Miscellaneous Delaware County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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GROVE - Doris Palmer, age 86, died Sunday November 25, 2001 at the Grove Nursing Center. She was born on January 27, 1915. Doris was the secretary for the Superintendent of Schools in Wichita, Kan. She retired in the early 1980's, moving to Grove afterward. Her husband, Mack A. Palmer, died on November 16, 1986.
Surviving are many friends.
The funeral was at noon on Thursday, November 29, at the Graveside in the White Chapel Cemetery in Wichita, Kan., with Pastor Dave Henion of the Harvest Community Church officiating. The funeral was under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. 

AFTON, Okla. - Sammy Lee Palmer, 56, of Afton, died Thursday at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Palmer was born January 15, 1945 in Salina, Okla., to Jim and Marie (Adkins) Marshall, he has lived in the Afton area all his life. He was a retired machinist for Tulsa Winch, and Irby Construction, and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors are: two daughters, Diane Free, Afton, and Debbie Robinson, Owasso; mother, Marie Dicky, of Afton; two brothers, George Marshall, Miami, and Mike Marshall, Tulsa; sister, Mary Brumback, Afton; four grand daughters, Samantha Free, Shelley Free, Shawn Free, and Dianne Robinson; uncle, Willie Adkins, Hutchinson, Kan., and aunt, Mable Adkins, Afton. 
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, In the Guildford-Thomas Funeral Home, Afton. Rev. Marty McCord officiated. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Afton, under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Afton.

ROSE, Okla. - Funeral services for Michael Dewayne Panther, 24, of Rose, Okla., were held Saturday, June 9, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kenwood Middle School Gym. Burial followed in the Euwasha Cemetery in Kenwood, Okla. Rev. Richard Butter officiated. Services were under the direction of Key Funeral Home of Locust Grove, Okla.
Michael was born February 23, 1977 in Claremore, Okla. and died June 6, in Rose. He was the son of Willis and Annie (Wolf) Sapp. He grew up in the Kansas and Jay, Okla. area. He met his wife, Sheila, in 1997 and they were married in 1998 in Miami, Okla. Michael was a very active person and enjoyed many things in life, like playing football and bull riding with his buddies. He was employed with Snell Metal Roofing Co. Michael was an outdoorsman; he was a gigger of fish and deer hunter, and horseshoe tournaments were one of his favorite things to do. Michael was a very loving and kind person and enjoyed his family around him, especially the little nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Euwasha Baptist Church in Kenwood, Okla. where a wake service was held for him Friday, June 8. He will be greatly missed by all that shared in his life.
He is survived his parents, Willis and Annie Sapp; wife, Sheila, of the home; three daughters, Candice Panther, Amber Hunter, and Jessica Hunter of the home; one brother, Gilbert Downing and wife, Shelly, of Skiatook, Okla.; three sisters, Serena White and husband, David, of Ark., Shelly Tanner and husband, Jackson, of Kenwood, Okla., and Jacklyn Sapp of Kenwood, Okla.; three nieces and six nephews and many other relatives. His grandparents, Jim and Virginia Wolf, preceded him in death.

VINITA, Okla. - John Nelson Parker, Jr., 84, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2001 at Rosewood Terrace. He was born September 25, 1917 to John Nelson Parker, Sr. and Grace Marie (Morrison) Parker in Welch, and was of Cherokee Indian descent. He grew up on a farm west of Welch and was a graduate of Welch High School. Johnnie was employed by Welch Oil Company until joining the U.S. Army on January 8, 1942 when he was 24. He served in the 757 Tank battalion during World War II, spending 18 months in Africa and Italy. He was wounded by shrapnel on the front line in Cassino, Italy, on March 28, 1944 and received the purple heart. He was discharged on October 15, 1945. He married Doretha Highsmith on December 24, 1942 at the Methodist parsonage in Miami. They resided in Welch until moving to Vinita in September, 1948, where Johnnie was employed by Ives Lumber Company for two years. On September 1, 1949, he and Ed Shanahan formed a partnership and built the Shanahan-Parker Lumber Company in Vinita which he operated until he retired on June 1, 1986. He and Ed built many homes in Vinita as well as developing several housing additions. He joined the First United Methodist Church in 1948 and served on the Board of Trustees and Administrative board. He was a member of the Welch and Vinita Masonic Lodges, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Akdar Shrine of Tulsa, and the Craig County "Scamps" Shrine Club. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He loved to dance with his wife, hunt with his son, and fish with his friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Doretha, on September 1, 1998. 
Survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Sallye and John Burckhalter, Vinita, and Merrye Ann and Bill Maddux, Willis, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Deborah Parker, Edmond; two grandchildren, Matt Burkhalter and Summer Burckhalter Falling and husband, Robert, Vinita; two step-grandsons, Beegee and Geoff Maddux, Texas; and two step-great grandsons; a brother, Samuel B. Parker and wife, Chris, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; and a sister, Marie Pender and husband Joe, Florissant, Mo.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Herndon officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery. Military graveside funeral rites were performed by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team. Memorials can be made to the Craig County Outreach Cancer Association in care of Carole Woodard, First National Bank, P.O. Box 407, Vinita, OK 74301. Services were under the direction of the Burckhalter funeral Home of Vinita.

