|NOLA H. TAYLOR
NEOSHO, Mo. - Nola H. Taylor, Neosho, Mo., died at Neosho Medicalodge
Monday after a lengthy illness. She was 89. She was born August 19, 1912
at Twin Mounds, Okla., to Green and Emily Hall Moore. She was self-employed
as a beautician. She married Lester J. Taylor December 26, 1945 at Columbus,
Kan. He preceded her in death March 30, 1989. She had lived in Neosho for
five years, coming from Grove. She was a member of First Baptist Church
She is survived by two sisters, Lucretia Turner of Neosho, and Pauline
Johnson of Afton; four nephews and three nieces. The funeral service will
be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, at Adcock Funeral Home Chapel in Afton
with Rev. Jack Jones officiating.
Pallbearers will be LeRoy Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Wayne Moore, Scott
Johnson, Justin Johnson, and Eric Johnson. Honorary pallbearer will be
Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Afton. Visitation will be
from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Adcock Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Afton.
Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home of Afton.
DONALD A. TEDFORD
FAIRLAND, Okla. - Donald A. Tedford, age 82, died Monday, May 28, 2000
at Family Care Center of Fairland after a lengthy illness. He was born
May 5, 1919 to Leroy and Etta Lemaster Tedford at Pauls Valley, Okla. He
was a retired heavy equipment operator, having worked last for Christian
Oilfield Equipment and Construction Co. He married Lola B. Hart at Lindsay,
Okla. September 2, 1940. They moved to the Fairland area November 2000
from Bentonville, Ark.
He is survived by his wife, Lola, of the home; three sons, Doug and
wife, Pam Tedford, of Fairland, Phil Tedford of Grove, nd Robert Don Tedford
of Bella Vista, Ark.; two daughters, Cecilia Graham of Oklahoma City, Okla.,
and Anna Mewhinney and husband, Dan, of Houston, Texas; a brother, John
Tedford, of Bentonville, Ark.; a sister, Dorothy Cops of Bentonville, Ark.;
nine grandchildre and 19 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at Adcock Funeral Home Chapel
in Fairland at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 2, with Rev. Andy Krebs officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of Adcock Funeral Home of Fairland.
ROBERT ANTHONY 'RED' THOMAS
WHITE OAK, Okla. - Robert Anthony "Red" Thomas, 54-year-old White Oak
resident, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2001 at his home.
"Red" was born August 14, 1947 to Milford Thomas and Jerline Beatrice
(Chisolm) Thomas. He was a retired welder.
Survivors include: one daughter, Natialie Thomas, of Claremore, Okla.;
wife, Jackie Thomas; three sisters, Gerry Kidd of Skiatook, Okla., Karen
Tiger of Tulsa, Okla., and Cindy Tiger of Colo.; six brothers, Gerald Thomas,
Bruce Thomas, and Martin Thomas, all of White Oak, Bill Thomas of N.H.,
John Thomas of Muskogee, Okla., and Chiefy Thomas of White Oak, and several
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Nathan, in 1999,
and one sister, Nan Cordelia Thomas in 2000.
Graveside Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, at the
Thomas Cemetery in White Oak. Mr. Herman Henderson officiated.
Serving as Pallbearers were Gerald Thomas, Jr., Vincent Thomas, Julian
Moon Hummingbird, Charles Thomas, Robert L. Slinker, and Job Thomas. Honorary
Pallbearers were Damien Lomayesza, Branden Tiger, Dace Tiger, Shane Kidd,
Bradley Ray Dick, Mopar, and Bobby Ray Barnheart.
Arrangements were under the direction Burckhalter Funeral Home.
