins and Scott Blankenship; niece, Brook Krieger, and three children, Michael Alexander, Timothy Richard, and Christina Marie Blankenship who were loved very much. 
A private service will be held at the Veteran's National Cemetery and Memorial in Ft. Gibson, Okla., with Good Shepherd Hospice Chaplain Sam Carper officiating and arrangements by Shipman Funeral and Crematorium.

ANDERSON, Mo. - Carol S. Blevins, 56, of Anderson, Mo., died on Saturday, August 18, 2001 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after an illness.
Carol was born on December 27, 1944 in Decatur, Ill., to Curtis and Doris (Peters) Hardy. She had lived in McDonald County, Mo., since 1975. She owned and operated Carol's Classic Grooming in Anderson, and the Grooming Depot in Grove. She was a former member of ESA in Anderson, and was a member of the Elks Club in Grove.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda S. Kilby of Anderson, Karen Spears of Rogers, Ark., and Jill Beshears of Anderson; a son, Johnnie Blevins, Jr., of Anderson; her mother, Doris M. Hardy of Goodman, Mo.; two brothers, Curtis Hardy, Jr., of Lakeside Calif., and Dennis E. Hardy of El Cajon, Calif.; four grandchildren, Chris Kilby, Nathan Spears, Kennedy and Hunter Beshears.
She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Hardy, Sr.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 2 p.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo. Burial will be in the Anderson Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 20, until 8:00 p.m. at the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

AFTON, Okla. - Ollie Mae Blevins, 81, died Sunday, November 4, 2001 at Integris Grove General Hospital. The daughter of John and Sarah Ann (Goins) Atterberry, she was born on July 18, 1920 in Ramona, Okla. Ollie married FRed P. Blevins in 1933 in Delaware County and he preceded her in death in 1983. She was a lifelong resident of the area. She enjoyed quilting and fishing and attended Trinity Baptist Church in Afton and Apostolic Jesus Name in Fairland, Okla. Also preceding her in death was one son, Glen Dale Blevins, on August 19, 1952.
Survivors include: seven children, Anita Lowery, Grove, Doice Blevins, Afton, Darrel Blevins, Afton, Gaylord Blevins, Grove, Minuard Blevins, Talala, Okla., Smokey Blevins, Collinsville, Okla. ,and Fred Blevins, Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Elizabeth Payte; 19 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Delaware Baptist Church, Grove, with Larry Jackson and Lyle Chandler officiating. Interment will be in the Zena Cemetery. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, at the Worley-Luginbuel Chapel in Grove. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - Johnson Blossom, 64, of Siloam Springs, Ark., passed away Sunday, April 8, 2001 at the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital. Johnson was born February 26, 1937 in Eucha, Okla. The son of Jonah and Cora Ann (Star) Blossom, Johnson married Iva Lee Bark on February 14, 1990 in Miami, Okla. Mr. Blossom was a former employee of Simmons Ind. Johnson was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing and Bluegrass music.
He is survived by his wife, Iva Blossom, Siloam Springs, Ark.; six children, Ima Jones, Colcord, Okla., Terry Bark, Colcord, Danny Blossom, Siloam Springs, Ark., Christopher Blossom, Wash., Johnny Blossom, Siloam Springs, Ark., and Shawn Blossom, Siloam Springs, Ark.; three step children, Eva Daniels, Siloam Springs, Ark., Arlene Rutherford, Gentry, Ark., and Arlie Reed, Kansas, Okla.; one brother, Melvin Blossom, Oaks, Okla.; three sisters, Mary Procter, Kenwood, Okla., Geneva Cloud, Los Angeles, Calif., and Anna Arneecher, Oologah, Okla.; 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Johnson was preceded in death by his first wife, Daisy (Ward) Blossom.
Services will be Friday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. at Round Springs Baptist Church in Eucha, Okla. The Rev. Rufus King will officiate the service. Burial will be held at the Round Springs Cemetery under the direction of Backstrom-Payeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, Ark.