GALVESTON, Tex. - Homer Lee Parmley died December 18, 2001 in Galveston, Texas. He was 70 years old. He was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, was the owner of several businesses over the years, and was a well-known breeder of dogs. He is survived by two daughters, Terry Kerr and husband, Clint, of Rockport, Tex., and Karen Bryant and husband, Waymon, of Carthage Missouri; a brother, Bill and wife, Dorothy; two sisters, Wanda Tiller and June Kelsey and husband, Don; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services will be private.

GROVE - Jack D. Parsons Sr., 80, of Grove, former resident of Cherokee, Kan., died Thursday, July 27, 2001 at the Grove General Hospital following a sudden illness. He was born April 8, 1921 at West Mineral, Kan., to Charles and Jennie Mae Bates Parsons. He attended school in West Mineral. Mr. Parsons had been a resident of the West Mineral-Cherokee area most of his life until moving to Grove in May 1996.
He married Margaret Jean Malcolm on December 24, 1943 in Girard, Kan. She survives of the home.
Mr. Parsons was employed with Pittsburg USD 250 for 19 years, and Southeast USD 247 Schools in the maintenance department, retiring in 1983. Mr. Parsons also farmed in the Cherokee area for many years. He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers.
Survivors are: two sons and daughter-in-laws, Jack D. Jr. and Judy Parsons of Grove, and Steven and DeeAnn Parsons of Chanute, Kan.; three sisters, Bessie Sizemore of Cherokee, Kan., Thelma Barnes of Pittsburg, Kan., and Betty Hays of Prairie Village, Kan.; a grandson and his wife, Justin and Lisa; a granddaughter, Jennifer, and a great granddaughter, Jodee.
A brother, Frankie Parsons, and two sisters, Berniece Smith and Mamie Justice, preceded Mr. Parsons in death.
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Brenner Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Delbert Chance officiating. Burial was in the Cherokee Cemetery, Cherokee, Kan. Arrangements were under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary.

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. - Randy Wayne Patrick, artist and musician, passed away August 8, 2001 at his residence in Frazier Park. Randy was born on March 27, 1963 at Afton Memorial Hospital and was a former resident of Delaware County. 
Survivors are: his wife, Patti; two sons, Ian and Dominick; his parents, Dale and Linda Patrick of Grove; his sister's family, Ray and Cindy Pruitt, Lena Pruitt and Zachary Barnes of Grove; his brother's family, Bryan and Judy Patrick of Woodland Park, Colo., and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who reside in this area.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 18, at Dodge Baptist Church.

JAY, Okla. - Joe Thomas Patterson, age 82, died at his home near Jay on Friday, June 1, 2001. The son of Jay Joseph and Mae Isabella (Draper) Patterson, he was born on July 13, 1918 in Cass County, Texas. Mr. Patterson was an avid farmer, fisherman, and hunter. He retired after 35 years as an automobile paint and body man, 28 of which was for Bill White Chevrolet in Tulsa, Okla. He was a veteran of WWII and a 32-degree Mason. Joe married Ola Mitchell on March 5, 1954. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Floyd Ray Patterson, Travis Boyd Patterson, and Horace Willard Patterson.
He is survived by his wife, Ola Patterson, of Jay; a son, Dr. Larry Wallace and wife, Mary Ellen, of Pawhuska, Okla.; a daughter, Jo Helen Usrey of Jay; two sisters, Pauline Daughtery of Logansport, La., and Elouise Tolleson of Lake Butler, Fla.; four grandchildren, Ed Wallace and wife, Lori, Ronda Kates and husband, Randy, Rodney Wallace, and Tony Usrey and wife, Teresa; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler and Hunter Wallce, Kolby and Korey Kates, Holland Wallace, Jacob Usrey, Misty Bowzer and Lora Bowzer.
The funeral will be graveside at the Spavinaw Cemetery on Tuesday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Larry Wallace officiating. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay.