JOYCE ANN THOMPSON
GROVE - Joyce Ann Thompson, 61-year-old resident of Grove, died Wednesday,
May 2, 2001 at her home. Born February 1, 1940 in Leach, Okla., she was
the daughter of Elgie Richard Bryan and Erma Mae Changler Bryan. Mrs. Thompson
had been a resident of Grove for the past 19 years, formerly a resident
of Siloam Springs, Ark. She was a Pink Lady with the Siloam Springs Memorial
Hospital and a member of the Primavera Garden Club in Siloam Springs. Joyce
was a member of Cayuga Mission Church in Grove. She was preceded in death
by her mother and one sister, Patricia L. Gray.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jim Thompson of the home;
one daughter, Stacy Thompson Heldmar and her husband, Blake, of Tulsa,
Okla.; one grandson, Samuel Thompson Heldmar of Tulsa; her father, Elgie
Richard Bryan, and his wife, Virginia, of West Siloam Springs, Okla.; one
sister, Yvonne "Booley" Holston of Siloam Springs, and a number of nieces
Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Wasson Memorial
Chapel with Dr. Jerry Hopkins officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill
Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam
Springs, Ark. Memorial contributions may be made to Oaks Mission Indian
Center, P.O. Box 66, Oaks, OK 74359; Cayuga Mission Church, 64511 East
256th Place, Grove 74344; or Good Shepherd Hospice, 2100 S. Main St., Grove
GROVE - Paul Thompson, 45, of Grove, died Saturday, June 2, 2001 at
9:15 a.m. in Brownsville Medical Center, Texas. Services are pending with
LOUISE J. THORPE
EUCHA, Okla. - Louise J. Thorpe of Eucha, Okla. went to be with his
Lord on Thursday, April 12, 2001 at the Grove General Hospital. He was
91. Mr. Thorpe was born April 6, 1910 to Jacob Marion and Sarah Elizabeth
Jerome Thorpe at Muskogee, Okla. He owned and operated Thorpe Sheet Metal
in Tulsa for 32 years, retiring in 1962. He was a K.C.C.H. life member
of the Masonic Lodge #71 in Tulsa, Tulsa Scottish Rite Valley, Akdar Shrine-Saba
Grotto of Tulsa, and the Moose Lodge in Grove. He married Emma V. Klein
Thorpe on January 16, 1944 at Wewoka, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Emma, of Eucha; one daughter, Doris Lee
Welch, of Maple Valley, Wash.; one son, Arthur Thorpe of Tulsa, Okla.,
and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Dogwood
Chapel at Eucha. Rev. Den Maas to officiate with Rev. Lenny Martin assisting.
Services are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in
ANITA F. TIRRES
COMMERCE, Okla. - Anita F. Tirres, Commerce, died Saturday at 9:05
a.m. at Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami after an illness. She was
86. She was born July 7, 1914 to Joaquin and Refugio Garcia Tellez at Morenzi,
Ariz. She had been a homemaker and was married to Antonio Tirres on August
25, 1945. He preceded her in death. She was of the Protestant faith and
had moved to this area in 1998 from Oxnard, Calif.
She is survived by a son and his wife, Antonio and Ramie Tirres Jr.,
of Miami; a daughter and her husband, Angie and Ben Castro, of Virginia;
four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted by Adcock Funeral Home of Afton,
Okla. at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 26, with Rev. Don Childers of Word of
Faith Christian Center officiating. Arrangements were provided by Adcock
Funeral Home of Afton.
LINDA FAYE TOOMEY
BERNICE, Okla. - Linda Faye Toomey, 54, passed away August 7, 2001
at her home. She was born July 17, 1947 in Chelsea, Okla., to Lenard and
Mary Stimson Ridenour. Linda attended Bushy Head Elementary and graduated
from Chelsea High School in Miami. She attended NEO College in Miami and
received an associate of arts degree. She was a heavy equipment operator
in the operating engineers union and worked for Hickory Coal Company. She
and her husband, Larry, traveled working union jobs.
Survivors are: her parents, Lenard and Mary Ridenour, of Bernice; her
husband, Larry, of the home; two sons, Lynn Allen Boyd and Gary Toomey;
one sister, Gayle Reece of Bernice, and two nephews.
Services were held Saturday, August 11, at the Turner Funeral Chapel
in Grove. Officiating was Steven Decker. Interment was at the Rolston Monkey
Island Cemetery. Services were under the direction of the Turner Funeral
Chapel of Grove.
VERNON LEROY TOPLIFF
MIAMI, Okla. - Vernon Leroy Topliff, 72, of Miami died Friday, April
27, 2001 at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Topliff was born May 30,
1928, in Jewell City, Kan. to Leroy Elmer and Audrey May (Estes) Topliff,
due to an accident at birth, Mr. Topliff was disabled with Cerebral Palsy.
Between 1931 and 1945 Mr. Topliff had 31 operations. He had to crawl or
be carried by his parents. At five he got a pony that became his legs,
for he did not learn to walk until he was seven-years-old. At nine he enrolled
in the R.J. DeLano School for the Handicapped in Kansas City, Mo. He attended
school for nine years. The school bus would pick him up and return him
home. He loved to ride the bus, so for recreation he would buy a city bus
pass and ride to the end of the line and return, just for fun. The family
moved to Oklahoma in 1948 where he racked hay for his father's hay crew.