GROVE - Donna Sue Bohannon, 53, died Sunday, November 11, 2001 in her home in Grove. The daughter of Roy and Mona (Carey) Sixkiller, she was born on October 30, 1948 in Grove. Donna was a member of the Cave Springs Church and the Cherokee Nation. She spent all life in the Grove area.
Survivors include: four children, Pricilla Monson, St. Louis, Mo., Kenneth Wogoman, Tuttle, Okla., Joseph Wogoman, San Diego, Calif., and Bobby Wogoman, Grove; a sister, Barbara Blowers, Grove; and six grandchildren.
The funeral will be at the graveside in the Zena Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - Judith Elizabeth "Judy" Booth, 55, died Wednesday morning, October 24, 2001 at her home. Judith was born May 15, 1946 at Coffeyville, Kan., to Jack P. (Sr.) and Helen (Shea) Pfister. She attended Holy Name Catholic School, Field Kindley High School where she was a member of Sigma Phi Honor Society, graduating in 1964, and Coffeyville Community Junior College, graduating in 1966. After she completed her schooling, Mrs. Booth moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she worked as a secretary for three years before moving back to Coffeyville. On May 22, 1976 she married Robert Wane Booth at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Coffeyville. Mrs. Booth was a homemaker and enjoyed bowling and fishing. She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Altar Society at the church.
Mrs. Booth is survived by: her husband, Bob; parents, Jack (Sr.) and Helen Pfister, Coffeyville; one brother, Jack P. (Jr.) "Hook" Pfister, Coffeyville; one sister, Connie Lee, Coffeyville; three nephews; two nieces, and one great-niece.
Mrs. Booth has been cremated. Funeral Mass will be celebated 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, at Holy Name Catholic Church with burial of her ashes in Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary service will be held Friday, 7 p.m., at Holy Name Catholic Church. The family will meet at the home of sister, Connie Lee, 102 North Elm, Coffeyville. The family would welcome memorials to Holy Name Catholic School.

EUCHA, Okla. - Vea Valette "Vicky" Bradley, age 63, of Eucha, passed away Friday, September 14, 2001 in her home following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Bradle, was born in Disney, Okla., October 15, 1937. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Bradley were conducted September 18 at the Spavinaw-Strang Cemetery with Reverend Darmon Swift officiating. Interment followed in the cemetery under the direction of Garner's Jim Green Funeral Home, Pryor.
Vicky was born in the family home outside Disney on the river bottom road to Vinita, now part of Grand Lake. She was raised by her mother, Laura Bea Swift, and Kenneth Bacon. Because of Kenneth's work, the family moved several times between Oklahoma and California while Vicky was growing up. Accordingly, she attended schools in both states. 
She married Coy Len "Bob" Bradley on May 9, 1956 in Reno, Nev. Vicky attended Topsy Assembly of God Church. As a homemaker, she enjoyed growing plants, canning, music, craft work, reading, flea markets, quilting and soap operas. When her children were small, she often sewed many of their clothes. She was talented in making crochet pieces and holiday decorations. Vicky enjoyed cooking and could "fix a meal out of anything." 
Mrs. Bradley is survived by her husband, Bob; her children, Michael and Geneva Bradley, Idabel, Okla., Michelle and Ronnie Randolph, Rolf, Okla., Sandra and Harry Floyd, Adair, Gregory Bradley, Cleveland, Okla., Samual and Serena Bradley, Eucha, and Michael and Tiffany Bradley, Rolf; grandchildren, Chasity, Daniel, Samantha, Tara, Sonya, Chance and Hunter; great granddaughter, Kelsee; brothers, Ted Bacon, Wayne Bacon, and Ronnie Bacon; sisters, Pat Cook, Janie Morrow and Sally Morgan, and other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Laura Swift, the father who raised her, Kenneth Bacon, a son, Jeffery Wayne Bradley, and a brother, John Kenneth Bacon.