GROVE - Hazel Ruth Paugh, age 70, of Carthage, Mo., moved to Grove eight years ago. She died May 15, 2001 at the Grove General Hospital. She was born December 11, 1930 in Willard, Mo. Lloyd Mack Johnson and Wilma Mae Corbin Johnson. She worked for 20 years for Schriber Foods of Carthage, Mo. She married Joseph "Joe" Paugh Dec. 11, 1948 in Carthage. He preceded her in death May 22, 1999.
She is survived by four sons, Clarence Eugene Paugh, Grove, Lloyd Mack Paugh, Polivar, Mo., John Douglas Paugh, Grove, and Thomas Robert Paugh, Carthage; a brother, Joe Johnson, Springfield, Mo.; sister, Beverly Preston, Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will held at 10:00 a.m. a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the G/S Fasken Cemetery. Family visitation will be 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Ulmer Funeral Home.

JAY, Okla. - Colene Payton, age 70, died Sunday, June 3, 2001 in the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. The daughter of Cecil Wesley and Ella Mae (Chrismon) Payton, she was born on July 7, 1930 in Jay. Colene grew up in the Jay area and returned to the area in the last 20 years. She recently accepted the Lord.
She is survived by four children, Wynona Stelley of Tulsa, Okla., Ray Large of Claremore, Okla., Lois Ann Farmer of Tulsa, Okla., and Rick Large of Owasso, Okla.; four brothers, Edward Payton of Miami, Okla., Howard Payton of Jay, Bob Payton of Claremore, Okla., and Don Payton of North Platte, Neb.; a sister, Freda Bushyhead of Grove; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in the Delaware Baptist Church with Reverend Gary Bishop officiating. The interment will be in the Duffield Cemetery. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay.

GROVE-Jerry Peak, age 59, died Friday, November 30, 2001 in the Grove General Hospital. The son of Harold and Helen (Brunk) Peak, he was born on March 25, 1942 in Los Angeles, Calif. Jerry worked as a foreman for a maintenance crew for the City of Wichita, Kan. He moved to Grove in 1996. Mr. Peak served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Wichita Moose Lodge. He married Mary Jo Peak in 1972. Jerry was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Sue Peak
Surviving are: Mary Jo Peak, his wife; Harold Peak and Helen Brunk, his parents; James Peak, son; Jack Mills, stepson; Dana Dow, stepdaughter; Janet Lawrence, sister; three granddaughters and one grandson.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 3, in the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. The interment was in the Olympus Cemetery. The services were under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

GROVE - Mary Jo Peak of Grove died Saturday December 8, 2001 at the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. She was 65.
Mary Jo was born July 19, 1936 in Kansas City, Kan. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Church in Grove. She has lived in Grove since 1996 moving from Wichita, Kan. Mary Jo married Jerry Peak in 1972 at Wichita. He preceded her in death November 30, 2001. 
Survivors include: three children, James Peak of Grove, and Dana Dow and Jack Mills, both of Wichita; one sister, Bernita Tumblin of Wichita; three grandchildren, Samantha Berg, Jessica Dow, and Ryan Dow; and two great grandchildren, Brandy Berg, and Alliha Berg.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, at the Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove. Interment will be in the Olympus Cemetery in Grove.

MIAMI, Okla. - Wilma L. Pendley died at 1:35 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2001 at the Integris Baptist Regional Health Center after an illness. She was 79. Pendley was born February 26, 1922 at Sulphur Springs, Ark, to Tony and Viola Alice (Craig) Biven. She was a retired beautician and a member of the Northwest Baptist Church. She married the Rev. J.R. Pendley on January 11, 1942 at Southwest City, Mo., he preceded her in death on April 21, 1998. 
Survivors include: a son and his wife, Jim and Judy Pendley, Yorktown, Va.; two sisters, Jewel Birkes, Miami, and Carrie Anderson, Newburg, Ore.; a brother, Lester Biven, Sulphur Springs, Ark., and a grandson, Kevin Pendley, Chicago, Ill.
Funeral services will he held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 25, at the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home chapel with minister J. Fulton Amonette officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Afton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 7 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 24.