Then he moved to Colorado where he and five other boys in his church, Skyway
Baptist, bought Hammond Cord Organs and gave concerts in several small
towns. He worked as a janitor in his church and also cared for the baptismal
robes. Vernon returned to Oklahoma in 1972 with his family to help care
for his grandmother.
He is survived by a sister, Jean Eslick, of Miami, Okla., and several
nieces an nephews.
Memorial services will be held Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Guilford-Thomas
Funeral Home in Miami. His sister, Jean Eswick, will officiate, under the
direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home Miami, Okla.
PAUL ARTHUR TOSH
PRYOR, Okla. - Graveside Military services for Paul Arthur Tosh, 75,
of Pryor, Okla., and formerly of Wyandotte, Okla., were at 11:00 a.m. Thursday,
May 31, 2001 in the Council House Cemetery at Wyandotte, Okla. Rev. Lawrence
Pickard officiated and services were under the direction of the Key Funeral
Home of Pryor.
Mr. Tosh was born on Jan. 6, 1926 in Tiff City, Mo. He died on May
28, in Pryor, Okla. The son of Ardie Samuel and Ruth (Walker) Tosh, he
grew up and attended school in Southwest City, Mo. He then entered the
U.S. Army during W.W.II, served in the Korean Conflict, and then went on
to serve in the Vietnam War. Paul was a car salesman for many years. He
was married to Carol Ray Hise in 1963. He was of the Methodist Faith, and
a member of the American Legion Post and the V.F.W. of Wyandotte, Okla.
He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Hunt and husband, David, of
Ponca City, Okla., and Amber Johnson of Ponca City, Okla.; five grandchildren;
one brother, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents.
ROBERT D. "BOB" TOWNSEND
LANGLEY, Okla. - Graveside funeral services for Robert D. "Bob" Townsend,
67, of Langley, Okla, who was born May 30, 1934 in Sterling, Colo., and
passed away on July 15, 2001, will be held Thursday, July 19, at 10 a.m.
at Spavinaw-Strang Cemetery, Spavinaw, with Reverend Bob Townsend officiating.
Military rites will be conducted by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team. Services
are entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel.
Bob had been a resident of Langley and the Grand Lake area since 1977.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served 22 years in the military,
retiring from the United States Army in 1977 with the rank of Sergeant
First Class. He was a former commander of the American Legion in Spavinaw,
and former president of the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce. He attended
the First Baptist Church in Disney. Bob was an accomplished artist of drawings,
paintings, woodworking and woodcarving, and did all the carved signs at
Har-Ber Village in Grove. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was very
active, along with wife, Dona, in the organization "Parents of Murdered
Children." He designed the Memorial Chapel that is built on his property
to remember not only his son, but also all victims of violent crimes. Family
meant everything to him, his wife, children and grandchildren, and he was
instrumental in helping Dona raise three sons and a daughter.
He is survived by: his wife, Dona, of the home; sons, Rodney Townsend
of Coweta, and Bob Townsend and wife, Dana, of Tulsa; daughter, Tammy Kise
and husband, John, of Woodstock, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Carola Townsend
Moore of Pryor; grandchildren, Dwayne Townsend and wife, Stephanie, of
Wagoner, Sandi Duvall and husband, Tony, of Afton, Zach Townsend and Jeremiah
Townsend, both of Coweta, Kacey Townsend and Chris Townsend, both of Tulsa,
Julia Kise and Jonathan Kise, both of Woodstock, Ill., and Keith Medders
of Grove; great grandchildren, Rickey Duvall and Branden Duvall of Afton;
sister, Dorothy Townsend of Denver, Colo.; brother, Richard Koontz and
wife, Jan, of Phoenix, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ed Townsend, his parents, Jim and
Ruth (Arndt) Townsend, and a brother, Don Vandusen.
In lieu of other remembrances, donations can be made to the Disney
First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Family will receive friends and family on Wed., July 18, from 6 to
KIMBERLY ANN TRASK
AFTON, Okla. - Kimberly Ann Trask, 40, passed away Wednesday, May 9.
Kimberly was born December 29, 1960 in Colorado to the late Mac and Pat
Armsworthy. Kim was employed at the Rocman Boys Home in Miami, Okla.
Kimberly is survived by one daughter, Delanie Baird; two sons, Tylor
and Nick Trask; one sister, Michelle Kirby Thompson, of Tulsa, Okla., and
two brothers Gerald and James Armsworthy.