GROVE - Dr. Michael Andrew Brewer, 45, died Tuesday, October 23, 2001 in Freeman West Hospital in Joplin Mo., after a sudden illness. The son of Charles Lilburn Brewer and Juanita (Frieze) Brewer, he was born on October 17, 1956 in Alva, Okla. Michael married Louise Moery in 1974. To this union a son, Michael Todd Brewer, was born. He later married Kayla Lakin, D.O. in 1982. To this union two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah Brewer, were born. He worked for the Noble Foundation in Ardmore from 1978-1979. Dr. Brewer practiced medicine in a family practice in Alva from 1983-1986 and in Hominy, Okla., from 1986-1990. Dr. Brewer graduated with a BS degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1978 and Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (D.O.) in 1982.
Surviving are: his mother, Juanita Brewer, Alva; three brothers, Dick Brewer, Midwest City, Okla., Charles Brewer, Beaumont, Texas, and Manie Brewer and wife, Sandra, Arcardia, Okla.; a granddaughter, Ciara Brewer, San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Benny Brewer and Randy Brewer, and his father, Charles Lilburn Brewer, preceded him in death.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, in the United Methodist Church in Grove with Reverend Gerald Holden officiating. The burial will be on Saturday in Alva, Okla. Donations are suggested to the Christian Medical Clinic of Grand Lake, c/o Clara Mills, P.O. Box 451368, Grove, OK 74345. The services are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral home in Grove.

MIAMI, Okla. - William Kenneth (Rabbit) Brewer, 56, of Miami, Okla., died Monday, August 20, 2001 at Baptist Regional Health Center after an extended illness. Mr. Brewer was born November 6, 1944 in Childress, Texas to Ray and Mary Nell (Castleberry) Brewer. He has lived in the Miami and Wyandotte areas most of his life. His parents and a sister, Faye Brewer, preceded him in death. Mr. Brewer attended the First Assembly of God in Miami.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Melodye Brewer, of Chelsea, Okla.; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Steve Miller, of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Glenda Brewer of Republic, Mo.; two nephews, Michael Brewer of Miami, Okla., and Joe Brewer of Chelsea, Okla.; niece, Janey Brewer of Chelsea, Okla.; niece and nephew-in-law, Christy and Matt Miller of Republic, Mo., and great nieces and nephew, Kaitlyn, Michelle, and Cayden.
Graveside services will beheld at 10 a.m. Friday, August 24, in the Wyandotte Cemetery, Wyandotte, Okla. Pastor Cary Moore will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. Memorials may be made to the Larry Jones Feed the Children Foundation in Oklahoma City.

JAY, Okla. - Clark Brewster died Saturday, October 27, 2001 at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was 87.
Mr. Brewster was one of eight children born February 15, 1914 to T.H. and Addie (Winningham) Brewster near Dennis, Okla. On September 22, 1934 Clark was united in marriage to Anna Lee Wilson. They had a long and happy marriage, celebrating their 67th anniversary last month. Clark lived in Delaware County most of his life. For a time, he took his family to the state of Washinton where he worked as a guard for the Dupont Powder Co. during WWII. As soon as the war was over they returned to Delaware County. Clark and Anna Lee owned and operated Brewster's Laundry for 40 years. Clark loved to work in his garden and yard, and take care of his cattle and fish.
Survivors include: his wife, Anna Lee Wilson Brewster; four daughters, Pattie Jo Elliott and husband, Barry, Ft. Scott, Kan., Peggy Ann Liebhart and husband, Gerald, Union, Mo., Polly Sue Brown and husband, Ray, Wichita, Kan., and Brenda Forrest and husband George, Pryor, Okla.; one brother, Harvey Brewster and wife Faye, Afton, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 at the Southside Church of Christ in Jay. Lynn Fisher, minister, to officiate with Steve Stenzel assisting. Interment will be at the Duffield Cemetery in Jay. Services are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay.

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