JAY, Okla. - Wavel Ouida Perdue, 88, met her Lord June 13, 2001 at the Gravette Medical Center. Wavel was born August 8, 1912 to Offneal Marsh Wilson and Mary Louise Johnson in McDonald County near Neosho, Mo. She attended many different schools, and last attended school at Blue Mound, Okla. The family later moved to Kansas where her father owned a cafe and filling station. Wavel helped run the cafe until December 18, 1931 when she married Jeff Perdue. They moved to Arkansas and there resided until Jeff's death in 1961. Wavel moved to Jay and worked at the Guinn Nursing Home in housekeeping for five years, and soon after retired. Wavel was an excellent cook and seamstress. She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, four sisters, husband, Jeff, and two children, Danny and Jolly Perdue.
She is survived by her son, J.D. Perdue, and wife, Sandra, of Jay; daughter, Wavel Darlene Harp and husband, Bill, of Siloam Springs, Ark., daughter, Donna Jean Reece of Tahlequah, Okla; 24 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. The family will be receiving friends and relatives on Friday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Chapel in Jay.
Services will be held Saturday, June 16, at the Turner Funeral Chapel in Jay at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Darmon Swift. Interment at the Jumper Cemetery in Jay. Services under direction of Turner Funeral Chapel, Jay.

ROSE, Okla. - Funeral services for Lillian Peters, 86, of Rose, Okla., were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Elm Prairie Baptist Church at Leach, Okla. Rev. Albert Robbins officiated and burial followed in the Elm Prairie Cemetery in Leach, Okla.
Mrs. Peters was born on March 10, 1914 in Salina, Okla. She died on May 1, 2001 in Tulsa. Okla.
The daughter of Lewis and Nancy (Ross) Mouse, she grew up and attended school in Salina and Wyandotte, Okla. She then married Tom Peters in 1948 in Pryor. She was a homemaker, loved to crochet, quilt, and do tatting, and also was a skilled basket maker. She especially enjoyed gospel music. She was a member of the Elm Prairie Baptist Church.
She is survived by Thomas Peters of Leach, Okla.; three daughters, Martha Peters of Leach, Mary Peters of Tahleqauh, Okla., Irene Roth and husband, Robert, of Leach; two nephews, Edward Mouss of Henryetta, Okla., and Willie Mouse of Salina, Okla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, in July of 1987, one infant son, four brothers and her parents.

GROVE - Jolene Pickett, age 63, died at her home on Monkey Island on August 9, 2001 after a lengthy illness. Services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Church on Hwy. 59 north of Grove with Pastor Jerry Baser officiating. Burial will be in Ralston Cemetery following the service. A visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, 711 S. Main in Grove.
Mrs. Pickett was born February 4, 1938 in Freer, Texas to Clyde and Willie Ashford. She married Mike Pickett on November 24, 1957 in Afton. Mrs. Pickett moved to Grove in 1991 from Tulsa where she and Mike lived for 35 years. She has owned Crystal's Antiques on Hwy. 59 in Grove for the past nine years.
Survivors are: her husband, Mike, of the home; two daughters, Monica Russell and Pamela Childers, Grove; one son, Tony, of Tulsa, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.

JAY, Okla. - Roy Polson, age 65, died on Wednesday, July 4, 2001 in the Betty Ann Nursing Center in Grove. The son of Henry and Berneice Briscoe Polson, he was born on August 10, 1935 in Wilburton, Okla.
Surviving are: three brothers, Richard Polson, of Jay, Clark Polson of Marble City, Tex., and Lynn Polson of Corsicana, Tex.; a sister, June Boyd of McAlester, and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at the Polson Cemetery near Southwest City, Mo., with his nephew, Garry Boyd, officiating. The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay. 