The family will be receiving relatives and friends Monday, May 14,
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Chapel in Jay, Okla. Graveside
services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Ballard Cemetery
in Bernice, Okla. Services are under direction of Turner Funeral Chapel
MICHAEL JOE "SKIPPER" TRASK
BERNICE, Okla. - Michael Joe "Skipper" Trask, of Bernice, Okla., died
Wednesday, May 9, 2001, in rural Delaware County. He was 44 years of age.
Skipper was born July 19, 1956 in Miami, Okla. to Claude (Sr.) and Janice
(Nichols) Trask. He had lived in Bernice for the past 14 years, moving
from Miami. He was a correction officer with the Oklahoma State Department
of Corrections at Vinita, Okla. for the past seven years. He was a 1974
graduate of Miami High School.
He is survived by two sons, Tyler and Nick; one daughter, Andrea; his
father, Claude Trask, Sr., Fairland, Okla.; one stepdaughter, Delanie Baird,
Afton, Okla.; two brothers, Claude "Slugger" Trask, Bernice, Okla., and
Zach Trask, Fairland, Okla., and one sister, Lisa Nelson, rural Afton.
Funeral services for Michael "Skipper" Trask were Monday, May 14, at
12:00 noon at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami. The Oklahoma Department
of Corrections Honor Guard has posted an Honor Guard. Donations are suggested
to the Trask Trust Fund in care of City National Bank at the Wal-Mart Super
Center in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were under the direction of the
Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.
DOROTHY GRETCHEN TREBBE
GROVE - Dorothy Gretchen Trebbe of Grove passed away Sunday, April
8, 2001 at the Grove Nursing Center after a short illness. She was 85.
Dorothy was born May 19, 1915 to Joseph and Grace Perry Russell at Oaks,
Okla. She entered elementary school at Tuskahoma, Okla. and graduated from
Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kan. June 4, 1934. She graduated nursing
school May 26, 1937 at Halstead, Kan. She worked at Halstead, Ellinwood
and Great Bend, Kan. She returned to Grove and worked until retiring in
1988. She was active in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, being a member
for 55 years. She also was a member of the Ladies Eagles Post #646 of Great
Bend, Kan. She joined the First Christian Church in Grove April 28, 1929.
Dorothy married Francis H. (Tate) Trebbe August, 1, 1942. He preceded her
in death April 10, 1970.
She is survived by one sister, Cleo Hulsey, of Grove; nephew Bob Hulsey
and wife, Alberta, of Grove, and niece, Beverly Harding and husband, Leroy,
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Buzzard
Cemetery in Grove. Dr. Wayne Shaw to officiate. Family and friends may
view Dorothy at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove.
MARY ANN PASCHER TRUSLEY
HARRAH, Okla. - Mary Ann Pascher Trusley, 66, of Harrah, passed away
on Sunday, September 16, 2001 at Oklahoma City to be with her maker. Funeral
services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, at Kelley Memorial
Chapel. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Black's,
Shipman & Merritt Funeral Home.
Casket bearers were Tony Voss, Bubby Anderson, Mike Glass, Shannon
Porter, Jerry "Spunky" Smith, and Toney Pollard. Honorary bearers were
Cory Clanin and Daniel Smith.
Mrs. Pascher was born August 16, 1935, at Hanna, the daughter of Oliver
and Pearl (Start) Trusley. She was raised in the Eufaula area and attended
the Eufaula High School. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
Survivors are: four daughters, Judy and Mike Loveless of Newalla, Okla.,
Becky and L.V. Smith of Morris, Okla., Brenda and Jim Clanin of Grove,
and Ronda and Mike Glass of Oklahoma City; four brothers, James Trusley
of Dallas, Oliver and Gloria Trusley of Longtown, Sonny and Mary Ann Trusley
of Levittown, N.Y., and Ron Trusley of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sisters, Billy
Martin of Eufaula, Shirley Dearing of Killeen, Texas, and Evelyn Alexander
of Oklahoma City; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and
friends. She had eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two grand
sons-in-law and one granddaughter-in-law.
She was preceded in death by one son, Franky Joe Porter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Mary Pascher Fund, P.O.
Box 191, Morris, OK 74445, c/o Becky Smith.