GROVE - John Popejoy, 91, died Friday, April 20, 2001 at Grove General Hospital in Grove. Services were held Monday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God, Grove, with Pastor David Talle' officiating. Burial was at Floral Haven Cemetery, Broken Arrow, Okla. at 2:00 p.m. 
John Popejoy was born in Springfield, Mo. on December 25, 1909 to George and Minnie Miller Popejoy. He married Edna Franklin on November 17, 1933 in Henryetta, Okla. Mr. Popejoy worked for Osage Oil Company in Tulsa. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, Grove; two daughters, Lillian Heflin, Grove, and Joan Rives, Little Rock, Ark., and one brother, Claude Popejoy, Rockaway Beach, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Lon Popejoy, and one sister, Irene Payton. Services were entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, 107 S. Broadway, Grove, 918-786-5172.

DISNEY, Okla. - Willis Willard Potter, 88, of Disney passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001 in Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa. Mr. Potter, the son of George Elbert and Nettie Jewell (Stone) Potter, was born in Flat Creek, Mo., on May 23, 1913.
Funeral services for Mr. Potter were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the South Grand Lake Christian Church, north of Langley, with Dr. Bob Weiziel officiating. Interment followed in the Spavinaw-Strang Cemetery with Dan Potter, Chris Potter, Steven Potter, David Gibson, Darron Gibson and Frank Pflueger serving as casket bearers. Honary casket bearers were Bernard Pope and Bob Hamill. Funeral service service arrangements were under the care of Garner's Jim Green Funeral Home, Pryor.
Willis was born and raised in the Flat Creek community of Stone County, Mo., where he attended public school. At the age of 25 he moved with his family to Disney during the construction of the Pensacola Dam. He married Flossie Viola Morris of Salina on February 16, 1939 at Muskogee. They shared over 53 years of marriage until her death in May 1992. A carpenter by trade, Willis drove to various work projects in Tulsa. His union carpentry skills were put to use in high rise buildings as well as at the Utica Square Shopping Center. Willis was a charter member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Langley and a member of the Carpenter's Union Local 943, Tulsa. He had served as a church Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher and member of various building and pulpit committees. He became a charter member of the South Grand Lake Christian Church and was active in assisting in the church growth. Willis was an avid fisherman and rock hound and enjoyed making jewelry from his rock finds. He also enjoyed traveling the western states. 
Mr. Potter is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George and Fan Potter, Pryor; grandchildren, Daniel Raymond and Honda Potter, Longview, Texas, and Steven Byron and Debra Potter, Moore, Okla.; great-grandchildren, James Christopher and Renee, Ashley Renea, Steven Byron II, Joseph David and Cassandra Lynn; a great-great-granddaughter, Rylie, and other relatives and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Flossie, his parents, and his sister, Berth Edith Dinkins.

GROVE - Perry Prater, 75, died Wednesday, October 3, 2001. Mr. Prater was born on October 18, 1926 in Lackey, Ky., to John Lee and Cora (Hale) Prater. He married Juanita Clark on January 6, 1945 in Battle Creek, Mich. She preceded him in death in 1995. He served in the United States Marines as a PFC-Sharpshooter. He moved to New Orleans, La., from Bedford, Mich., in 1958. Mr. Prater owned Perry's Welding Service and Target Sporting Goods in New Orleans for over 25 years. He lived in New Orleans for 27 years before retiring to Grove in 1985. He was a member of Community of Christ Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Marsha and husband, Robert, Breland; grandson, Perry C. Prater: great grandson, Mathew Prater; and great granddaughter, Kendra Robertson, all of the home; four sons, Bruce C. Prater, Littleton, Co., Jonathan M. Prater, Fairbanks, Alaska., Maj. James D. Prater, Ret., Waukegan, Ill., and Kenneth A. Prater, Independence, Mo.; one sister, Beatrice Duckett, Tekonsha, Mich.; one brother, Robert E. Prater, Riverton, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 5, in the Worley-Luginbuel Chapel, Grove, with Nolan Scarberry officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 4, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.

MIAMI, Okla. - Jan Prewett, 68, of Miami, died Saturday, June 30, 2001 at the home of her son in Miami after an illness. Mrs. Prewett was born December 28, 1932 in Ottawa County, Okla., to Taylor and Cledth (Youngblood) Davis, Jr. She has lived in Ottawa County most of her life. Mrs. Prewett was an LPN at Baptist Regional Health Center, retiring in 2000 after 18 years. She had been active in the Alzheimer's Support Group and attended the Nazarene Church.
Surviving are: son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sherry Prewett of Miami; brother, Daniel Geronimo Davis of Breckinridge, Colo.; two sisters, Donna Dean Cook of St. Louis, Mo., and Sonia Elaine Schroder, of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren, James, Stacey, and Amber, and one great grandson, Taylor.
Funeral services for Mrs. Prewett, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, in the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home in Miami. Bro. Dan Ipock will officiate. Burial will be in the Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens east of Miami under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 Monday evening at the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.

JAY, Okla. - Opal Priest, 84, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2001 at Heritage Hill Nursing Center in McAlester, Okla. Opal was born December 2, 1916 to General David Mullin and Lovicy Jane Ford in Delaware County. May 30, 1935, Opal and James Henry Priest were united in marriage. Opal was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Church and she held a license for free full gospel. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, one daughter, Francis Loretta Priest, one sister, Lorene Chambers Norcross, and a brother, Doris Lee Mullin.
She is survived by two sons, Ruben Charles Priest of Phoenix, Ariz., and David Leroy Priest of Vass, N.C.; two daughters, Margaret Louise Rensberger of McAlester, Okla., and Bonnie Jane Green of Phoenix, Ariz.; one foster daughter, Virginia Williams of Santa Maria, Calif.; one sister, Velma Silcox of Colcord, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and many friends.
Services were held Tuesday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Southwest City, Mo. officiated by Rev. Ralph Houck and Dwindle Silcox. Interment was at the Dickson Cemetery in Cherokee City, Ark. Services were under the direction of the Turner Funeral Chapel Jay.

GROVE - Charles Orson Pritchard, 68, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001 at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, Mo. Mr. Pritchard was born on September 6, 1933 to Dick and Edna (Renfro) Pritchard in Grove. He married Sue Ann Mount on January 23, 1953. She died on January 13, 1964. He married Carol Hilliard on July 29, 1983 and she survives. Charles was a building contractor and owner of Cherokee Construction Co., Grove, for many years. He also owned Pritchard Service Stations in Grove from 1958-1962 and Pritchard Chevrolet from 1970-1973. He contracted sewer, water and telephone lines in the area and was owner of Pritchard Construction Company until his retirement. His last big construction project was the sanctuary of Elk River Baptist Church. He retired as a Grove volunteer fireman after 21 years. Mr. Pritchard was a two term member of the Grove City Council. He also served on the Grove Airport Board. He was a member of Elk River Baptist Church. Mr. Pritchard was a pilot who loved flying in earlier years and was a champion checker player, but his main interest was his family - especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include: his wife, Carol; one son, Rick and wife, Patsy Pritchard, Grove; one daughter, Tammy Pritchard and companion, Cecil Thompson, Bull Shoals, Ark.; three grandchildren, Rustin Ray Pritchard, Charles Levi Pritchard and Meggie Pritchard, all of Grove. Although Mr. Pritchard was an only child, he grew up with his first cousin, Sherman Richardson, Grove. He was preceded in death by his first wife, an infant daughter, Diane Pritchard in 1960, and an infant son, Russell Pritchard, in 1964. Memorials may be made to Elk River Baptist Church Building Fund, Grove.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 9, at Elk River Baptist Church, Grove. Burial followed at Olympus Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.

SALINA, Okla. - Funeral services for Linda Mae Proctor, 61, of Salina were Monday, April 16, 2001 at 11 a.m. in The Steely Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Steely Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Key Funeral Home of Pryor.
Linda was born June 24, 1939 in Mazie, Okla. and passed away April 13 at her home in Salina. She was the daughter of Ralph M. and Lee Anna (Rabbit) Dotson. Linda grew up in the Mazie and Collinsville area, attending school in Collinsville, graduating in 1957. She and John Proctor were married May 7, 1956 in Collinsville. Soon after her marriage, she began what was to be a 29-year career with the Oklahoma State Employment Service. She also served her family as a wife and mother, raising two daughters. Linda was a member of Steely Baptist Church and in her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, fishing and playing bingo. Her family says she was the kindest lady you could every know. She will be greatly missed by all that shared in her life.
She is survived by her step-father, Thomas Bean, of Pryor, Okla.; two daughters, Johna Proctor of Irving, Texas, and Julie Proctor of Salina, Okla.; two brothers, Ralph Dotson of Collinsville, and Jerry Sappington of Cedar Crest. Linda's husband and parents preceded her death. 

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