CHERIE TAYLOR TURNBOW
GROVE - Cherie Taylor Turnbow, age 44, of Grove, passed away Saturday,
May 5, 2001 in her home. Mrs. Turnbow, the daughter of James Edwin and
Patricia Ann (Cleveland) Van Gaasbeck, was born in Bethesda, Md. on December
Funeral services for Mrs. Turnbow were conducted at 2:00 p.m. May 11
in the Memorial Chapel of Garner's Jim Green Funeral Home with Reverend
L. F. Chronister officiating. Interment followed in the Ross-Mayes Cemetery,
Salina, with family and friends serving as casket bearers. Funeral service
arrangements were under the care of Garner's Jim Green Funeral Home, Pryor.
Cherie moved as a young girl to California where she graduated from
National City, Calif. public schools. She obtained her Associate of Arts
Degree from Southwestern Junior College, San Diego, Calif. On November
22, 1990, Cherie married Howard Ronald Turnbow in Sarks, Nev. She was a
very talented lady who enjoyed painting, crocheting, knitting, vegetable
gardening, raising various flowers, country and western plus the 70's music,
television and reading. Cherie was a loving person whose priority was her
husband and their home. As a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, baking pies
and cakes, and taking care of her husband. The couple moved to Grove in
1997 following her husband's retirement.
Cherie is survived by her husband, Ron, of the home; daughter, Stacy
Ann Owen, San Diego, Calif.; son, Justin Owen, Los Angeles, Calif.; two
sisters, Karen of California and Vickie of Washington; a brother, Wayne,
of California, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and
friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.
CHEWEY, Okla. - Funeral services for William Turtle, 86, of Chewey
will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the Illinois River Baptist Church
in Chewey with Pastors Wayne Forrest and John Goodrich, officiating. Burial
will follow in the Chewey Cemetery under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral
Home of Tahlequah. Pallbearers will be Wayne Turtle, John Turtle, James
Ray Turtle, Jason Turtle, Phillip Turtle and Joel Sands. Honorary Pallbearers
will be Adam Turtle and Billy Dale Hildebrand.
William was born on June 13, 1914 to Nellie (Manning) and Adam Turtle
in Chewey and he attended school there. William entered in the United States
Army on March 25, 1941 and was Honorably Discharged on October 20, 1945.
He attended CC Camp at Bull Hollow and earned the EAME Service Ribbon and
one Silver Service Star, the Good Conduct Medal, and the American Defense
Service Ribbon. William married Della Mae Kelley and their marriage was
blessed with seven children. He worked as a truck driver in Drumright,
Okla. and worked as a cook at Allens Canning Factory in Westville for over
25 years. William enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member and enjoyed
attending the Illinois River Baptist Church near Watts.
William passed away on April 9 at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah,
Okla. William as preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Della, an
infant sister, and an infant granddaughter Robin.
William is survived by his sons, Lester Turtle and wife, Pat, of Watts,
Paul Wayne Turtle and wife, Nancy, of Proctor, O.J. Turtle and wife, Lucinda,
of Oaks, Bill Turtle, T.J. Turtle and wife, Renee, and Dean Turtle, all
of Chewey; a daughter, Phyllis Turtle of Watts; one brother, Tony Turtle
of Chewey; 13 grandchildren; seven great grand-children, and numerous nieces,
nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
JAMES O. TUTTLE, JR.
GROVE - James O. Tuttle, Jr. of Grove died early Tuesday, April 3,
2001 at the St. John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo. after a long illness. He
was 76. Mr. Tuttle was born August 7, 1924 to James Oliver and Rose Pratt
Tuttle at Sioux Falls, S.D. He served in the United State Air Force during
WWII. Jim graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tulsa in 1953.
He worked as Comp-Controller at the Air Base in Muskogee and the Veterans
Hospital until starting his own Certified Public Accounting practice in
Muskogee. In 1970 he opened an office in Grove, which was sold in 1990
to Clara and Dean Mills. He married Flora Jean Snodgrass April 29, 1977
at Grove. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Grove
and served on the finance committee. He was a past member of the Oklahoma
Society of CPA's and the N.E. Chapter Society.
He is survived by his wife, Flora Tuttle, of Grove; three sons, Jim
Tuttle and wife, Naomi, of Chandler, Okla., Kelly Tuttle and wife, Michelle,
of Tulsa, and Kelly Mentzer of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Susan
Blair of Houston, Texas, and Shelly Cannon and husband, Richard, of Grove;
one brother, Bill Hopkins of Yuma, Ariz.; ten grandchildren and four great
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at the First United
Methodist Church in Grove. Rev. Randy Hamill and Rev. Dick Weaver to officiate.
Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery in Ft.
Gibson, Okla. The V.F.W. #474 will conduct military rites. Family will
receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral
Home in Grove. Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church